Past events

  • Hot composting workshop

    Sustainable Living event
    • Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 10:30 AM
    • The Botanical 2A Eddington St Bridgewater


    Join University of Tasmania's Community Garden Coordinator, Jeff McClintock in this practical workshop as he provides step-by-step instructions on how to establish a productive hot compost heap at your home, school or workplace.

    With this method, there is no need for expensive compost bins, complicated formulas of carbon versus nitrogen and the need to place ingredients in layers like lasagne. Instead, discover the real secret to turning food and garden waste into sweet, nutrient rich compost in a matter of weeks.

    It's FREE and it all part of the 2 day/2 venue BIG Weekend of Sustainable Events!

  • Healing gardens

    Sustainable Living event
    • Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 12:00 PM
    • Brighton Civic Centre

    Creating a healing gardens for our wildlife, plants and humans is possible - let Simone Bliss, Landscape Architect, tell you how.

    All part of the BIG Weekend of Sustainable Living Ideas!


  • Roundtable discussion

    Sustainable Living event
    • Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 01:30 PM
    • Brighton Civic Centre

    A chance to hear and participate in what Tasmania should be famous for. 

    Join a discussion about Tasmania's growing brand, what we want for Tasmania and what we want Tasmania to be famous for when it comes to sustainability

    All part of the BIG Weekend of Sustainable Living Ideas


  • E Forum Plastics - where to from here?

    Sustainable Living event

    Please RSVP here to receive a ZOOM invite to enable you to join in as an audience member from you own home

  • July 2023 E Forum

    Sustainable Living event

    Join our 3 panelists as they discuss the all important issue of sustainable transport in Tasmania. 

    Peter Newman is the Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University. Peter has written 23 books and over 400 papers on sustainable cities and decarbonization policy. He created the term automobile dependence in the 1980’s which is now standard terminology in urban planning and his book with Jeff Kenworthy has been called ‘one of the most influential planning books of all time’. Peter has worked to deliver his ideas in all levels of government having been an elected councillor, seconded to advise three Premiers in Western Australia (1986, 1989, 2001-3) and on the Board of Infrastructure Australia 2008-14. He has been involved in IPCC for twelve years and is presently the Co-ordinating Lead Author for the IPCC on Transport. In 2014 he was awarded an Order of Australia for his contributions to urban design and sustainable transport. In 2018/19 he was the Western Australian Scientist of the Year.

    Rachel Hay is a researcher, writer and climate activist in lutruwita/Tasmania, working as a Research and Projects Officer at Australia reMADE. As a member of Climate Tasmania, she recently released a paper calling for the Tasmanian Government to increase electric vehicle, public transport and active transport uptake to reduce our carbon emissions. She’s worked on the development of Tasmania’s Climate Change Act at the Australia Institute Tasmania, convinced UTAS to divest $10 million from fossil fuels and given advice on carbon markets at the UNFCCC’s COP25.

    Anton Vikstrom started the Good Car Company with 2 other environmental scientists with the goal of creating a cleaner, safer and healthier Australia. As three environmental scientists, they are unlikely founders of a car business...but desperate times call for desperate measures. They felt terrible about every puff of smoke from our cars that was contributing to the climate crisis. They recognised the importance of switching to electric vehicles (EVs), but there were no affordable options available. So they imported one! They then worked with our community to create the worlds first community electric vehicle bulk-buy. We are now delivering hundreds of cars all around Australia.

    We look forward to presenting our next Food For Thought!

  • September 2023 E Forum

    Sustainable Living event

    SLT's next E-Forum will be hosted on Tuesday September 26 from 6.30-7.30pm.

    Speakers will focus on the all important topic of - Sustainability - What does it mean in 2023?

    Dr Mark Diesendorf will challenge our views of ‘sustainability’ and expose the barriers to achieving it.
    Dr Mark Diesendorf is Honorary Associate Professor in the Environment & Society Group, School of Humanities & Languages at UNSW Sydney and a member of the editorial board of the journal Global Sustainability. Originally a theoretical physicist, he broadened into interdisciplinary research in renewable energy, sustainability and ecological economics. From 1996 to 2001 he was Professor of Environmental Science and Founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures at University of Technology Sydney. His most recent book, co-authored by Rod Taylor, is The Path to a Sustainable Civilisation: Technological, Socioeconomic and Political Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023). 

    Corey Peterson will look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals and how UTAS has worked with them.Corey Peterson has worked at the University of Tasmania since 2010 advancing from Sustainability Officer to Chief Sustainability Officer charged with advancing a holistic organisational sustainability agenda.  He was on the University of Tasmania Governing Council from 2012-2020 and is the current President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS). He has also served on the Board of several community organisations, including Sustainable Living Tasmania for ten years (five as President), is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and has joint Masters Degrees in Environmental Science and Public Administration. He also spent 16 years supporting science in Antarctica before immigrating to Tasmania.

    Cameron McLennan will introduce the work on a sustainability strategy for Tasmania and explain how to contribute to it.Cameron McLennan is leading the work to develop Tasmania’s sustainability vision and strategy in the Department of Premier and Cabinet and was previously a member of the Secretariat supporting the Premier’s Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council, which recommended the strategy as part of Tasmania’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This work involves collaboration across all Government agencies, industry, academia, and the community. A key objective is to develop a vision and goals that reflect the values and aspirations of Tasmanians, which comes from community engagement throughout the project. He is concerned to influence the shift of mindset needed to tackle difficult sustainability challenges in government and in business.

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