Melbourne: a green city?

There are a number of wonderful initiatives happening in the city of Melbourne. If you are wandering around the city keep your eyes peeled for sustainable actions – big and small.

A Melbourne fact: The now ubiquitous KeepCup was invented in Melbourne! (And a really good example of how thinking green can make you money! Read more at

While in the city keep a lookout for one of the many green buildings or features such as vertical gardens in the city. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Green buildings
    • Council House 2
    • foyer of 60 Leicestershire Street
    • Pixel Building, 205 Queensberry Rd, Carlton
    • foyer of the EPA Building, Victoria Street
    • ANZ Building, Docklands (note wind turbines on roof)
    • Szencorp Building, 40 Albert Rd South Melbourne
  • the solar panels at Queen Victoria Market
  • vertical garden, Melbourne Central
  • beehives and vertical gardens, Alto Hotel Melbourne
  • Guildford Lane Gallery green wall

Worth reading and quoting

A lovely thing happened once when I was teaching Geography in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. Picture your typical 15yo surfie kid who doesn’t like school much because he just wants to be outside catching waves or playing footy. We had been studying urbanisation and Melbourne’s urban sprawl, and this kid offered, “Melbourne should grow up, not out“.

I’ve always thought I should it printed on a T-shirt.

Elizabeth Farelly’s article from ‘The Age’ “Food for thought: Carr by name, car by nature” raises some good points about our nation’s “sub-urban obsession”, with our miles and miles of roadways. In particular, “Who’d inhabit the concrete jungle when they could live with birds and trees? It’s so worth the two-hour drive … So wrong. The answer is not to escape cities, but to reclaim and transform them. To make them our luscious oases, dripping in greenery, with vine-shaded streets and rice-paddy clad office blocks. With our help, our cities can become sanctuaries of sumptuous delight.” What a beautiful image!

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Green_wall_Paris (Green wall, Paris – creative commons)