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Sustainable September

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1 September 2022 - 30 September 2022
24 Hours


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Wheelchair accessible

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Fresh ideas and activities for a healthier mind, body and planet.

This Spring, as the birds start to sing, it’s the perfect time to get your hands dirty, nurture nature and experience some green sky thinking at Fed Square. Sustainable September is your month of green-themed free activity, art, inspiration and activation.

We’re celebrating the humble worm, swapping clothes, cleaning up our act (Birrarung!) and turning waste into wearable fashion.

You can follow the green-brick road, explore art and ideas and take action to help create positive environmental change.

Let’s go!

Check out the program below:

Two people are standing behind a counter under a marquee for a cider ccompany and are handing a tasting to a woman wearing a duffel jacket and cap
Vegan Market

3 September, 9am–2pm | Atrium and The Edge Terrace

Sample delicious food, shop for cruelty-free fashion and learn all about what it’s like to be vegan at the vegan market. Thanks to Green My Plate, the vegan market is waste-free – your plate will be washed and re-used, so you can feel good while you fill up!

A man and a child have their backs to the camera and are wearing rain coats, both are holding rubbish grabbers and the man is holding the child's hand while the child is using the grabber to reach into the Yarra River
Yarra River Keepers Clean Up

3 September, 10.30am–12.30pm | River Terrace

It’s time to give back to the Birrarung and help clean up our act, together. Come join in this community event to clean up the Yarra River, in association with the Yarra Riverkeeper Association.

Be sure to register your attendance for this community event!

A sculpture of a golden worm that is curled sitting on top of a grey stone plinth
The Unsung Hero

6 September–21 September | Swanston Street Forecourt

All hail the golden worm! Elevating the humble worm to where it belongs, wrought in gold and on a plinth, this artwork by Kathy Holowko reminds us of the amazing work those wriggly little fellas do, nourishing the soil while hidden under the ground. Come pay tribute!

A woman in denim overalls is holding a bunch of carrots in one hand and a capsicum and plastic bags in the other, on her left is a man wearing a beige beanie and grey jumper holding a jar of lentils in each hand
Zero Waste Festival

Saturday 17 September, 10am–6pm | The Atrium, The Edge

Attend panel discussions with sustainability experts and visit pop-up stalls to learn more about how we can all reduce waste in our daily lives. Presented by Zero Waste Victoria in partnership with Fed Square. Green My Plate will be there to wash your plate, so that your delicious food-truck lunch is also zero-waste!

A photo of a stress ball that looks like Earth sitting in a big green leaf which is sitting in the palms of a persons hands
Sustainability Storytimes

17 September, 11am-2pm | City of Melbourne Pop-up Library for Kids

Come down to the City of Melbourne Pop Up Library, a chill out zone for kids to choose books about food, sustainability, health and community and have fun.

Follow the Green Brick Road

17 September–2 October | NGVA, KHT and ACMI

These September school holidays, bring the kids to ACMI, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia and the Koorie Heritage Trust, to join in the Green Brick Road Art Hunt! Follow the clues to find some special artworks that explore ideas of sustainability and the environment – and learn how art can help us think about important issues. Great prizes up for grabs!

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Total Ethics Fashion with Collective Fashion Justice

18 September, 11.30am–7.30pm

Fast fashion is out, so let’s get stylish and recycle, swap and mend. Explore different ways to create a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry, with expert panel discussions, practical workshops and demos and a free documentary film screening.

Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Building Healthier Cities

20 September, 9am-4pm | The Edge

Explore a sustainable future at Fed Square these school holidays.

Major Partner, Bupa will be running a range of fun, interactive activities for the kids and you can even grab a free coffee with an edible cup – that’s a double shot of sustainability.

Green Workshops

Various dates and times | Atrium & The Edge

Join in a yoga class, learn about worm composting, explore the hidden underground labyrinth of Fed Square or bring the kids to turning waste into wearable items – our Green Workshop series are entry-by-donation, with all proceeds going to the Black Duck foundation.

Live and learn
This Is Planet Earth

19 August–14 September, 10am–5pm | &Gallery, The Atrium

Drop into &Gallery in the Atrium this Sustainable September to visit this specially curated exhibition, which draws together the works of artists who explore ideas of the human impact on the environment, sustainability and climate change in their work.

Run the Riverkeeper

30 September, approx. 3.30pm | Main Square

Karin Traeger, CEO of The Yarra Riverkeeper Association is set to run 280kms to Celebrate World Rivers Day (25 September) and raise awareness and money to promote a healthy, protected and loved Yarra/Birrarung River. Karin will be running past Fed Square on 30 September at approximately 3.30pm – be sure to come along and cheer her on!

Yarra Plastic Paddle

1–30 September | Fracture Gallery, The Atrium

See a life-sized kayak made entirely of plastic bottles in The Atrium Fracture Gallery, this Sustainable September.

Earth first!

At Fed Square, we’re proud of our sustainable practices – and our food and beverage tenants work hard to bring you delicious bar, café and dining out experiences, that don’t harm the earth. Want to learn more?

Image credit: Kristoffer Paulsen

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