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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…

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,…

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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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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Megan Antcliff joins CRC for Low Carbon Living

Megan Antcliff, director, strategic projects and innovation for the Department of State Development, South Australia, has been appointed new government representative board member for the Cooperative Research Centre for Low…

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AMP’s Andrew Bird to retire

Director and chief investment officer property for AMP Capital Andrew Bird has announced his retirement after a 37-year career in the property sector in Asia Pacific and the UK. He…

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B Lab for B Corps hiring and growing

B Lab Australia, an impact certifier for corporates, is on the growth path, with chief executive Alicia Darvall recently hiring senior associate Mat Fitzgerald. Ms Darvall told The Fifth Estate…

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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…

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An e-waste artwork cerated with 6000 unused mobiles.

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…

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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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(L-R) Eric de Seguins Pazzis, GDF Suez Energie Services; Richard Kelleway, Thiess Services; Megan Houghton, CitySmart; Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane Lord Mayor; Vaughan Furniss, Cofely Australia

Brisbane’s district cooling plan is GO!

Brisbane is on track to have Australia’s first CBD district cooling system, with an agreement for the design and planning phase signed on Wednesday with a consortium of Cofely Australia…

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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…

Sydney’s cruise ship terminal going greener

UPDATED: Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay is getting a sustainability upgrade as part of an overall package of works to increase the capacity and efficiency of the facility.…

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Grocon’s Liberty Place gets sustainability accolade

By Cameron Jewell

5 August 2014 — Grocon’s Liberty Place precinct at 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney has taken out the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, beating stiff competition from Mirvac’s 8 Chifley and Defence Australia’s AE2 residences.

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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.