As the Equinox approaches, the mornings are becoming darker and the weather cooler here in Melbourne. Good time as any to provide a little update of Diesel's activities from the last couple of months.
February was marked by the Sustainable Living Festival which celebrated its 15th year. The Big Weekend in Birrarung Marr was blessed with Melbourne's famous weather - sun and rain. The Saturday of the festival started with Duncan talking with Hilary Harper from 774 ABC Melbourne and then helped the Yarra Energy Foundation team at their market stall for a few hours. On Sunday afternoon, Duncan presented 'Poo Power! Revealed' which was a showcase of the culmination of a year's work with Swinburne Design Factory and Melbourne Water by displaying a model of the biogas generator and its interface. Duncan kept his presentation short to allow for some great questions and engaging discussion from the packed-out marquee.
If you are interested to see the model, it is currently on display in the reception area of Melbourne Water's head office - 990 Latrobe Street, Docklands.
The following week Diesel had his moment to shine, again, as we filmed a segment for Network 10's Scope - an Australian children science television program. With some additional support (from Conor, Jasmine, Nateeqa and Samuel), the citizen science story focusses on the Poo Power! app as a tool to encourage school-aged students to use their local park as an outdoor classroom to learn about the potential in dog poo as a source of renewable energy. Just as we were filming the last scene the skies opened up and it started to rain, which was appropriate as the line Duncan had to say was "when it rains uncollected dog poo gets washed down drains effecting water quality and habitat for native animals as well as making rivers and creeks unpleasant for us to visit."
The episode will air Thursday, 10 April at 8am on Channel 11, and will be available to be streamed on the TenPlay website.
Last week, Poo Power! HQ was emotionally packed as we lost a member of our family, Sally. Her health suddenly deteriorated over the Labour Day long weekend and after a few tests we found out that cancer had got the better of her and then on Wednesday we said our goodbyes. We would like to thank the staff at Burke Road Veterinary Hospital for their support and kindness. Diesel misses her greatly, which makes our last piece of information bittersweet.
At the 2014 Toolbox Conference for Environmental Change, Duncan was the recipient of the VAEE Award for Excellence for Educational Practitioners working with schools, the community and in the tertiary sector. Now in its 29th year, the Awards acknowledges individuals who have made an exemplary contribution to the field of environmental and sustainability education within Victoria in 2013. The judges valued the ability of Poo Power! to reach new audiences for sustainability and science education. The Award was announced by Professor Kate Auty, Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.
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