Interesting Websites

On this page we have provided a list of interesting websites for you to browse. We believe the information on these sites may be of use to you, and we encourage you to take a look at what others are doing to protect our planet.

The sites are divided into three sections:

Non-Government Organisations Government Sites Business Sites

NGOs (Non Government Organisations)

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Action Bioscience

ActionBioscience.org is a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy. To meet these goals, the web site provides peer reviewed articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to six bioscience content areas. The site also offers tips on how to teach with issues. The web site provides ready to use original lessons and resources to enhance issue based bioscience teaching. Visit: http://www.actionbioscience.org/


Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

The ATA (http://www.ata.org.au) is an organisation whose goals are to foster communities which grow and prosper in balance with natural ecosystems, living sustainably through the improved use of technology and practices to better manage our natural resources.

The ATA publishes the Renew Magazine which has many articles on topics such as solar power, solar hot water systems, electric vehicles, energy efficient lighting and many more practical examples to help people live more sustainably. It also publishes Sanctuary magazine which gives ideas for sustainable homes.

Membership of the ATA, as well as giving access to the association’s magazines, also provides a free advice service from the association’s experts and discounts on goods and books from the ATA’s webshop.

Toowoomba Branch - You can contact the branch here: toowoomba@ata.org.au


Australian & New Zealand Solar Energy Society - International Solar Energy Society Australian NZ Section Promotion Office

Scientific, social & economic development through the environmentally sound utilisation of solar energy. Investigation into the operation and development of solar energy applications and potential applications. The development of viable solar energy industries in Australasia. The generation and dissemination of information on current and future solar energy developments to members and potential members. Influence on government policies which may impact upon the present and future development of solar energy applications. Visit: www.anzses.org


Australian Building Greenhouse Rating Scheme

The Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) Scheme is a 'world first initiative' to help building owners and tenants across Australia benchmark their greenhouse performance. Visit www.nabers.com.au


The Australian Business & Climate Group (ABCG)

The Australian Business & Climate Group (ABCG) is a group of nine major organisations - Anglo Coal, BP Australia, Deloitte, Mirvac, Rio Tinto, Santos, Swiss Re, VicSuper and Westpac. The group’s major objective is to identify a supporting role for business in the acceleration of the development and deployment of Australia’s low emissions economy. It has released a report entitled Stepping Up: Accelerating the Deployment of Low Emission Technology in Australia in August 2007

NB: The ABCG website is no longer available a copy of the report can be downloaded at https://www.westpac.com.au/docs/pdf/aw/sustainability-community/ABCG_Report_2007.pdf.


ACOR (Australian Council of Recyclers)

Australian Council of Recyclers is Australia’s leading industry association representing companies involved in processing secondary, solid raw material. ACOR members currently reprocess more than 12,990,000 tons (or 86%) of recyclable material in Australian annually. It aims to encourage governments, industry and the community to take actions that promote resource recovery, recycling and optimise the profitable recovery and recycling of secondary materials, and to maximise the opportunity of substituting recycled materials for virgin raw materials and closing the recycling loop through members producing a range of quality recycled raw materials. Materials currently reprocessed by members of ACOR include – Aluminium, Cardboard, Computers, Construction and demolition material, Electronics, Ferrous and non-ferrous metals, Glass, Paper, newsprint, Plastics – HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, PET, PVC, Mercury, Tyres and Whitegoods. Rod Welford, ACOR’s CEO, believes that, “There is an opportunity to achieve radical resource efficiencies in energy and other waste ‘resources’ through cleaner production and industrial ecology technologies that successfully close the loop on all resource inputs, not just material ones. For further details, newsletters, members, FAQs, links, contact and details of how to join ACOR, go to their website at www.acor.org.au/ .


Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA)

AELA’s mission is to promote the understanding and practical implementation of Earth jurisprudence and ‘Wild Law’ in Australia, so that we can build human societies that live within our ecological limits and nurture the health of the wider Earth community.  Earth jurisprudence is a new legal theory and growing social movement.  It proposes that we rethink our legal, political, economic and governance systems so that they support, rather than undermine, the integrity and health of the Earth.

AELA was created in 2012 and is the Australian expression of a growing international movement of lawyers and other Earth advocates striving to create Earth centred law and governance systems, and create a more harmonious relationship with our beautiful planet.  Our multi-disciplinary projects include research, education, community building and advocacy.  All our work is driven by our members’ interests and commitment – so become a member and get involved!

AELA is a founding member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, which brings together more than 70 organisations around the world, who support Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature.  AELA is an affiliate of the Earth Charter and a partner of the Global Footprint Network.
Visit: http://www.earthlaws.org.au/


Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

ARENA is a government-established body which is independent of the government. It opened for business on 1 July 2012 with two objectives:

  1. To improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies, and
  2. To increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia

ARENA has funding to invest in:

  • The funding of renewable energy projects
  • Supporting research and development activities, and
  • Supporting of activities to capture and share knowledge

Their website is really well set out and is divided into three main areas:

  1. How to Apply for Funding
  2. Our Projects, and
  3. Knowledge Bank

ARENA explains that renewable energy is energy which can be obtained from natural resources that can be constantly replenished.

And the types of renewable energy technologies are:

  • Bioenergy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean energy
  • Solar energy, and
  • Wind energy

I found the website to be informative and very easy to navigate. I also learnt a thing or two!

If you’d like to explore further, then you can view their website at www.arena.gov.au.

You can also contact them via:

  • Email: arena@arena.gov.au
  • Phone: 1800 804 838 (9am – 5pm AEST weekdays) | Switchboard +61 (0) 2 6274 1111
  • Mail: GPO Box 643, Canberra ACT 2601
  • WWW: Contact us.

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Bellis

Bellis is the house that Jerry Coleby-Williams (Gardening Australia) and Jeff Poole have completely transformed into a sustainable house. This website is devoted to the transformation process and the end result, showing you in detail what has been done. Watch and learn! Go to jerry-coleby-williams.net/bellis


Beyond Green

Beyond Green believes the environment movement must become braver, more radical. But also relevant to wider section of our communities. They believe this is a difficult task but also that we simply cannot continue to grow slowly, lose gracefully and hope that the science is wrong. Beyond Green plan to:<

  • Broaden the base of the environment movement through promoting rapid transition to economic equality and community wellbeing
  • Introduce innovative and necessary policy into Australian political culture
  • Run creative activist campaigns in Australia that link with our clear policy proposals
  • Empower people to stand up against destructive people and institutions
  • Give people accurate information on the best way they can minimize their impact on the planet

Beyond Green launched in January but have already run or launched 6 activist campaigns, 3 of them ongoing. Soon they'll begin a comprehensive policy development process, including positive policies for economic equality and transition. They welcome your input and involvement in their our current and future plans. Please contact them for more information


Bushfoods

Bushfoods magazine explores Australian fruits which have been found to be rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants.
See www.ausbushfoods.com


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Carbon Conservation

Carbon Conservation's mission is to reduce and absorb greenhouse gas emissions by maximizing the contribution of land and vegetation-based carbon storage. Since its formation in 2001, the Carbon Pool group of companies has built its business around these key principles while being guided by the values of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Carbon Conservation’s primary role is to run a carbon pool, trade in carbon credits and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. They offer a wide range of services including project development, management and consulting services. On the website you can find a large number of links to general climate news and information sheets and contact details.
You can find them at http://www.carbonpool.com/

NB: http://www.carbonpool.com/is no longer active. Check out www.carbonconservation.com or www.sourcewatch.org article


Carbon Equity

Carbon Equity is a Melbourne-based NGO/website highlighting climate change issues. It produces a useful weekly email with links to climate change-related news articles. On the website you can calculate your household energy and private transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for one year with the Carbon calculator, read about carbon rationing groups and find contact details for Carbon Rationing Action Groups.
Details at http://www.carbonequity.info/

NB: Contact details for Carbon Rationing Action Groups no longers seem listed

Carbon calculators: Global Footprint Network calculator | Carbon Neutral carbon calculator | 1degree.com carbon calculator


Carbon Market

Carbon Market is a News, Media & Film company with a clear focus on environmental, cultural and social good..

