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Green bonds market has trebled in size

The green bonds market has trebled in size this year, with the Climate Bonds Initiative reporting the market has $34.3 billion in issues. The news comes as The Peoples Bank…

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Westpac to sign up for green lease clauses

Westpac will become the first major national corporate tenant to include green lease clauses in its future tenancy agreements, the Better Buildings Partnership has announced. The news follows the release…

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Alternative housing celebrated through NEAT competition

Four alternative housing options have been unanimously chosen as winners of the New Experimental Architectural Typologies competition, which finds innovative and compact housing solutions for Canberra that challenge current planning…

Adam Beck – collaboration on rating tools could be on the way

Adam Beck on rating tools and great minds

In what could be the start of greater collaboration among a group of organisations that produce rating tools, last month in Washington, DC, EcoDistricts held its sixth annual Summit, one…

The Bays Precincts, five principles for a global opportunity

Bays Precinct: five principles emerge from summit

According to Curtin University’s Professor Peter Newman UrbanGrowth’s Bays Precinct international summit this week has delivered on the optimism that has surrounded this event. It’s been a game changer for…

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Book review: From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: 20 stories of a Life in Architecture, by Dean Dewhirst, is everything a great architecture book should be – tactile, gorgeously presented, inspiring and rich with…

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The Hi House concept

Alternative housing celebrated through NEAT competition

Four alternative housing options have been unanimously chosen as winners of the New Experimental Architectural Typologies competition, which finds innovative and compact housing solutions for Canberra that challenge current planning…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Professional services and investment management firm JLL are after a national sustainability manager for the Canberra office. Working closely with the government business directors and JLL sustainability personnel, you will…

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ANZRP adds three new directors

E-waste industry body Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform has appointed three new members to its board. ANZRP is a not for profit, industry-run member body established to manage the…

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FWPA appoints new directors

Three new directors have been elected to the board of Forest and Wood Products Australia – Jim Henneberry, Brian Farmer and Christine Briggs. Mr Henneberry is the former chief executive…

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Tony Rees appointed CitySmart chair

Brisbane City Council’s sustainability agency, CitySmart, has announced director Tony Rees will take over as chair following the retirement of Jim McKnoulty.

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green-bonds

Green bonds market has trebled in size

The green bonds market has trebled in size this year, with the Climate Bonds Initiative reporting the market has $34.3 billion in issues. The news comes as The Peoples Bank…

Westpac Place

Westpac to sign up for green lease clauses

Westpac will become the first major national corporate tenant to include green lease clauses in its future tenancy agreements, the Better Buildings Partnership has announced. The news follows the release…

Mark Steinert at the Bays Precinct International Summit

More on Stockland’s green bond

According to Mark Steinert, chief executive of Stockland, the margin on the 300 million Euro green bond the company issued a few weeks back cost no more than regular funding,…

WSP finalises purchase of Parsons Brinckerhoff

WSP director and company president Pierre Shoiry has been named chief executive of the combined group as WSP Global completes the US$1.3 billion purchase of Parsons Brinckerhoff Group, the professional…

Products and Services

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Recycling week: the problem with e-waste

A significant shift in technology user behaviour is needed, according to Planet Ark, with an estimated 23 million mobile phones alone being hoarded in drawers and other places around the…

Design & Technology

The Bays Precincts, five principles for a global opportunity

Bays Precinct: five principles emerge from summit

According to Curtin University’s Professor Peter Newman UrbanGrowth’s Bays Precinct international summit this week has delivered on the optimism that has surrounded this event. It’s been a game changer for…

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The scheme aims to make buildings with high energy-efficiency ratings, like this one in Canberra, attractive to potential buyers and renters.

Green building scheme review adds yet more policy uncertainty

From The Conversation: Australia’s policies to cut greenhouse emissions have been shrouded in uncertainty over the past few months. The contentious Renewable Energy Target review and the swapping of the carbon price for Direct Action have…

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Diets must change to combat climate change

An increase in Western diets could lead to an 32 per cent increase in greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector by 2050 if left unchecked, a new paper published…

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NSW to assist with Bhutan’s environment

The NSW government will assist the Kingdom of Bhutan to build its environmental management capacity in the areas of eco-tourism, plant biodiversity, community education on environmental values, landscape design and…

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The Global Change Institute: one year on

The 6 Star Green Star Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland was designed as a living laboratory and a working test case for a range of sustainability innovations.…

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Tesla technology saves Metricon thousands

As part of a recent refurbishment of the Metricon Homes’ head office in Melbourne, a lighting upgrade was carried that demonstrates clearly how a combination of new LED lighting technologies…

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Book review: From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: 20 stories of a Life in Architecture, by Dean Dewhirst, is everything a great architecture book should be – tactile, gorgeously presented, inspiring and rich with…

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Book Review: Out of Place (Gwalia)

The impact of mining is generally considered in terms of holes in the ground and polluted waterways. Out of Place (Gwalia), edited by Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully and William M…

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Book review: Can accountants save the planet?

Corporations willing to pay to pollute, dodgy biodiversity offsets and crusading accountants changing the book-keeping game are just some of the gems that Jane Gleeson-White lays out for readers of…

Thomas Edison on a sustainable energy solution: not coal

Great minds on climate change

UK environmental news publication Edie has some nice quotes on energy and sustainability from the great minds of our past and current times.