• Ecoversity Blog

Urban Sustainability: Big Picture Thinking, June 25

Urban Sustainability: Big Picture Thinking

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

AIA Presentation Space – 100 Flinders St, Adelaide

6.30 – 9.00pm

RSVP Linkhttp://guestli.st/262011

In our upcoming AdelaideSBN event we will begin to zoom out to take a look at sustainability in built environments at an urban scale.  While it is important that our individual buildings are designed and perform in a way which reduces ecological impact, some of the greatest potential leaps toward a sustainable future is at the city and neighbourhood level.  We will be joined by Ehsan Sharifi, UniSA PhD candidate, and Stuart Pope, from the Adelaide City Council, to help spark some thoughts of how to approach sustainability at such a large scale.

Ehsan will dive into research he has been conducting about Urban Heat Island (UHI) Effect on Australian Cities and how UHI can influence comfort in public spaces and also carbon emissions in urban lifestyles. Stuart will discuss urban sustainability design principles the Adelaide City Council is looking to incorporate into their Urban Design Strategy.

 

Posted in Design & Construction, Event | Tagged | Comments closed

Living Building Conversations June 25

Living Building Conversations #1

Wednesday, June 25th, 12-1pm

Adelaide City Library – Level 3, 77 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

RSVP Linkhttp://guestli.st/261399

Event Description:

The aim of the ‘Living Building Conversations’ event is to tease out what are the current possibilities and barriers toward creating truly regenerative built environments.  The conversations will be guided by the performance standards of the Living Building Challenge, which is a philosophy, advocacy tool and certification program that addresses development at all scales.  Asking us to envision a future that is “Socially Just, Culturally Rich and Ecologically Restorative”, the purpose of the Living Building Challenge is straightforward – it defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to diminish the gap between current limits and ideal solutions.

In this upcoming event we will focuse on the Water Petal of the Living Building Challenge, the intent of which looks to realign how people use water and redefine water as a respected and precious resource.  The Challenge envisions a future whereby all developments are configured based on the carrying capacity of the site: harvesting sufficient water to meet the needs of a given population while respecting the natural hydrology of the land, the water needs of the ecosystem the site inhabits, and those of its neighbours.  This is striven for through mandating 100% of the project’s water needs are supplied by captured precipitation or other natural closed loop water systems, and/or by recycling used project water, and must be purified as needed without the use of chemicals.  All stormwater and water discharge, including grey and black water, must be treated onsite and managed either through re-use, a close loop system, or infiltration.

Invited guest panelists will discuss how plausible and applicable it is to create water self sufficient buildings/neighbourhoods within the Adelaide and South Australian context.

Posted in Design & Construction, Event | Tagged | Comments closed

Green Project Showcase – Join us!

Please join the Office of Sustainability and our special guests as we celebrate World Environment Day at the Green Project Showcase. At this event, we celebrate the efforts of staff and students to raise awareness of sustainability issues and take action on campus.

During the showcase, we will hear from staff and students applying for the Green Project Fund to action their own sustainability ideas and projects on campus in 2014.

When: Thursday 5 June 2014, 2 – 4pm, afternoon tea provided
Where: Level 7 Ingkarni Wardli, The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
RSVP: ecoversity@adelaide.edu.au by Monday 2 June

The Ecoversity Green Project Fund is a $100,000 initiative by the Office of Sustainability to provide funds for projects that reduce the University’s environmental impact and work to develop a campus culture that values and applies sustainable practices. More information about the fund can be found here.

Posted in Event, Green Project Fund | Tagged | Comments closed

Fair Trade Fortnight: Documentary Screening & Afternoon Tea

Do you want to know the bitter truth behind the chocolate you eat?

As part of Fair Trade Fortnight (3rd-18th of May), the Fair Trade Collective will be running a SPECIAL event where we will be broadcasting a documentary which will look deep into the current issues of the people who work in the chocolate industry. This includes issues such as child labour and children trafficking, and how purchasing Fair Trade products can be the solution.

We invite you to come along to this event. We will be providing some Afternoon Tea with some light refreshments. This includes yummy Fairtrade chocolate and tea! EVERYONE IS WELCOME, so come along and bring your friends!!

