Sustainable Living in Whitehorse

Sustainable Living Weekend:
Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 May, 2021

Sustainable Living Weekend is full of fantastic free and fun sustainability events taking place at the Box Hill Town Hall. Hear from some of Australia’s leading sustainability experts and learn new skills with practical workshops. Find out how to make simple changes that can have a positive impact on your lifestyle, finances and the environment. 

Many events will book out, so reserve your place early to avoid disappointment.

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Sustainable Living Weekend Program of Events

The Climate Cure with Tim Flannery and Nicki Hutley

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 3 - 5pm

An action plan for our future. Join two of Australia's leading thinkers, internationally acclaimed scientist and writer Tim Flannery and respected economist and media commentator Nicki Hutley, for an engaging discussion on climate solutions in the era of COVID-19.

Millie Ross: Building the garden you want with whatever you’ve got!

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Saturday 1 May, 10 - 11:15am

Come along to this inspiring gardening workshop with Millie Ross, popular presenter with ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and author of The Thrifty Gardener



Vegie Gardening for Beginners

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Saturday 1 May, 11:45am - 1pm

Want to start growing your own food but don’t know where to start? Join gardening guru Maria Ciavarella for practical advice on the basics of vegie patch design, soil preparation, watering and easy herbs and veggies to ensure first time success.

Growing Beautiful Indoor Plants

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Saturday 1 May, 1:30 - 2:30pm

Come along to this practical talk to learn the basics of indoor plant care including the best plant varieties for beginners, their ideal environment, watering, feeding, maintenance, styling and expert tips and tricks.

Designing with Native Plants

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Saturday 1 May, 2:30 - 3:30pm

Are you keen to learn more about the amazing diversity of native and indigenous plants out there? Come along to hear from Ben Hutchinson, local landscape designer with a passion for native plants and a flair for using them in urban gardens.

Designing for Intergenerational Living

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Saturday 1 May, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Join our panel of experts who will share their experiences in creating intergenerational living homes - multiple generations under one roof - and find out how clever design can create different ways of living that are good for the people and the environment!

Build a Bee Hotel - Kids Workshop

$5 per child | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 9:45 - 10:45am

Did you know that Australia is home to around 2,000 species of native bees? In this workshop you’ll make a bee hotel to take home, which will provide valuable habitat for native bees in your garden and increase neighbourhood biodiversity. 


Seed Bomb Making - Kids Workshop

$5 per child | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 11:15am - 12:15pm

Create your own seed bombs to take home, chock full of seeds that bees love! Launch these seed bombs into your garden to brighten up your yard and provide a valuable food source for pollinators.

Reduce Your Winter Energy Bills

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 10 - 11am

Want to know how you can reduce your energy costs and emissions during winter?

Come along to this free information session by the Australian Energy Foundation to learn easy ways to make your home energy-efficient, simply and affordably.


All-Electric Home: the why, how and when to get off gas

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 11:30 - 12:45pm

Join an energy expert from the Australian Energy Foundation to learn how and when to transition away from gas in your home.

The Art of Second-hand Styling

Free Event | Bookings Essential

Sunday 2 May, 1:30 - 2:30pm

Ever wondered how you can have a super stylish wardrobe but also save money and be kinder to the environment? Join Nina Gbor, award-winning eco stylist, for practical tips to help you discover and style second-hand treasures.


Digital Screening of ‘The Story of Plastic’

Free to watch in your home 

Register online to receive a link to stream the film anytime from 1 - 7 May.

This life changing documentary shows us how we got to our current global plastic pollution crisis, one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, and what can be done to fix it.


Other Initiatives

City Nature Challenge 2021

Let’s shine a spotlight on eastern Melbourne’s outstanding urban biodiversity! 

Find, photograph and document the native wildlife that lives and grows in our neighbourhoods via the iNaturalist app.

Find out more about the events you can join.

Australian Energy Foundation

Ongoing (open now)

Council has partnered with the Australian Energy Foundation to provide you with simple energy advice you can trust.

The energy advisors at the Australian Energy Foundation can help you work out exactly what you need to do to make your home energy-efficient.

Book your appointment now.

Shining a light on energy efficiency

Whitehorse Council is upgrading more than 850 street lights to energy efficient LED alternatives from March to June 2021.