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Greening Our Place, Greening Kingston hosts a range of FREE sustainability workshops held throughout the year. Be the first to know when we are hosting workshops by subscribing to our eNewsletter.

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Upcoming Workshops

Food Waste Recycling in Kingston

Join us for a free online webinar to learn about Food Waste Recycling.

This engaging and interactive webinar will explain:

  • What is the Food Waste Recycling Service and how to use it (i.e. the green bin)
  • Why is Kingston introducing the Food Waste Recycling Service
  • What can go into the green bin
  • What happens to the green bin materials

In addition, we will have a Q and A session where we can answer your questions on the new service.

Tuesday 27 October 6.30pm-7.30pm - find out more or register

Composting in Kingston

This free webinar hosted by Council's waste education officer will show you how to set up and maintain a compost bin at home. The webinar will also discuss the common 'mistakes' for composting and help provide ideas how to speed up your compost bin.
Composting is a great way to help recycle food and garden waste into a resource you can use on your garden. 

Wednesday 4 November 6.30pm-7.30pm - find out more or register

Worm Farming in Kingston

Come along to this free webinar and delve into the wonderful world of worms. Worm farming is a fantastic way to turn your food scraps into a valuable resource and help divert waste from landfill. The webinar will also show examples of how you can make a worm farm out of items around your home. The webinar will address the common 'mistakes' or worm farming and provide opportunities throughout the presentation to ask questions.

Thursday 5 November 6.30pm-7.30pm - find out more or register

Recycle Right in Kingston

To celebrate National Recycling Week, the City of Kingston is running two free waste and recycling webinars. Hear from Council’s Waste Education Officer about how you and your household can recycle right and reduce your waste to landfill. This presentation will cover the issues with waste, the waste hierarchy, what can/cannot be recycled and other information, including:

  • What happens to the materials from your red, yellow and green bins once Council collects it
  • Recycling -what is the sorting process?
  • How to dispose of other items i.e. batteries and x-rays

Note the same webinar will be presented on the below dates:

Monday 9 November 10am - 11am - find out more or register

Thursday 12 November 6.30pm - 7.30pm - find out more or register

Waste Wise Christmas

Come along to this free webinar and hear how you and your household can reduce waste this Christmas
Note: further details will be announce here soon.

Wednesday 2 December - registering details to be released soon


Past Workshops


Waste Wise Parenting

Join this Webinar to learn tips and tricks around how to become more waste wise when raising children, with Simple Origins founder and mum of two Chelsea Jarred.

Topics covered include: Zero Waste Principals Talking to children about waste Navigating kids parties Everyday consumables Clothing & Toys School holiday activities Baby kit & cloth nappies Q+A discussion

Saturday 5th September 10.30am - 11.30am via Zoom Find out more and register to receive the Zoom link



Solar and Batteries

With solar becoming more affordable than ever, there's never been a better time to consider solar power and battery storage for your home.

Join this free webinar to:

  • Understand how solar and batteries work
  • Find out how to get the right system for your home
  • Understand how to claim the government rebates (including recent updates granting landlords access to the interest-free loan in addition to the rebate!)

This free online information session is brought to you by Kingston Council and the Australian Energy Foundation.

Saturday 29 August



Waste Minimisation at Home

Learn how to reduce your waste at home!

This presentation will cover the issues with waste, what happens to our waste, why we should minimise our waste at home and other information including: The roles of packaging, Simple swaps to reduce waste, Tips for a zero waste bathroom and kitchen, What items can go into your red, yellow and green bin at home.

Thursday 27 August 7pm - 8pm - Find out more and register



Recycle Right in the City of Kingston

Come along to this free waste and recycling webinar to hear from Council’s Waste Education Officer about how you and your household can recycle right and reduce your waste to landfill. This presentation will cover the issues with waste, the waste hierarchy, what can/cannot be recycled and other information, including:

  • What happens to the materials from your red, yellow and green bins once Council collects it
  • Recycling -what is the sorting process?
  • How to dispose of other items i.e. batteries and x-rays

Note the same webinar will be presented on the below dates:

Tuesday 11 August
6.30pm - 7.30pm - Find out more and register

Saturday 15 August
10am - 11am - Find out more and register



Building Healthy Soil for Garden Health

Thursday July 30th 7pm - 8.30pm via Zoom

This Webinar will provide you with expert knowledge on how to protect and improve soil in an environmentally beneficial way.

