Sydney Central

Event Details

ATA Sydney Central branch meeting - Products and Materials; Now and to the Future - Enabling Sustainable Choices 
November 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm

When: Monday 14 November 2016, 6:00pm for a 6:30-7:30pm start.
Where: Interface head office and showroom, 101 Chalmers St, Surry Hills (click here for a map).

Speakers: Kate Harris and Shaila Divakarla from GECA

Talk summary: “Products and Materials Now and to the Future - Enabling Sustainable Choices”

At this month’s presentation of Sydney ATA come and see a presentation from Kate Harris CEO and Shaila Divakarla Standards and Technical Manager from Good Environmental Choice Australia Kate and Shaila will be looking at a scenario of futuristic, frugal and adaptive residential architecture such as futuristic vertical communities and floating houses for consideration and discussion. Within this context they will highlight the why and how of certified people and planet friendly products and services to achieve such a visionary future. After all, the end should not always justify the means.

They will conclude with steps on what you can do NOW to lead a sustainable, successful daily life on this planet.

Kate is the  CEO of  Good Environmental Choice Australia since October 2015. She is on the Board of Directors of the Living Future Institute of Australia and of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL), has a Masters in Social Ecology and is a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program. She has an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education, having led organisations that coach individuals, businesses and communities towards improved sustainability leadership.

Shaila is the Standards and Technical Manager for Good Environmental Choice Australia. She is a registered architect holding a Ph.D. in sustainable architecture and more than 10 years of experience in the industry/practice combined with teaching/tutoring experience as well. Shaila is also a Green Star Accredited Professional (GSAP), Greensmart professional and an accredited NatHERS/BASIX assessor. Her work has spanned across design, research, project coordination and education/training. Her passion for sustainability is supported by a proven track record in championing sustainable project housing highlighted by her crucial role in the recent Ecoliving Display Village, which was the recipient of state and national awards.

Members and non-members are asked to register by selecting ATTEND at:

After the presentation, Sydney Central ATA will have its AGM and election of officers. This will be open only to members of the ATA. We are always keen to get members more involved in the local group and so please feel free to stay and take part.

Directions and further details:

Please arrive at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start.

The Interface head office and showroom is located within the heritage-listed 101 Chalmers Street building in Sydney.  Access from Central Station involves turning right as you leave the Devonshire St exit, and then a short walk with a second, almost immediate right - if you get to to Prince Alfred Park you have gone too far!

Look for a two-storey red brick and sandstone building that adjoins a single-storey library, known as the ‘Railway Institute Building’. Entrance is at the rear of this building that has been faithfully restored and redesigned with stunning interiors, turning it into a showcase of environmental sustainability.  Due to our proximity to Central Station, we encourage attendees to catch public transport to this event as nearby parking is limited.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted.

The ATA is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Upcoming Events

ATA "Life after feed-in tariffs" - presentation + solar speed date, Tues November 15.

The ATA and The City of Randwick are co-hosting an informative evening focused on solar, for both current and prospective solar households.

Presentation 6-7pm: "Life after feed-in tariffs - how to maximise the financial benefit of your solar system", Tom Nockolds of Community Power Agency, Solar Speed Date 7-8:30pm.

Where: Prince Henry Centre, 2 Coast Hospital Rd., Little Bay NSW 2036
Registrations are essential for this free event. Click here to register for both the talk and for a session with one of our experts.

The ATA has developed a series of six steps that highlight the number of different technology and related considerations to consider before embarking on any purchase decisions or other energy management strategies to mitigate the economic impact of the scheme closure. From 7pm you can reserve a 20 minute date with an expert in energy efficiency, solar PV, going off-grid, or solar monitoring.

Australian Solar Council – Sydney Chapter Meeting. Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 6:00pm - 8:00pm (Presentation starts at 6:30pm), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Room 450B, Level 2(Ground Floor, entrance level) Building 10, 235 Jones Street, Broadway NSW 2007

Thanks for your ongoing support of the ATA Sydney Central Branch.

ATA Sydney Central Branch -Events Coordinator

Graham Hunt

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Phone: 0403 547 457

Visit the ATA website or our ATA Sydney Branch Events Page.

101 Chalmers St, Surry Hills
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