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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Vic Market Solar Installation
    s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS MAJOR SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION IN THE CITY OF MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne houses a major solar installation that provides clean renewable energy to the City TARGET DATE July 2003 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION The City of Melbourne houses a major solar installation that provides clean renewable energy to the City When first elected in 1999 I began work to have the Melbourne Town Hall house a major solar installation on its roof and to combine this with a meter in the main entrance hall showing how much electricity the Town Hall was generating A previous proposal for a solar installation on the Town Hall had been proposed and an offer from a major photovoltaic supplier to provide the solar panels at a greatly reduced price had been developed but as far as I am aware the funds for that project were diverted to street lighting in King St My proposal was not acted on but at the initiative of Rob Adams Cr Martin Brennan and others a proposal was then developed to put photovoltaic cells on the Queen Victoria Market roof A 1 Million Federal Government Australian Greenhouse Office AGO grant was awarded to the City of Melbourne on a matching basis There were discussions with the AGO concerning the possibility of modifying the grant to allow for a different energy collection system to be used based on a high temperature liquid countercurrent heat exchange system but the City of Melbourne was unsuccessful in changing the conditions of the grant The contact for the design and installation was awarded to BP

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Lighting Strategy
    to limit the extent or intensity of external illumination The Lighting Strategy acknowledges Melbourne s characteristic brand of urban design This has produced a public realm that is simple and low key but also elegant and clearly structured Accordingly the strategy emphasises good functional lighting rather than elaborate decorative installations or ostentatious special effects This approach is also consistent with the City s commitment to environmental sustainability The Lighting Strategy consolidates the experience gained from a decade of successful public lighting projects in the City of Melbourne The document provides direction for public and private external lighting throughout the municipality It covers a full range of outdoor illumination from streetlights to lighting on individual sites and buildings However the strategy s primary focus is on areas intended for public use and access The document defines issues identifies objectives and helps to set priorities for lighting initiatives until the 2005 2006 financial year It helps to brief designers but it does not prescribe outcomes Performance standards and detailed applications remain to be addressed as part of technical notes implementation plans and specific project proposals The Lighting Strategy augments existing codes of practice for outdoor illumination including all relevant Australian Standards Core Strategies The contents of the Lighting Strategy are interconnected and the document should be read and applied as a whole However four crucial initiatives underpin most other objectives These core strategies are Grids and Lux White Nights Thrills and Spills and Glowing Greener In addition a collection of individual strategies particularly those grouped under the heading of Safety and Amenity encourages upgrades and extensions to the public lighting system 1 Grids and Lux calls for a limited range of streetlights to be used throughout the municipality All designs conform to a standard City of Melbourne style However each model is matched to a particular location such as a tram route a shopping strip or a street within the Hoddle Grid In this way standard light fittings add cohesion to Melbourne s streetscapes and help to articulate a hierarchy of major and minor routes 2 White Nights describes progressive conversion of the city s streetlights to white metal halide lamps White light performs better than either yellow light produced by high pressure sodium lamps or the greenish light produced from mercury vapour lamps White light reveals natural colours and allows more accurate perception of size and shape These attributes increase visual comfort and enhance people s sense of personal safety The Lighting Strategy recommends that modern full cut off lanterns be introduced along with metal halide technology These fittings reduce glare and substantially diminish the upward light spill that causes skyglow 3 Thrills and Spills addresses the nuisance caused by intrusive outdoor illumination and stray light Throughout the document individual strategies aim to limit decorative illumination avoid uplighting and target feature lighting more precisely so that light pollution is minimised Thrills and Spills goes further It suggests that these factors are explicitly included in the City s development approval process 4

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Mulching Melbourne
    Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS MULCHING MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT 80 of Melbourne households use mulching as a way of improving their soil and reducing household water use TARGET DATE December 2003 PROGRESS Ongoing DESCRIPTION Mulching involves allowing natural processes to break down organic material into

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Local Flora
    Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS PROVIDE INFORMATION ON LOCALLY INDIGENOUS PLANT SPECIES WITH RATE NOTICES Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Local people have information readily available that will allow them to choose to plant indigenous plants and to choose plants that provide habitat for indigenous birds and animals TARGET DATE June 2003 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Organise for a list of locally indigenous plant species distributed with rate notices This will allow residents to make choices to plant indigenous and other plants that encourage native fauna to find new homes again Wise planting choices will also reduce the water consumption of gardens This policy is being considered as one of a number to be included in Growing Green a 50 year plan for the City of Melbourne s Parks and Gardens David initiated Growing Green nearly two years ago which has undergone public consultation and public meeting processes Further information can be found on the page A 50 Year Plan For Our Parks and Gardens Growing Green Two exciting websites providing good information in this area are The Gould League page provides an excellent link to their Sustainable Schools program at http