Channels:
  • A Drop in the Ocean
    A Drop In The Ocean is a ground breaking documentary about the adverse impacts of human activity on the world’s oceans and the steps that we can take to mitigate these impacts.
  • Eco News
    Eco News provides "as it happens" news articles, from an Australian perspective. Make it your daily source of environmental information.
  • Eco Voice
    Eco Voice is a monthly ‘environment’ publication with the values of ‘Community, Conservation and Commerce’ as well as working with government for sustainable outcomes.
  • Eco TV
    Eco TV is a digital media platform offering environmental information from around Australia – it is the place where you can watch, listen and engage
  • The Native Shop
    The Native Shop is a leading online provider of native plants, seeds and related accessories

The Change Agency

Their motto is, Making Change Happen.

The Change Agency Education and Training Institute Inc. is a small and independent not-for-profit education initiative, based in Australia. They work within our Asia-Pacific Region, helping community organizers and activists to win social and environmental change. They offer workshops, training resources and research to help build the skills of those working for social and environmental change.

Their website offers training resources, case studies and articles for activist research, as well as workshops and links to other like-minded websites. They also have a free monthly e-newsletter.

For Community organizers they also have a mentoring and advisory service

From their website you can easily access training resources on:

  • Political analysis:
    Before deciding what to do, it’s crucial to first analyse the political context, forces and opportunities. These political analysis tools and frameworks are designed to inform, motivate and enhance strategic action.
  • Strategy:
    In our ‘Strategising for Change’ workshops, participants share and experiment with several campaign planning templates. Our workshop resources are available for downloading from the ‘strategy page’. Increasingly, we work in an embedded way with organisations to help develop and evaluate campaign strategies.
  • Social action skills:
    Social action skills include political education, recruiting people, choosing issues, selecting targets, planning action strategies, running media campaigns, Internet activism, lobbying, electoral work, nonviolent direct action, community organizing, networking with sympathetic allies in the public and private sectors, participating effectively in public hearings, community-based action research, building coalitions, collaborative problem solving, and a wide variety of cultural preparation work.
  • Working in groups:
    These skills are required to establish and maintain organisations to initiate and sustain effective community action.
  • Personal development and life skills:
    Personal and interpersonal skills contribute constructively to collective action and help activists avoid ‘burnout’.

I noted that they acknowledge Australia’s First Nation People by stating, Our team acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's Country, which is clearly marrying their desire for social change with their desire for environmental awareness and change.

You can check out more about what they have to offer by logging on to their website:
www.thechangeagency.org.

You can also reach them by mail at:

PO Box 15, Islington NSW 2296

Phone 0431 150 928.


Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Australia

The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Australia program assists local governments and their communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It is funded with a $13 million over 5-year commitment. It is being delivered with the collaboration with the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The incentive is to work with local government, industry and the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As at September 2003 there were 176 local governments, representing over 71% of Australia's population, that are committed to achieving sustainable, long-term reductions in their greenhouse gas emissions through their participation in CCPTM Australia.
  Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Australia


Clean up Australia

The clean up Australia idea was begun in 1989 by Ian Kiernan and Kim McKay. Ian's idea was to make a difference in his own backyard. This simple idea has now become the nation's largest community-based environmental event, Clean Up Australia Day.
Visit: www.cleanup.org.au


The Climate Group

The Climate Group is an award-winning, international non-profit. We specialize in bold, catalytic and high-impact climate and energy initiatives with the world’s leading businesses and state and regional governments. Our work is at the forefront of ambitious climate action.

Our vision is a world of prosperous ‘net-zero’ emission economies and thriving, sustainable societies

The website includes reports and publications highlighting and explaining the groups causes.
Visit: http://www.theclimategroup.org/


Collectively

Collectively is a global media platform designed to inspire and empower people to make sustainable living the new normal. Its aim is to create and curate compelling content that shows how a sustainable lifestyle can be enriching and aspirational by highlighting the people, places and ideas making it so. Collectively brings these stories to a global stage, in order to collectively shift long term demand and solutions that are better for people and the planet while also providing readers with action they can take today. The platform has full editorial independence yet has been created with the support of many the world's leading multinational companies including Unilever, BT Group, The Coca-Cola Company, Marks & Spencer and Carlsberg.
Visit: www.collectively.org


The Community Climate Chest

https://www.climatechest.org.au

The Community Climate Chest (or C3) is a not for profit organisation that provides real renewable energy and carbon offsets to households and businesses that wish to neutralise their greenhouse emissions.

A bit of background:

  • GreenPower generators need to receive an additional ’green’ payment to be economically viable.
  • Business that use large amount of fossil fuel based electricity or generate large amount of greenhouse gases may need to buy carbon credit to offset their emissions.

How the C3 program works:

  • C3 buys 100% government-accredited green power, plus carbon offsets accredited under the rigorous international Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS).
  • You as households or business owners purchase green power from C3. There are no contracts, no need to change your electricity provider. For example, if you specify 5 MWh of power in your request to C3, then C3 will pay for that amount of energy to be generated by a project which had been accredited by the State Government's GreenPower authority.
  • A percentage of every sale is donated to a local community host of your choosing, such as a local renewable energy association or a national environmental organisation.
  • You receive a certificate as proof of payment to publicise your efforts and inspire others to follow your example; payments to C3 are tax deductible to the end consumer and GST does not apply.

Condamine Catchment Community Exchange

Condamine Catchment Community Exchange (CCCE) is a cashless bartering network that connects like-minded folk in the Condamine River Catchment. Members can trade goods and services. The group aims to foster community support networks while building a sustainable local economy. The Community Exchange also coordinates a local farmers market showcasing the regions finest produce.
Visit: condamine.my-local-lets-ces.org


The Cooperative Research Centres

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program was established in 1990 to improve the effectiveness of Australia's research effort through bringing together researchers in the public and private sectors with the end users. The CRC Program links researchers with industry and government with a focus towards research application. The close interaction between researchers and the end users is the defining characteristic of the Program. Moreover, it allows end users to help plan the direction of the research as well as to monitor its progress. The website has links to information about CRC's, the Program, Publications, events and media and an online subscription form if you wish to receive to receive news updates from the Cooperative Research Centres Program.
For further information visit the Cooperative Research Centre's website at http://crca.asn.au/.


CSIRO Publishing

CSIRO Publishing - operates as an independent science and technology publisher with a global reputation for quality products and services. For books and magazines on non-toxic gardening go to:
www.publish.csiro.au. Also see www.csiro.au.


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The Daily Climate

Staff at The Daily Climate review thousands of mainstream news outlets and scientific journals (from centre right to centre left) to locate stories about climate change. These may include new scientific discoveries, causes, consequences, solutions, and politics. They also publish stories about energy technologies that are being explored as possible solutions. It is not unusual for them to publish several articles from different newspapers covering the same story, as well as multiple editorials and op-eds about the same subject as they believe that readers want to see diverse views and how issues are being covered by the mainstream press. The Daily Climate is published every morning and offers a free daily e-letter with summaries and links to the best 15 stories of the day.Visit: dailyclimate.org


Doctors for the Environment

Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) is a voluntary organisation of medical doctors in all states and territories. DEA aims to utilise the skills of members of the medical profession to address the ill health resulting from damage to the natural environment at local, national and global levels.
Visit: dea.org.au


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EARTHLINK

EARTHLINK (formerly known as the Green Pages) - is a portal directory for supporters of buying green earth friendly products. This site promotes businesses that produce products that have a positive environmental influence. They encourage both environmental and humanitarian groups to use this site to form a cooperative foundation for information sharing.
Visit www.earthlink.org.au.


