The Sustainability Expo at the Orbost show is returning in 2013 following the success of its inaugural event last year. It is again being organized by volunteers from Far East Victoria Landcare, a local, grass roots network that assists the local community to focus on issues relevant to them.
With over 40 exhibitors ranging from renewable energy to fruit bottling and information on pest plants and animals, this Expo will again have something for everyone.
Excitingly, keynote speaker this year is a chemical engineer who came to local attention through the inspiring film Generation Green, which was shown at the Environmental Film Festival Melbourne in Orbost late last year. This passionate young man worked for ExxonMobil Australia before realizing the importance of a future for his generation and the planet.
Patrick Hearps is currently a research fellow in energy and transport systems at University of Melbourne’s Energy Research Institute. He was a lead author on the Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan and as the Technical Director, he oversaw the team of dozens of pro bono engineers and scientists working on the plan. The plan outlines how Australia can achieve 100% renewable energy by 2020 (or within a decade) using currently available technology. Patrick will share his detailed knowledge of concentrating solar thermal and other renewable energy technologies.
Another exciting event will be the launch of Orbost’s Young Citizen of the Year, Sam Mitchell’s solo around Australia on a solar bike expedition.
Sam explains “I plan to ride a solar and human powered vehicle around Australia, hopefully visiting Cape Byron, Cape York and Steep Point (Shark Bay) along the way. I would like to see not only our great country but the interesting and innovative projects that people are working on in the sustainability field. By completing this trip I hope to promote sustainable transport and highlight the alternatives that exist to using a ton of metal, glass and plastic to move one person at bike speed.”
Sam and Patrick have a lot in common and much to share which is what this Expo is all about. For more information contact Far East Victoria Landcare Coordinator Penny Gray at the Orbost DSE Office.