Presented by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia this webinar introduces you to the science of soil health and includes 30 minutes of Q&A discussion. Find out about:

  • Soil types, amending and improving challenging soil
  • Introduction to the Soil-Food-Web - Soil microbes, fungi and soil bio-diversity
  • Soil carbon – why it is so important
  • Soil pH and how to adjust it
  • Watering and hydrophobic soils
  • Meaningful mulch – the what, why, when and how of mulching

 When: Thursday July 30th, 7- 8.30pm via Zoom 

Book online from 16 July 



Living the Better Life – for the Environment and You

Exclusive to Kingston, this 40 minute online presentation introduces you to the simple decisions and daily choices we can all make to improve our quality of life while lessening our impact on the environment.
 
Facilitated by an expert from CERES, this presentation will provide informative content about our environment at a global and local level and showcase sustainable living, with inspirational stories about the positive actions already being taken.
  
A free World Environment Day (June 5th) online presentation.

View online anytime: Living the Better Life recording



Welcoming Wildlife to Your Yard

As an introduction to the Gardens for Wildlife program, a live webinar titled ‘Welcoming Wildlife into Your Yard’ was presented on Wednesday 20 May. Presented by Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia, the webinar addressed the importance of habitat and the simple changes we can make to transform our yards into an inviting space for local fauna to visit and live.

The webinar recording can be accessed until Sunday 7 June 2020. You will need to enter the password Kingston1.  



How to Save Energy (and Money) While Safe at Home

Learn how to take simple and cost-effective energy-saving actions at home to save money and reduce your impact on the environment.

In this free online information session and Q&A with expert presenter Australian Energy Foundation, find out:

  • Where your home uses energy and what areas you should prioritise
  • How to heat your home most cost-effectively this winter
  • Simple ways you can use less energy when working and studying from home
  • Most efficient ways of cooking
  • The basics of solar and battery storage so that you can see if you should invest during this time.

For those who missed the presentation by AEF and City of Kingston on May 25 or who want to review the content again:

Please note the webinar recording will be available online until 9 June 2020.



Film Screenings of '2040'

Session 1 - Wednesday February 26 (sold out)
Session 2 - Tuesday March 3 2020 (sold out)

A community event held in conjunction with Bayside City Council.

The film 2040 takes viewers on a global journey as award-winning Australian director, Damon Gameau, identifies the best solutions available now that would help improve the health of our planet and the societies that operate within it.



Waste and Recycling in Kingston

Come along to this free waste and recycling presentation to hear from Council’s Waste Education Officer about how you and your household can reduce your waste to landfill and improve your recycling. This presentation will cover the issues with waste, the waste hierarchy, what can/cannot be recycled and other Council and community waste services residents can access, including:

  • Ideas for avoiding and minimising household waste
  • What happens to your household garbage, recycling and garden waste once Council collects it
  •  How to better dispose of, use and re-use "waste"
  •  Recycling - what can/can’t go in the wheelie bin and what happens to it
  •  Composting options and resources for residents
  •  Current projects and consultations on waste

If you have any questions please call Council's waste education provider EnviroCom on 9703 5288.

This event was held on 21 November 2019.



Wicking Bed Demonstration: Growing plants that thrive with less water

Wicking garden beds use much less water and, even better, require less maintenance than conventional garden beds to grow thriving plants.

Come along to a free workshop delivered by the Very Edible Gardens (VEG) team for the City of Kingston OurPlace program.

This hands-on practical session will cover the science and logistics of building a wicking bed, including:

  • How wicking beds work and what they offer, including water and labour savings & easy vegetable gardening
  •  When wicking beds are great option, and when they might not be
  •  Q and A session for all your raised bed plant growing questions

With a how-to component involving converting an existing bed, we'll explore the common pitfalls with building a wicking bed and how to avoid them, and have some fun along the way! Physical participation is voluntary and further online reading and resources are discussed.

Cost: Free

This event was held on 16 and 23 November 2019.



Free Forgotten Forests of the Sea: Environmental Art Workshops

Artists, Liz Walker and Avis Gardner, will host a series of exciting and FREE community workshops using found, natural and recycled items to create a large Sea Forest or Garden.

The project is an opportunity for participants of all ages, to come together and create something beautiful, thought provoking and sustainable. The workshops will culminate in the display of an interactive ephemeral artwork that celebrates the colour and vibrancy of the underwater world right on our doorstep, while building awareness around the need to do what we can to reduce our impact on the marine environment and to live more sustainably. 

Cost: Free

Bookings: Register now

Locations, Dates and Times: 

  • Sunday 27 October, 10am-12.30pm, Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, 15 Old Post Office Ln, Carrum VIC 3197
  • Saturday 9 November, 10am-12.30pm, Chelsea Court House, 6 The Strand, Chelsea VIC 3196
  • Tuesday 19 November, 10am-12.30pm, Mordialloc Life Saving club, 199 Beach Rd, Mordialloc VIC 3195


How to Ethically Declutter and Reduce Waste

Want to free yourself of clutter and find good homes for your unwanted stuff? Want to reduce waste in your home and life? 

