Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Education

Presentations, workshops & training

Our in-house energy efficiency expert Lucinda Flynn has always loved the educational side of sustainability. She can tailor a training course or presentation for your community group or organisation on a range of energy efficiency and sustainability topics, from a 1 hr presentation to a three-day training course.

Lucinda is a personable and experienced presenter who loves working with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

She is an accredited and highly experienced Scorecard Assessor, with a Cert IV in Home Sustainability Assessing, and a Cert IV in Training & Assessing.

Want to participate? Upcoming (and past) presentations and training

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REthink energy & waste in your community group

Hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council

This session is designed to encourage those active in the community to become adopters and modellers of sustainable behaviour. This session will introduce community groups and service organisations to the seven ‘REthink’ principles of a circular economy, and help them incorporate better energy and waste practices into their day-to-day operations. The workshop will foster discussion and practical examples of how groups can be more sustainable in a range of areas like purchasing, resource use, and event management.

Topics include:

  • Increasing your group’s energy efficiency
  • Reducing waste
  • Ethical finance and partnerships
  • Sustainable product choices
  • Sustainable events
  • How eco choices benefit your group and your client base
 

Wednesday, 24 April 2024

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM

Edendale Community Farm and Environment Centre, Eltham

Free – must register

Sustainable House Day 2024 – The Nillumbik Trail (in person event)

Hosted by Clean Energy Nillumbik

Looking for ways to make your home more comfortable or how to ensure your renovation results in an energy efficient paradise? Visit open house sessions and talk with home owners to gather inspiration about simple actions that you can take to make your home more comfortable and inexpensive to run. Their firsthand experience will show you it’s possible.

Going Green Solutions founders Sean and Lucinda will once again be opening their home to the community, to share their journey of bringing their 1970’s home to a 10 Star Residential Efficiency Scorecard Rating, and going All-electric.
 

The Nillumbik Trail – Sunday 21 April, 2024

Various locations in Nillumbik.

Free – must register

Comfort up, energy costs down this winter!

Hosted by South Gippsland Shire Council

Join us for an informative event on how to save money and stay cozy this winter! Learn practical tips and tricks to make your home more energy efficient. From draft proofing to hot water systems, we’ll cover it all. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save money on your energy bills!

 

Tuesday 16th April 2024

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Online (moved from in person)

Free – must register

Three day training for Home Energy Guides

Hosted by Electrify Boroondara

Are you passionate about energy efficiency? Are you keen to help Boroondara residents improve the comfort of their homes, save money, reduce their carbon emissions and create a safer climate? We are delighted to be launching the Electrify Boroondara Home Energy Guides Program and we are actively recruiting 10 keen volunteers to become our Home Energy Guides.

 

Sunday 14th April, Saturday 20th April, Saturday 4th May 2024

Boroondara, VIC

Free – must register

 

Three day training for Volunteer Home Energy Efficiency Advisors

Hosted by Totally Renewable Beechworth

A non-accredited short course, aimed at people who already have an interest in and a basic understanding of the concepts behind home energy efficiency, who want to increase the depth of their understanding.
Each course aims to provide students with a well-rounded understanding of the interplay between various impacts on home energy efficiency and comfort, so they can provide useful and accurate advice within their communities, whether that be in general conversation or by offering a volunteer energy advisory service (usually done as part of a community service offered by their local clean energy group).

 

Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April, 2024.

Beechworth, VIC

 

Going All-Electric

Hosted by Whittlesea Shire Council

Join energy efficiency assessor Lucinda Flynn as she details how and when to transition different appliances to all-electric to save energy costs and increase comfort.
 

Online via Zoom

Wednesday 20th March 2024

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Free – must register

Positive everyday choices – Responding to the Climate & Biodiversity Crisis

Hosted by NCAT – Nillumbik Climate Action Team

Lucinda will be talking about how the average person make a positive impact on climate change with the everyday choices they make, and the changes they implement. We’ll look at a range of simple ways you can make a difference – from purchasing and banking decisions to reducing your use of fossil fuels and moving towards an electrified, zero emissions energy home and community. Part of Nillumbik Climate Month.
 

