Up-Cycled Office Decos

BuyNothingNew, Recycling, Waste

Council staff have been getting creative in the office; highlighting that you don’t need to go out and buy brand new decorations to create a festive space. By using old stuff and natural products you can create some fabulous Christmas cheer that doesn’t cost the earth.

 

 

 

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Swap Party

BuyNothingNew, Lunchtime Sessions, Recycling, Sustainability, Waste

 

The Sustainability Working Group are hosting a Swap Party just before Christmas to get staff thinking about re-using, recycling and reducing the amount of stuff we buy.

A Swap Party invovles participants bringing along five clean, good quality items you no longer want. You could bring clothes, homewares, toys, books, plants or excess fruit and veg.

Swap Parties are fun, free and green. By swapping you help save water and energy, reduce green house gases and keep valuable resources out of landfill.

You can read more info on Swap Parties HERE

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Re-Usable Veggie Bag Making Workshop

Lunchtime Sessions, PlasticFree, Sustainability

Our September lunchtime session, led by Rose M and Maree A, showed us how to make our own reusable veggie bags.  Attendees all had a go at making their own re-usable bags.
The veggie bags are the perfect solution to avoiding the use of the small plastic bags found in the fruit and veggie sections.

You can read 1Milllion women’s tips on how to make your own  veggie bags HERE

We look forward to having similar workshops into the future! Thank you Ladies for helping us to reduce waste!
#ReuseRevolution

 

National Tree Day – 21 August

Plants, Uncategorized

National Tree Day in Greater Shepparton was postponed due to all the rain we have been having. Sunday saw loads of Greater Shepparton residents getting their hands dirty and planting trees at Tassiker Reserve.

A few of the SWAG members participated in the planting of around 1200 trees!

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Photo cred for top and bottom photo: Councils Marketing/Communications team.

Keep Cups are here!

PlasticFree, Sustainability, Waste

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Every minute around the world, over one million disposable cups are discarded.

Help Council reduce our landfill contribution by purchasing a reusable glass cup, available from the Customer Service desk from today. Cups are only $10 each – that’s a saving of more than 50% off the recommended retail price!

A number of council departments contributed funds to enable our group to purchase 240 cups. We are selling these cups below cost price to encourage staff to minimise their use of disposable cups. If 200 staff were using KeepCups annually, we would reduce our environmental footprint by diverting almost 66 thousand cups from landfill!

All money raised will be used to fund future sustainability projects.

Paper Saving Proposal Approved

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Great news! Greater Shepparton City Council will reduce our total paper use by 15% after a recommendation was approved to forgo printing out extensive reports for our Executive Leadership Team and Councillors. Instead, team members will receive these reports electronically.

That equates to saving about 450,000 sheets of paper each year. The change starts with us.

Field trip to Murrnong, Violet Town

Permaculture, Sustainability

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On Thursday, 5th May, the Sustainability Working Group headed out to permaculture farm Murrnong at Violet Town to meet farmer David Arnold.

David teaches a variety of courses at the farm, including Permaculture Design and Backyard Bees, as well as harvesting and selling organic food at local farmers markets.

The group learnt about how David developed the farm, the way animals are integrated into the property, and how we can all take steps to a more self-reliant way of living.

Thanks for having us David!

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Indoor Plant Propagation Lunchtime Session

Lunchtime Sessions

 

Earth Day (22 April) at Greater Shepparton City Council was celebrated by staff with an indoor plant propagation workshop hosted by the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). A range of plants were propagated and shared including peace lillies, arrowhead plants and a variety  of succulents. The workshop explored the benefits of indoor plants and provided tips and tricks on succesful plant propagation. All participants took multiple plants for their office space and home. #EarthDay

Lunchtime Information Session – Ride to Work

Lunchtime Sessions

Want to ride to work but don’t know where to start?

Seasoned cyclists Doug Cousins & Sam Kemp from the Sustainability Working Group will be facilitating an info session that will cover the topics you need to know.

Date: Thursday 28 April, 12.30pm

Where: Alex Rigg Meeting Room, Eastbank Centre

Check out the flyer below for more info!

Sustainability Working Group – Lunchtime Information Sessions – Poster – April 2016

#GREXY Challenge Give A Fork This April

Waste

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This April get #GREXY by Giving A Fork about food and its impact on our planet. Sustainable Table are hosting #GREXY challenges for the entire month of April providing those who sign up with guidance to reduce their impact.

Sign up (donate) and get involved you can either:

1. #GREXY TEASER – keep your cup
Cut the disposable cup, carry a drink bottle and request your drinks shaken, not strawed. This means that for the month you pledge to buy your takeaway drinks in a reusable cup and say no to bottled water and straws.

2. HALFWAY TO #GREXY – meat-free weekdays
Make meat a treat, get your veg on and commit to meat-free weekdays for a month.
Show the world that eating veg is just about as grexy as it gets. Making meat a (free range) treat also tastes way better and is great for the environment too.

3. DROP DEAD #GREXY –crash course in ethical eating
Learn how to eat right for the planet
and your health.
The ultimate 30-day crash course – a perfect intro to sustainable living. Attempt to fit all your landfill waste for the month into one container and learn how to incorporate sustainable eating and living habits into your daily life, without turning it upside-down.

Fore more info visit SustainableTable