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Latest ACT Government renewable energy initiatives

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There has been a flurry of major ACT Government announcements recently to drive Canberra and region towards a...
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Local renewable energy businesses collaborate to power the Canberra region’s future

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Eighty five local renewable energy stakeholders participated in a recent forum aimed at enhancing collaboration and facilitating local...
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Latest survey of Canberra community views on climate change

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In mid 2013, the ACT Government commissioned a survey to research community views and issues about climate change...
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Food producers in Canberra and the surrounding region

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Have you ever thought that it would be useful to have a map showing where you can buy...
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Produce your own vegetables and fish using Aquaponics

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Produce your own vegetables and fish using Aquaponics There are some very exciting initiatives in Canberra aimed at...
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Visit Janet & Andy’s Native plant garden on 26-27 October

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Janet and Andy Russell will open their garden to the public on 26-27 October. It is a great...
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Exciting developments in renewable energy in Canberra and South East New South Wales

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This is an exciting time for supporters of renewable energy in Canberra and South East NSW. The region...
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Climate Change Impacts on the Australian Capital Territory

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Australia’s Climate Commission report, The Critical Decade 2013: Climate Change Science, Risks and Responses, highlights some of the...
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“Green Savvy Sunday” market promotes sustainable living

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Canberra’s Old Bus Depot Marketswill again host Green Savvy Sunday on Sunday 15 September 2013. This interactive market...
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Coal’s Market Share Sinks to its Lowest Level in Australian History

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The pitt&sherry Carbon Emissions Index (CEDEX®) for February 2013 shows that the steady fall in demand for electricity...
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Electricity Demand is Declining and Solar Energy Use is Rising in Eastern Australia

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There is now evidence of a trend towards declining electricity consumption in eastern Australia and a significant increase...
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Renewable Energy Precincts Near Canberra

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Renewable energy precincts are developing rapidly in South East New South Wales near Canberra. In 2009, the NSW...
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Another Successful Electric Vehicle Festival

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Congratulations to the CanberraEV (Australian Electric Vehicle Association Inc.) and the ACT Electric Vehicle Council Inc for another...
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Participate in Renewable Energy Day on 21 November

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For the first time, there will be a special Renewable Energy Day organised in Canberra to promote and...
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Electric Vehicle Festival coming up on 1 December

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The annual Canberra International Electric Vehicle Festival is coming up soon. At a new venue in City Walk...
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What are ACT Major Political Party Policies and Initiatives on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability?

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In the lead up to the ACT election on 20 October 2012, you may be interested to know...
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The Living Green Festival is back on 14 October

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Back by popular demand after its successful launch in 2011, the Living Green Festival on 14 October brings...
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ACT Government’s Weathering the Change Action Plan 2

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On 13 September 2012, the ACT Government released its second climate change action plan aimed at reducing the...
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Canberra Business Council highlights opportunities in addressing climate change

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Canberra Business Council CEO Chris Faulks has highlighted the opportunities that can arise from addressing climate change. Speaking...
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People Power supports businesses to go eco-friendly!

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Local community groups are partnering to support local small businesses that want to do their bit to reduce...
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Tick Tock Type…Wear a little piece of history…

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Tick Tock Type is a Canberra based business that makes beautiful and unique jewellery using items from the...
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Creating bags with an artistic edge from recycled leather

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Vintagecreation uses recycled leathers to make new functional bags with an artistic edge. The reclaimed leathers come from...
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Transforming recycled copper into beautiful ornaments

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Annie Storey is a Canberra based coppersmith who works exclusively with reclaimed copper to make a range of water...
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Sustainable stallholders wanted for Green Savvy Sunday at the Old Bus Depot Markets

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Canberra’s nationally award winning markets, the Old Bus Depot Markets, will again be hosting its environmentally focused...
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New Government Website to Help You Decide About Electricity and Gas Offers

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The Australian Government has set up a new Energy Made Easy website to help consumers make an informed...
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Legislative Assembly Members Give Update on Local Renewable Energy

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SEE-Change and the Canberra Clean Energy Connection organised a Community Renewable Energy Forum on 26 July 2012 to...
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Are approval processes adequate for Canberra’s high-density residential and commercial developments?

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The ACT Auditor-General, Dr Maxine Cooper, has recently issued a report that highlights areas where the ACT Government...
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What are Green-Star Communities?

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The Green Building Council of Australia has developed an independent, national, voluntary rating tool called Green-Star Communities...
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Canberra Clean Energy helping Canberra Become Australia’s Solar Capital

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Canberra Clean Energy, a local not-for-profit special interest group of SEE-Change, is running a number of projects to...
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Are You Ready? Step up to the Carbon Challenge 2012!

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Get set to shrink that carbon footprint with the Canberra Environment Centre’s Carbon Challenge 2012! Thanks to the...
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The ACT Government needs your help in deciding on the pathway to reduce emissions

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The ACT Government needs your help in deciding on the pathway to reduce the ACT’s greenhouse gas emissions...
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Butterfly Project can help you track your energy use

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Australia and the world are in the midst of an energy revolution, with renewable energy becoming more competitive...
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Cook Friendly Grocer (IGA): Reviews Experience with Solar Panels

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climateXchange likes to hear the views of local businesses on their experiences in becoming more energy-efficient. So we...
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Community group profile – Nature and Society Forum

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Here at climateXchange we are in the business of sharing climate solutions. We believe that sharing solutions is...
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Commonwealth agencies finding it hard to go green

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We must commend the Canberra Times for a very interesting article recently that found energy bills in Parliament...
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Surf, Turf and CURF: A Sustainable Regional Future

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Barbara Norman, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Canberra, has called for integrated planning...
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How Sensitive is Canberra to Climate Change?

