Sustainable House Day big weekend and the ABC's of Electric Vehicles

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Welcome to your monthly update from Geelong Sustainability. 

In this edition:

  • Sustainable House Day 2022 is around the corner!
  • The ABC of Electric Vehicles
  • Annual General Meeting - save the date
  • Geelong Sustainability news and updates
  • Local sustainability news and events

Sustainable House Day 2022

Sustainable House Day is one week away, happening on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th October. The aim of the event is to inspire people to consider sustainability into their buy, builds, renovations or retrofits. This weekend is full of amazing expert advice, inspiring home examples and innovative ideas to support you on your journey, help you save on your energy bills and reduce your emissions by making changes to your home. 

You will have the opportunity to hear from a range of experts on the Saturday seminar day and to visit open homes on the Sunday and speak directly to the owners and experts. Tickets to the seminars are selling fast, so book your spot now. Open house day is free and does not require bookings. Hope to see you next weekend! 

Visit the SHD webpage for more information

Real Deal Geelong Table Talks

Geelong is no stranger to change, and we’re now facing one of the toughest transition periods yet: How to manage a sustainable and equitable energy and jobs transition. The Real Deal Geelong is led by Sydney University’s policy lab, and delivered in partnership with local community, faith, and trade union groups. The project seeks to gather stories from across Geelong about what’s important to our community, and present these stories to policy makers to help inform a just and equitable transition for our region..

Geelong Sustainability  is hosting a Real Deal Geelong “Table Talk”, where we gather and record our stories. 

If you would like to be part of our inaugural Table Talk, please register your interest to be involved.

For more information on the Real Deal, email or check out the Sustainable Hour podcast.

When: Tuesday 18 October, 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Geelong CBD, Venue TBA
Register Your Interest

The ABC of Electric Vehicles

Explore how you can accelerate to a clean energy future!

Whether you’re EV-curious or actively looking to switch to an electric vehicle, we’ll challenge common preconceived notions about owning an EV.  We will look at charging, driving range, reducing range anxiety, EV costs and much more.

We’ll show you how changing to an EV is a bit like transitioning from a landline to a smartphone, the benefits are that good (especially if you have rooftop solar).

There will be a couple of zero emission vehicles on site so you can see what’s involved in charging them at the Leopold Library.

When: Saturday 22 October, 11:00am-12:15 pm
Where: Leopold Library, 31-39 Kensington Rd, Leopold VIC 3224
Cost: $5
Tickets Here

Annual General Meeting

Geelong Sustainability invites its financial members to attend our 2022 Annual General Meeting and Member Briefing. 

The AGM presents an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our recent achievements. Importantly it is also the time to review the governance of our organisation and to elect a new Board of Management to oversee our activities in the coming year. We would also welcome you to take this opportunity to help us express our gratitude and appreciation of the enormous contribution that has been made by our outgoing President, Vicki Perrett.

If you have time please join those of us staying for dinner, which may be purchased from the venue after the conclusion of the formalities.

When: Wednesday 16 November; 5:45pm registration for 6 -7pm
Where: Grovedale Hotel, Surfcoast Hwy Grovedale
Cost: Free event (Drinks and dinner may be purchased from the venue)
RSVP here

PROXY: If you are a financial member but are unable to attend in person, we encourage you to pass your vote to the President, or another financial member, by completing this form

If you are not a Geelong Sustainability financial member please consider joining

Climate Action

Green Drinks: Induction Cooktop Demonstration

Thanks to those who attended our latest Green Drinks, featuring an Induction Cooktop Demonstration. The evening was a great success!

By popular demand, we have created a blog post with more information about the evening, as well as the recipe for the stir fry.

Thanks to our expert chef Mayan Rowling for cooking up a storm for us! Read more..

Renewable Energy

Community Energy Revolving Fund

The Geelong Sustainability Community Energy Revolving Fund is progressing well, with the solar installation at Freshwater Creek Steiner School completed last week by Vortex Electrical.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest from not-for-profit community organisations looking to install solar, energy efficiency upgrades or purchase Electric Vehicles. Geelong Sustainability wants to see our community powered by 100% renewable energy, and leading the transition to net-zero emissions. We are here to support community organisations on that renewable energy journey and are willing to provide interest-free loan funding and independent advice and assistance free of charge.

Please contact us to discuss how we can help. Email us at  

To support these projects, donate today at our Community Energy Revolving Fund page.

Circular Economy

Buy Nothing New month

October is Buy Nothing New month! To help combat the waste of materials, water and carbon in the production and transport of new goods, we’re encouraging our supporters to buy nothing new this October. Instead of buying new, you can: borrow, rent, fix, buy secondhand, or swap.

