CONTENTS: COVID-19 is unpredictable ~ Sustainable Communities events ~ Introducing our Treasurer ~ Thanks Waste Free Westies!~ Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions ~ Adopt-a-Spot ~ A new sustainable future ~ Watering wisdom
COVID-19 is unpredictable!
In our last newsletter we gave an update on many of our projects that had been in recess due to COVID-19 restrictions. The re-opening of activities was once again interrupted in late November 2020 by the brief lock-down and the reiteration of restrictions on both public and private gatherings.
We cannot predict when this might occur again and therefore recommend that you visit Sustainable Communities SA's Facebook page for details. All of our events are listed here and event cancellations are clearly indicated.
We are pleased to introduce our Treasurer, Jasmin Brooks, who has recently joined the Sustainable Communities SA committee and taken on this role. Jasmin is a Chartered Accountant with several years of professional experience, a strong interest in sustainability and a desire to contribute to the community. Welcome Jasmin and thank you!
Thanks Waste Free Westies!
Waste Free Westies, in the inner western suburbs of Adelaide,are a group auspiced by Sustainable Communities that is always looking for ways to reduce our contributions to landfill. Their Facebook page has lots of great tips and information. Here are some that you might not already know about: PAINTBACK- take your unwanted half-empty paint tins to a Paintback collection point for disposal and repurposing. These are located around Adelaide and in some regional centres.
JEFFRIES- the compost and garden soil company provides information about what to place in your green bin. You can add post-it notes, paper towels, pizza boxes, paper packaging and more.
RAA - recycle your old or damaged child car seat. Drop it off at the Child Safety Centre at Mile End.
Thanks to the members of the Adopt-a-Spot Scheme who are dedicated to clearing rubbish from our southern metropolitan beaches. The photo and details below show what one member collected recently. Regular updates are posted to Adopt-a-Spot Facebook page. Please contact them if you would like to volunteer.
Moana SLSC to Robertson Road, 1.5hrs, 10min sort. 322 butts, 1970s Shandy can, 4 straws, 4 lids, 3 plastic cutlery, 1 lolly stick. Amanda. Posted by Adopt A Spot Scheme on Thursday, 26 November 2020
Housing Energy Efficiency Transitions
Charmaine Thredgold, a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at The University of Adelaide, is undertaking research into home improvements and upgrades as part of a multi-national, multi-year ARC project.
She is seeking people who are interested in participating in the research. This requires an interview and tour of intended or completed improvements and takes approximately 1 hour. Participants receive a $40 Coles-Myer gift card as a thank you.
The new normal
Most of us are feeling various effects of the COVID-19 restrictions. Some people have lost jobs that may never return, some businesses have closed never to re-open, and we all have had our social contacts with family and friends severely curtailed. Some people talk of ‘when we return to normal’ where things will be the same as last year, however in reality our future will never be exactly the same again and we need to consider a ‘new normal’ where things can be better than they have been. Read more >>