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How will Canberra be affected by climate change? Well, here’s a map – we originally came across this...
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Canberra Says “Yes” to Climate Action – World Environment Day

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Many thousands of Canberrans turned out on a cold and windy day on 5 June 2011 to participate...
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Canberra and Queanbeyan Envirofairs – World Environment Day

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World Environment Day this year became the focus of celebrations around Canberra and region. In Canberra, the ACT...
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More Efficient Office Buildings – Retrofitting is really possible

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We often hear about recently constructed buildings in Canberra that meet high levels of energy efficiency, and...
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First Carrotmob in Canberra a Great Success

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Carrotmob Canberra’s “mobbing” of the IGA supermarket in Ainslie on 11 June was a great success, with shoppers...
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Sustainability Commissioner’s blueprint for Canberra’s treed landscape

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ACT Sustainability and Environment Commissioner, Dr Maxine Cooper, recently laid out her blueprint for the future management of...
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What does your group think? – Share your views with other groups!

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The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Resource Centre is conducting a short survey of community groups with an interest...
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Local MP Invites Community Comment on Carbon Price

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Local member for Fraser, Dr Andrew Leigh MP, held a community forum on 2 May 2011 to explain...
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Carrotmob Comes to Town

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Using the carrot instead of the stick can be a great way to support businesses in becoming more...
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“Real Food” Revolutionising Canberra Community’s Interaction With Food

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A new community group in Canberra called Real Food aims to revolutionise the Canberra community’s interaction with food...
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Do younger and older Canberrans agree on a vision for Canberra?

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Canberrans under 26 years of age share many of the same aspirations for Canberra as the population as...
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“New visions do not start with majority support”

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This is how Dr Enrique Penalosa, urban strategist and former mayor of Bogota in Colombia, began his talk...
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Permablitz turning Canberra’s lawns and backyards into edible gardens

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Permablitz ACT is a local community group that has taken on the challenge of helping Canberrans to turn...
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Canberra’s Ecological Footprint – there is a silver lining!

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The ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment has released a report that indicates Canberrans are consuming more...
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50 Electric Cars Destined for Canberra!

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You may recall a few months back (see the original forum post), Wollemi Systems took delivery of Canberra’s...
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How to Create an Eco Friendly Garden

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You can do many things in your own garden to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether you...
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How To Create an Eco Friendly Wardrobe

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Tips on how you can create your own Eco friendly wardrobe Buy fewer clothes Women tend to...
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Building Better and More Sustainable Houses in Canberra

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It pays to build a more energy and water efficient house. While other home owners may worry when...
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Recycling in the Arts and Crafts

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There’s a growing movement towards adopting principles of sustainability in all aspects of our lifestyles, including the clothes...
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Ever Wondered What Happens to Your Waste?

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It’s easy to forget about what happens to your waste once it is picked up in the green...
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Sustainability Month at the Canberra Environment Centre

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The Canberra Environment and Sustainability Centre is organising a whole month of activities in October 2010 as part...
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Green Savvy Sunday at the Old Bus Depot Markets

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The Old Bus Depot Markets have gone green!  ClimateXchange will there together with many Canberra organisations and businesses...
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Participate in the ACT Clean Economy Strategy

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The ACT Government is seeking input on a clean economy strategy for the Territory. The strategy will be guided...
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Australian Open Garden: Janet & Andy’s Garden

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6 Gidabal Street, Aranda Sat 2 & Sun 3 October 2010 Janet and Andy Russell are opening...
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First commercial electric car in Canberra!

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Wollemi Systems recently registered the first commercially produced electric car in the ACT. We caught up with them,...
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40% Emissions Reduction Target – What does it mean for me?

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The ACT Government’s announcement of a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 40% by 2020 shows leadership at...
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ClimateXchange welcomes Government Commitment to 40% target

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ClimateXchange congratulates the ACT Government on its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2020. “We’re...
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Some Lessons for Canberra from Australia’s Solar Cities

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Canberra can learn some interesting lessons from the experience of Australia’s “Solar Cities”. Solar Cities is a $94...
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Sources of information on “green” goods and services

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When you’re trying to do the right thing and become more sustainable, it can be a challenge to...
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Tub Based Reeds for Grey Water Recycling

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Margot has installed some great reed beds for grey water recycling… Watch this space … Margot’s article will...
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Proposed ACT Solar Power Facility

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The ACT Government announced recently that it is planning to establish a solar power facility in the ACT....
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ACT Government’s Garden Smart Service

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Did you know that you can actually have a qualified horticulturalist visit your garden, FOR FREE, to assess...
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Mobile Phone Recycling Facts

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Key mobile phone recycling facts (figures current at 31 March 2009) There are over 21 million mobile phone...
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Managing Waste from Fluorescents

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LED vs Fluorescent There are many uses for fluorescent technology and it seems to be the focus of the...
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