Ecological Footprint Quiz

In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the consumption of various resources (both renewable and non-renewable) throughout the world and the amount of land required to support these resource demands. Based on a complex calculus of elements, this is referred to as an ecological “footprint”. The Redefining Progress organisation has created this very educational online quiz that allows individuals to learn how large their ecological footprint is, based on 15 questions about their personal lifestyle habits. After responding to these questions, visitors will be able to compare their ecological footprint to what other people use around the globe.
Visit www.myfootprint.org/.


Eco Voice

Eco Voice, Australia’s leading Eco E-Newsletter (previously The Environment Newspaper) is the place where you can find the latest free eco information online. It consists of Environmental News, Eco Events, Eco Directory, Eco Guide, and Eco Articles and contains a lot of information regarding climate change, clean energy, awards, eco produces, habitat, tourism, water conservation, leisure, recycling and more. Simply subscribe to its monthly e-newsletter for free at www.ecovoice.com.au.


EducatorLabs

EducatorLab logoEducatorLab is a small online scholastic library and research database that is accessible worldwide. Volunteers from a variety of backgrounds such as teachers, researchers and doctors work collectively as curators and continuously update the website with new educational resources to be used within classrooms by teachers or by parents and students at home. EducatorLabs has an ever-growing online archive, known as the Resource Bank, which provides access to a wide range of resources from all backgrounds, as well as the opportunity to request information that may not already be provided.

The main goal of this website is to assist and connect with teachers to help them access valuable, high quality information, lesson plans, and activities to use within the classroom. Education is key for a bright future, therefore it is vital to provide the fundamentals for good education.

EducatorLabs is always on the lookout for individuals that want to become involved and volunteer with this organisation. Those who may be interested please visit link provided below.

educatorlabs.org


EIANZ

The Australasian Journal of Environmental Management published by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) features analytical articles about natural resources and environmental management. The Journal is published four times a year and distributed to EIANZ members as part of their membership entitlement. For subscription enquiries, or to enquire about joining the EIANZ, please contact the Institute's head office in Melbourne on 03 9654 7473 or email office@eianz.org or follow the links at their website at www.eianz.org.


ENVIROTALK

ENVIROTALK is the not-for-profit Australian environmental discussion forum. Forum topics cover the full range of issues including eco housing, fire, endangered and threatened species, alternative energy sources, law and politics, sustainability, transport and recycling to name a few. To find out how to participate in Envirotalk discussions visit www.envirotalk.com.au.

NB: ENVIROTALK seems to be no longer active.


Ethical Consumer Group (Shop Ethical!)

Shop Ethical! is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit designed to educate and empower people to make shopping choices that better reflect their values and to use their consumer power to create a better world. The Shop Ethical! website provides A-F ratings of the companies behind common brands sold in Australia based on their social and environmental impact. It also contains an online store where you can purchase practical, sustainable and ethical products www.ethical.org.au.


Ethical Directory

Ethical Directory provides information about ethical and green businesses and products. Categories include construction, health, beauty, education, books/magazines, energy, business services, entertainment, recycling, charities, fair trade, shopping, retreats, computers/internet, conservation, food/restaurants and Transport/Travel. For more information go to www.ethicaldirectory.ca.


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Fairtrade (Oxfam)

By choosing Oxfam Fairtrade coffee you can make everyone's day a little fairer. Buying Fairtrade coffee ensures that the third world growers and producers standard of living and working conditions are improved, as well as their standing within their communities. Buying Fairtrade coffee gives us all the opportunity to be ethical consumers and to make a real difference to people's lives. Retail and mail order Fairtrade coffee outlets can be found at www.oxfam.org.au/fairtrade.


Flora for Fauna

Flora for Fauna is an initiative of the Nursery & Garden Industry, Australia aimed at bringing new life to the gardens in our cities, towns and rural areas. The nurseries and garden centres of Australia want to spread the message that Flora for Fauna gardens can be a joy to the people who create them as well as a life saver to the fauna that find sanctuary there. See - www.floraforfauna.com.au


Friends of the Escarpment Parks - Toowoomba

Friends of the Escarpment Parks (FEP) are a Toowoomba based volunteer group assisting with hands-on maintenance and management of Toowoomba’s bushland escarpment parks. Volunteers participate in bushland rehabilitation, cataloguing native and exotic plants as well as propagating native plants for regeneration. Park care group volunteers meet regular to help with bush regeneration projects. In 2010-11 Friends of the Escarpment Parks produced the book Environmental Weeds of the Toowoomba Region.
Visit www.fep.org.au/fep-parkcare.php for volunteer schedules and locations.


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GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives)

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives is a global network that challenges polluting waste disposal methods and works to build an economy where all products are reused, repaired or recycled. The scale of what we trash and how fast we trash it is creating a worldwide crisis, with major health, environmental, and economic impacts for us all, and especially for low-income communities of colour. We support grassroots, community-led efforts to transform local waste systems, challenge harmful trash-burning, and advocate for better products and policies.
Website: www.no-burn.org. Blog: www.zerowasteworld.org.


The Global Footprint Network

The Global Footprint Network supports a sustainable economy by advancing the “Ecological Footprint”, a measurement and management tool that makes the reality of planetary limits relevant to decision makers throughout the world. The site offers information, tools and services, standards and resources to back the environmental footprint concept. www.footprintnetwork.org


Good Environmental Choice

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is Australia’s leading certifier of environmentally preferable goods and services. GECA is not-for-profit, independent, and the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). Our life-cycle based ecolabel was established to encourage the development of sustainable goods and services and now provides public access to over 2000 certified products.
Visit: www.geca.org.au


Green Building Advisor

Green Building Advisor offers practical information regarding designing, building and remodeling energy-efficient homes. The website features a comprehensive encyclopedia of articles and videos covering every step in the green building process, from layout and design to jobsite practices to the actual structure and mechanical systems of your green home The site is home to a blog proffering advice, news and opinion from the industry. Guests can browse a product directory and join an online forum to ask and answer questions from like-minded people.
Visit: http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/qa


Green Lifestyle Magazine

The Green Lifestyle Magazine is sponsored by Macquarie University. Ther are numerous features about simple sustainable living, e.g. growing native plants


The Green Directory

The Green Directory is Australia's online resource for locating genuine green businesses, products and services. Visit www.thegreendirectory.com.au

NB:The Green Directory website seems to be no longer active.


Green Home Resource Guide (ReviewLab)

Having an energy-efficient (or “green”) home is good for the environment and, in the long run, good for your budget. We put together this resource guide to help you start reaping the benefits of going green. The more than 50 resources in this guide include general information about what a green home is, resources for green building, energy and water conservation resources, and many more. Visit www.reviewlab.com/green-home-guide


Greening Australia

Greening Australian aims for a healthy, diverse and productive environment treasured by the whole community. They want to engage the community in vegetation management to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.
Visit: www.greeningaustralia.org.au


The Green Vehicle Guide

The Green Vehicle Guide provides on the environmental performance of new vehicles sold in Australia. You can use this site to see how vehicles compare on greenhouse and air pollution emissions. When buying a new car, use the site to identify the vehicle with the highest , which meets your needs.
Visit www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/ .


Greenpages Australia

Leading eco directory & magazine of environmentally sustainable products, services, news, events, articles and guides for your lifestyle and business. Including green power, organic products, monitoring equipement, foods & beverages, gifts, clothing, children & baby, weddings, building materials, house & home, books and much, much more!. www.thegreenpages.com.au/

NB:Greenpages Australia seems to be no longer active.


