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.

Petition to Josh Frydenberg

JECO is collecting signatures on a petition to be presented to Josh Frydenberg who is the Minister for Environment and Energy. We encourage you to print a copy of this Petition to Josh Frydenberg, get as many signatures as you can, and return to JECO by 30 April 2017. You’ll find another link to this petition on our Resources page.

Please return petitions with signatures now to:
President JECO, c/- Lamm Library, 304 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South, VIC 3162

Special event this Sunday!

Interested in getting involved in a community garden?

Come along this Sunday 2nd April at 11:15am to the
Murrumbeena Community Garden
at the Koornang Uniting Church
117 Murrumbeena Rd, Murrumbeena
(Parking at rear)

Hear from Glynis Ramsay, one of the three power-girls behind the dream of utilising the land around the Koornang Uniting Church, about the establishment of the Murrumbeena Community Garden ten years ago and what it has to offer.

‘There will be tears, laughter and a cup of herbal tea.’

Got a mobile phone you no longer need?

Bring it along to the JECO stand at the In One Voice Festival and we’ll make sure it goes for recycling.

Check out our other displays while you’re there – sustainable transport (electric bikes, hybrid & electric cars, public transport), options for catering that are better for the environment, and more.

Sunday 19th March 11am-5pm – Sinclair St, Elsternwick. Just a short walk from Elsternwick station or the stop 33 on the 67 tram route along Glenhuntly Rd.

Sunday 5th March – Clean up Australia Day

Join us to help clean up and preserve the environment. A clean area, free of litter, provides a healthy and positive environment for day-to-day activities.

Where?      Meet at the corner of Sinclair and Selwyn St, Elsternwick

When?       From 10am to 12 noon

The area we have chosen to clean up includes a number of iconic community facilities – Holocaust Centre, Kadimah, Classic Cinema – as well as the vibrant shopping centre along Glenhuntly Rd.

Rubbish bags and gloves will be provided.

For more information or to register, go to

Recent events

Sunday 12th February – 10:30am
In honour of Tu Bishvat (New Year of the Trees)
Permaculture for Everyone?
Presented by Julian Waksberg*
1 Cranham St, Caulfield
Gold coin donation requested

Please let us know if you are thinking of coming so we can organise enough seating – email  Contact us
Julian Waksberg

*Julian has been extensively exploring the world of sustainability in all its forms for over a decade. These adventures have taken him to studying sustainable farming systems in Northern New South Wales, Japan, India, Israel and right here in Melbourne.

Reverse Garage Sale – start collecting now!

Reuse – Repurpose – Recycle

What?          Bring any of the following that you no longer need:

In good condition:

  • Bicycles (in reasonable condition)
  • Bras, swimwear and cloth nappies
  • Children’s books
  • Clothing, especially children’s clothing and shoes
  • Hearing aids
  • Make up and nice toiletries
  • Mobile phones
  • Musical instruments
  • Pots and pans – large, clean
  • Sporting equipment

In any condition:

  •  Batteries (all except car batteries)
  •  Computers and IT equipment
  •  Pairs of glasses (spectacles)
  •  Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, pet accessories
  •  Used stamps (from envelopes)

When?     Between 10am and 2pm on Sunday 27th November (Mitzvah Day)

Where?    1/6 Ulupna Rd, Ormond

Why?        We will be arranging for these to be reused, repurposed or recycled

How?        See the details in the Recycling stuff tab of this website.

Don’t bin it! Put it aside and bring it to us on Mitzvah Day.

Sustainability options for your home + AGM at G-Store – Sunday 6th November

Please join us at G-Store – 1095 Dandenong Rd, East Malvern – at 7:30pm on Sunday 6th November for our (brief) AGM to be followed by a ‘show and tell’ by Dion Epstein, Managing Director, G-Store, demonstrating:

  • Environmentally sustainable living products
  • How to increase energy independence in affordable ways
  • Israeli irrigation innovation.

As well as this being a great chance to meet like-minded people in our community and see what G-store has to offer, we have a number of environmental products to give away to all who attend.

… and why not nominate yourself for the JECO committee: Nomination form.doc

Join us afterwards for a yummy supper – please BYO keep cup!