Learn from Australia’s leading clutter free lifestyle coach and Author Tanya Lewis The Eco Organiser®

Learn:

  • How to ethically declutter
  • How to identify clutter
  • How to emotional let go of clutter
  • How to reduce waste and simplify life
  • Save time, money and do good for the planet

From the bush to the Sydney Opera House and UK Tanya has taught over 7000 people to ethically declutter. Isn’t time you regained control over your time and space to live the life you want?

This event was held on 19 September 2019.



Sustainable Art Workshops

Join leading jewellers and artists Regina Middleton, Emma Grace, and Cara Johnson for talks and hands-on workshops as they share ways in which sustainability shapes their practice. Learn practical techniques for converting natural, recycled, found and fossicked materials into art, minimising waste and enabling consumers to live more sustainability. The first workshop concentrates on creating a new piece, with feedback and support offered the following Saturday. An exhibition of wearable art and sculptural pieces created by artists and workshop participants will be presented at the Kingston Arts Centre galleries G1 + G2. 

This project is part of Craft Cubed, the Festival of the Handmade. 

This event was held on 21 August and 14 September 2019.



Living the Better Life - for the Environment and You

This workshop introduces you to the simple decisions and daily choices we can make that improve our quality of life while lessening our impact on the environment.

Facilitated by an expert from CERES, this workshop will inspire and connect you to the benefits of living with a smaller environmental footprint. It will give you some practical tips on how you can introduce Eco-living into a few key areas of your life. The workshop also includes a second component - a fun and easy hands-on activity where you will have the opportunity to make a reusable beeswax wrap as an alternative to single-use plastic packaging and cling wrap. The location of the workshop venue will be confirmed upon registration.

These workshops were held on the following dates:
Cheltenham - Tuesday 6 August
Parkdale - Wednesday 21 August
Clarinda - Saturday 31 August 



 Joining Loose Ends: how a long walk revealed a new life

An inspiring story of transformation to live a better, more environmentally sustainable life by author Keith Badger.

From a Corporate Warrior to an Eco - Warrior, what made one person transform and want to live a more sustainable life? Keith Badger presented his story of transformation, his book "Joining Loose Ends" and how living more sustainably has brought him great joy.

This event was held on 24 July 2019.



Beginners Composting, Worm Farming and Bokashi workshop

This workshop will help provide you with all the information you need to set up and maintain a compost bin, worm farm and bokashi system at home. Come along and learn how to turn your waste into a valuable resource for your garden!

This event was held on 21 and 27 June 2019.



Advanced Composting, Worm Farming and Bokashi workshop

Join our workshop (run by Cultivating Communities) to answer all your home compost, worm farm or bokashi related questions.

We can help troubleshoot any problems you may have and help guide you on your organic recycling journey.

You will find out about the science of composting, learn tips on how to recycle your household food waste and organic waste into a rich fertiliser for your garden and see the systems in action!

Please note parts of this workshop will be outdoors, please dress suitably.

This event was held on 15 May 2019.



Free Nature Play For Little Ones (Ages 4-8)

Celebrate Nature Play Week and explore part of our local environment with your little one these school holidays. Join our expert Early Learning Environmental Educators who will demonstrate activities to guide you and your little ones as you stop and look closely at nature. 

Walking through the landscape we will encourage children to stop and examine closely vegetation, earth, logs, leaves etc. We show them how to use a simple method to harvest minibeasts from the environment for even closer examination with a magnifying cup and to translate their observations into drawings if they wish. Along the way we reference the important role indigenous plants play in providing habitat and food.

For ages 4-7 years. Each child must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. 

The event is near Mordialloc Creek area. A map will be provided upon registration.

Wear appropriate closed toe footwear, and bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

'We all are connected to nature and to our communities in some way or another. These connections begin in early childhood and are cultivated through joyful encounters that inspire wonder and curiosity'  Excerpt from the EcoCentre website.

 Note: This event is for City of Kingston residents.

This event was held on 11 April 2019.



Kingston and Bayside Solar Forum

220 attended to hear from a panel of experts, including a Q&A session, from Solar Victoria, Moreland Energy Foundation and The Clean Energy Council.

View the presentation

Useful links:

This event was held on 27 March 2019.


Disclaimer

City of Kingston’s sustainability workshops are open to anyone who is physically fit and able to participate in the workshop/activity. Any health concerns or allergies that may negatively impact the participant must be disclosed to the City of Kingston prior to the workshop.

Minors (under 18 years) must be accompanied by an adult and disclosed to the City of Kingston staff at the time of booking to assess the suitability of minors to attend the workshop.
Please note the information presented during the workshops are intended only as a guide as to the topic and the matters discussed.

By registering you certify that you are physically able to participate in this activity.