Celebrate Tu B’Shvat – Sunday Feb. 4

St Kilda Botanical Gardens is right on our doorstep, but have you ever noticed what makes it so special? On Sunday 4th February from 3-4:30pm our guide will reveal its history and hidden gems during a 90 minute walk that promises to be engaging for adults and children alike.
Bookings essential – book through: www.trybooking.com/TRRN
Meet at The Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda
Adults $10. Concession $5. Under 10s free.
For more information contact Tammy on 0409 557 557

Sunday 3rd December: Guarding the Galilee

Join us at 5pm this Sunday 3rd December for a short AGM, followed by a screening of:

… at the Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda (cnr Herbert St, on the NW corner of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens).

Getting there: (parking can be tricky!) Take tram 3, 16, 67, 78, 79 or 96 and get off at tram stop intersection St Kilda Rd/Carlisle St.

Port Phillip EcoCentre location


St Kilda Repair Cafe this Sunday!

JECO has teamed up with the Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC) to set up the St Kilda Repair Cafe. This will run on the second Sunday of each month (except January) from 2-5pm at the PPEC, 55A Blessington St, St. Kilda (corner Herbert St), starting from Sunday 12th November. To find out more about this exciting initiative, go to the St Kilda Repair Cafe website.

It’s time to declutter!

Start preparing now for JECO’s Reverse Garage Sale on Sunday 19th November, where you can bring anything on the list below that you no longer need to
6B South Ave, Bentleigh from 10am to 2pm. We’ll arrange for items to be reused, repurposed or recycled. (See our Recycling page for what we do with them.)

  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Bras & swimwear (new & used)
  • Children’s books, atlases (without USSR), dictionaries & encyclopedias from 2005 onward
  • Clothing in good condition, especially men’s clothing, women’s plus-sized clothing, sleepwear, clean, unstained bedding, shoes & socks (clean/near new)
  • Computers & IT equipment, cables, VCR, DVD & CD players
  • DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassette tapes & cases, floppy disks, printer cartridges
  • Cameras, video cameras, projectors
  • Electrical appliances & power tools
  • Fabric
  • Hearing aids
  • Pairs of glasses (spectacles)
  • Light globes – incandescent, compact fluorescent, downlight & fluorescent tubes
  • Mobile phones, batteries, chargers & accessories
  • Musical instruments (guitars, violins, percussion, recorders, etc)
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Sporting equipment in good condition – sports shoes/boots, balls, bags, bats, racquets, gloves, helmets, etc
  • Toiletries or essentials (unopened) that anyone in need may require
  • Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, pet accessories
  • Used stamps (from envelopes)
  • X-rays

Like to get involved? Contact us.

Register for the Edible Weed Walk at Try Booking. Numbers strictly limited. We need minimum numbers by 29 Sept for this to proceed.

When?           Sunday 15th October, 2-3:30 pm
Where?          Elster Creek (Elwood Canal) – exact starting point TBA after registration
How much?   Adults $15, Children 5-16 $10, under 5 free, Family $40.

Bookings now open – minimum numbers required for this to go ahead

Sustainable garden tour

Are you aiming to send zero waste to landfill? Come and see JECO member Eva’s incredible zero-waste garden and home, featuring creative composting systems.
This interactive workshop will inspire you and arm you with tips to save money and save the planet.
Glen Eira Council is also offering this workshop led by our very own Eva, but they currently have a waiting list of 50! Eva has kindly agreed to run a special session for JECO, but you’d better get in quick!
The session is free, but is limited to 25 people. Book through Try Booking.
When?         Sunday 10th September, from 10.30 am
Where?        Eva’s home in Caulfield – address supplied once you have booked.
How much? Gold coin donation requested.

Bookings essential!

The power of renewables


Talk postponed

If you’d like to be informed when this talk is rescheduled, please email president@jeco.org.au


Everyone seems to be talking about renewable energy these days. What is its potential? Could the world be totally powered by renewables? How could renewables build the political power we need to protect the climate?

Join us for bagel brunch and to hear what Dan has to say about all of this and more.

Who is Dan Cass?

Dan Cass is strategist at the Australia Institute and an honorary associate at Sydney Business School. He is on the advisory board of Solar Head of State and provides independent strategy and policy consulting services.

Dan has started social ventures, was Communications Manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a curator at Scienceworks Museum. He was a director of Hepburn Wind, Australia’s first community-owned wind farm.

His company, Dan Cass & Co, works to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. It does this by creating strategic partnerships between businesses and the community to secure a more sustainable future.

Dan has consulted for global and national companies including Origin, Vestas, Pacific Hydro and Sungevity.

When?              Sunday 20th August at 10am

Where?             Private home in Carnegie – call 0402 894 968 for details

How much?     Small note donation requested

Two great films – Saturday 10th June

LBCinema, in conjunction with JECO and the ARRCC*

Guarding the Galilee

  • A massive and beautiful area of Queensland could soon be the largest coal mining area in the world. Come and watch this powerful documentary to see why it is such an important and ethical issue.


The Man who Planted Trees

  • An inspirational, Oscar-winning short animated film, based on the short story by Jean Giono.

When?    Saturday 10 June, 7pm after Havdalah

Where?  Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 37 Harp Rd, East Kew

Cost?    $10 (to go to the campaign to stop the mine going ahead)

*ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Solar & batteries – Are they for you?

Deciding to jump and monitoring performance.

Putting solar cells on houses is increasingly popular. It’s also quite complicated.

  • How big?
  • What information do I need to gather to make an assessment?
  • Do I have room on my roof?
  • What technologies?
  • Should I install batteries? How big?
  • Which supplier?
  • Are there regulatory issues?
  • Does my choice of power company affect this?
  • Is it economically viable?
  • What if I’m renting?
  • What if I can’t afford the up-front cost?
  • How do I know if it’s working?
  • How do I track its performance?

So many questions!!!
If it’s in your too hard basket, there are resources to help you decide.  It’s not right for everyone but it’s economically viable for many people.

Energy Storage – batteries  & others – is an area that deserves special discussion. It’s changing very quickly but the best answers are becoming more apparent.

Andrew Gelbart is an “elderly” engineer (his own description!) with a long career in evaluating and implementing new technologies. He finally made the leap to having solar installed after considerable evaluation and watching the technology develop and emerge. He will walk you through his decision-making process, share some of the resources he has found that help in making a decision and in tracking performance. He believes it’s not that hard once you know what to ask and where to look. A worked example is often the best way to learn.

If it’s on your list then here is your chance.

When?           Sunday 21st May at 7:30pm
Where?          37 Margaret St, Carnegie
How much?  Gold coin donation requested

***  Andrew has requested that attendees bring a copy of a recent electricity bill with them. This will make the session more relevant and fun. ***

Please let us know if you’re planning to come so we know how many chairs we’ll need on the night.  Contact us.