The Bower's 15th Anniversary

20 September, 2014
Come along to the 15th Birthday of the Bower Reuse and Repair Centre! Celebration includes the auction of the Tiny House, vintage cash register, and other collectable vintage items, live jazz music, demonstration work shops, recycled art for kids and a sausage sizzle (vegetarian).

Where: The Bower, 34/142 Addison Road, Marrickville, Sydney, NSW.
When: 12pm – 4pm, Saturday 20th September, 2014.
Cost: Free
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Banksia Sustainability Awards 2014

Banksia Sustainability Awards 2014

Entries open until 19 September, 2014.

Nominations for the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards - which recognise outstanding eco contributions and achievements - are now open! The awards cover a range of areas, from sustainability leadership and environmental education to the use of clean technology. Winners will be announced in November – click here to nominate.

When: Entries close 19 September, Finalists announced 16 October, & Winners announced November, 2014.
Cost: Entry fees start at $70 for community groups. For more insight into putting together a great entry for the Banksia Awards, view this video clip on How to win a 2014 Banksia Award.
Click here for more info.

All Energy Australia Conference

The All-Energy Australia Conference is rapidly gaining a reputation for being the very best place to hear the latest on developments in the clean and renewable energy industry. The Conference is a multi-track, two-day event focused on renewable and clean energy project development, technology, and policy and finance issues.

Where: Melbourne Convention Centre: 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, Melbourne, VIC.
When: 15-16 October, 2014.
Click here for more info.

Sustainable House Day 2014

Sustainable House Day 2014

7 & 14 September, 2014

Snoop around other people's homes as they throw open their front doors for Sustainable House Day. Owners of environmentally healthy homes will be showcasing the hard work they have put into designing, building and managing their houses to help educate and inspire others to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Learn about sustainable activities that can be put into practice in your own home and everyday lifestyle and get tips on how to reduce the environmental impact of your home. Perhaps you'll be inspired to open your own doors at the next Sustainable House Day!

Where: Locations across Australia.
When: Between 10am - 4pm, Sunday 7 September and Sunday 14 September, 2014.
Cost: Entry to the houses is free.
Click here for more info.

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2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney

4 – 7 September, 2014

A stylish event celebrating Australia's love of gardens and outdoor spaces, the Australian Garden Show Sydney will be held over four days in spring. Explore new ideas in techniques and design, and see spectacular showcases of garden displays, as well as a wide variety of lifestyle products. This year, there's involvement from President of the Horticulture Media Association Angus Stewart, an icon in the gardening industry Don Burke, edible garden ambassador Indira Naidoo, UK Garden Designer of the Year Andrew Fisher Tomlin, and gardening innovator Myles Baldwin.

Green Lifestyle readers are lucky enough to receive a $10 discount on each adult ticket bought online, bringing the price to just $25 for you! Just use the promo code "Floral" here. Hurry - offer expires 3 September at midnight.

Where: Brazilian Fields, Parkes Drive, Centennial Park, Sydney, NSW.
When: Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 September, 2014.
Cost: Prices range from $15 for children 15-18yrs, to $25 (online) or $35 (gate) for senior concessions, a season pass for four-days for $120 on the gate/online. Children under 15 years are free,
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National Landcare Week 2014

1 – 7 September, 2014

Landcare groups across the country are celebrating 25 years of Landcare as Australia's biggest volunteer environmental movement. Get your hands dirty and host or attend one of the many events in your local community:

– Throw your support behind your local Landcare initiative by voting in the National Landcare People’s Choice Award;
– Nominate a Landcare veteran for the Landcare Hero Honour Roll;
– Sign up for the National Landcare Conference before registrations close on 10 September;
– Find a Landcare Grow Grant, Bushcare’s Major Day Out, or other event near you, or submit your own, by visiting the Landcare events calendar;
– Share your Landcare story on the L.I.F.E website;
– Help show others what a difference Landcare can make, by sending your before and after Landcare photos to

To see this year's' National Landcare award winners, click here.
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National Science Week 2014 - Green Events

National Science Week 2014 - Green Events

With National Science week about to get underway, now is the time to start planning a week full of exciting events, talks and hands-on discovery sessions.

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Op shop week

National Op Shop Week 2014

24 – 31 August, 2014

Up to 83% of Australian women have clothes in their wardrobe that they have only worn once or twice, but luckily nearly 9 out of 10 women have purchased something from a charity op shop. However, charity op shops still need good quality donations. Making a donation can help op shops from running short of stock. Boosting donations to charity op shops is the aim of the third 'National Op Shop Week'. An initiative of the Do Something charity in partnership with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO).

For National Op Shop Week Salvos Stores are bringing the store to you through the creation of their ‘Pop Up Op Shop’. A converted van, powered by eco-friendly solar panels, transforms into a funky fashion store which will be popping up at Martin Place on Monday 25 August from 7.30am to 3.30pm. And as shopping is such hungry work, Salvos Stores will be providing free breakfast baps for everyone between 7.30am – 8.30am. A fashion show will also be staged at lunch time to showcase the vintage and current recycled fashion trends found at local Salvos Stores, perfect for the fashion savvy, budget conscious consumer

Where: All around Australia (or anywhere in the world, really).
When: Sunday 24 August – Sunday 31 August, 2014.
Special 'Pop Up Op Shop' on Monday 25 August until 3:30pm in Martin Place, Sydney, NSW.
Cost: Free! Plus, you'll score yourself a few bargains...
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Open Days and Info Evenings - Southern School of Natural Therapies

2014 Open Days & Information Evenings
If you live in Melbourne and are interested in learning about courses in complementary medicines, the Southern School of Natural Therapies have a number of Open Day's and Information Evenings coming up. The school has taught professional-level courses in Chinese medicine, naturopathy, Western herbal medicine, nutritional medicine, clinical myotherapy, massage and health science for over 50 years.Check out the dates for their Open Days. There are also more Open Days and Information Evenings scheduled for early 2014.

Where: Victoria Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, Vic.
When: Open Days, 11am-4pm: 15 January; 3 May; 23 August; 15 November.
Information Evenings, 6pm – 7:30pm: 20 January, 12 May, 8 December.
Click here to contact the school for more information.

Taste Orange, Sydney

20 - 22 August, 2014

Sample delicious delights from Orange and embark on a whirlwind tour of the food and wine the region has to offer. Pop along for a spot of lunch between 11.30 and 2pm Monday to Friday or swing by the pop-up bar between 5-8pm on Wednesday and Thursday evening. Over 20 of the region's finest wineries, including Rose Hill Wines, Small Acres CIder and Orange Mountain Wines, will be on hand to offer up a taste their most spectacular products. And to ease that rumbling tummy, there'll be plenty of the warming pumpkin and chickpea curry, mini venison steaks and lamb tagine among a whole host of other tasty dishes. You can also take home a taste of Orange with gourmet jams, cheese and relishes on offer. What better way to sample the country charm of this gourmet region?

Where: Martin Place, Sydney.
When: Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd August, 2014.
Cost: Sample food from as little as $5.00 and wine from $8.00.
Click here for more info.

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