Greenpeace Australia

Greenpeace takes action to protect our natural home, now and in the future.
Visit: www.greenpeace.org/australia/en


Grist

Grist has been covering environmental news and providing a cutting commentary on the environmental misadventures of mankind since 1999. Topics covered include climate, energy, food, cities, politics, business and green living all presented in a way that gets people talking; each month Grist reaches over two million readers and over half then take action based on the content. Grist is a genuinely entertaining and informative site, if you like a side of sass with your news then this site is for you. Visit: grist.org


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Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

www.ipcc.ch/

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific intergovernmental body supported by the United Nations and was first established in 1988. The IPCC produces reports that support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is the main international treaty on climate change, with the ultimate aim of "stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous human-induced interference with the climate system".

The IPCC was involved in the “Climategate” in 2009, during which some climate researchers were revealed to over-estimate the severity of climate change. This has led to controversy and suspicion about the factuality of human-incurred climate change. However the IPCC has also been criticized to under-estimate the climate change and relevant risks on the other hand. Having survived from the criticisms, the IPCC now concerns more about how humans will live with climate change as it has already happened.

The IPCC writes its report based on published literature, which includes peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sources. It has scientist and other experts volunteering to write and review parts of the report, which are then reviewed by its member governments of more than 120 countries. On its official website the IPCC provide most of its reports and supporting data to be downloaded. Its activities, calendar and meeting documentation can also be found there. The IPCC also offers scholarships to students worldwide who are doing studies on climate-related issues.


It's So Natural

Created by Alan Hayes It's So Natural offers a wealth of information on natural alternatives for home, health and garden. See - www.itssonatural.com


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Keep Australia Beautiful Network (KAB)

Keep Australia Beautiful Network (KAB), consisting of an independent federation network in each State and Territory, is a national organisation that is recognised as Australia’s independent litter prevention thought and practice leader, for a litter free and sustainable Australia.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Association is the national operator for the Eco-Schools program in Australia.

Eco-Schools is an international program of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), and aims to empower students to be the change our sustainable world needs by engaging them in fun, action-orientated learning. Australia is the 55th country to launch.

Some 'Resource' links from the KAB website are:

The Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) website has a double menu for navigation their site at the top of the 'home' page. The top menu is their organisational menu, while the menu below indicates how local government, businesses, communities, schools and individuals are able to be involved in various activities of the KAB organisation.

For full information visit: kab.org.au/


Kitchen Garden Foundation

Kitchen Garden Foundation is a non-for profit organisation established by Stephanie Alexander to raise funds to support Kitchen Garden Schools across Australia. It is a program that introduces pleasurable food education for young children, leading children to more healthy food through developing their own productive food garden and an exciting kitchen as an integral part of the school curriculum.
See www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au/


Knowledge Hound

The site is the Web's biggest directory of free how-to links, and the wide variety (from alternative energy to programming to crafts and more) offers something for everyone.
Visit: www.knowledgehound.com


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'Living Smart Homes'

'Living Smart Homes' is a free program of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Moreton Bay Regional Council. If you are residents in the council area and over the age of 18, you could become a registered user participating in Living Smart Homes Program and make more sustainable lifestyle choices by completing four living smart modules: energy, water, transport, and waste. Find out more information and become a part of it, simply visit livingsmartqld.com.au/homes/


LMS

LMS (Landfill Gas Management Services) is a wholly Australian owned and operated company, recognized as leaders in landfill gas and the renewable energy industry. Visit their very interesting website.
Visit: www.lms.com.au


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Native Australian Flora

Native Australian Flora offers a comprehensive internet site relating to native Australian flora.
Visit www.nativenursery.com.au


Nature & Society Forum

Nature and Society Forum is a non-profit community-based organisation that aims to promote the health and well-being of humans and the natural environment. Through improved community understanding, the group seeks to catalyze social change to bring about a biosensitive society which satisfies the needs of humankind and the ecosystems of which we are a part. www.natsoc.org.au


The New Internationalist

The New Internationalist is an independent not-for-profit co-operative based in Oxford UK with editorial and sales offices around the world dedicated to promoting social justice, environmental sustainability and cultural awareness. The New Internationalist Australia's on-line shop www.newint.com.au/shop/index.htm is where you can order a wide range of products or, alternatively, you can subscribe to its monthly award-winning Magazine, New Internationalist. If you live in Adelaide, you can also visit their local shop at 28 Austin Street, Adelaide from 9:30am to 6:00pm, Monday to Friday.


New Scientist

First published in 1956, New Scientist is a weekly science and technology magazine read by 778,593 people worldwide each week. Featuring a selection of the latest news stories from the worlds of science and technology, alongside in-depth features exploring the latest ideas that affect the world and how we understand it, reviews of the latest culturally relevant books, films or art and stunning imagery from around the world and beyond. The New Scientist online Features news, in-depth articles, blogs, opinion, video and much more.
See for yourself at www.newscientist.com.


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Organic Food Directory

The Organic Food Directory provides a comprehensive organic food directory. The site aims to provide all the information you need to find an organic food business in Australia, via an easy to navigate listing of organic retailers, organised by city and category.
Visit: www.organicfood.com.au


The Organics Directory

Since 1997 The Organics Directory Poster has been distributed to people and businesses connected with or interested in all aspects of the organic industry; producers, growers, wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers, the public, wholistic practitioners and medical colleges, retail outlets, field days, media as well as government and industry bodies. Web: www.theorganicsdirectory.com.au

NB: The Organics Directory website no longer seems to be active. Try the Australian Organic & Natural Directory - www.australianorganicdirectory.com.au or the Organic Food Directory.


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Paul Gilding's Website

This is the personal website of Paul Gilding, who is an Australian environmentalist and a former executive director of Greenpeace international. He also established and ran two companies focused on energy sustainability, which pioneered the way of social entrepreneurship in this realm.

He is the author of the book The Great Disruption: Why the Climate Crisis Will Bring On the End of Shopping and the Birth of a New World (2011), in which he tried to raise people’s conscious of a possible ending of current economic world due to climate, environment and ecological issues, and brought forth by ongoing financial crises. Rather different from many other environmentalists, he is optimistic in believing that people working together can struggle through the crisis and save human civilization, and by then, will adopt a new form of social life by “reinventing the global economy and our model of social progress”.

On his website Paul keeps following up latest trends in economy, environment, energy, climate and resource issues. One of his latest articles is on progress of clean energy industry, in which he gave us an analysis of a profound scenario. There are also valuable comments to his articles from various people. Maybe you are the next.
paulgilding.com


Peak Prosperity

This is a very interesting website focused on issues at the intersection among Economy, Energy and Environment. It was founded by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart, both of whom used to be very successful business managers, but later became seriously concerned about how our economy may hit problems from energy limitation and environment issues and how our lifestyle may change drastically in the near future.

The website addresses their understandings on this topic. With proficient knowledge in economy and finance, their critical thinking has led to an uncomfortable conclusion, that is we are facing an unavoidable contradiction between economic growth and resource limitation. They are endeavouring to rise awareness of people on this topic by providing an online “Crach Course” on both their website and their YouTube page (www.youtube.com/user/ChrisMartensondotcom). They keep writing blogs and news digests to comment ongoing events concerning economy, finance, energy, environment, natural resource and climate. There are also invited speakers and writers contributing to the podcasts and blogs on the website.

