Sustainable Homes

2015 Sustainability Workshops and Programs
Coming up in 2015 we have three more free hands-on sustainability workshops. We are proud to host 2013 Master Chef winner, Emma Dean in Preston in May for our Avoiding Food Waste workshop. Emma will show us ways to shop, store and cook food to help reduce the incredible amounts of edible food wasted in our community. And every guest will receive a taster of the delicious results of Emma’s genius.

As old man winter bears his teeth in late May and early June we will be running Home Energy Saving workshops in Banyule (in West Heidelberg) and then in Darebin.

Large amounts of energy are wasted in many Melbourne homes, particularly in winter, because basic remedies to avoid heat loss are not well understood. Energy waste has serious impacts on the environment, and serious impacts on household budgets. Our energy expert will work through the three main areas where our homes’ performance can be greatly improved: insulation, sealing up drafts and gaps, and reducing the warmth that is lost through windows.

All our events are free of charge, so click on the Workshops and Events tab to find out more and register your attendance.

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Free Organic Matter for your compost and garden

Council, with the help of local businesses Mocopan and Charles Sandford Woodturning and Joinery, is giving away free coffee husks and wood shavings, which improve the quality of compost and your garden. Coffee husks are the bi-product of the coffee roasting process and an ideal additive to compost. They can also be used as a garden mulch when mixed with the soil directly or mixed with other mulch materials like straw, pea straw, wood shavings or wood/bark mulches. Wood shavings are an excellent source of carbon when added to composts. They can be used alone or mixed with coffee husks to form a garden mulch. Coffee husks and wood shavings can be collected from outside the Bundoora Park Visitor Centre, 1069 Plenty Road. For more information call 8470 8170.

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