Environment news and events

We run a number of fun and free events throughout the year to help you on your journey to live more sustainably in Stonnington.

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Happy World Environment Day! Celebrate this year's theme "Beat Plastic Pollution. If you can't reuse it, refuse it" by joining millions of people from 159 countries in signing up to Plastic Free July
Zero Waste Living workshop

Saturday 14 July, 2.30 - 4pm
Malvern Library, 1255 High Street


Plastic free July is a small challenge with a big impact! Hear from zero-waste guru Erin Rhoads who has been on a journey to reduce her waste for years. 

Erin is the author of ‘Waste Not’, a practical guide to start tackling waste at your own pace and is launching her brand new book at our event.

With her inspiring and tips, she'll get you ready to take on the Plastic Free July challenge!

REGISTER

Join the Compost Revolution

Over 750 households in Stonnington are now composting their food waste through our Compost Revolution program.

“Our worm farm makes it easy to compost our food waste at home. It helps reduce our waste and gives us valuable fertiliser for the garden. Plus our kids love worms!” –
Dugald, Armadale resident.

Until 30 June, receive 50 per cent off a worm farm, compost bin or Bokashi bin with free home delivery.

Please note, purchases are limited to 1 per address in order for as many Stonnington residents to be involved as possible.

 

Trees save cities money


Trees play an important role in our cities by cleaning our air and water, providing cooling benefits, reducing flooding, providing habitat, improving building comfort and boosting health and wellbeing.
 
New tree benefits online software i-Tree Tools demonstrates the benefits of trees in cities and the amount of money they can save.
 
In a study of 10 megacities including London, Cairo, Beijing and Tokyo, each square kilometre of tree cover saved around $930,000 in air pollution health care costs, $20,000 by capturing water runoff and $478,000 in building energy heating and cooling savings.


Read the full article

Hugging is a great way to keep warm this winter

We've also got some other great tips on ways to beat the cold without increasing your bills or your carbon footprint:

  • Dress for the weather - even when you’re inside you can wear a jumper to keep the heating costs down.
  • Seal draughts! Check for cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing, heating units and ducted systems.
  • Use your thermostat. Set it to between 18°C and 20°C; every degree higher can increase your bill by up to 10 per cent.
  • Use a timer. Set a timer for 20 minutes before you wake up in the morning. Leaving heaters on overnight can cost a small fortune. 

Shake your tail feather 

Australia counted almost two million birds in the 2017 Aussie Backyard Bird Count!

A total of 2,015 individual birds were observed and recorded in the City of Stonnington during the 2017 Aussie Backyard Bird Count.The most recorded bird in Stonnington? The Rainbow Lorikeet, which also topped the count in Australia for the fourth consecutive year.

Over 72,000 people participated in the count across Australia to help ecologists track large-scale biodiversity trends.  

One of the most surprising trends from the data is a decline in the Laughing Kookaburra across southeast Australia.

Read the full article here.

Malvern family switch to solar

Gabriel and his family are making the most out of the sun these cooler months. 

Hear why and how they made the switch to solar through Council's Making Solar Simple Program.

After speaking with Positive Charge about their needs and energy usage, the family installed a 9kW system on their Malvern home.

“It’s great to be able to get financially ahead, reduce our energy use and we’re also doing something good for the environment, says Gabriel Malvern resident

Lighting the way 

Council is replacing 315 street lights this month to LEDs, which are up to 84 per cent more energy efficient. We’re also upgrading an additional 2,277 street lights to LEDs in the second half of 2018.

The new street lights will save energy and increase lighting quality, with more light being directed toward the ground where it is needed, instead of into the sky. 

Winter in your patch

We spoke to Mat Pember, Aussie author and founder of The Little Veggie Patch Co. about the best veggies to grow in winter. 

He says leafy greens love the cold and are easy to grow like kale, silver beet and spinach. While coriander and root vegetables e.g. beetroots and turnips are best planted right on the cusp of winter.  

“A lot of the common things that we eat, herbs, spinach and lettuces , are quite costly at the supermarket and they’re some of the easiest things to grow,” says Mat. 

To find out more about edible gardening - check out these short videos with Mat.

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