No-strings speed dates have sustainable twist

No-strings speed dates have sustainable twist

Sydneysiders looking to make their homes more environmentally friendly have the chance to meet some of Australia’s ‘hottest’ green architects and designers at a free speed-dating session this weekend.

Run by the Alternative Technology Association and funded by the City of Sydney, the event connects residents considering home renovations with leading experts on everything from solar power and rainwater tanks to using recycled materials.

Participants are offered 13-minute ‘dates’ with at least two designers of their choice, where they can ask questions about sustainable design, get feedback on prospective plans or seek inspiration for a future project – with no obligation to see the designer again.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the event was a great opportunity for environmentally conscious Sydneysiders to check their ideas with like-minded architects and designers.

“Whether you’ve just started a renovation or need inspiration for a future project, this is a chance to run your plans past some of Sydney’s leading design professionals in a relaxed, no-strings-attached environment,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We’re supporting this project as part of our Green Villages program, which promotes simple, practical and affordable ways residents can create a more sustainable community.”

The Alternative Technology Association is an independent, not-for-profit organisation providing residents across the country with practical advice on how to make their homes cheaper to run, more comfortable to live in and more environmentally friendly.

Their Speed Date a Sustainable Designer event was first held in Sydney last year, attracting more than 80 homeowners and 17 architects and designers.

More than 50 Sydneysiders have already registered for this weekend’s event at Paddington Town Hall, but spots are still available for dates with a wide range of leading architects and designers. In between dates, participants can also visit stalls featuring information on sustainable living.

Acting CEO of the Alternative Technology Association, Donna Luckman, said the speed dating session was perfect for Sydneysiders thinking about, planning or undergoing a home redesign project.

“Speed Date a Sustainable Designer is designed to inspire people about what they can do in their homes,” Ms Luckman said.

“By thinking and acting green, you can save money on energy bills and improve the comfort of your home while doing your bit for the environment. It’s empowering and fun!”

Prospective speed daters can research their designer dates first at

Speed Date a Sustainable Designer

Date:               Saturday 1 June 2013
Time:              2.30 – 4.30pm
Where:            Paddington Town Hall – 249 Oxford Street, Paddington
Cost:               Free – but registration is essential at

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.
Phone 0427 044 768 or email