Edendale Community Farm and Environment Centre

 

Saturday 2 March 2024

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Free – must register

Practical Home Energy Efficiency

Hosted by Whittlesea Shire Council

This workshop is geared towards home-owners or those with the ability to make upgrades to their homes to reduce energy costs and increase comfort.

Thursday 22nd February 2024

6.00-7.30pm

Free – must register

Local Energy Hero Training Programme

Hosted by Whittlesea Shire Council

Expressions of interest are currently open for this non-accredited short course which provides a well-rounded understanding of home energy efficiency and comfort. The goal for participants is to become an “energy hero” who can share information within their community and networks. Expressions of interest will close by 31 January 2024.

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th February 2024

9:00am-4:00pm

Free – must register

Practical and Low-Cost Home Energy Efficiency

Hosted by Whittlesea Shire Council

This workshop is geared toward renters, low-income households, and anyone who wants to make some fast energy reduction improvements and are happy to do some simple DIY.

Ganbu Gulinj Community Centre, Wollert

Saturday, 10 February 2024

10-11.30am

Free – must register

SwitchedOn Podcast: How a health check for your home can help upgrade its energy efficiency

Hosted by Renew Economy, Anne Delaney

Home energy efficiency assessor, Lucinda Flynn, explains why your reverse cycle air conditioner feels blowy, how to increase the energy rating on your home, and tips for retrofitting on a budget.

Tuesday 28th November, 2023

 

Podcast Interview: Living Local with Lucinda Flynn

Hosted by Local Food Connections, Ann Stanley

Lucinda Flynn has a thriving permaculture garden at her home in Hurstbridge, Melbourne. Passionate about sustainability, she has built a life in her local community, making decisions about her children’s education and her work based upon proximity to her home. Lucinda and her husband Sean founded a business, Going Green Solutions, operating from a shop in Hurstbridge for 15 years, which they describe as ‘a team of people passionate about sustainability, reducing carbon emissions and waste, and helping Melbourne householders live more comfortably, without spending a fortune on energy bills’. Going Green Solutions supports community groups, not-for-profits and social enterprises that share this committment.

Sunday 26th November, 2023

 

Weatherproof Your Home: The Art of Draught-Proofing

Hosted by Nillumbik Shire Council

Summer is around the corner, and there’s nothing worse than sweating indoors. It’s the perfect time to make sure your home is well insulated!
 
Join Lucinda and Chris in this workshop to learn some simple and cost-effective techniques to keep your home cool this summer, and warm next winter. Including:
 
Lucinda (Going Green Solutions) will be talking about draughts, why they matter and the main ways to seal them.
Chris (EcoMad) will demonstrate common draught-proofing techniques that you will be able to implement at home.
Draught-proofing stops hot air from entering your home in summer and warm air from escaping in winter, saving you money and making your home more comfortable.

Edendale Farm, Eltham

Wednesday 15th November, 2023

6:00 – 8:00PM

 

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Based on your report I have increased my star rating and I had the gas disconnected last week which was an exciting moment! I can say with 100% confidence that getting the assessment done and your report gave me a great roadmap to get to this point.

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We found Lucinda to be genuinely interested in helping us to make our house more comfortable and a little cheaper to run.

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Shane & Nicole
Bonbeach
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Lucinda engaged well, was very thorough, answered a lot of questions, and explained things extremely well.

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Kerry & Cushla
Cranbourne West
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We found the process really worthwhile. Lucinda was very thorough and gave us lots of ideas and advice to help us keep our house warm!

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Thalia
Northcote
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I found Lucinda to be very practical, professional and really engaging.

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Cheryl
Bendigo
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After meeting with you we felt so much calmer and less overwhelmed about the work we needed to do.

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Hannah & James
Victoria
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Thank you for the informative and extensive home energy audit. It was great to hear complex issues explained in a “user friendly” way.

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Tony & Donna
Aberfeldie VIC