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News from the front desk: Issue No 233

On why the built environment should be front and centre It’s interesting how much of this coming state election in NSW is about the built environment. Or should be. That’s…

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NSW Election: Watch my lips

This weekend’s NSW state election is being fought on the central issue of electricity privatisation, with the NSW Government proposing wholly leasing high-voltage power network company Transgrid, and leasing 50.4…

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Ken Morrison: on the Property Council V2

Ken Morrison is about to notch up his first year as chief executive of The Property Council of Australia in July. Many people must have wondered how he would fill…

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Report: achieving the 20-minute city

With housing affordability issues forcing more working and low income households to the outskirts of our cities, governments need to shift the focus on transport oriented planning to the outer…

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Book review: The Politics of Green Transformations

So often the politics of sustainability is reduced to a series of banner statements and media release bantering, The Politics of Green Transformations however goes deeply into the fundamental architectures…

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Electric cars make for cool cities

Replacing conventional vehicles with electric vehicles has the potential to reduce temperatures in cities, according to new research out of Hunan University in China and Michigan State University in the…

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Fab Labs and the DIY revolution

Perth’s Challenger Institute of Technology will soon be cultivating the growing trend of technology-empowered DIY consumption with the imminent opening of Fab Lab WA.

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The growing scope for ethical personal finance

Increasing awareness of how personal finances are invested and a rise in ethical options being offered are facilitating individual divestment from the fossil fuel industry.

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We’re hiring!

The Fifth Estate is looking for an eagle-eyed junior journalist with more than a passing interesting in this industry to work a few hours a week. The work will be…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Melbourne’s Green Steps program, part of the Monash Sustainability Institute, is looking for two new staff members – a business development associate and a training coordinator. The business development associate…

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Renee Clark joins URS Brisbane

The Brisbane office of global engineering and technical services firm URS has appointed Renee Clark to the position of urban and environmental planner in its environment and planning group.

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Our pick of jobs this week

The ACT Government is after an executive director, sustainability and climate change, a $200K+ job responsible for developing and implementing sustainability policies and programs, including those relating to climate change,…

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NSW EPA releases draft waste education strategy

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released a draft waste education strategy setting out educational opportunities and direction for programs delivered under the $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

How to green your supply chain

Some construction industry heavyweights are taking the sustainability mission beyond the base building rating approach, looking instead to improve sustainability along the entire supply chain through a new online tool…

ARENA to fund Perth biofuels plant

ARENA has announced $5.2 million in funding for Perth-based start-up Renergi to design and construct a pilot-scale bioenergy plant. The plant will use biomass such as agricultural waste and mallee…

Design & Technology

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Report: achieving the 20-minute city

With housing affordability issues forcing more working and low income households to the outskirts of our cities, governments need to shift the focus on transport oriented planning to the outer…

Fab Lab WA

Fab Labs and the DIY revolution

Perth’s Challenger Institute of Technology will soon be cultivating the growing trend of technology-empowered DIY consumption with the imminent opening of Fab Lab WA.

Australia’s biggest solar plant switches on

Almost 350,000 solar panels are now supplying electricity to the National Electricity Market with the first section of AGL and First Solar’s $290 million Nyngan Solar Plant in western NSW…

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Insulation – how to make the right decision

Insulation is the first line of defence in improving a home’s energy efficiency, according to Dr Richard Aynsley, an expert in sustainable architecture, insulation and interior airflow, but orientation, floorplan,…

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Strata apartments and the water trap

Owners of strata apartments who want to green their property are often hamstrung by a host of constraints that don’t assail owners of free standing property. Here we look at…

One Parramatta Square construction commences

Leighton Holdings and Charter Hall have formally commenced construction of their One Parramatta Square building, part of a massive urban renewal project to revitalise the Parramatta city centre.

Politics

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NSW Election: Watch my lips

This weekend’s NSW state election is being fought on the central issue of electricity privatisation, with the NSW Government proposing wholly leasing high-voltage power network company Transgrid, and leasing 50.4…

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The top 10 ways to combat climate change

While the federal government continues to look for enlightenment in all the wrong places, and lists of heat records being shattered and sea-level rises being charted proliferate, it’s a good…

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Case study: Legal eagles keep it green

The fitout at law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s new Brisbane office at One One One Eagle Street had to meet some strict sustainability guidelines in keeping with the building’s 6…

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The club sector – case studies in sustainability

For not-for-profit organisations like clubs, cutting energy, water and waste bills has a double benefit. It reduces operating costs and is also a valuable tool for member and staff engagement,…

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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Book review: The Politics of Green Transformations

So often the politics of sustainability is reduced to a series of banner statements and media release bantering, The Politics of Green Transformations however goes deeply into the fundamental architectures…

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Book review: Biomimicry Resource Handbook

Late last year Biomimicry 3.8 released a paperback edition of Dr Dayna Baumeister’s seminal guide to life-centric approaches to design, and what a gift it is for anyone looking to…

Book review: Low Carbon Cities

Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems, the third book in the Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design edited by Curtin University professor Steffen Lehmann, brings together research and case studies that…