We’ve taken the pledge to buy nothing new. Will you?

Coffee Cup Survey

If you think we could do more to prevent billions of coffee cups going into landfill this year, consider filling out Boomerang Alliance’s coffee cup survey. The survey is quick (one question!) and simply asks “Should all cafes and restaurants that sell hot beverages be required to also offer or sell reusable alternative cups and lids?” It’s then optional to answer a few more questions around single-use coffee cups and leave a comment at the end.

Sustainable Cities

Sustainable House Day Seminars & Open Houses

Don’t miss our biggest weekend of the year!

Seminar Day: Saturday 15th October

Book your tickets

Free Open House Day: Sunday 16th October

Nine sustainable homes to visit across the Geelong, Bellarine, Surfcoast and Bannockburn region.  Plan your day

Sustainability Directory

Do you have a home sustainability project you’re working on and need some professional assistance? Are you keen to see what innovative local businesses are up to? Head to our Sustainability Directory to find local businesses who are leading the way in doing things better.If you’re a sustainable business in the Geelong region, head to our website to apply for a Sustainability Directory listing today.

Faiths 4 Climate Justice Multi-Faith Service

This multi-faith service and vigil supports the launch of an open letter, signed by senior faith leaders that calls on the PM to end new coal and gas projects. The service follows an all-night vigil commencing at 7.30 pm on Wed 12/10.

The event host, Australian Religious Response to Climate Change (ARRCC), invites people of all faiths or none to join us in solidarity with Pacific and First Nations people in their struggle for climate justice.

When: Service is Thursday 13 October 8.00am-9.00 am
Where: Christ Church Anglican, Cnr. Moorabool & McKillop Sts, Geelong
Contact: Fr Peter Martin - 0438 231 118,

3220 Beach Patrol

Geelong Beach Patrol cares for the beaches on the southern shore of Corio Bay between Rippleside and Limeburners Point boat ramp. Geelong Council patrols and cares for some of these areas, however they aim to assist in keeping our beautiful waterfront precinct plastic free by being a second wave of rubbish removal with a particular focus on some of the more difficult to reach sections of our coastline. They welcome anyone who would like to assist with their next planned beach clean-up.

Where: Moorpanyal Beach & Park, North Shore
When: Saturday 22 October, 10:00-11:00am

Geelong Renewables Not Gas Picnic

ACF Community Geelong is organising a Final Protest Picnic in relation to the upcoming decision for the Viva Gas terminal proposal for Corio Bay. They are inviting all their allies to attend and show solidarity against the proposal.

Where: Steampacket Gardens, Geelong (TBC)
When: Saturday 5 November, 12:00pm (TBC)
Keep up to date here

Benefits and Rebates All in One Place

Service Victoria has introduced a Savings Finder, which helps to bring all available rebates into one place. The site will ask a few questions about you, such as your age, energy consumption and concession status, then tell you exactly what rebates you’re eligible for, such as discounted installation of energy-efficient products, or the $250 Power Saving Bonus.

Join Surf Coast Shire Council’s Youth for Climate program

Surf Coast Shire Council are looking for people aged 12-25 to join the Youth for Climate program. This year the focus is on environmental and sustainability based film making and storytelling. Participants will get the chance to attend 3x film workshops with industry professionals, make a short enviro film and share the film at a Carpark Cinema night for other young people.

To get involved or learn more email Mim at

Environment Victoria: Clean Energy for All

Environment Victoria have released their Policy Platform in relation to the upcoming Victorian state election. The Platform focuses on three key areas:

  • Power Victoria with 100% clean energy
  • Support for all households to become more efficient and go all-electric
  • Scale up training for clean energy jobs

Read more about it on Environment Victoria’s website.

City of Greater Geelong’s new Civic Centre

The Wurriki Nyal Civic Precinct opened to the public on 5 September. With a 6 Star Green Star Design Rating, Wurriki Nyal is one of the most sustainable local government buildings in the country.

The name Wurriki Nyal (WUU-ruh-kih nee-YAHL) comes from Wadawurrung words meaning "speak and talk together". Wadawurrung elements are integrated through every level, including the 300 year old scar tree, which is very special and was saved from a local golf course.

WA is Leading the Way

Western Australia has been making strides in the sustainability space recently. They’ve banned many single-use items and, in February 2023, they will become the first state to ban takeaway coffee cups. Read more from the WA government. 

Western Power have been combatting the expensive and unreliable coal-powered electricity being moved hundreds of kilometres by installing Standalone Power Systems at remote WA properties.

Here’s hoping the Eastern states can take a leaf out of WA’s (recycled paper) book!

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Geelong Sustainability acknowledges the Wadawurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.