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Kyoto Protocol
    harm caused by them The Protocol comes into effect when at least 55 countries representing at least 55 of the world s carbon dioxide emissions ratify the Protocol The Kyoto Protocol got its name from the beautiful Japanese City of Kyoto where the initial document was negotiated Meetings to discuss progress on matter related to the Kyoto Protocol are called conferences of the parties COP and regularly heighten expectation that more countries will ratify the Kyoto Protocol Unfortunately to date despite being the highest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases Australia has failed to ratify the Kyoto Protocol I seconded and spoke to the following motion at the Australian Local Government Association Annual General meeting In Alice Springs in December 2002 Resolution 20 Moved Manly Council NSW That the National General Assembly of Local Government express its deep concerns to the Federal Government and the Shadow Minister for the Environment regarding the United States and the Australian Government s intention not to ratify the Kyoto Protocol Further as a significant proportion of Local Governments nationally are part of the Cities for Climate Protection programme our concerns should also be conveyed to the Cities for Climate Protection Australia part of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives I wrote and moved the following Notice of Motion Melbourne City Council calls on the Federal Government to maintain support for ratification of the Kyoto Protocol Moved David Risstrom BACKGROUND In a statement adopted by the Plenary Assembly of the World Congress of the International Union of Local Authorities IULA and the World Federation of Municipal Authorities FMCU in Rio de Janeiro on 10 May 2001 over 1100 representatives from 85 countries appealed to their governments to ratify the Kyoto Protocol The Kyoto Protocol is the international agreement that seeks to avert human induced

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Restaurant Waste Recycling
    recycle their organic waste TARGET DATE June 2005 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION A great deal of unused food is put directly into the rubbish stream for land fill disposal This green achievement looks to divert that food from the waste stream by encouraging the redistribution of edible food and the organic recycling of other food into compostable material The City of Melbourne in conjunction with a number of Melbourne businesses has undertaken an food collection and organic recycling program The program collects waste food from participating restaurants and businesses and arranges for it to be composted by Organic Recyclers for resale s high quality organic compost FURTHER INFORMATION One Umbrella is a West Melbourne based organisation that rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and landfill Rescued food is prepared and made into meals usually pies three times a week One Umbrella donates this food to charities that support underprivileged people in Melbourne Lobbying education within the Corporate Government Philanthropic and general community to raise awareness around the issues of food insecurity One umbrella was launched in December 2000 to assist people in need of nourishment by making pies and single serve meals which are then distributed to various recipient agencies free of charge More information is available on One Umbrella s website at www oneumbrella org au This information is taken from the One Umbrella s website One Umbrella was formed following the realisation that everyday hundreds of food outlets in Melbourne are discarding food while the underprivileged within our community are going hungry Our vision is to be a central resource for charitable organisations already engaged in supporting those in need One Umbrella has enrolled the hospitality industry and their colleagues in supporting us through providing their excess food and services One Umbrella then processes this food and

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Toronto Declaration
    the Toronto Atmospheric Fund the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives ICLEI the Canadian International Development Agency Enbridge Consumers Gas and Toronto Hydro Energy Services held during the Toronto Smog Summit held in Toronto Canada June 17 20 2001 AFFIRMING the important role that local governments are playing in assisting national governments to implement the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change FCCC REFLECTING the conclusions of the recent IPCC Third Assessment Report that The global average surface temperature has increased 0 6 degrees Celsius over the 20th century There is new and stronger evidence that most of the warming observed over the past 50 years is attributable to human activities The globally averaged surface temperature is estimated to rise 1 45 degrees Celsius to 5 8 degrees Celsius over the period 1990 to 2100 a projected rate of warming without precedent during at least the last 10 000 years Global warming is likely to lead to greater extremes of drying and heavy rainfall and increase the risk of droughts and floods that occur with El Niño events in many different regions Global mean sea level is expected to rise 0 09 to 0 88 metres between 1990 and 2100 SHARING grave concern about the threat of climate change to cities and life on the planet and determined to continue our initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with the ongoing assistance of our national governments HAVING SHOWN over the past decade that significant progress can be made at the local government level towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions reductions as evidenced by substantial absolute and per capita emissions reductions that have occurred locally accompanied by positive air quality economic social and health benefits DO HEREBY present this Declaration to the 7th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties COP to the FCC taking place in Marrakech Morocco October 29 to November 9 2001 ARTICLE 1 Threat of Climate Change to Local Governments 1 1 Within the next 100 years it is estimated that 75 of the world s population will live in cities Climate change is the most serious long term environmental threat to cities and their residents as well as to global security 1 2 Public health in cities will be adversely affected by the increasing spread of infectious diseases and the incidence of heat related illnesses associated with extreme heat waves In addition cities that experience increasing summer heat will be at greater risk from higher ozone levels and particulate concentrations 1 3 Threats to life and property from extreme weather events of increasing frequency and intensity such as flooding due to intense precipitation and from rising sea levels are likely to become more commonplace under future climate change 1 4 Municipal infrastructure such as water supply and sewage treatment are vulnerable to change in regional levels of precipitation snow pack sea level rise and fluctuations in water levels in large inland bodies of fresh water such as the Great Lakes 1 5 Some urban economies are reliant on natural

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Waste Wise Accreditation
    Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS WASTE WISE ACCREDITATION FIRST IN MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT The City of Melbourne achieved Waste Wise Accreditation TARGET DATE December 2001 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION While I was Chairperson of the Environment Community and Cultural Development committee and The City of Melbourne s nominee Director of Western Regional Waste Management Group the City of Melbourne was

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