eNews August 2020

Hello from Sustainable Living Tasmania

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Sustainable Living Tasmania – creating our roadmap
Road heading into the horizon.

The Board of Sustainable Living Tasmania has been scoping a new direction for the organisation. With almost 50 years of history, this is not the first time that Sustainable Living Tasmania has adapted to a changing world. Over that time, we have consulted extensively with our members and with the broader community. This input continues to be a key element of our strategic planning.

Driven by necessity, since mid-2019, the organisation has embraced a simpler, leaner structure that saw us become a volunteer-led organisation with no physical offices. New faces have joined the Board, bringing a diversity of backgrounds to combine with the history of continuing Board members as we reimagine the way forward. The re-energised Board has been working together to shape the strategic direction for our next phase.

Through a series of strategic planning sessions, a role has emerged for Sustainable Living Tasmania to:
  • engage with the community to develop a compelling and ambitious roadmap for emissions reduction and environmental sustainability in Tasmania; and
  • influence political leaders and business decision makers to implement this roadmap.
Over the coming months, we will begin to develop this roadmap. We will soon release information about how you can contribute to its development.

In the meantime, please tell us your ideas through our Contact page, or consider volunteering as a Board member at our next Annual General Meeting on 23rd September 2020.  Details in the article below.

2020 AGM
Zoom meeting via computer link.

We invite all members to our 2020 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 23rd September at 7pm by Zoom.  What a year this has been!

In addition to the formal AGM items, local Founder & Director of Tasmanian Way, Jessica Robbins will talk about how COVID-19 has disrupted our way of life, forced rapid change and new ways of doing things. We have a choice: to go back to 'business as usual' or to boldly create a stronger, thriving Tasmania. Jess has brought together Tasmanians in a virtual conversation called Thriving Tasmania to reflect on what this situation has shown us, and what is important for us to emerge and thrive.

If you're not already a member, please sign up now here.  To receive an email invite and link to attend the meeting by zoom, please RSVP via the link.

2020 AGM Agenda
Calendar to mark the date.

  • Confirm the minutes of the preceding AGM;
  • Presentation of the 2019/20 Annual Report;
  • Presentation of the 2019/20 Audited Financial Report;
  • Appointment of the auditor and determination of the auditor's remuneration;
  • Election of the members of the Board of Management (nomination form);
  • Presentation from Jessica Robbins, Founder & Director of Tasmanian Way.

‘Thriving Tasmania – emerging stronger’
Plant thriving.

Sustainable Living Tasmania has been really glad to be a sponsor of the ‘Thriving Tasmania’ process convened by the Tasmanian Way’s Jessica Robbins. This year has been a hard one for all of us – frustrating, frightening but also encouraging. We’ve seen our communities coming together and we’ve had a lot of time to think about how we want our future to be. It was inspiring to be part of the community sessions of Thriving Tasmania, joining via Zoom (so skilfully managed by Jess and her team) to share ideas and hope.

There will be more of these and SLT will be part of the planning.

Packaging roadmap for Tassie jobs boom
Locally productive, globally connected cities

The Mercury article on August 7th - Packaging roadmap for Tassie jobs boom starts by promoting the potential of a giant sustainability packaging plant.  It is hard to imagine sustainability and gigantism fitting together, especially in business.  Nonetheless the article makes important points regarding adding value to our wonderful natural resources and brand using advanced technology that can compete with low cost labour. The trick is to extend opportunities to a wider number of members of the community in a sustainable way.

This pathway has been developed in many cities across the world and the best example of a coordinated approach is the global movement Fab City. The Fab City challenge is to move away from the industrial paradigm of “product in – rubbish out” and for cities to produce everything they consume by the year 2054. Open source advanced technologies make this possible.



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