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Join us at the Tropical Garden Spectacular’s Community Village

COOLmob is hosting the Community Village at this year’s Tropical Garden Spectacular.TGS logo green

Held over the weekend of 30-31 May 2015 in the George Brown Botanic Gardens, this year’s event is set to be as big as ever and we’re looking for more groups to be involved in the Community Village, as well as volunteers to help us coordinate it.

More info here.

Free Home Energy Saving Assistance for low income households

With close to 200 homes already booked in and works well underway to deliver fully funded energy retro-fits, Darwin and Palmerston residents are encouraged to contact the Smart Cooling team to check their eligibility for this exciting initiative.

Eligible residents receive a free assessment of their house’s energy use.  And are provided with complimentary services and products to help reduce energy costs such as:

  • Energy efficient ceiling fans and Pedestal fans
  • Professional sealing of box air-cons
  • Shade sails
  • External blinds
  • Fly-screen cleaning and replacement for air-flow.

If you or someone you know is eligible, register your interest now to be part of this fully funded energy assessment service and house retrofit program. Only 480 places are available in the project. Contact us today to ask about this project and your eligibility.  Phone: 8981 3642 email: smartcooling@ecnt.org

Project available to residents living in privately owned or privately rented accommodation.

 

New Year – New Office

During January we’re renovating our offices and giving them a well-deserved coat of paint. If you have cans of paint, rollers or paint trays lurking in your shed or under your house we’d be happy to take them off you! Various shades of white, green, blue, yellow and willing workers all very welcome.  Get involved by calling us on 8981 1984.

Happy holidays

COOLmob is taking a break!

Thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, project participants and staff for supporting us in 2014. We’ll see you again on Monday 5th January 2015!

For candidates interested in applying for the advertised jobs at COOLmob please click here to download the position description (which includes candidate response instructions) and here for more information about the Smart Cooling in the Tropics project.

You can also email smartcooling@ecnt.org however please note that this email will only be checked intermittently.

12 ways to a sustainable Christmas

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The great gift that is Christmas

Christmas is a celebration that is sometimes all too short. Most of us have a higher environmental impact than usual during this period, but it can be a great time to form lasting habits and encouraging broader change.

With a lot of people coming together, the actions that you take to have a sustainable Christmas have a good chance of being noticed by others. This effect can be increased by telling people what you are doing and why!

Here are COOLmob’s top tips from our 12 ways to a sustainable Christmas campaign:

  1. Make your own Christmas Tree
  2. Get creative with Christmas wrapping – check out these 5 ideas
  3. Re-gift something this Christmas and celebrate those gifts that can keep on giving 
  4. Go green with your Christmas lights, replace old bulbs or buy LED’s
  5. Plan for a low waste Christmas dinner
  6. Lighten your travel load and offset your love miles
  7. Earth friendly gifts  –  There are so many fun and sustainable ways to celebrate the tradition of gift giving check out this great green gift guide for inspiration.
  8. Love your local produce – Darwin has delicious and fresh local produce. Whether it’s grown in your own veggie patch or caught from your favourite fishing spot if you are stuck on what to cook for your main course this year think about using some our own local delights.
  9. Give the gift of support this year and back some of the Territories key environmental campaigns. Environment Centre NT, Environmental Defenders Office and Arid Lands Environment Centre are all courageously working to protect the environment. You donation can go a long way.
  10. Why buy new decorations make your own!  The frivolities of Christmas are lovely but they use up so much of our resources – so anything you can re-use or recycle will help to cut your carbon and your costs.
  11. Make sure your seafood is sourced sustainably. Check out the sustainable seafood guide.
  12. Share your Christmas with as many friends and family members as possible. It is much more energy efficient to cook one meal and cool one home rather than two, three or four.

Visit our Facebook page to  share your own ideas for . a sustainable Christmas