One of their podcasts was given by Ugo Bardi on resource depletion (www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/85158/ugo-bardi-banquet-consequences?). In this video Ugo and Chric talked about the resource problems in current energy industries, covering energy sustainability and prospect of renewable energy.
www.peakprosperity.com/


Permaculture

Permaculture Features design and construction of permaculture systems for a highly productive edible landscape, sustainable land use and permaculture training. It is part of the Sustainable Earth Technologies website.
Visit www.sustainable.com.au/permaculture.html


Permaculture Research Institute Of Australia

This site provides a range of information articles on permaculture, a discussion forum, notices about events and significant speakers/visitors and blog posts from individuals talking about and practicing permaculture on a daily basis.
permaculturenews.org


Planet Ark

Planet Ark aims to show people and business the many ways that they can reduce their day to day impact on the environment.
See - planetark.org


Planet Extinction

This website was founded by a dedicated group of individuals who want to raise awareness of the real reality of a planet in Crisis. The consequences of warming are here now. They have formed the Climate Coalition to spur everyone to act now - for if we don't, they believe, the seas will rise and humans on our heavily populated planet will be at each other's throats for survival.
Visit: planetextinction.com


Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research addresses the science of global change, climate impact and sustainable development through research, system analysis and modeling. The website presents results of this research, relevant and regularly updated news as well as a helpful range of research services and tools.
Visit www.pik-potsdam.de


Practical Environmentalist

Practical Environmentalist is a blog that tries to keep you updated with news and tips about the practical aspect of being green.
Visit: www.practicalenvironmentalist.com


Public Transport Users Association

Founded in 1976 as the Train Travellers Association, the Public Transport Users Association is the recognised consumer organisation representing passengers of all forms of public transport. They are a non-profit, voluntary organisation, with no political affiliations. They lobby governments and public transport authorities in the interest of all users of public transport. They work with other bodies and through the media to promote public transport and educate the community about the benefits of sustainable transport policies. They undertake research into transport policies which will improve services and make Melbourne and regional Victoria a better place in which to live.
Visit: ptua.org.au


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Queensland Conservation Council

Queensland Conservation Council is celebrating its 40 years of commitment to protection, conservation and sustainability of Queensland’s environment. Campaigns page contains information on Climate Change, Save Water, Nature Conservation, State Issues, Grow Local, and Coral Sea Heritage Park. Current news, projects, and upcoming events are available in the site.
Go to www.qldconservation.org.au


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Rainwater Tanks

For useful information on the installation and use of rainwater tanks
visit www.savewater.com.au


Resource Smart

As a part of ‘Sustainability Victoria’, Resource Smart offers ideas and advice of being sustainable in terms of resource use. From heating & cooling to lighting, from waste reuse and recycling to water saving, this site demonstrates how simple changes to your habits can make immediate and dramatic cuts to household emissions. It also contains sustainable solutions for educators, businesses, and government.
Go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households


Recycling Near You

Recycling Near You provides information on recycling services in your local government area. This site is sponsored by Planet Ark.
See - www.RecyclingNearYou.com.au


Reusable Bags (reuseit.com®)

www.reuseit.com, the American online shop, started with reusable bags, and now is offering hundreds of reusables in many categories, from bags, bottles to household items and beyond. It provides durable and stylish alternatives to use & toss items. Besides, it is also a place to learn more about bag facts and actions you can take to avoid non-degradable plastics. International shipping is available.


Reverse Garbage

Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit co-operative that sells industrial discards, off-cuts and over-runs to the public for creative and practical uses, reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. A huge variety of materials, including; perspex, cloth, ceramic tiles, closed-cell foam and foam sheeting, stickers, cardboard, wood, hessian sacks, paper rolls, bubble wrap, toys, craft supplies and dozens of other useful items can be re-used by schools, artists, craftspeople, home handypeople and the general community. There are Reverse Garbage co-operatives in Qld, NSW, Tas, Vic and ACT.
See: www.reversegarbageqld.com.au


Routledge Environment & Sustainability

Routledge Environment and Sustainability- the leading global publisher in the inter-disciplinary field of Environment & Sustainability studies offering a broad array of titles from accessible introductions and supplementary readings to cutting-edge research and reference in areas as diverse as Sustainable Development.
Visit: www.routledge.com/sustainability


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Seedsavers Network

Seedsavers Network: preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow's food:
See - seedsavers.net


Shop Ethical! (Ethical Consumer Group)

Shop Ethical! is a Melbourne-based not-for-profit designed to educate and empower people to make shopping choices that better reflect their values and to use their consumer power to create a better world. The Shop Ethical! website provides A-F ratings of the companies behind common brands sold in Australia based on their social and environmental impact. It also contains an online store where you can purchase practical, sustainable and ethical products www.ethical.org.au.


Shop Smart, Buy Green

Shop Smart, Buy Green: This consumer’s guide to saving money and reducing environmental impacts is a readable introduction to understanding the impacts of what we buy, considering options and making the best choices for the environment and ourselves based on a range of criteria including: What is it made from? How was it produced? How is it packaged? Where was it produced? Howe efficiently does it work? Can it be repaired? How will it be disposed of? The booklet also gives information on how to contact industry, and how we might move towards a sustainable future. Available in hard copy from Department of the Environment and Energy on 1800 803 772, or downloadable from:
http://www.environment.gov.au/archive/settlements/industry/corporate/
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Soils for Life

Soils for Life- is a registered environmental organisation chaired by Australia's former Governor General, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC AO(Mil) CVO MC (Retd). The Soils for Life program encourages wide adoption of regenerative landscape management practices to restore landscape health and produce quality and nutrient-dense food and fibre. By applying regenerative practices, be it in a kitchen garden or on a broadacre farm, we can restore natural systems through which we can maximise and water use efficiency, improve soil health, nutrient cycling and biodiversity – to deliver sustainable production and ecosystem services for the benefit of us all. Find out more about Soils for Life projects, the importance of having healthy soil, regenerative landscape management and read case studies of regenerative agriculture in practice at:
www.soilsforlife.org.au


Stop Global Warming

The Stop Global Warming Virtual March is a non-partisan effort to bring citizens together to declare that global warming is here now and that it is time to demand solutions. With the support of leading scientists, political, religious, cultural and business leaders, the Virtual March is creating one, loud collective voice that will be heard around the world. By spreading the word, the website is building a movement to stop global warming. Visit: http://www.aboutus.com/StopGlobalWarming.org


Sunrise Project

www.sunriseproject.org.au

The Sunrise Project Australia Limited was registered as a Company limited by guarantee in mid 2012 with the following charitable objectives:

  1. Protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment;
  2. Protect the natural environment from pollution and overexploitation;
  3. Support and empower individuals, communities, governments and industry to make changes required to prevent dangerous climate change;
  4. Facilitate public education about, and promote the transition to, a clean energy economy; and
  5. Educate, empower and support communities to protect natural assets and promote the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources in their local areas.

The Sunrise Project has endorsement as a charity from the Australian Taxation Office and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Our overall objectives are to:

  1. Protect natural assets and community health
    • Protect clean water resources
    • Protect farmland
    • Protect community health
    • Protect the Great Barrier Reef
    • Protect biodiversity and special natural places
  2. Hasten the transition to a clear environment
    • Promote renewable energy
    • Prevent large scale greenhouse pollution from fossil fuelsine life and coral, Great Barrier Reef

To achieve these objectives, we use the following key strategies:

  • Facilitate and promote community education in relation to the impacts of resource extraction and the transition to a low carbon economy;         
  • Monitor and ensure industry compliance with existing regulations;     
  • Improve regulation and government policy affecting resource extraction;    
  • Expose corruption and undue political influence in the regulatory process relating to mining and energy;      
  • Build the capacity of communities to participate in decision-making concerning resource extraction in their local areas.

