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Green Mile Walking Tour

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There’s lots happening on the Lygon Street ‘Green Mile’ in Brunswick East. Businesses and community members have been working with Moreland Energy Foundation and Moreland Council to explore what can be achieved through collaboration, creativity and a passion for sustainable living.This inspiring walking tour explores what’s happened and ideas currently brewing. We’ll visit cafes, breweries & more to see how they are playing their part in Moreland’s shift to zero carbon.

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Sustainability Bike Tour

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There are some great things happening around Moreland that are helping to reduce our community’s carbon emissions, and create a prosperous and resilient future for Moreland. We want to celebrate and showcase how people are playing their part in the shift to a zero carbon future, and what better way to do that then on two wheels!

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Cooling Communities

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As a way to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, MEFL in a partnership with Moreland City Council is working on a project named Cooling Communities. This project is funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and will work in areas of social housing in Moreland.

Why Moreland?

Moreland’s suburbs are particularly vulnerable to heat waves due to a lack of green infrastructure and lack of water bodies such as rivers or lagoons. An analysis shows that vulnerability to the UHIE is particularly extreme in areas of social housing. This project aims to create a set of recommendations which will promote UHIE resilience in social housing areas, for use by local government, social housing providers, and residents across Victoria.

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6 star NABERS rating for MEFL office

nabers-certificateWe’re delighted to announce that the MEFL office has been given a 6 star NABERS tenancy rating. This is the top rating and according to NABERS, “demonstrates market-leading performance”.

The rating recognises our energy-efficient practices such as:

  • Turning off computers when not in use
  • Automatic switches for lights so they’re not left on
  • Our purchase of 100% GreenPower.

More information about NABERS tenancy ratings on the NABERS website.

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From the CEO

Alison RoweThe end of each year is the perfect time to sit back, take stock of the year that has passed by and look at the challenges and opportunities for the year ahead. This is particularly relevant for me as I have spent the past months looking back at the amazing work MEFL has done and the outstanding achievements of this small organisation. Our success is a testament to the people who come together each day to make MEFL what it is. Next year we will be even better.

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Carbon Neutral Christmas

goatSanta manages to deliver presents all over the world and his only carbon footprint is a little bit of reindeer flatulence. However in most homes Christmas creates a lot more waste and landfill than any other time of year. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
MEFL’s Program Co-ordinator Jason Cox has put together a few tips for a Christmas that has maximum happiness and minimum waste.

Shop locally

If you live in Moreland you have everything you need at your fingertips from food to presents. You’ll reduce your travel and your stress levels. See the Moreland City Council website for info on local shopping areas.

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Regional Councils go solar

shepMEFL is currently undertaking a solar feasibility project for the Shire of Moira and the City of Greater Shepparton as part of both Councils’ ambitions to dramatically enhance their renewable energy programs.

The two Councils have recognised a need to:

  • Deliver reductions in the cost of running their facilities in the short to medium term
  • Enhance their leadership position in the community.

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Making it easy for businesses to go green

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As part of our work to help Moreland get on track for zero carbon emissions by 2025 MEFL’s Zero Carbon Evolution team have been working with Moreland City Council to make it possible for businesses (both building owners and tenants) to install solar at no upfront cost.

In September Moreland City Council approved a key tool – Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs). These are a council-based funding mechanism that has been developed to enable businesses to borrow money at lower interest rates for upgrades that improve the environmental performance of the building.

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MEFL at the Sustainable Living Festival

slfThe Sustainable Living Festival is on between 4 – 26 February 2017, and once again MEFL will be part of it.

Our events

We’re running two events as part of the festival:

  • A walking tour of the Lygon Street ‘Green Mile’ on Saturday 11 February. This inspiring walking tour explores what’s happened and ideas currently brewing. We’ll visit cafes, breweries & more to see how they are playing their part in Moreland’s shift to zero carbon.
  • A bike tour on Sunday 12 February, including stops and ride-bys at a range of destinations across Moreland. The tour will enable participants to see first hand what some Morelanders are doing to play their part in our shift to a zero carbon future.

MEFL will also be participating in other Moreland events throughout the festival.

The Festival

The Sustainable Living Festival seeks to inspire and empower everyday Australians to accelerate their uptake of sustainable living.

The Festival will again present a rich program of home and lifestyle solutions including talks, workshops, art, film, performance and markets to educate and inform the audience about their state of sustainability.

Many of the Festival events have been developed by and are being held within local communities ranging from city and metropolitan locations to regional cities and rural towns. The Big Weekend is the flagship three-day event held at Federation Square, Melbourne on 10 – 12 February.