When: Wednesday, 14 May 2014 05:00 -07:00 PM
Where: Hughes 309, Hughes Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide

Posted in Event, Fair Trade | Tagged | Comments closed

Cultural Musing at Glenthorne Farm: Tour with Us!

Originally settled by Thomas O’Halloran in 1839, the property has heritage buildings dating back to the 1850s when it operated as a farm. In 1910 Glenthorne Farm became a remount station to breed and train horses until the end of the Second World War, after which it was a CSIRO Research Farm until 1997.

The University of Adelaide now operates a woodland recovery initiative for the Mount Lofty Ranges from the property.

Take a tour with us!

When: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm, Sunday 25 May
Where: Majors Road, O’Halloran Hill (opposite TAFE)

Bookings essential
Please call 8313 3763 or email mathew.jeffrey@adelaide.edu.au

Posted in Glenthorne Volunteer Group, Historical, News and Events | Tagged | Comments closed

SA Water Building Tours – Visit a 6 Star Green Star Building

As a part of Open House Adelaide and History Month, SA Water is hosting  tours of our 6 Green Star sustainable building and a family fun session, Toilets Through Time this Saturday 3rd May 2014 from 10am – 2pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend, the family program is open as a drop in basis, but building tours require bookings through brainwave@sawater.com.au. Tours run at 11am, 11:30am, 12.00nn, 12.30pm, 1.00pm and 1.30pm. Community groups, couples, individuals and families are most welcome!

Where: SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide

When: May 3rd 10am – 2pm

 

Posted in Design & Construction, News and Events | Tagged | Comments closed

Mechanical Engineering LED Lighting Retro-fit

The School of Mechanical Engineering has been working to make their workshop more energy efficieny. They have reduced electricity related to lighting in their workshop by 48% through an LED lighting retro-fit. LED lights use significantly less electricity than fluorescent lights, have a much longer life span and have improved lighting quality in the workshop. Click here to see a short video of their project.

If you are interested in starting your own green project on campus, visit our Green Project Fund site for more information.

Posted in Energy, Green Project Fund, News | Tagged | Comments closed

Green Project 2014 Funding Round – Now Open

Do you have a great idea for campus sustainability?

Simply fill out our Expression of Interest form here to apply for the 2014 funding round. 

The Green Project Fund is an annual $100,000 initiative by the Office of Sustainability to provide capital for projects that reduce the University’s environmental impact and advance the long-term sustainability of the campus and the campus community.

Any student, staff member or operational group (faculty/school/institute) of the University may apply for a maximum of $20,000 (inc. GST) per project. Associated groups such as alumni and community organisations are permitted and encouraged to collaborate with applicants and serve as members of project teams.

Projects are awarded funding based on evaluation criteria developed by the Office.

Expression of Interest Applications are due by COB Monday 5 May 2014.

Posted in Event, Green Project Fund, News | Tagged | Comments closed

Get Involved at Glenthorne

Participate in activities aimed at enhancing the native habitat and protecting the heritage of the Glenthorne property.

Glenthorne is a 208ha property located at O’Halloran Hill, about 17km south of the Adelaide CBD. Owned and operated by the University of Adelaide, the property is currently used as a small-scale commercial and research farm.

Volunteers are vital to the preservation and improvement of the property. Activities include maintaining the re-vegetation site through weed removal, watering and tree planting.

If you are interested in joining the Glenthorne Volunteer Group, the next enjoyment day is this Sunday 16 February from 10am to 1pm. Volunteers should meet at the front gates of Glenthorne Farm (Majors rd – opposite O’Halloran Hill TAFE), bring gloves, appropriate clothing, hat and sunscreen and be ready to get their hands dirty!

For more information contact mathew.jeffrey@adelaide.edu.au.

Posted in Glenthorne Volunteer Group, News and Events | Tagged | Comments closed

Tour de Work Adelaide 2014 – ride to win!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tour de Work is a free competition where cyclists team up in workplaces across Adelaide to record their ride information and win a host of great prizes including cinema tickets and bike gear. Join the University of Adelaide team and log your rides through February to win.

Don’t have a bike? Don’t worry, you can hire a free one from Adelaide City Bikes or rent one for longer use from Bike SA.

Posted in News, Transport | Tagged | Comments closed