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Environmentally proactive wine grower recognised in 2013 Australian Rural Women's Award

posted 20 Oct 2013, 04:55 by Toby Roscoe

Anna Hooper is a pioneering wine maker from Mount Benson, South Australia, who has a vision to see the Australian Wine industry become a world leader in environmental performance. Since 2003 Anna has been developing the first Biodynamic wine range of the Limestone Coast area at Cape Jaffa Wines. Certified since 2006, this winery has received the South Australian Wine Industry Association Environmental Excellence Award Certificate of Merit and the South Australian Sustainability Award from 2009-2011.

As a pioneer in the industry with a passion for science and the environment, Anna has worked in a wide range of disciplines in a number of different countries, from grape growing and winemaking, to global markets. She has seen first-hand how the market reacts to environment credentials in wine and has specialist skills that can enhance biodynamic and organic management.

Anna has a strong belief in the importance of women in rural business and has taken on positions with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources as a member of the South East National Parks and Wildlife Consultative Committee; has been Treasurer and President of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association; is a representative on the South Australian Wine Industry Association Regional Forum and the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council, and more recently has become a board member on the South East Natural Resource Management Group. Anna’s award ambition is to investigate and improve the environmental performance of Australian wine compared with its global competitors. See Cape Jaffa biodinamic wineries 

46% Energy Effieciency Boost from Terawatt Solar Thermal Tracking System

posted 15 Oct 2013, 03:04 by Toby Roscoe   [ updated 15 Oct 2013, 03:39 ]

Terawatt solar thermal tracking technology maximises its ability to capture the Sun's energy by tracking the Sun's movement through the sky to maintain its solar collection area at the optimum angle. The system consists high performing evacuated solar tubes and a tracking system that manoeuvres approximately 15° every hour and returns to a starting position at the end of the day, ready to capture the maximum energy the following morning. In 2010, in conjunction with the Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT), Terawatt demonstrated that a 46% increase in solar energy conversion to thermal is achieved from the Terawatt Sun tracking system in comparison to a conventional system, where solar panels are in a fixed position. For more information please contact 

Green Deal: energy saving for your home or business (UK)

posted 16 May 2013, 00:56 by Eco Hub

For those readers who haven't heard of the British Government's Green Deal, here is some simple information and the Government information portal.

The Green Deal makes it possible for homeowners and businesses to enjoy the financial and environmental benefits of energy-saving improvements without having to pay all the costs. Eligible emissions reducing and zero emissions energy production technologies include: insulation - eg. loft or cavity wall insulation, low carbon, energy efficient heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, photo voltaic (solar) panels or wind turbines. 

If you are interested in finding out more information, or you wish to apply for the benefits of the Green Deal, please follow this link.

Energized young Cubans help resolve climate change and much, much more - you can too! - donate!

posted 10 Apr 2013, 13:58 by Eco Hub   [ updated 10 Apr 2013, 14:08 ]

EcoHub had an email yesterday from Gioel and Handy, two international citizens living in Montreal, Canada. Gioel and Handy's project is just so fantastic that we had to share it with you! They have applied for a grant for CA$24,900, but are looking to raise another CA$23,770 for linking and energizing environmental projects in Cuba.

Cuba was devastated by hurricane Sandy in 2012. Ferocious and deadly tropical hurricanes (cyclones) like hurricane Sandy are increasing in frequency, range and intensity as a result of anthropogenically induced climate change - Gioel and Handy are determined to do something about the impacts of these storms. In their words:

"Our mission is to connect Cubans working on climate change adaptation, especially youth, to help them find and share solutions to this daunting problem."

There is a great opportunity to work, right now, to leverage the great work on climate change adaptation that is happening across Cuba.  There is an opportunity not only to ignite community -and especially youth- participation in tackling this challenge, but also to create a forum that can facilitate capacity building and learning between different stakeholders, a platform that creates opportunities for best practices on climate change adaptation to be shared widely across the country. Read more about the campaign and donate here!

Also see the websites of their local partners : 

Green Architecture Day at Brighton Permaculture Trust

posted 2 Apr 2013, 04:12 by Eco Hub

Brighton Permaculture Trust is hosting the annual Green Architecture Day on Saturday 27th April 2013 - 9:45am to 5pm, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton. 

