Communities need to engage in initiatives that tackle environmental sustainability issues. However, the lessons communities learn from these initiatives may go far beyond the initial local project.
This article presents findings from an empirical study investigating the experiences of 38 residents who began participating in on-site composting in their apartment buildings. It was found that resident learnings extended beyond composting. Free-choice learning outcomes varied by the composting method and educational approach. For some residents, participation resulted in a greater awareness of food waste produced. For others, their involvement in on-site composting inspired a greater sense of community, a deepened connection with nature, and a desire to grow green spaces and create positive global change toward sustainability.
Industry misconceptions around high cost and poor market interest in energy efficient homes continue to obstruct the mass adoption of low carbon housing. Josh’s House demonstrates that low carbon housing is accessible and cost effective. The Star Performers series showcases how...Read more
A rapid review on green-rated office buildings, and their operational energy use, found that the conclusions of six studies ranged from the certified buildings performing worse, similarly or much better than the non-certified buildings in terms of energy usage intensity. Two...Read more
In response to feedback, high-income households can reduce their energy use to a larger degree than low-income households (17% vs 3% reduction). This and other insights were gained by two rapid reviews into research, both Australian and International, on digital services and...Read more
This video introduces CRCLCL's projects looking at international cases that encouraging compost to minimise waste. Australian households have opportunities to utilise composting as a way to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes.
This report presents findings from research undertaken by Swinburne University into resident engagement with an onsite composting trial introduced into two apartment blocks by the City of Melbourne. The trial was conducted between February and June 2016, with one building hosting a multi-bin worm farm system and the other hosting an in-vessel composter.
As outlined in this chapter, the achievements of large, high density cities prove the success of managing the problem of food waste by involving residents in reforming their food scraps into the valuable product of compost. In addition to offsite composting, onsite composting would appear to have considerable potential
Professionals and tradespeople do not promote low carbon building options unless they have proven solutions and confidence to implement them. Consequently, without effective education and training they continue to ‘lock in’ high carbon options. Studies of education and training in sustainable and low-carbon building practices indicate collaborative learning approaches are required to address this issue.