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Ryde Council Environment Week activities

The City Of Ryde is hosting a series of environmental lectures and workshops as part of World Environment Day celebrations.

It is targeted to all of the Ryde community offering workshops for environmental careers, ethical investment and superannuation, eco choices for home renovators and sustainable procurement.

These will be held at various locations and times – please see below.

They are sure to be a great days and there will be some inspiring professionals speaking and plenty of question time available for those interested at the end.

Please feel free to pass this email to any relevant parties. Bookings are necessary to ensure a seat.

If you would like some flyers and/or posters sent out to you for distribution to students etc, please advise of a contact and address to send out. Don't hesitate to contact Nilushi Disanayake - Sustainability Programs Coordinator at Ryde on: (02) 9952 8247 if you have any questions.

Ethical Investment and Superannuation

Next Generation Health and Recreation Club

504a Victoria Road, Ryde Platinum Room, Level 2 Tuesday 5th June 7-9pm

Light Supper Provided. To make a booking please call City of Ryde customer service on 9952 8247.

This seminar will provide an introduction to ethical investment and superannuation, to help you ensure your investment decisions are both economically sound and socially and environmentally responsible. It discusses how you can save and prepare for retirement without compromising your ethics in investment decisions. Speakers include experts from some of Australia's major ethical investment organisations.


Sarah Clawson - Head of International Business Operations, RI Academy
Membership Services Manager, RIAA

Paul Smith – General Manager, Australian Ethical Investment and Superannuation

Eco Choices for Home Renovators

Sustainable Building Design and Renovations with an Introduction to Planning and Development Assessment Requirements.

City of Ryde Council Chambers Level 6, Civic Centre 1 Devlin Street, Ryde Thursday 7th June 7 - 9pm

Light Supper provided. To make a booking contact customer service on 9952 8222

This free workshop will provide non-building professionals with the knowledge required to embark on a sustainable renovation or new home build. It explains the concepts of passive solar design, materials and the knowledge required to make informed sustainable choices, water and energy efficiency design ideas and an overview of the development approval process and exemptions, with regard to sustainable buildings.

The desired outcome is for attendees to be able to hold a sensible discussion with designers and builders and to understand the issues, and know the questions to ask when negotiating the complex realm of building. There will also be time for questions from the audience.


Tracy Graham

Tracy Graham is a designer from Envirotecture projects. Envirotecture provides design and consulting services for people and organisations who want buildings that work well, feel good, and reduce their ecological cost toward zero. Tracy is passionate about sustainable design and has a strong focus on environmental education having facilitated over 200 workshops on various topics over the last 7 years.


Adrian Melo

Adrian Melo is a Client Manager in the Building and Development Assessment Unit of City of Ryde Council. The Building and Development Advisory Service provides preliminary advice on all building and development related matters, helping residents understand the development process and Council’s planning requirements.See

Careers for the Environment

This exciting free lunch-time seminar is a partnership between Macquarie University and City of Ryde. It provides insightful career tips about jobs that help the environment.

Tuesday 5th June Venue: The Atrium, Ground Floor, The Campus Hub (Bldg. C10A), Macquarie University 12-1.30pm

Light lunch and tea and coffee provided

Includes Question and Answers Session

Speakers represent diverse employment sectors and will discuss their experiences of building a career and tips for those starting out.


Richard Davies - Manager, Visitor Services for Metro Branch, National Parks and Wildlife Service

Wendy Goldstein - Lecturer, Graduate School of the Environment, Macquarie University

Sam Cappelli - Manager, the Environment, City of Ryde

Sarah Kinsella - Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG

Sue Martin - Executive Officer, Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) NSW Chapter

Lachlan Feggans- National Manager for Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Fuji Xerox

Master of Ceremonies: Nick Chapman - Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building

Note, if you can only attend for a one hour lunch break you are still welcome to participate as the Atrium allows for some flexibility in that regard. This is a public event and is designed for students, but is open for anyone to attend.

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