Sustainable Production & Consumption
By now, most Victorians know that using less electricity can be a quick way to help safeguard our environment. What many people don’t realise, is how the stuff we buy impacts on our environment too.
Every time we buy something, we’re also buying the energy, water and natural resources it took to produce and transport that product to our home. So, the more things we buy, the more of the earth’s resources we consume. And we consume a lot.
With just the one planet, it won’t take long before we eat up all the resources she has to offer. Part of the solution is to simply buy less. (Ask yourself: do you really need that new TV?).
But we know that there are some things that we do need. Whether its food on the table or clothes for our children. And sometimes, well, we all want to spoil ourselves now and then.
That’s why Environment Victoria is campaigning on a range of issues - from educating people on the impact of their consumption habits, to better product labelling, mandatory environmental standards and product stewardship.
Like you, we want a safe climate, abundant water supplies and secure natural resources. So we’re going to need to be smarter about how we produce and consume the stuff we buy everyday. At Environment Victoria, we think that starts at the beginning, when the product is made and it ends in the home with you.
We have the technology and expertise to make it happen. But we need your help to convince our government and industry leaders to implement the policies we need to be truly sustainable.
Get the latest buzz, below.
Budget abandons outstanding environment election promises
7 May 2013
Victorians urged to get in quick before solar hot water rebates axed
Friday, 3 May 2013
Environment Victoria has warned Victorians wanting to install solar hot water that they have weeks to act before the State Government abolishes the...more
Merger puts 'fox in hen house'
11 April 2013
Peter Collins, Warrnambool Standard
DSE merger signals risk antiquated approach to environment will continue
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Today Premier Naphine announced the merger of the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Primary Industry, as...more
Water use soars after heatwave
14 March 2013
Jason Dowling, The Age
The water use records keep tumbling this year, with Melbourne recording another record in the past week.
With temperatures well into the...more
Could this mean the end of the line for the plastic water bottle?
3 March 2013
David Sygall, The Age
Bottled water producers are facing increasing pressure as the product falls from favour among the industry's most loyal buyers....more
Zoo told to dump recycled paper campaign
11 Feb 2013
Tom Arup, The Age
THE state government has intervened in a Zoos Victoria campaign encouraging its visitors to buy sustainably sourced paper...more
Internal fire for Baillieu over green record
27 November 2012
Henrietta Cook, The Age
The daughters of former Victorian Liberal premier and founder of Melbourne's green wedges, Sir Rupert Hamer, have...more
Baillieu government 2 year anniversary an unhappy one for environment - Audit finds environment promises neglected
Monday, 26 November 2012
Environment Victoria has audited the...more
Baillieu challenged to be bold, decisive
25 November 2012
Farrah Tomazin, The Age
Business and community leaders have urged Ted Baillieu to be bolder and more decisive as he passes the halfway mark of...more
I’ve recently taken two groups of North Melbourne residents, including some of our Recycle Now Recycle Champions, to SKM Recycling in Coolaroo to learn more about what happens after we put our household recycling products into the recycling bin.
These field trips, as always, have...more
Volunteering with Environment Victoria since December 2012 has been an interesting and rewarding experience thus far. My background has previously been in farming and the construction industry so the attitudes and objectives of the working environment when compared with an organisation like...more
Spring is a great time to be green, just ask nature. And it’s a great time to be clean. So we thought we’d put two and two together, and hey pesto – it’s a Green Spring Clean!
This month we’ll give you some ideas about how to de-clutter your home the...more
On Wednesday August 15 at Whitten Oval, forty-five students graduated from our Home Planet program with a Certificate I in Active Volunteering, supported by family, friends, community partners and funders.
The evening began with students and supporters sharing stories over rice paper...more
Victorians are proud of their environment. And with good reason too.
Melbourne’s regarded as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Head a couple of hours out of town and you can be on a wild beach on the surf coast or Gippsland, lost in towering old growth forests,...more
- Victoria: green and growing |
- State budget submission 2009–10 |
- Victoria - the Green Jobs State. Seizing the opportunities |
- Victoria: The Green Jobs State - creating a green, prosperous and socially inclusive Victoria |
- Green Jobs Summit - Program |
- Green Jobs Summit - Tony Nicholson, CEO, Brotherhood of St Laurence |
- Building comparative advantage in the low carbon world: Victoria’s clean energy jobs opportunities |
- Increasing Victoria’s competitive advantage in green jobs. Tim Piper, Australian Industry Group |
- Barriers & opportunities through energy efficiency. Paul Murfitt, Moreland Energy Foundation |
- Ensuring that disadvantaged job seekers are involved in the emerging green jobs market. Michael Horn |