Environmental Film Festival – Yackandandah

In 2006 An Inconvenient Truth brought to broad audiences pictures of the potential threats posed by climate change.  Al Gore provided a far reaching examination of likely impacts of a less stable global climate patterns.  It was a disturbing story but also proved one of the most successful campaigns at raising awareness of the problems with not acting immediately to address the human caused carbon emissions.  Moreover it offered hope that with commitment climate change could be limited.

 Sadly,  current research is suggesting this heightened awareness has given way to a drop in concern for climate change, perhaps replaced by global financial uncertainty in finances.  Obviously the global financial crisis has had a role in this refocus.

 The makers of An Inconvenient Truth have produced another film;  Last Call for the Oasis.  This film examines the global challenges we are facing with water – itself the precursor to life.  We of course are well familiar with water and it centrality to life given recent experiences with drought through the 2000’s, floods this year in the North East and the struggle to find an equitable management strategy for the Murray Darling.

 Along with 7 other selected movies Last Call at the Oasis is being shown at the Environmental Film Festival (…Melbourne) scheduled to take place in Yackandandah on the 5th and 6th of October – very soon.  Click   2012 Flyer  for details on where to get tickets.

 The festival provides a broad range of movies ranging from satire and a docu-drama through to case studies of emerging coal seam gas operations and even a solar car adventure.  Festival organizer recognise the potential of movies to both remind us of some of the challenges being with the biosphere but also some of the innovation that is occurring to respond to threats in creative and empowering ways.

 More details are available on the attached flyer.  Well worth a trip to Yackandandah, which itself a great little town largely recovered from its own environmental devastation – gold mining during the late 1800’s!

 Details also available on October calendar page on Ecoportal at; http://ecoportal.net.au/event

2 Short Courses start next week

 Save water, save money!     –     Assess household water use CPPHSA4003A

Learn the skills you need to assess your household water use and develop ways to improve your water efficiency and save money. 

Dates:  2 sessions Tuesday 28th Aug & 4th Sep |  Time:  6pm to 9pm|  Cost:  $150 FFS

Smarter Homes – Top 10 Home hints for saving money NA12SHOME

Do you need to find ways to save money on your bills at home?  This custom designed course offers you the skills to interpret energy bills, improve the comfort of your homes and to reduce energy bills.  We will be sharing our ‘Top 10 Hints’ for saving money.  Come along and get personal advice from a household sustainability  expert.

 Dates: 1 session Thursday 30th Aug    | Time:  6pm – 9pm|   Cost: $50 FFS

Other session dates: 27th Sep, 1st Nov & 29th Nov

Call the Centre for Sustainable Skills on  02 6055 6669 to book your place now!   See the tab at the top of this page to see the other great courses we have on offer in the upcoming weeks

See you at the Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair on Sunday August 5th, 2012

Preparations are under way for the 5th Wodonga Sustainable Living Fair at La Trobe University, Wodonga this coming Sunday. 

Wodonga Institute of TAFE have a stall and will have brochures available on the courses we are currently offering and ones we hope to run in 2013.

Business, Government and the wider community now consider sustainability issues to be an integral part of their operations.  Therefore, there is an increasing demand for employers and employees to actively engage in a low carbon economy.  The courses that Wodonga TAFE are able to offer will enable you to assist your organization to adopt sustainable business practices leading to increased productivity, reduced costs and improved environmental performance.  The skills and knowledge that you will gain will enable you to embed sustainability principles into your everyday work practices and provide you with an additional high-level qualification that will be an asset in your current workplace.

We look forward to seeing you there on Sunday 10am to 2pm.  See flyer for more details

Get it right on Bin Night

Are you confused about what you can and can’t recycle?

Not sure if that chinese takeaway container lives in the rubbish bin or the recycling bin?

Get it right on bin night is a useful website with detailed information as to what you can and can’t recycle. The site also provides you with information on how recycling works and how you can get more involved in helping to keep out planet green.

http://www.getitrightbinnight.vic.gov.au/

Dates set for Sustainability Short Courses

The Centre for Sustainable Skills have set dates and fees for Semester 2 for their popular short courses. Click here to see what amazing value short courses we are now offering.

Contact us on 02 6055 6669 or sustainability@wodongatafe.edu.au to secure your place in one of these course.

Congratulation to Our Community Groups.

 Sustainable living in Albury0Wodonga

 NEW website for Sustainability Communities. Ecoportal

Ecoportal is the result of a collaborative and committed effort by many representatives from various community groups working towards sustainability in and around Albury-Wodonga, North East Victoria and Southern New South Wales.

Ecoportal responds to a shared ambition to enhance the cross-fertilisation of ideas and to promote streamlining in the scheduling of community events.

Broadly speaking our website also seeks to;
• Offer a central place for the promotion of upcoming sustainability events;
• Provide links, information and contact details of local sustainability groups;
• Encourage the sharing of skills, knowledge and resources locally; and
• Add to opportunities to network with others.

Please see link on sidebar.

New Training Package for Sustainability

Centre for Sustainable Skills are please to announce that we are now offering the NEW Sustainability Training Package from Industry Skills Council Manufactring Skills Australia.

Achieving sustainable workplace practices at all levels of the organisation is a primary imperative to improve enterprise sustainability. This focus on the internal operations must be prioritised if real gains are to be made to the enterprise bottom line and implications of legislation, cost impacts and community pressure are to be meaningfully addressed.  (ref MSA Vision for skills, enterprise growth and sustainability)

All MSA qualifications will soon include mandatory skills in environmental sustainability. This is being achieved by adding an environmental sustainability unit of competency to the core unit requirement of qualifications.

For more information please contact Jennifer Klippel on 02 6055 6334 or email: jklippel@wodongatafe.edu.au

 

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