Students Design for Change at Australian GreenTECH


For all the talk of green design and eco lifestyles, it’s odd that Australia has so few events for businesses, organisations and institutions to showcase their wares in this area. Melbourne does have its very well attended Sustainable Living Festival, where last year they also managed to hold the World’s Largest Green Drinks party. But Sydney, while having a few smaller community level green days is not quite so blessed in events that promote the bigger picture.

Fortunately it does have, what this year is called, the GreenTECH , the 3rd Australian International Green Build, Design and Technology Show, which pulls together eco-businesses, industry associations, universities and the like. One of its key displays is the Society for Responsible Design’s ‘SRD Change 08’ exhibition of student work, collated from all of the city’s major universities. Part of this exhibition is the White Bay Eco-City 2050 project, which proposes a low-carbon redevelopment for an old industrial site close to the city centre. A free seminar on the project is being presented at GreenTECH on the shows final day- today! Other exhibits include fashion and industrial design influences.

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The broader GreenTECH show has everything from displays of grid connect solar installations (with show discounts) right down to the Solio personal solar charger. made to measure watertank, including new stainless steel models for those who don’t want their water to come into contact with any form of plastic, green printing solutions, evacuated tube solar hot water systems, free strawbale building workshops, eco lifestyle magazines, green painters, modular systems for creating green roofs and walls. See a full list of exhibitors here. And a list of free presentations here.

One exhibitor, of natural carpet underlay and recycled insulation, told us the show had been so successful for them that they’d run out of business cards on the first day. Hopefully this level of interest will have also been the case for many more exhibitors and that enthusiasm translate to action on the ground.


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