Sustainability Showcase

The Sustainability Showcase mission is to catalyse a confluence across an emergent collaborative network of like and unlike-minds, focusing on facilitating networks, spaces and places in which innovative collaboration for sustainability strategies can occur. Sustainability Showcase functions as a hub for convergence and showcasing of various approaches, enabling synergies across a tripartite platform comprising an event series similar to TED, a magazine featuring content from field leaders in sustainability, and a web-based networking platform. Based in tropical Queensland, Australia, Sustainability Showcase aims to eventually engage the world in a meta-strategy for sustainability with collaboration as key.

To find out more visit our website at: http://www.sustainabilitysc.org

Or drop us a line via our contact form: http://www.sustainabilitysc.org/?page_id=30


Sustainability Victoria

Working with schools, state and local governments, community groups and individuals, Sustainability Victoria is a website where Victorians can find demonstrations of sustainable resource use which will reduce people’s everyday environmental impacts. In the site, you can become involved in programs designed to increase the sustainability, find a service, take action at home and work, or get informed with up-to-date research and publications. Go to www.sustainability.vic.gov.au


The Sustainable Engineering Society

http://seng.org.au/

The Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) was established in 1994 with the mission of working towards environmental sustainability. The Society is affiliated with the Environmental Engineering College, and also a constitutional part of Engineers Australia.

The society builds up connections among professionals from different fields of engineering and science, to facilitate communication and co-ordination on research, education and information dissemination in sustainable engineering. It also builds up collaboration among institutions, governments, industries, community organisations and societies in setting guidelines and standards, promoting attitudes and practices, and providing expert advice on engineering solutions for environmental sustainability. The society also endeavours to incorporate environmental sustainability principles into engineering education and professional practice.

The Society is managed by a National Board of members elected from local Chapter membership in each Division. Currently local Chapters have been formed in Victoria, Sydney, Newcastle, Western Australia, Queensland and the ACT.


Sustainable Gardening Australia

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not for profit association totally committed to achieving real, continually improving and easily understood environmental solutions for gardeners. SGA provides advice on gardening practices and clearly identifies low environmental impact products. See - www.sgaonline.org.au


Sustainable Living Festival

The National Sustainable Living Festival aims to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living and seeks solutions to global warming that will return the planet to a safe climate as fast as humanly possible. The Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face.

Attracting over 150,000 visits annually the Festival engages with hundreds of organisations and individuals to stage Australia’s largest sustainability festival.

The Festival’s three week program engages individuals and communities across Victoria to host and promote sustainability events. Celebrating the very best examples of ecological and social sustainability the event embraces interactive workshops, talks, demonstrations, artworks, exhibits, films and live performances.

We invite you to join in the celebrations and help accelerate the uptake of sustainable living. Visit: www.slf.org.au to find out more


Sustainable Living Foundation

Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) specialises in the promotion of sustainable living practices for existing projects programs and organisations. We are a ‘Can-Do’ organisation offering individuals, government organisations and business positive, solution oriented actions that address the challenges we collectively face. The Sustainable Living Foundation was established to bring together committed individuals and the expertise, funding and resources needed to achieve sustainability. We provide assistance to community or projects. The Sustainable Living Foundation’s vision is to accelerate the uptake of sustainable living practices and principles which will protect and improve our environment. For further information visit www.slf.org.au .


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United Nations (UN) Habitat

The UN-Habitat’s webpage has a number of useful tools and resources. The seven focus areas/outcomes, govern all items on the webpage. A summary of the focus areas described in detail in the UN-Habitat’s current strategic plan from 2014 to 2019 are as follows

Focus Area/Outcome 1: Urban legislation, land and governance

The total number of cities, regional and national authorities that have:

  • established systems for improved access to land, and access to basic services for all
  • adopted enabling legislation, and
  • put in place effective decentralized governance/guidelines that fosters equitable sustainable urban development, including urban safety.
Focus Area/Outcome 2: Urban planning and design

The total quantity of partner city, regional and national authorities that have

  • Community feedback loop on polices/standards; from all members of society
  • Connected equitable cities that are resilient to climate change
  • implemented urban policies, plans and designs that apply principles and standards derived from best practices
Focus Area/Outcome 3: Urban economy

The total count of city, regional and national authorities that have:

  • adopted or implemented improved urban strategies and policies supportive of local economic development,
  • inclusive economic participation,
  • created of decent jobs and livelihoods, and
  • enhanced municipal finance
Focus Area/Outcome 4: Urban basic

Tally of city, regional and national authorities have:

  • implemented policies for increasing equitable access to urban basic services and
  • improved the standard of living of the urban poor - including safe drinking water, adequate sanitation, waste collection and management, domestic energy, and public transport.
Focus Area/Outcome 5: Housing and slum upgrading

The sum of city, regional and national authorities that have:

  • implemented policies for increasing access to adequate housing and
  • improved the standard of living in existing slums/poorer parts of the urban population.
Focus Area/Outcome 6: Risk reduction and rehabilitation

The entire amount of partner city, regional and national authorities that have:

  • implemented and integrated risk reduction strategies and programs in their urban planning and management systems, and
  • focus the integration on the more vulnerable population
Focus Area/Outcome 7: Research and capacity development

The number of partner city, regional and nation authorities and other partners that have:

  • formulating and implement evidence based urban policies and programs and
  • improving public awareness of the benefits of and conditions necessary for sustainable urbanisation.

UN-HABITAT: http://unhabitat.org/


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Water Conserve

Water Conserve is a Water Conservation Portal dedicated to protecting and conserving drinking water and ecosystems worldwide - with a genuine Internet water search engine, constant water news and link tracking, and biocentric commentary. Visit: www.waterconserve.org

Water rating

To find the water conservation rating of your appliances, dishwasher, washing machines, taps, toilets and shower heads and find information and a list of recommended products, visit https://www.wsaa.asn.au/Pages/default.aspx

The Wilderness Society

The Wilderness Society is a community-based environmental protection organisation. It works to safeguard our sources of clean water and air, to tackle devastating climate change, to create a safe future for life on Earth, and to give a better world to our children. The majority of the work is in Australia, with a strong focus on natural environments and the role they play in keeping our world safe. Visit: www.widlerness.org.au

Wollongong City Council

This is Wollongong City Council’s website on Sustainability. It deals with issues such as environment protection, estuary management, floodplain management, bushfire protection, biodiversity, threatened species, tree management, urban drainage, waste and recycling in the city of Wollongong. Go to www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/services/sustainability/Pages/EnvironmentalSustainability.aspx

Womens' Voices

Women’s Voices for the Earth is a national organisation that works to eliminate toxic chemicals that impact women’s health by changing consumer behaviors, corporate practices and government policies. Visit: www.womensvoices.org

World Bank

This is an entry to the Publications and Documents from the World Bank. Through the section ‘Online Bookstore’, you can gain access to the World Bank’s formal publications covering the full range of economic and social development. ‘Documents & Reports’ contains over 65,000 documents, downloadable for free. Archives of the Banks official records and IMF-World Bank Libraries are also available. Go to http://www.worldbank.org/reference/

World Ocean Observatory website

A place of exchange for ocean information, education and public discourse about the future of the ocean and its implication for human survival. Incorporating THE CULTURAL OCEAN, a survey of maritime arts, cultural manifestations and research tools; The Physical Ocean, the UN Atlas of the Oceans, UNESCO Ocean Portal, NOAA, NASA, Census of Marine Life, climate, and other useful sites; The World Ocean Directory, an indexed network of more than 20,000 organisations worldwide with ocean interests; The World Ocean Forum, a digest of breaking news, monthly letter, publications, exhibits, and media; FORUM EVENTS include dynamic, media-rich sites on critical ocean topics such as Ocean Acidification and Cities and Oceans; and THE WORLD OCEAN CLASSROOM, an inventory of curricula, portraits of ocean exemplars and schools, and listings of on-line educational resources for global distribution. Visit http://www.thew2o.net

Worldwatch Institute

Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. Founded in 1974 by farmer and economist Lester Brown, Worldwatch was the first independent research institute devoted to the analysis of global environmental concerns. Its annual publications, The State of the World and Vital Signs, provide context for world events, spur global media discussion, and lay the foundations for strategic planning among business leaders, policymakers, academics, and engaged citizens.

