Ceres (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, pronounced ‘series’) is an internationally recognised model of a sustainable society located in Melbourne, Australia.
Ceres shares its name with the Roman Goddess for agriculture. Ceres is located on 4.5 hectares (10 acres) on the banks of the Merri Creek, in East Brunswick, close to Melbourne’s centre.
Ceres runs on renewable energy, is a 55 tonne carbon sink, conserves and recycles its water and waste, grows organic food, and teaches diverse audiences about more just and environmentally friendly ways of living.
What makes the Ceres concept particularly compelling is that sustainability initiatives are located in a participatory social setting which, over time, has created a village-like environment, made up of a melting pot of different audiences.