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Signs of Change conference

posted Oct 5, 2010, 2:01 PM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Nov 11, 2010, 1:43 PM ]
"A national e-conference showcasing transition to sustainability" [15-16 November 2010]

"This conference is an innovation in low-carbon conferencing by using video links between six centres: Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton and Auckland"

From the Convener: "I've seen the new HD323 technology, and it is incredible. No grainy garbly skypey video here folks. It's like you are right there in the room. Amazing!"

Speakers include:
  • Stephen Drew: Interruptible Load - the direction for smart grids of the future
  • Rob Bishop: Verified energy efficiency improvements at the Reserve Bank of NZ
  • Andrew Hurley: Renewable energy development
  • Arthur Williamson, Dept of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury: Solar water heating - at last
  • Paul Kennett: Living happily on a carbon budget of 1 tonne CO2-e per year
  • Roger Sutton Orion Energy - Demand Management
"This conference is the brain-child of Associate Professor Susan Krumdieck, from the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Canterbury. “I was going to go to an international conference on sustainability in Europe, but it was going to be the same old thing – we must reduce our emissions, we must switch to renewables, we must get new economic theories – blah blah. I thought, I’d rather find out if there are people actually making changes that reduce what is unsustainable. I had the idea that I could use the funds I would have spent for one academic to go to one overseas conference and host a national ‘converence’ about a new direction.” Dr. Krumdieck put her idea to the Engineers for Social Responsibility and they agreed to support the event as their national conference. A network of academics has been volunteering some time to work with their universities and IT specialists to set up the conference."

Visit the conference site for agenda updates and registration: http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

Shane Orchard and Margaret Jefferies: The changing landscape of community participation
Rhys Taylor: Sustainable Living's champions of change
Jody Beck, Lincoln University and Meaghan Pierce-Delaney, Victoria University of Wellington: Alternative Food Delivery in New Zealand
John Warren: Energy and carbon mapping in Canada and its applicability in NZ
Jan Logie and Nick Preval: City strategies for renewable energy (video)
Kennedy Graham Green Party MP - Sustainability Indicators
Stephen Drew: Interruptible Load - the direction for smart grids of the future
Leanne Pelabon, Elizabeth Woodford: Mana Recovery - sustainability and mental well-being through community partnerships
Karen and Bob Schumacher: Kiwi - the catalyst for change
Rob Bishop: Verified energy efficiency improvements at the Reserve Bank of NZ

Visit the conference site for agenda updates and registration: http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

Danusia Wypych: Resene Paints – Industrial ecology in action
James Samuel Transition Towns Aoteroa - Relocalisation
Rachel Brown Sustainable Business Network - What a Sustainable Business Sector Looks Like and How it Will Function
Robin Allison: Towards interdependence - rebuilding connections with people and place at Earthsong eco-neighbourhood
Peter Mann, Yealands Winery: Sustainability at Yealands Winery
Warren Snow Envision - Solving Auckland’s Waste Crisis – an Economic Development Approach
Hugh Thorpe, Waterway habitat restoration
Milan Brodina, Robert Chambers and Graeme Mould, Natural Log Homes: Handcrafted log homes
Steve Earnshaw: Timaru Farmer's Market
Matt Morris and Sharon McIver, University of Canterbury: Eco My Flat - sustainable behaviour change in student flats
Karen Upston, Envirocomp Ltd: Composting sanitary waste
Andrew Hurley: Renewable energy development

Visit the conference site for agenda updates and registration: http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

Arthur Williamson, Dept of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Canterbury: Solar water heating - at last
Dave Irwin, CPIT: Weaving the threads of education for sustainability and outdoor education at CPIT
Steve Wratten Lincoln University - Biodiversity on Farmland
Catherine Irvine, Dunedin City Council: Otago Farmers' Market - waste minimisation initiative
Dugald McTavish, Moeraki, Otago: Confronting the growth paradigm
Tess Bunny, Dunedin: ‘City of Sound’ - acoustic ecology (video)
Lani Evans and Jill Hayhurst, Volunteer Otago: Youth community engagement
Tim Bishop, Otago Polytechnic: The challenge of SHaC
Karl Check: Kiwirail

Visit the conference site for agenda updates and registration: http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

Paul Kennett: Living happily on a carbon budget of 1 tonne CO2-e per year
Jason Penny, Mamachari Bicylces: How the re-emergence of the bicycle is changing how we transport ourselves and goods
Amanda Yates, Massey University and Meaghan Pierce-Delaney, Victoria University of Wellington: Performative Gardening, urban ecologies, sustainable food production
Steven Muir, Cycle Trailers NZ: Bike trailer reduces car use for load carrying
Steve Granger, Canefields NZ: Cane sugar paper
Dr. Elizabeth Harris, Kurow Medical Centre: Preventative health care
350 Aotearoa: 350 Aotearoa Political engagement experience
Harvey Jones, Massey University: LOAVES – Development of a local currency
Roger Sutton Orion Energy - Demand Management

Visit the conference site for agenda updates and registration: http://www.signsofchange.org.nz/

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