The ATA/AuSES Sydney Branch Christmas Party 13th of December and more

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Nov 302011
13th of December from 6pm at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel
Please RSVP to tony@lasource to manage the numbers.
Open to members and friends. Come and join us for a drink, whether it is a Meal (Optional) wine, beer or Orange Juice and enjoy the informal company of like minded people. Questions and ideas for next year welcome. No set start or finish time.

Just up the road from our regular meeting venue.
Edinburgh Castle Hotel

294 Pitt Street
Cnr Pitt & Bathurst St, Sydney

Our next Meeting is scheduled for the 14th of February 2012.
And another party if you are interested below.
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Transition Bondi – upcoming

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Nov 242011

Dear Transitioners,

Last night’s film – with its ambiguous title “Living without Money’ – led to lively discussion. The decision by Heidemarie Schwermer, an older woman in Germany, to cast off her connections with the comforts of her middle-class life (home, stable place to live, job and income) in order to highlight the possibility of sharing and exchanging with the people she meets, brought responses from many different angles.

This week’s events:

Saturday 26th Nov: 10-2 in the community garden at 241 Bondi Rd.  Come and see the new aquaponics system and the coop that is being prepared for chickens!

Next Wednesday 30th Nov: Talk by Claire Parfitt, GM campaigner for Greenpeace Australia Pacific: “The Future of Food: Who’s calling the Shots?”  at Chapel-by-the-Sea, 95 Roscoe St Bondi Beach

In addition this Sunday 27th November Beyond Zero Emissions will be presenting at the Chapel at 7pm.  See more. This group gave a panel presentation at one of our Wednesday nights, and are worth hearing repeatedly!

Then we have just two more meetings before the end of the year.

NOVEMBER 27TH: Adam Lucas

Adam Lucas is a lecturer in the Science and Technology Studies Program at the University of Wollongong, which he joined in March 2008 after working for more than five years as a policy analyst in the NSW Government.

Adam’s current research focuses on energy policy responses to anthropogenic climate change and the peaking of world oil, coal and gas production. Adam is primarily concerned with developing an understanding of how Australia can make a rapid transition from a primarily fossil-fuel dependent society to one relying solely on renewable energy for electricity and transport

As Sydney Convenor for the non-partisan, volunteer-led climate change solutions education and research organization, Beyond Zero Emissions, Adam has been working on building community, public sector and political support for the kinds of cultural and economic changes that will be required to make this transition. This work has involved giving numerous public talks to community groups, training speakers, briefing politicians, giving radio interviews and writing popular articles for the mainstream media.

Adam’s talk for this evening will provide an overview of renewable energy development throughout the world, along with a brief outline of Beyond Zero Emissions’ plan for moving Australia to 100% renewable energy within ten years.

Regards from


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Welcome to the Submissions site for Sustainability News feed

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Nov 192011

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Sustainability News is a free service for you to share your groups news and events

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Nov 192011

Sustainability News is a free service for you to share your groups news and events with more people. Especially people with common interests to you or your groups.

At the moment we are focusing on the Sydney Area.

Basically it allows you to place notices of your meetings or events only once, yet have these automatically forwarded to;

This means everyone can choose there favorite method of getting notices from you, and that of other groups sharing the same interests.

Sustainability News also has an Events list and Calendar, so followers can see whats on, when they have time to spare. You can even post your regular meeting times and details.

We will continue to find new ways to share your information to a broader audience, so you can sit back and relax, while your words find their way all over the internet.

To get started please add to you newsletter email list or email us with you questions. More details can be found here in a PDF document for Group communicators.

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AuSES – The Newington Smart Home

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Nov 192011

Tuesday, 22 November — AuSES/NSW Information Evening, UTS

Main Speaker — Paul Myors, Ausgrid

Topic — The Newington Smart Home

Details — The Newington Smart Home, established by Ausgrid and Sydney Water in 2010, is one of the most energy and water efficient houses in Australia. It is a showcase of state-of-the-art energy generation and energy efficiency technologies including a gas-fired fuel cell, battery storage, electric vehicle, smart metering and in-house energy web portal, and ultra efficient appliances.

Future Directions Speaker — Matt Scaddan

Date — Tuesday, 22 November, 6pm for 6:30pm start

Location — University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Broadway; Room 10.02.450A. Building 10, level 02 (street level entry), down the ramp, turn left (west) and room 450A is on the right (follow the signs).

All welcome (members & non-members).  This is our last meeting for 2011.  Our first meeting of 2012 is February 28th.

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Barrett House – 2012 Ideas Session Wednesday, 7 December, from 6pm

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Nov 182011

Richard Wilson, Project Officer of the 3-Council Ecological Footprint
Program between Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils has invite
all interested folks to a Barrett House – 2012 Ideas Session on
Wednesday, 7 December, from 6pm.  Here’s the details:

Dear all,

As valued users and supporters of Barrett House, the Compost
Revolution and our Sustainability Streets I’d like to invite you all,
(and for you to forward on to your group member database) to a fun and
engaging creative ideas brainstorm about ways to refocus, reinvent and
expand the ‘use’ of Barrett House as an iconic facility for
sustainability across the East  (led by Grahame Collier of T-Issues

As you all use the house regularly we want to hear about your
observations, improvements, your ideas to help us open this resource
to the wider community, and possible ways that Barrett House can help
your group achieve your goals in the community.

For example – we are currently investigating retrofitting the garage
into a usable space  .. perhaps you have some ideas on what we can use
that garage space for? … a bike depot, tool swap, men’s shed, small
business incubator, or something else..?!

All welcome, please forward where necessary – nothing to bring just
your creative input into the possibilities for Barrett House 2012.. !!

Wednesday 7 December
6pm for a 6:30pm start – (finish by 8:30pm)
Barrett House
6 Barrett Place

Refreshments and light supper provided. Please RSVP for catering
purposes to:

Richard Wilson:

We hope to see you there, it will be fun and a great opportunity to
connect with the other users of the house and sustainability leaders
in the community

Kind regards, Richard.

Richard Wilson
Project Officer
3-Council Ecological Footprint Program
A joint initiative between Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils
t: 02 9665 0152 | e:


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