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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…

When it gets hot in the city, where’s the best place to go?

Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves

From The Conversation: Heatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48°C or higher.

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Government wants to shatter the RET

The federal government has announced it wants to reduce the Renewable Energy Target to a “real 20 per cent”, which it said was the original bipartisan intent when the target…

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Esther Bailey: behind the scenes with the terra-formers

City of Sydney’s Esther Bailey recently won the Acoustic Logic Award for Contribution to Sustainability at the annual National Association of Women in Construction NSW Awards for Excellence.

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Green bonds in urgent search of strong standards

The International Energy Agency estimates that a shift of $53 trillion in investment towards climate change and environmental solutions is required by 2035 to avoid catastrophic global warming, and while…

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Business leaders: C-suite must drive sustainability

Sustainability must be integrated through the culture of the C-suite to be effective, according to business leaders at the Australia’s Sustainability in Business Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne last Thursday.

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(L-R) Anthony Frencham, Malcolm Rands, Jacqueline Fegent-McGeachie and Steven James.

Business leaders: C-suite must drive sustainability

Sustainability must be integrated through the culture of the C-suite to be effective, according to business leaders at the Australia’s Sustainability in Business Conference & Exhibition in Melbourne last Thursday.

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Our pick of jobs this week

Lend Lease is searching for a national sustainability manager, residential based in Sydney to manage the development and delivery of the Lend Lease Apartments Sustainability Strategy. The strategy aims to…

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Ming Long steps into new role at Investa

Investa’s joint managing director and finance director Ming Long has switched roles to become fund manager for the Investor Office Fund. Deborah Page, chairman IOF announced the move today (Monday)…

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Zurich Investment CIO Cecilia Rayes

Green bonds in urgent search of strong standards

The International Energy Agency estimates that a shift of $53 trillion in investment towards climate change and environmental solutions is required by 2035 to avoid catastrophic global warming, and while…

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Banks ranked on exposure to unburnable carbon risk

ANZ and the Commonwealth Bank are the most exposed to “unburnable carbon” risk, according to a new report from the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, which has launched a campaign…

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GBCA releases new Design and As Built tool

The Green Building Council of Australia has released the new Green Star Design & As Built tool, which it says is the most significant update to Green Star since its…

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1000 cars and no garage – why car-sharing works

From The Conversation: Owning a car can be a hassle, especially if you live somewhere where driving is an occasional, rather than daily, necessity. This might help to explain why…

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EPDs to be developed for Australian timber products

International sustainability performance consultancy PE International has teamed up with the Timber Development Association to create environmental product declarations for Australian timber products including sawn hardwood and softwood, particleboard, medium…

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When it gets hot in the city, where’s the best place to go?

Smart urban design could save lives in future heatwaves

From The Conversation: Heatwaves — Australia’s biggest natural killers — are getting more frequent and hotter thanks to climate change. One day cities such as Melbourne may see unprecedented heat, perhaps 48°C or higher.

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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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Government wants to shatter the RET

The federal government has announced it wants to reduce the Renewable Energy Target to a “real 20 per cent”, which it said was the original bipartisan intent when the target…

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Australia bombs in Global Green Economy Index

Australia has performed poorly on a range of green indicators, including coming dead last on leadership and climate change, the latest Global Green Economy Index has revealed.

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Victoria backs down on VEET cut

The Victorian government has withdrawn legislation to wind up the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, with Environment Victoria labelling the back down an “embarrassing defeat”.

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Toxic playgrounds: Broken Hill kids exposed to poisonous dust

From The Conversation: In the shadows of Broken Hill’s rich mining history lies a legacy of contamination and regulatory failure that will likely outlive any benefits locals derive from mining.

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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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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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Arts and Letters

9781743319161

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.

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Book review: The Consolations of Economics

Given how the concept of economics is bandied about in Australian political rhetoric as an excuse for all manner of ham-fisted decision-making, the title of Gerard Lyons book, The Consolations…