Community Energy Congress

C4CE_CECThe Community Energy invites you to participate in the inaugural Community Energy Congress. Registrations are open, Early Bird discounts apply until 21st April.

Across Australia, communities are coming together to pursue genuine sustainability opportunities, and few are as compelling as community energy projects. Communities are leading the way in creating sustainable energy enterprises that increase local energy security, create regional community development opportunities and directly act to reduce carbon emissions.

Join the Community Energy Congress to co-create a new approach to energy in Australia – one that will decarbonise, decentralise and democratise our energy system!

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From Tweed Shire Council’s Draft Integrated Waste Management Strategy

YourSayTweed“Whilst the NSW EPA has released draft guidelines on thermal treatment processes for the recovery of energy from waste no current technology exists in NSW that is economically viable. The regional waste group currently have a project evaluating options for thermal processing of residual waste. Biological processes are also being proposed for further investigation in this integrated waste strategy for the processing of organics and garden waste.”

All submissions on the Waste Strategy must be received by close of business on Friday 16 May 2014.

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Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre Biomass Boiler

Microsoft Word - Case Study_Mount Gambier Aquatic Centre BiomassThis 1980’s outdoor community pool facility has always been heated by a biomass boiler; this 2014 upgrade case study reveals some of the advantages of using biomass in the current market.

Something for North Coast councils to think about, particularly if they can use plantation offcuts, mill waste and power line vegetation.

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Bright Sparks’s power saving shocks manager

Joseph Sparks outside his workplace, Caltex Ballina.

Joseph Sparks outside his workplace, Caltex Ballina.

While completing his diploma in sustainability at North Coast Institute of TAFE, Joe performed an energy audit on his workplace – and showed how the business could save $4,000 a year on operating costs by some simple changes in energy usage.

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Apply to become a Rural Environmental Leader

CSL logoThe Centre for Sustainable Leadership is partnering with Boeing to bring the sustainability leadership training program to the Northern Rivers.

Applications close Friday April 4, 2014

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Community Energy Congress: Website live! Speakers announced!

C4CE_Logo_2lThe 2014 Community Energy Congress aims to create a new approach to energy in Australia – to decarbonise, decentralise and democratise our energy system!

The Community Energy Congress website is a hub for all news and important information on the 2014 Congress. You can find the latest on keynote speakers, our growing program of talks and workshop sessions, and more about the people behind the Congress, the National Community Energy Strategy, and the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE).

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Sustainable leaders through TAFE

Study Sustainability with North Coast TAFE in 2014

Study Sustainability with North Coast TAFE in 2014

Be part of the shift to a sustainable future through North Coast TAFE’s 22105VIC Diploma of Sustainability, available from Kingscliff Campus in 2014. Gain an in-depth understanding of sustainability across the triple bottom line and take practical action to change behaviour, build the business case for sustainable practice and make a positive impact production and consumption.  This offering is for applicants with a previous Diploma or higher qualification, who are eligible to complete the Diploma through just 4 National Units of competency.The program allows participants to direct the focus of the course to their own interest or industry area – so whether your passion is energy or food, ethics or governance, people or place, you can make the learning your own.   The program caters to participants located right across the Northern Rivers, Tweed and South East Queensland, with periodic face-to-face workshops being held at Kingscliff TAFE Campus.  Our blended delivery means that you won’t be studying on your own – you’ll be part of a network of like-minded individuals, drawing on your collective work and life experience bringing fresh insights to your studies.

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Download the Kingscliff Diploma of Sustainability Course flyer


Or contact Alicia Bales (Facilitator – Sustainability Education) 02 6586 2263.

Bio Hub Workshop 2013

Sustain Northern Rivers in collaboration with the North Coast Energy Forum held a highly successful Bio Hub Workshop late last year.

Over fifty participants came together in Byron Bay to discuss and progress Northern Rivers projects in bio energy, bio fuel, bio char and bio gas. The strength of the day was evident due to the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders who attended which included representatives from the timber industry, meat and livestock industry, dairy industry, sugar industry, education sector, local and state government and the community. Over the course of the day all known “Bio” related projects were mapped for the Northern Rivers and number of small working groups were formed to progress projects throughout 2014. The topics covered included:

1. Farm Scale Bio GasBiohub Workshop2

2. Decentralised Bio Hubs

3. Connecting Feedstock to Existing Cogeneration Plants

4. Education -Engaging the Community

5. Logistics

6. Selling Bio Solids

Over the course of 2014 Sustain Northern Rivers will be reporting back on the progress of these and many more Northern Rivers energy projects.

Sustain Northern Rivers is a collaboration of peak regional organisations working together to improve the sustainability of the Northern Rivers.

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