Overview - CERES Zero Emissions by 2012


On 21 September 2015, responsibility for water policy and resources was transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources - Administrative Arrangement Order made on 21 September 2015.

This website will be updated to reflect these changes.

Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES)

Funding $1 150 011
Location Brunswick, Victoria
Estimated annual savings Water: 1 022 000 kilolitres
Energy: 67 000 kilowatt hours
CO2 emissions: 90 tonnes
 Glenda Roberts

CERES Van Raay Centre

Photo: Glenda Roberts

The project, now complete, has demonstrated new water conservation and renewable energy features in a community environment park in metropolitan Melbourne, Victoria.

The Centre's hands-on demonstrations of commercially available energy and water saving technologies aims to educate and inspire the uptake of energy and water efficiency measures by visitors to the site.

CERES Zero Emissions by 2012 Green Precincts Final Report (PDF - 1.55 MB) | (DOCX - 34.05 KB)

Key initiatives

Key initiatives of the CERES Zero Emissions by 2012 project included:

  • new water conservation features at six of the Centre's most visited buildings including installing water efficient devices, rainwater harvesting and grey water on-site treatment
  • installing a wind turbine, photovoltaic solar panels, a solar thermal energy generator, an electric vehicle charging station, and biogas barbeques
  • new buildings featuring best practice in energy conservation measures, such as using double glazing and insulation
  • new sustainable technology options including aquaponics, solar cooking, solar refrigeration, roof gardens, vertical gardens, and electric vehicle conversion.

Community engagement

CERES is in a unique position to continually educate students, and visitors to the site, about water and energy efficiency measures that can be easily incorporated into everyday living. New and updated energy educational units for upper primary and secondary students are used and regular school and community site tours are conducted; complementing other community engagement activities.

More than 450 000 people visit CERES Community Environment Park each year including 65 000 tertiary and school students, allowing CERES to develop and deliver interactive educational activities for visiting groups and school students.

As part of the CERES Zero Emissions by 2012 project, CERES conducted self-guided trails, workshops and demonstrations.

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