Home' My Ballarat : October 2009 Contents Below: Zonta Conference Chairman Hilary Pope, District Governor Alison Martin,
Zonta International Treasurer/Secretary Gloria Stootman and Cr Cheryl Bromfield
planting a tree.
A Zonta Conference is the latest event in Ballarat to have reduced its
carbon footprint. Throughout the year Council has been offering to plant a
tree for every delegate that attends a conference in Ballarat.
The Zonta International District 23 Conference was held last month.
It attracted 150 delegates from across Australia and overseas.
Since the initiative was introduced earlier this year, trees have been
planted to make four conferences more environmentally sustainable.
A carbon footprint is the direct effect that your actions and lifestyle have
on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide emissions. People can
reduce their carbon footprint by adjusting their consumer habits and
planting trees. When people attend conferences their carbon emissions
accumulate because they travel to the event and then energy is used for
accommodation, supplies and staging of the event.
One tree can absorb around six kilograms of carbon dioxide per year,
which is the equivalent to 120 black balloons. Council is planting the
trees along creeks, waterways and in public open spaces.
For further information about this initiative contact Council's Tourism and
Business Events Officer Rachael Houtsma on 5320 5757 or email
Big Aussie Swap
Would you like to update your wardrobe, book and music collections, kids
toy box or toolshed for free?
To celebrate National Recycling Week, Council and BREAZE are teaming
up with Planet Ark to bring you the Big Aussie Swap . It will be held on
Tuesday 10 November at the Mining Exchange from 11am -- 2pm.
Participants are asked to bring along clean, good quality items that they
no longer want (maximum of 10 items per person). These are exchanged
for a token. Once the Swap is declared 'open', participants swap their
tokens back for items they want.
If two or more people want the same items, staff will referee a game of
Paper-Scissors-Rock, flip a coin or play a similar game. No money
changes hand and you don't need to barter with anyone.
Swap Parties are fun, free and green. By swapping, you help save water
and energy, reduce greenhouse gasses and keep valuable resources out
Bring a reusable bag to take home your new treasures.
For further information about the event contact Michele Harvie from
BREAZE on 5309 2555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Ballarat Community Magazine October 2009
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