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KeepCups

We are still selling our Moreland Zero Carbon KeepCups. The cups are sold as part of our fundraising efforts to get more solar and energy efficiency measures in local schools and community groups, as well as to fight the War on Waste.

Five dollars from the sale of each cup goes into our Moreland Renewable Energy Fund.

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Sydney Road Street Party

On Sunday 4 March Sydney Rd Brunswick was once again a sea of people for the Sydney Road Street party. This annual event is part of the Brunswick St Music festival and sees Sydney Rd transformed from a busy road with cars, trams and bikes to a pedestrianised road with thousands of people out and about to shop, eat, drink, listen to live music and learn about local groups and initiatives.

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An Inconvenient Sequel

On 21 February nearly 300 people turned up to a free screening of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power at Coburg Town Hall.

The film screening was hosted by MEFL and Climate Action Moreland which was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A chaired by MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe. An acknowledgement of country was delivered by Cr John Kavanagh, the Mayor of Moreland.

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Healthy Homes

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program.

The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will also measure whether the upgrades help to reduce energy consumption in the homes.

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More solar for Moreland businesses

MEFL has been helping businesses across the City of Moreland save money on their energy bills by going solar. Including local business Otto and Spike who installed a 29.8kW system using Environmental Upgrade Financing. This is a new form of finance which enables local businesses to borrow money through Moreland City Council to fund environmental upgrades to their buildings. It provides businesses with access to low cost finance and enables them to spread repayments over an agreed period to ensure they are cash flow positive throughout.

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Positive Charge out and about

The Positive Charge team will be out and about over the next few weeks, delivering information sessions, a movie screening, an author talk and more. See below for details.

  • Thursday 15 Feb. Energy Efficiency, Coburg Library. Come along to learn some simple ways to save. Register here
  • Wednesday 21 Feb. Free Movie Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel. We’ll be showing Al Gore’s latest film about Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion. Register here

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Staff profile: Dez Daswani

I joined MEFL in January as the Project Coordinator for Healthy Homes. My main responsibility is to coordinate the home energy efficiency upgrades with delivery partners in selected households, within the Western Melbourne and Greater Shepparton regions.

I previously worked in the telecommunications sector, coordinating asset replacement projects of HVAC, fire and battery equipment in Telstra’s network sites. I  also have experience in customer service, data analysis and reporting. I volunteered and took a number of environmental sustainability courses at CERES prior to joining MEFL.

When I’m not working I…  go rock climbing and I have a keen interest in growing food in my backyard.

The best piece of sustainability advice I ever got is… to live a simple and minimalistic life.

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From the CEO

As we approach the end of the year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the amazing achievements in 2017. The list is long! Highlights include:

  • Expanding our organisation to NSW through Our Energy Future.
  • Commencing the EnergySmart program and another soon-to-be launched retrofit program for low-income households.  These programs will see us improve the comfort and efficiency of 2,500 homes across Victoria.
  • In partnership with Moreland City Council we are updating the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy for 2020 and designing the longer-term strategy for 2040.
  • Moreland saw its first EUA (environmental upgrade agreement) at Otto and Spike.
  • And our first Your Community Energy Project in partnership with Powershop at Milparinka was delivered.

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Cooling Communities outcomes

MEFL launched the findings from our Cooling Communities project last month. This project saw MEFL and Moreland City Council retrofit ten social housing properties in Moreland to improve understanding of the actions required to mitigate impacts of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE). The project was funded through DELWP’s Victorian Climate Change Grants 2015.

Upgrades

Upgrade works included improvements to building fabric (insulation, draught proofing and external shading), natural cooling from trees and vegetation, and mechanical upgrades (fans and reverse-cycle air-conditioners).

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