Green Architecture Day hosts a day of illustrated talks; designers, practitioners and professionals will showcase cutting edge sustainable building techniques for aspiring self builders. From passive design to straw bale construction, Green Architecture Day is an educational and inspiring event tailored for an individual wanting to build an affordable home, to a co-housing group seeking to create a community space. Should you wish to attend, simply register online

Blue Eco Homes

posted 16 Mar 2013, 22:31 by Eco Hub

As a family-owned and operated Australian company, Blue Eco Homes is committed to the environment, and to delivering the highest levels of building craftsmanship and client service. Their focus is building environmentally-sound homes that are sympathetic to and supportive of the Australian environment, and that embody the client’s specific requirements and style. "In our constructions, we use building products and finishes that are ecologically-friendly. Our environmental commitment does not mean any reduction in quality – we use superior quality products in all our homes. The Blue Eco Homes approach ensures a house that is environmentally sustainable." For more information about Blue Eco Homes please visit their website:

Eco City World Summit 2013 Nantes, France.

posted 4 Oct 2012, 19:01 by Eco Hub

The city of Nantes, France, will host the 10th ECOCITY summit as part of "Nantes European Green Capital 2013". The ECOCITY 2013 exhibition will be staged in the Great Hall of La Cité Nantes Events Center, designed as the ideal place to showcase solutions for Sustainable CitiesFollowing on from Montreal, Istanbul, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shenzhen, Curitiba, Dakar, Adelaide and Berkeley, it will be the first edition to be held in the European Union. ECOCITY is the cross-disciplinary World Summit on Sustainable Cities supported by the NGO Ecocity Builders.

The ECOCITY concept is designed to: 

Facilitate exchanges among local, regional and governmental decision-makers, researchers and the civil society

Bring together all the different disciplines on sustainable cities

- Enable citizens to play a role.

Green Deal Summit: The definitive conference on the Green Deal (UK)

posted 3 Oct 2012, 20:27 by Eco Hub

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) estimates that 26 million homes and 1.8 million commercial properties will be eco-renovated in the UK over the next 30 years to improve their energy efficiency performance and thermal comfort. The Green Deal presents opportunities to rapidly grow the retrofit market, and accelerate progress towards the Carbon Reduction Commitment. It will improve people’s lives, providing warmer homes and more comfortable working environments, and generate significant business opportunities across the supply chain. BRE is hosting a three day Green Deal Summit with a superb lineup of 85 speakers who are leading the retrofit revolution. For more information on Retro-Expo and the Green Deal Summit, visit

An Extraordinary Journey with The Nature Conservancy in China

posted 24 Sept 2012, 18:34 by Eco Hub   [ updated 24 Sept 2012, 18:39 ]

For three lucky city-dwellers, it began online. But their journeys ultimately took them far from their computers, far from their cites, and deep into the Chinese countryside for some conservation adventure.

By recording video auditions and submitting them via Chinese social media to The Nature Conservancy, three urbanites — Iris (Beijing), Jenny (Shanghai), and Jared (Chengdu)  won a chance to visit and help conserve some of China's most important natural areas. Iris, for example, followed a monitoring and patrol team in wildlife-rich northern Sichuan's Motianling Land Trust Reserve, tracing the steps of wild pandas and even catching a glimpse of one on an infrared camera trap.

For her part, Jenny traveled over a thousand miles upstream from Shanghai to a nature reserve where she saw firsthand the tremendous threats facing the Yangtze's fish, and worked with reserve staff and fishermen to restore these important waters. And in the home of the Yunnan golden monkey, Jared sits in on community meetings on how to protect the local environment and hikes deep into some of China's last remaining primary forests with a ranger who has spent two decades protecting the elusive monkey.

RSPB Insa Marshes Appeal (UK)

posted 24 Sept 2012, 18:02 by Eco Hub   [ updated 24 Sept 2012, 18:04 ]

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is focussing on a rare opportunity to protect an even rarer wetland ecosystem, most of which have been impacted on since man made drainage was expanded into them for modern agriculture centuries ago. The RSPB says "Set within the stunning Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands, the Insa Marshes are one of the best pieces of wetland in the whole of the UK and is home to an amazing array of birds, buzzing insects and fragrant flowers.... Parts of the wetland on the Dell are overgrown with scrub and are much drier than they should be. We'll use our expertise in managing wetlands to improve the area for wildlife. Away from the wetland, we'll plant aspen trees that will eventually connect woodland on our current reserve with existing clumps of aspen on the Dell..... For the first time in 60 years, we have a fantastic opportunity to secure that missing piece of the landscape – a pocket of land called the Dell of Killiehuntly – and complete the reserve." They are asking for donations to help purchase the Dell of Killiehuntly, you can find out how to help them do that by clicking here.

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