Useful Resources & links

If you discover a link that you consider useful for educating and informing others please email it to bbsn@dcsi.net.au

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AQUAPONICS (A.P.):

For a detailed manual about setting up an A.P. system click below:

http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/Travis/IBCofAquaponics1.pdf

WASTE:

http://www.reusethisbag.com/articles/plastic-shopping-bags-environmental-impact.php - a fantastic site for info on plastic bags & the easy alternatives

http://www.gwrrg.vic.gov.au  Gippsland Waste & Resource Recovery Group -     info for schools, community & local government

http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/better-world/stories/2013/05/reuse-a-shoe This website is a bit convoluted to get to your location (Nike outlet) where there should be a recycle bin for sneakers.  Click on reuse a shoe link then it has a section to find your nearest outlet by putting in your suburb.  Recycle your old sneakers at your local Nike outlet

http://www.replas.com.au/news-media/online-videos?wid=66 Fantastic 3 min video clip on turning clean plastic waste into useful products

http://plasticpollutioncoalition.org/ - Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.

www.noplasticbags.org.au  Hints & tips on plastic bag phases outs & alternatives

www.cleanup.org.au Facts sheets & details on Clean Up Australia Day

FOOD:

https://www.facebook.com/bawbawfoodmovement/

https://bawbawfoodhub.org.au/

Baw Baw Local Markets - Baw Baw Shire lists all the local markets, click the link for details  http://www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/Things_To_Do/Shopping/Markets

www.ethical.org.au  - Ethical Shopping Group -  Need help deciding what products are best to buy in the supermarket?  This guide is for you, available as a handy sized book from BBSN or as an app. 

http://www.sustainableseafood.org.au  - Do you ever wonder if the ocean can keep up with our seafood choices?  This is the guide for you!

http://sustainable.unimelb.edu.au/sites/default/files/MSSI_AppetiteForChange_Report_2015.pdf - The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute worked with Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre (PICCC) researchers across the University of Melbourne to collate the latest research on the impact of climate change on specific foods for the cookbook in this 28 page report.  Excellent reading from Pg 14 onwards for those interested in meat & vegetable growing.

BUILDING/RENOVATION:

http://www.yourhome.gov.au/ - fantastic resource for the whole gamet of considerations when building/renovating. Online version & book option also.
http://passivehouseaustralia.org/ - this construction concept focuses on minimising air leaks, efficiency, comfort & ventilation.
www.magnetite.com.au - retrofit double glazing
http://wallventseal.com.au/ - seal off those horitzontal vents to keep out uninvited air flow!

http://joshshouse.com.au/ - showcasing the benefits of sustainable housing to the community through demonstration and inspiration.

ENVIRONMENT:

 www.acfonline.org.au - Australian Conservation Foundation. The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) is committed to inspiring people to achieve a healthy environment for all Australians. For over 40 years we have been a strong voice for the environment, promoting solutions through research, consultation, education and partnerships. We work with the community, business and government to protect, restore and sustain our environment. 

www.greeningaustralia.org.au - Greening Australia. Greening Australia is passionate about protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.

www.bbc.co.uk/sn/ - BBC Science and Nature. Whether you're captivated by the magnificence of wildlife or by the wonders of science - the BBC has a wealth of delights for you to watch and listen to.

http://ifyoulovethisplanet.org/ - If You Love This Planet. If You Love This Planet endeavors to bring the human, animal and plant health aspects of all environmental issues into sharp focus.

ENERGY:

www.ata.org.au  - Alternative Technology Association. The ATA (Alternative Technology Association) is Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisation, promoting sustainable technology and practice. The ATA provides services to members who are actively walking the talk in their own homes by using good building design, conserving water and using renewable energy.

http://breaze.org.au/ - Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) is a non-profit grassroots organisation, which has come about because members of the Ballarat community want to demonstrate that individual and community-based actions can make a difference in our response to climate change. www.solartowns.org.au gives recognition to and celebrates the efforts of communities in rural & regional Australia who are transforming their towns into solar towns.  Nominations for 'solar towns' are welcome on an easy application form. www.cuac.org.au Consumer utility advocacy centre - for energy & water consumers     

SUSTAINABLE LIVING:

 www.sustainability.vic.gov.au - Sustainability Victoria. As an agency of the Victorian Government, Sustainability Victoria has a simple goal: to integrate sustainability into all aspects of Victorian life so that living sustainably forms part of what we all do every day.

https://gippslandunwrapped.com/ - Tammy Logan shares her family's journey through rediscovery of a waste and palm oil free lifestyle.

SOCIAL CHANGE

www.aycc.org.au - Australian Youth Climate Coalition. The Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s mission is to build a generation wide movement to solve climate change before it is too late. 

www.bze.org.au- Beyond Zero Emissions. Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit, volunteer run organisation. Our core goal is to facilitate the implementation of the social changes and technologies that will reduce the impacts of climate change and give our society and global ecosystems a chance of surviving into the future. 

www.greenpeace.org/australia - Greenpeace. Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organisation that uses non-violent direct action to expose global environmental problems and to force solutions which are essential to a green and peaceful future.

www.planetark.org - Planet Ark. Planet Ark Environmental Foundation aims to work with people and business to teach them the simple ways in which they can reduce their impact on the planet, at home, at work and in the community.

www.transitionbawbaw.net.au - Transition Baw Baw is a grass roots initiative to build resilient communities in Baw Baw Shire.

GARDENING:

www.sgaonline.org.au - Sustainable Gardening Australia. Sustainable Gardening Australia was established in 2002. We are a not-for-profit, non-government organisation dedicated to changing the way Australians garden. 

CLIMATE CHANGE:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PClSmBxy0rw For a different method of message delivery.

www.climateinstitute.org.au - The Climate Institute. The Climate Institute is a non-partisan, independent research organisation that works with community, business and government to drive innovative and effective climate change solutions. We research. We educate. We communicate. Our vision is for an Australia leading the world in clean technology use and innovation, with clean and low carbon solutions a part of everyday life throughout the community, government and business.

http://petergardner.info/news/   - Gippsland news & views on climate, renewables.... Peter Gardner, East Gippsland
www.climatechange.vic.gov.au - Victorian Government Climate Change website.

The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) is Victoria's lead government agency for sustainable management of water resources, climate change, bushfires, public land, forests and ecosystems. In relation to climate change, DSE has responsibility for climate change science, adaptation and carbon policy.

www.climatespectator.com.au - Climate Spectactor. Climate Spectator is a website that will seek to cover not just the science and politics of climate change, but also the key business parameters: the massive flows of investment expected in coming years and decades, the changing business models, the new technology, and the creation of new markets and investment propositions.

www.skepticalscience.com - Skeptical Science. Looks at both the evidence that human activity is causing global warming and the ways that climate ‘skeptic’ arguments can mislead by presenting only small pieces of the puzzle rather than the full picture. 

www.ipcc.ch - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts.

LEGAL:
www.environmentvictoria.org.au - Environment Victoria. We're the leading environment group in Victoria. We’re plugged in and organised. Independent of the government. And definitely not for profit.   

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