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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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Sustainable Living Webinar Series

Sustainability-learn-at-home.pngWe have partnered with the Cities of Bayside, Glen Eira, Monash, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra to collectively offer a free sustainable living webinar series.

It’s a great opportunity to learn new sustainable living skills while we spend more time at home. The webinars on offer explore a wide range of topics — from growing food at home, keeping chooks, cutting energy bills and nature play.

Upcoming webinars

Energy Efficiency for Renters and Apartments

Do you live in an apartment or a rental and want to cut down on your energy bills and reduce carbon emissions? Come along to this free webinar and find out how you can make your home or apartment more energy-efficient without sacrificing on comfort.

When: Thursday 11 March, 7pm to 8.30pm

Presenter: Australian Energy Foundation

Find out more and register

Embracing a Plant Rich Diet: Taking climate action through the food we eat

When: Thursday 11 March, 7pm – 8.15pm

Register

Energy Effficiency for Apartments and Renters

When: Thursday 11 March, 7pm – 8.30pm

Register

Talking with children about climate change with Dr Susie Burke  - webinar

This workshop is for parents and carers to help think through the impacts of climate change on their children, manage that knowledge themselves, and build skills to support children to cope with climate change now and in the future.

 Join psychologist and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Dr Susie Burke,

 Wednesday 24 March, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Register

Create a water sensitive urban garden

Looking for ideas to help better manage and utilise water in your garden? This webinar provides attendees with ideas to help you beautify your space, reduce pollution going into waterways, create habitat and use water more wisely. It includes an overview of raingardens, wetlands, porous pavement, low irrigation systems, planting for low water use, green roofs, green walls, rain water tanks, swales, soak-aways and other outdoor water saving measures.

Thursday 25 March, 7pm - 8pm

Register 

How to Save Energy in your Rental

When: Friday 26 March, 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Register

 

Past webinars

If you missed one of our webinars, see the recording links below to learn new sustainable living skills from the comfort of your own home:


Upcoming Workshops

Create a water sensitive urban garden

Looking for ideas to help better manage and utilise water in your garden? This webinar provides attendees with ideas to help you beautify your space, reduce pollution going into waterways, create habitat and use water more wisely. It includes an overview of raingardens, wetlands, porous pavement, low irrigation systems, planting for low water use, green roofs, green walls, rain water tanks, swales, soak-aways and other outdoor water saving measures.

Thursday 25 March, 7pm - 8pm

 Register 

 

Past Workshops


Waste Wise Christmas

Did you know waste increases by 30% on avenge at Christmas?

We all over do it at Christmas, buying lots of food, wrapping paper and decorations. Come along to this free webinar and hear how you and your household can reduce waste this Christmas

This event was held on Wednesday 2 December 2020.



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:

This event was held on Monday 9 November and Thursday 12 November 2020.



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.

This event was held Thursday 5 November 2020.



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. 

This even was held on Wednesday 4 November 2020.



Inviting Small Birds to Your Garden - Webinar

Seeing small birds visit our gardens is becoming less common but there are changes we can make that will encourage them back.

Join Richard Rowe from Sustainable Gardening Australia and Kingston's Gardens for Wildlife Officer to explore some of the challenges small birds face in the urban environment, specific habitat elements that support small birds in our gardens, and be introduced to some of the local small bird champions.

This event was held on Wednesday 4 November 2020.



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

This even was held Saturday 5 September 2020.



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.

This event was held Saturday 29 August 2020.



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.

This event was held on Thursday 27 August.



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:

This event was held on Tuesday 11 August and Saturday 15 August.



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

This event was held Thursday July 2020.



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 2020 (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.


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.