Living Green in Emerald with Sustainable Housing

One of the important features mentioned in the article is the importance of good insulation in maintaining a stable household temperature all year round. In fact the temperature inside the house has never been outside the range of 11 – 28 degrees, irregardless of the temperature outside.

Recently we were interviewed by Brett Munckton, the Environment Officer from Cardinia Council and have now been included in a feature article in this month’s Connect magazine put out by Cardinia Council.  This article features sustainability and is designed to help educate people about the benefits of sustainable living.

One of the important features mentioned in the article is the importance of good insulation in maintaining a stable household temperature all year round. In fact the temperature inside the house has never been outside the range of 11 – 28 degrees, irregardless of the temperature outside.

One of the other keys to achieving this stable ambient living temperature is the north facing  placement of the house on the block, with all living areas being on the northern sideof the house. Continue reading “Living Green in Emerald with Sustainable Housing”

“Buy Fresh, Buy Local” Fresh The Movie

“We pay three times for our food: at the register, with our health care, and via agricultural subsidies. ” FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food. Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.


“We pay three times for our food:
at the register, with our
health care, and
via agricultural subsidies”
– Michael Pollan, Fresh The Movie

In Fresh You’ll Discover

  • How to eat healthy on a budget
  • How to improve your purchase decisions
  • Strategies for growing your own food on less land and
  • The real cost of producing conventional foods

“This film is a must-watch! It will help you understand where your food comes from,
the dangers of conventional agriculture and shows you how to
choose local, healthy and sustainable options.”

– James Colquhoun – Producer, ‘Food Matters’

About The Film

FRESH is more than a film; it is a reflection of a rising movement of people and communities who are re-inventing our food system. FRESH celebrates the food architects who offer a practical vision of a new food paradigm and consumer access to it. Encouraging individuals to take matters into their own hands, FRESH is a guide that empowers people to take an array of actions as energetic as planting urban gardens and creating warm composts from food waste, and as simple as buying locally-grown products and preserving seasonal produce to eat later in the year.

Throughout the film, we encounter the most inspiring people, ideas, and initiatives happening around the country right now. At the Growing Power urban farm in Milwaukee, Will Allen is turning three acres of industrial wasteland into a mecca of nutrition for his neighborhood. In Kansas City, we witness David Ball revitalize his community, turning the modern concept of the Supermarket on its head by stocking his stores with produce from a cooperative of local farmers. And, we journey to Joel Salatin’s farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley to witness his methods for closing the nutrient cycle, allowing cows, chickens, pigs and natural grasses to flourish and produce without ever an ounce of chemical fertilizer or industrial animal feed.

FRESH tells the stories of ‘real people’ rediscovering ‘real food’. FRESH
represents a powerful way for you to educate yourself and your community on living a healthy, local and sustainable life through food.

“While “Food, Inc.” raised awareness about the consequences of consolidation, “Fresh” advances the argument by talking about solutions.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

Another example of the Transition Town movement as proposed by Em2Gem in Emerald.

John and Linda Ballis

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Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission

Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010
Transition Towns article Fairfax Newspaper January 18 2010

BY ELISA MILLER

18 Jan, 2010 08:50 AM

PRESERVING the environment and improving sustainability

is not a job for one – but a responsibility for all.

It’s this notion that drove the creation two years ago of the Emerald for Sustainability Group, which aims to empower residents to improve how they live, and the environment in which they live. Continue reading “Emerald Transition Towns group on a green mission”

100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle

There are so many great ways to contribute to a healthy planet. Some steps are larger than others; some are quick and some eco-friendly ideas take substantial planning. We’ll eventually talk about all these ideas at length but just to get you thinking here are 100 various ideas that can help your family go green.

  1. Buy less stuff.
  2. Change incandescent light globes to energy efficient ones.
  3. Visit the library instead of buying books.
  4. Borrow from DVD stores instead of buying DVDs.
  5. Buy in bulk – but not if you end up wasting food – it defeats the whole purpose of being sustainable.
  6. Grow herbs in an egg carton, or another recycled container.
  7. Start a compost bin for kitchen scraps & garden waste (no dairy, meat or fish scraps).
  8. Hand children’s clothes onto family or friends with younger children.
  9. Eat vegetarian – start with one meal per week.  Expand your cooking skills by visiting the library and borrow a vegetarian cookbook – you’ll be surprised at the variety of meals on offer. Continue reading “100 Ideas for a Sustainable Lifestyle”