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Anna Hooper is a pioneering wine maker from Mount Benson, South Australia, who has a vision to see the Australian Wine industry become a world leader in environmental performance. Since 2003 Anna has been developing the first Biodynamic wine range of the Limestone Coast area at Cape Jaffa Wines. Certified since 2006, this winery has received the South Australian Wine Industry Association Environmental Excellence Award Certificate of Merit and the South Australian Sustainability Award from 2009-2011.
As a pioneer in the industry with a passion for science and the environment, Anna has worked in a wide range of disciplines in a number of different countries, from grape growing and winemaking, to global markets. She has seen first-hand how the market reacts to environment credentials in wine and has specialist skills that can enhance biodynamic and organic management.
Anna has a strong belief in the importance of women in rural business and has taken on positions with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources as a member of the South East National Parks and Wildlife Consultative Committee; has been Treasurer and President of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association; is a representative on the South Australian Wine Industry Association Regional Forum and the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council, and more recently has become a board member on the South East Natural Resource Management Group. Anna’s award ambition is to investigate and improve the environmental performance of Australian wine compared with its global competitors. See Cape Jaffa biodinamic wineries
Terawatt solar thermal tracking technology maximises its ability to capture the Sun's energy by tracking the Sun's movement through the sky to maintain its solar collection area at the optimum angle. The system consists high performing evacuated solar tubes and a tracking system that manoeuvres approximately 15° every hour and returns to a starting position at the end of the day, ready to capture the maximum energy the following morning. In 2010, in conjunction with the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), Terawatt demonstrated that a 46% increase in solar energy conversion to thermal is achieved from the Terawatt Sun tracking system in comparison to a conventional system, where solar panels are in a fixed position. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Green Deal makes it possible for homeowners and businesses to enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of energy-saving improvements without having to pay all the costs. Eligible emissions reducing and zero emissions energy production technologies include: insulation - eg. loft or cavity wall insulation, low carbon, energy efficient heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, photo voltaic (solar) panels or wind turbines.
If you are interested in finding out more information, or you wish to apply for the benefits of the Green Deal, please follow this link.
EcoHub had an email yesterday from Gioel and Handy, two international citizens living in Montreal, Canada. Gioel and Handy's project is just so fantastic that we had to share it with you! They have applied for a grant for CA$24,900, but are looking to raise another CA$23,770 for linking and energizing environmental projects in Cuba.
Cuba was devastated by hurricane Sandy in 2012. Ferocious and deadly tropical hurricanes (cyclones) like hurricane Sandy are increasing in frequency, range and intensity as a result of anthropogenically induced climate change - Gioel and Handy are determined to do something about the impacts of these storms. In their words:
"Our mission is to connect Cubans working on climate change adaptation, especially youth, to help them find and share solutions to this daunting problem."
There is a great opportunity to work, right now, to leverage the great work on climate change adaptation that is happening across Cuba. There is an opportunity not only to ignite community -and especially youth- participation in tackling this challenge, but also to create a forum that can facilitate capacity building and learning between different stakeholders, a platform that creates opportunities for best practices on climate change adaptation to be shared widely across the country. Read more about the campaign and donate here!
Green Architecture Day on Saturday 27th April 2013 - 9:45am to 5pm, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton.
Green Architecture Day hosts a day of illustrated talks; designers, practitioners and professionals will showcase cutting edge sustainable building techniques for aspiring self builders. From passive design to straw bale construction, Green Architecture Day is an educational and inspiring event tailored for an individual wanting to build an affordable home, to a co-housing group seeking to create a community space. Should you wish to attend, simply register online.
As a family-owned and operated Australian company, Blue Eco Homes is committed to the environment, and to delivering the highest levels of building craftsmanship and client service. Their focus is building environmentally-sound homes that are sympathetic to and supportive of the Australian environment, and that embody the client’s specific requirements and style. "In our constructions, we use building products and finishes that are ecologically-friendly. Our environmental commitment does not mean any reduction in quality – we use superior quality products in all our homes. The Blue Eco Homes approach ensures a house that is environmentally sustainable." For more information about Blue Eco Homes please visit their website: http://blueecohomes.com.au/
The city of Nantes, France, will host the 10th ECOCITY summit as part of "Nantes European Green Capital 2013". The ECOCITY 2013 exhibition will be staged in the Great Hall of La Cité Nantes Events Center, designed as the ideal place to showcase solutions for Sustainable Cities. Following on from Montreal, Istanbul, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shenzhen, Curitiba, Dakar, Adelaide and Berkeley, it will be the first edition to be held in the European Union. ECOCITY is the cross-disciplinary World Summit on Sustainable Cities supported by the NGO Ecocity Builders.
Building Research Establishment (BRE) estimates that 26 million homes and 1.8 million commercial properties will be eco-renovated in the UK over the next 30 years to improve their energy efficiency performance and thermal comfort. The Green Deal presents opportunities to rapidly grow the retrofit market, and accelerate progress towards the Carbon Reduction Commitment. It will improve people’s lives, providing warmer homes and more comfortable working environments, and generate significant business opportunities across the supply chain. BRE is hosting a three day Green Deal Summit with a superb lineup of 85 speakers who are leading the retrofit revolution. For more information on Retro-Expo and the Green Deal Summit, visit www.retro-expo.co.uk