Providing insights and ideas on various global issues, such as climate change, resource degradation, and population growth, Worldwatch Institute carries on the interdisciplinary research seeking innovative solutions for achieving a sustainable society. This website consists of publications (State of the World, World Watch Magazine, Vital Signs, and etc.), blogs (Dateline: Copenhagen, Nourishing the Planet, Green Economy, and Transforming Cultures), and programs. You can sign up for one of their e-newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest global sustainability analysis. Go to http://www.worldwatch.org/

WWF-Australia

WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. This website is presented by WWF-Australia and addresses the issue of Climate Change. It focuses on Global Warming, providing recent news and publications dealing with Climate Change. From basic knowledge of what is global warming to what are the impacts to carbon solutions, almost every aspect of the issue is covered. Go to http://wwf.org.au/ourwork/climatechange/


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Xeriscape Waterwise

Xeriscape Waterwise - drought tolerant plants feature on Gardening Software that incorporates organic pest control and organic gardening practices. For more information go to http://www.thewaterwisegarden.com/


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Your Home

Your Home – a FREE guide outlining environmentally sustainable design and building solutions to creating a stylish, comfortable and healthy home. For copies call 1800 803 772 or visit www.yourhome.gov.au


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Government

Commonwealth

Department of Environment

More information available at http://www.environment.gov.au/

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

More information available at www.climatechange.gov.au

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

More information available at www.environment.gov.au

Energy Rating

More information available at www.energyrating.gov.au

Green Vehicle Guide

More information available at www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

InterWebsite - http://www.ipcc.ch/

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a scientific intergovernmental body supported by the United Nations and was first established in 1988. The IPCC produces reports that support the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is the main international treaty on climate change, with the ultimate aim of "stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous human-induced interference with the climate system".

The IPCC was involved in the “Climategate” in 2009, during which some climate researchers were revealed to over-estimate the severity of climate change. This has led to controversy and suspicion about the factuality of human-incurred climate change. However the IPCC has also been criticized to under-estimate the climate change and relevant risks on the other hand. Having survived from the criticisms, the IPCC now concerns more about how humans will live with climate change as it has already happened.

The IPCC writes its report based on published literature, which includes peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed sources. It has scientist and other experts volunteering to write and review parts of the report, which are then reviewed by its member governments of more than 120 countries. On its official website the IPCC provide most of its reports and supporting data to be downloaded. Its activities, calendar and meeting documentation can also be found there. The IPCC also offers scholarships to students worldwide who are doing studies on climate-related issues.

Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

More information available at http://www.mdba.gov.au/

National Environment Protection Council

More information available at www.nepc.gov.au/


States and Territories


ACT

Environment ACT

More information available at www.environment.act.gov.au


New South Wales

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage

More information available at www.environment.nsw.gov.au

Sydney Water

More information available at www.sydneywater.com.au


Northern Territory

Department of Industry, Technology & Resources

More information available at www.nt.gov.au


Victoria

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

More information available at www.delwp.vic.gov.au

VIC EPA

More information available at www.epa.vic.gov.au


Queensland

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

More information available at https://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/

Environmental Protection Agency Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

More information available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/contactus/regionalqpws.html


South Australia

Department for Environment and Heritage

More information available at www.environment.sa.gov.au

Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation

More information available at www.dwlbc.sa.gov.au

Environmental Protection Authority

More information available at www.epa.sa.gov.au


Tasmania

Department of Primary Industries,Water and Environment

More information available at www.dpiwe.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/Home/1?Open


Western Australia

Parkes and Wildlife

More information available at www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/

Environmental Protection Authority

More information available at http://www.epa.wa.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Conservation and sustainability

More information available at www.wa.gov.au/information-about/environmental-matters/conservation-sustainability


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ATRA website

http://atra.org.au

Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA) is an industry association started in 2003. ATRA is committed to tyre recycling in Australia, in order to minimize the damage of waste tyres to human health and the environment. ATRA is open to all stakeholders involved in the industries of waste tyre processing, including retailers, collectors, recyclers, and tyre manufacturers.

ATRA works to minimize the impact of damage from waste tyres to human health and the environment, both locally and globally. ATRA assists in the creation of new businesses and jobs through the realisation of cost-effective and environmentally sound recycling activities. It serves the tyre recycling industry in an advocacy role with the public, government and associated stakeholders. It also promotes the use of recycled rubber in a range of consumer and industrial products.

To be a member of ATRA, a company should be licensed to collect, store and process tyres, operate within the law and in an ethical manner, keep detailed records of tyres collected and processed for waste tracking, process tyres before export, have the council’s development application approval, and hold safe and suitable working conditions for all staff.

Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (APCSE) –

http://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/asia-pacific-centre-for-sustainable-enterprise )

The Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (APCSE) was established in 2009 to inform and assist the development of sustainable enterprise through innovative research, teaching and engagement activities. It is a collaborative entity with national and international connections to industry, academia, government and non-government organisations, with a global perspective while focusing on the Asia Pacific region.

The centre raises awareness why business leaders should be prepared for the new business environment where global concerns are rising over climate change, environmental degradation and social inequality. It seeks after a new way of doing business that incorporates the environment and social risks into its practices, strategies and culture. A enterprise who adopts the new way should thus flourish within environmentally sustainable limits, enhance social equity and make sustainable profits.

Affiliated with the Griffith University, the centre is involved in a few sustainable enterprise education options, including a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Enterprise and a Master of Business Administration degree provided by the Griffith Business School.

Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR)

Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (ACCSR) is a specialised independent management consulting and training firm. It helps organisations create lasting value through responsible business strategies and productive stakeholder relationships. ACCSR is committed to conducting our business in an environmentally responsible manner and reducing or avoiding negative environmental impacts.

ACCSR is an Organisational Stakeholder of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. It supports the mission of the GRI to develop globally accepted sustainability reporting guidelines through a global, multi-stakeholder process. ACCSR is certified by the Global Reporting Initiative to provide training in sustainability reporting in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a two-day training program, “How to Prepare a Best-Practice Sustainability Report,” which is developed especially to help report makers and users to more effectively use the GRI Framework and GRI reports.

ACCSR is a member of the Global Compact, which provides the world’s most widely endorsed set of principles on corporate social responsibility. ACCSR works with Incite Sustainability in Cape Town on sustainability strategy projects and training programs in Africa and Australia. ACCSR also works with Bureau Veritas on non-financial reporting in Australia through provision of assurance, training and report development services. The client is therefore provided with legitimate and credible sustainability reporting, which enables internal and external stakeholders to confidently make informed judgments, decisions and actions.

From 2007-2011 ACCSR partnered with La Trobe University Graduate School of Management to support delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Responsibility, the modules of which have now been incorporated into the MBA and are an integral part of the Master of Management. Visit: http://www.accsr.com.au

The Australian Online Farmers Market

The Australian Online Farmers Market website is all about the promotion of local food. Your choice to buy locally also means you are contributing to strengthening your regional economy, supporting your local family farm, preserving the local landscape and fostering a sense of community. Membership to this website if free, see www.farmersonlinemarket.com

Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA)

http://atra.org.au

Australian Tyre Recyclers Association (ATRA) is an industry association started in 2003. ATRA is committed to tyre recycling in Australia, in order to minimize the damage of waste tyres to human health and the environment. ATRA is open to all stakeholders involved in the industries of waste tyre processing, including retailers, collectors, recyclers, and tyre manufacturers.

