Whitehorse City Council

Whitehorse Sustainable Living Week

 
29 May – 6 June 2019

Sustainable Living Week is full of free and fun events with a sustainability theme. Find out how simple life changes can have a lasting positive impact on the environment, your lifestyle, your community and your finances.

Highlighted events

Urban Agriculture - Launch Event Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space
Gardening Masterclass with Melissa King Solar Made Easy

More Events

Michael Mobbs' Sustainable House Native Kokedama Workshop
Top Tips from a Waste Free Family with Erin Rhoads Movie Night – Chasing Coral
Nature Adventure at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Theatre Show: A Hero's Guide to Saving the Planet Edible Weeds Walk
The Joy of Minimalism Built Environment Awards Night

 

Schedule of Events

Urban Agriculture
with Paul West and Michael Mobbs
Free event – bookings essential
Wednesday 29 May, 7-9pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
 

Paul West, chef turned sustainable farmer and host of River Cottage Australia, will share his story of how he transformed his suburban backyard into an edible oasis. Paul will be joined by renowned sustainability guru Michael Mobbs, who renovated his house to be self-sufficient, and then turned his attention to reducing his food related carbon emissions.


Michael Mobbs' Sustainable House

Free event – bookings essential
Thursday 30 May, 11am–12pm
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading

Join the ‘off-grid guy’ Michael Mobbs, who attracted Australian and international attention when he converted his three-bedroom inner city Sydney house into a water collecting, energy generating, waste water/sewage reusing residence.

Native Kokedama Workshop
Cost: $10 – bookings essential
Thursday 30 May, 2pm-4pm or 5pm-7pm
Rentoul Hall, 16 Livingstone Close, Burwood
BOOKED OUT



Practice the ancient Japanese art of binding plants into mini hanging works of art, and take home your own personally made kokedama.

Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space
Author Talk with Jason Chongue
Free event – bookings essential
Thursday 30th May, 7pm-8:30pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill

Join Jason Chongue, architect, interior designer and plant cultivator as he discusses his new book ‘Plant Society: Create an Indoor Oasis for Your Urban Space’, an essential guide on how to care for and decorate your home with indoor plants. This event is presented in partnership with Whitehorse Manningham Libraries.

Top Tips from a Waste Free Family with Erin Rhoads
Free event – bookings essential
Friday 31 May, 10am – 11:30am
Burgess Family Centre, 15 Barwon Street, Box Hill North
BOOKED OUT



Join Erin Rhoads, the popular eco blogger ‘The Rogue Ginger’, author and Melbourne mum for a fun and lively discussion on how to parent without so much waste, and save money in the process.

Movie Night – Chasing Coral
Free event – bookings essential
Friday 31 May, 7pm-9pm
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, 470 Station Street, Box Hill



A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling adventure to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs.

Nature Adventure at Blackburn Lake Sanctuary
Free event – bookings essential
Saturday 1 June, 10am – 11am and 11am – 12pm
Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Central Road, Blackburn



Nature play encourages kids and parents to see the natural environment as a place to enjoy, play, imagine, relax and explore.

Introduction to Wildlife Photography
Free event – bookings essential
Saturday 1 June, 2pm - 4pm
Visitor Centre, Blackburn Lake Sanctuary, Central Road, Blackburn
BOOKED OUT


Learn how to avoid some of the common mistakes when taking photos of our native wildlife and natural environment from keen nature photographer and Council’s Environment and Education Team Leader Ian Moodie.

Theatre Show: A Hero's Guide to Saving the Planet
Free event – bookings essential
Sunday 2 June, 10:30am – 11:30am
Waratah Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
BOOKED OUT


An environmental superheroes adventure for all ages. Join Captain Eco and The Green Defender as they race against time to discover who has been covering the streets with litter.

Gardening Masterclass with Melissa King
Free event – bookings essential
Sunday 2 June, 2pm – 5pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Join Melissa King, one of Australia's most popular and respected garden experts and television presenters, for an afternoon of interesting and practical gardening advice, with a focus on heirloom vegetables. Melissa will be joined by horticulturist AB Bishop who will show you how to create a wildlife-friendly Australian garden, and Duncan Cocking who will explain how to develop a low maintenance backyard orchard.

Edible Weeds Walk
Free event – bookings essential
Tuesday 4 June, 10am–12pm, 1pm–3pm and 3:45pm–5:15pm
Meet at Banksia Room, Eley Park Community Centre, 87 Eley Road, Blackburn South

Did you know that many of our urban weeds are edible? Join Adam Grubb from Very Edible Gardens on a fascinating walk, foraging for edible weeds, while learning all about these valuable and nutritious species.

The Joy of Minimalism
Free event – bookings essential
Tuesday 4 June, 7pm – 8pm
Nunawading Library, 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
BOOKED OUT


Join health and lifestyle YouTuber and master of minimalism, Rachel Aust, as she shares her tips on how to live meaningfully with less.

Solar Made Easy
Free event – bookings essential
Wednesday 5 June, 7pm – 9pm
Box Hill Town Hall, 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill


Join respected solar expert, ex-CSIRO engineer and founder of SolarQuotes, Finn Peacock as he guides you through his seven-step process for reducing your electricity bills with solar. This session is perfect for anyone who doesn’t know where to start getting solar panels for their home. Finn’s independent, unbiased information will help you make an informed decision about how to go solar.

Built Environment Awards Night & Change by Design
Free event – bookings essential
Thursday 6 June, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Deakin University – Burwood Corporate Centre, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood


Wrap up Sustainable Living Week with the Built Environment Awards. Join us for drinks, canapes and see the best of design, innovation and sustainability in Whitehorse’s built environment and meet the people who have contributed to these exemplar projects.

If you have an interest in good design, sustainability and innovation we invite you attend the Whitehorse Built Environment awards and Change by Design keynote presentation by Kate Dundas, who is a passionate advocate for helping to create places that are loved by the community, drive sustainability and deliver innovation.

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