Quick StatsOfficial Name: Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions
Year Founded: 2006
Chairman: Steve Burns
Headquarters: Ballarat, Vic, Australia
Mission: Engaging and supporting the Ballarat community, implementing actions and working with partners
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Language Spoken: English
# Countries Active: Australia
Official Website: http://www.breaze.org.au
Phone: (03) 5329 1730
Areas of Focus: Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Living
Organisation Type: Non-profit corporation
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Ballarat Renewable Energy And Zero Emissions
Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions (BREAZE) is a non-profit grassroots organisation, which has come about because members of the Ballarat community want to demonstrate that individual and community-based actions can make a difference in our response to climate change.
BREAZE was officially formed during a public forum in December 2006 when 40 people signed up to become members. After just 12 months, interest in BREAZE and its activities has grown to the extent membership and the email distribution list are numerically very strong. The beginnings of BREAZE as a grassroots organisation underpin its emphasis on engaging and supporting the Ballarat community, implementing actions and working with partners. We also advocate government policies that embrace climate change, while not aligning ourselves with any political party.
Over time, BREAZE hopes to become a trusted and authoritative voice for the Ballarat community on all climate change issues. This position will be re-enforced by BREAZE actively helping the community embrace carbon neutral and sustainable lifestyles.
If you are concerned about climate change and would like to take local action to respond to it, then join BREAZE. We’d love to have you with us!
BREAZE has submitted 13 comprehensive submissions and lobby letters on a range of topics to a range of organisations including the City of Ballarat, Victorian Government and Federal Government.
In October 2007 BREAZE negotiated a partnership with the Ballarat Courier to provide a monthly Earth Matters article. Often prepared by a BREAZE representative, these articles are up to half a page in size and cover very practical sustainability issues such as transport, insulation, and helping householders cut electricity and water consumption.
During Council elections in 2008 BREAZE asked all candidates to answer a series of questions relating to their attitudes to carbon emissions, sustainable housing and leadership on climate change. Their responses were provided on the BREAZE website. Within four days of receiving the email from BREAZE 15 candidates had responded.
The Local Food Action Group is now moving to implement a food cooperative outlet supplying food and products with a low-emissions footprint in Ballarat. A survey has been completed and BREAZE is compiling the information about the type of food members would like to buy and how it would suit them to buy it. It's possible BREAZE may even branch out into sustainable non-food items if there is member interest.
BREAZE has established links, and in some cases partnerships, with a number of other agencies and organisations, including other climate action groups, local governments, peak environment and climate action groups, educational institutions, projects and local businesses.
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