Moreland City Council and Australian Energy Foundation have launched the Mike Hill Fellowship, a joint initiative to build local champions for action on climate change, created in tribute to prominent Moreland environmental figure Mike Hill.
At the official launch event on Wednesday 21 April at the Coburg Civic Centre, Daisy Day was announced as the 2021 Mike Hill Fellowship recipient. Daisy will work on two energy innovation pilot projects in 2021, as part of the Moreland Energy Innovation Lab (MEIL):
- The Plumbing Industry Engagement program, an education and advocacy piece encouraging plumbers replacing hot water systems, to transition from inefficient gas and electric to more efficient systems that provide a better outcome for the environment, such as hot water heat pumps. This project will be undertaken in close consultation with plumbers in the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) region, through the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC), Tradelink, Reece Plumbing and Master Plumbers.
- Pilot In-Home Displays, which focuses on in-home devices that connect to smart meters, so residents can see and monitor their energy usage over the day.
“I am very excited to have the opportunity to begin my career in environmental sustainability in a manner that supports my vision to create community driven environmental change, and something ‘bigger than myself’,” said Daisy.
“I’m excited to work with local industry and community members during the two MEIL pilot programs – the results of which I hope inspire future ‘zero carbon’ actions within Moreland.”
Moreland Mayor Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan said the fellowship aims to provide future leaders the opportunity to learn about social and environmental challenges in the local Moreland community and design solutions to solve them.
“The Mike Hill Fellowship has been created to honour and continue former Moreland Mayor Mike Hill’s legacy and passion for environmental sustainability,” said Cr Carli Hannan.
“It celebrates the ongoing 20-year partnership between Moreland City Council and Australian Energy Foundation, or the Moreland Energy Foundation as it was known during Mike’s time.
“In partnership with AEF, we have established the Moreland Energy Innovation Lab (MEIL) designed to help achieve our targets within the Moreland Zero Carbon 2040 Framework and ensure the continuation of best practice energy innovation pilots within Moreland”.
Mike Hill was a community leader, activist and visionary thinker across the environmental sustainability and local government communities in Victoria. Throughout his career, Mike Hill was appointed in numerous positions, including Mayor of Brunswick Council and inaugural Mayor of Moreland where he oversaw the founding of CERES and Australia’s first kerbside recycling scheme; the creation of the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA); and was “founding father” of the Moreland Energy Foundation (now Australian Energy Foundation) as the first Chair of the Board.