ATRA works to minimize the impact of damage from waste tyres to human health and the environment, both locally and globally. ATRA assists in the creation of new businesses and jobs through the realisation of cost-effective and environmentally sound recycling activities. It serves the tyre recycling industry in an advocacy role with the public, government and associated stakeholders. It also promotes the use of recycled rubber in a range of consumer and industrial products.

To be a member of ATRA, a company should be licensed to collect, store and process tyres, operate within the law and in an ethical manner, keep detailed records of tyres collected and processed for waste tracking, process tyres before export, have the council’s development application approval, and hold safe and suitable working conditions for all staff.

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Earth Easy

Earth Easy is a family business that promotes and inspires a simpler life and highlights the significance of our natural environment as the source of our well-being. Well researched and founded on the founder, Greg Seaman’s 31 years of experience living off-grid topics include gardening, home efficiency, non-toxic home care, alternate energy and natural pest control. Earth easy also operates an online store, selling everything from gardening equipment and pest control to energy efficiency products and water conservation gadgets. For every order placed at the Earth Easy store a tree is planted through the organisation's partnership with Trees for the Future. Visit http://eartheasy.com

Eco Boss

Eco Boss is a business that specialises in effective cleaning solutions with a focus on environmental protection and sustainability. Products from the HydroSafe and HydroFlex range are free from harsh chemicals and damaging solvents that can have negative effects on the environment.

Eco Boss are able to achieve a non-toxic and biodegradable product by using natural base ingredients including fatty vegetable extracts, food manufacturing additives, and substances found within the human body. The business aims to replace traditional caustic cleaners with a product that has little to no negative affect on the environment.

For use around the house and home, Eco Boss’s HydroSafe Multi-surface Cleaner makes for an environmentally-friendly alternative to other harsh cleaners available on the market today. Suitable for use in food preparation areas, the product can ensure the cleanliness and hygiene of the kitchen and dining areas.

The HydroFlex Graffiti Remove Liquid and Gel are the only product of their kind that can effectively break the bond between paint and a surface while maintaining an eco-friendly status.

For more information or to pursue distribution opportunities in the Darling Downs area please visit the Eco Boss website:

www.ecoboss.com.au

EcoSpecifier Global

EcoSpecifier Global is an award winning knowledge base of over 6700 environmentally preferable ‘EcoSpecifier Verified’ and ‘EcoSpecifier Global GreenTag™’ Certified (GreenTag™), life-cycle assessed building materials, products and technologies hosted on an international network of national and regional websites, led by co-founders David Baggs and Mary-Lou Kelly.

Linking independent information with a powerful search interface, EcoSspecifier Global does the materials research for the Industry as a true third party, delivering innovative solutions with a unique difference. ‘EcoSpecifier Verified’ products are rigorously assessed using the ES CAP health and eco-toxity screen (common with GreenTag™) using Australian, European and USA systems, are assessed on a generic life cycle basis and all key health and environmental claims verified.

Once a product has been ‘EcoSpecifier Verified’ or GreenTag™ Certified (under the ISO14024 Type 1 compliant GreenTag™ Eco-label Standard) the National and International website network is designed to facilitate marketing to a world of green building professionals.

Designed to help designers, builders, consultants and those looking to deliver a best practice design, EcoSspecifier Global websites and Green Building Rating tools specific Search functions, can cut research time by up to 90% helping designers deliver rated green buildings more cost and time efficiently and simultaneously helping reduce environmental impacts and creating healthier and more productive living and working environments.

EcoSpecifier Global is more than a database, which is now expanded to include categories in Hospitality, Health & Beauty, Personal Care and Cleaning Products, it also provides CPD education programs and information on how to design and deliver buildings, interiors and surrounds using environmentally preferable products available in and to relevant regions and in-depth reporting on difficult topics within the Green Building Movement specially pertaining to the environment and health issues surrounding materials. ecospecifier.com.

Edie.net

Edie.net is a market leading data resource for sustainable business. The site offers expert advice and business tools, white papers and industry reports. It also delivers daily news and commentary. Edie.net provides a sustainable business directory as well as supplying a comprehensive events calendar. Visit: http://www.edie.net/

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Food Connect

Putting the Culture back into Agriculture Every week of the year, bring home a bounty of freshly harvested mixture of organic and eco produce � tender gourmet salad greens, old fashioned heirloom tomatoes, the sweetest carrots, spring strawberries -- all grown by our family of farmers in a manner that is healthy for you, your family and the land that supports us all. Visit www.foodconnect.com.au

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Green Harvest

Green Harvest publishes the Australian Organic Gardening Resources Guide in July each year. The Guide includes information on Seeds and Plants; Natural Pest Management; Books; and Tools and Accessories. For enquiries or to place an order, phone freecall 1800 681 014 or visit their website at www.greenharvest.com.au

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The Junk Map

Secondhand, vintage, salvaged, upcycled, restored, recycled. Australia has some fantastic junk but many of the best collections are hard to find. The Junk Map is a curated reference point for renovators, decorators and design professionals looking for quality homewares and materials. It showcases shops, salvage yards, and makers who sell or rework secondhand goods. Visitors can also buy or sell salvaged building materials, recycled timber, secondhand furniture and upcycled homewares on The Junk Map Shop. Visit www.thejunkmap.com.au

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Papyrus Australia

Papyrus Australia takes an abundant waste product and makes paper in an economical process that uses no chemicals, no water, and about 1% of the energy conventionally used. website: www.papyrusaustralia.com.au

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REDcycle Program

The REDcycle Program is a supermarket-based recycling initiative that invites householders to gather together all their empty soft plastic packaging and unwanted single-use plastic bags and place them in the specially marked bin at their nearest participating Coles or Woolworths supermarket.

The collected soft plastic material is picked up by REDcycle drivers, returned to RED Group’s facility for initial processing then delivered to Australian manufacturer Replas as the resource to manufacture new recycled-plastic products.

Plastic bags and packaging can’t be collected by most local councils as part of their kerbside pickup. As a result, in the past they have been usually either disposed of in landfill or transported offshore.

The REDCycle Program was developed by a group of individuals who passionately believe that neither of these options was acceptable. It’s the result of a journey undertaken in search of a better outcome for this material; a journey that ultimately discovered both a readily accessible collection model and a destination for the collected plastics.

Visit www.redcycle.net.au

Renewable Energy Focus magazine

The website for Renewable Energy Focus Magazine. Provides up to the minute business and technological development news for the renewable energy industry. Updated daily with news, features, blogs, downloads as well as an extensive online archive. Visit: www.renewableenergyfocus.com

Routledge

As one of the sources of the book reviews in our newsletters, Routledge is the world's leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Based in Britain, Routledge is a member of Taylor & Francis Group and owned by Informa Plc (http://informa.com/).

Routledge publishes thousands of books and journals each year, currently encompassing textbooks and research articles in social sciences, humanities and built environment. Routledge has a catalogue including tens of thousands of print and e-books which can be accessed by readers. In its newsletter, new books and articles are introduced with reviews in depth and expertise.

While we may cite perspectives and comments from Routledge reviews in our own introduction of a new book, we strongly encourage you to read through the original reviews from the Routledge website and newsletters.

http://www.routledge.com/

 

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TerraCycle

Innovative recycling company TerraCycle is a global pioneer in upcycling and recycling. With the goal to "eliminate the idea of waste”, TerraCycle has developed solutions to recycle difficult to recycle items including cigarettes, chewing gum and coffee capsules and turn them into sustainable products and materials.

For the very first time, Australians can now download a free shipping label from the TerraCycle website and send in their ‘unrecyclable’ waste such as used oral care via Australia Post. For every piece of waste collected they can pocket two cents to donate to a not for profit organisation of their choice.  
To learn more about TerraCycle's free Brigade programs and what you can collect visit www.terracycle.com.au 


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