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News from the front desk: Issue 215

On provocations, Green Build, the Red List, a new engagement model for energy, and CitySwitch Without provocation there’s little incentive to change, right? This week we’ve had it in spades.…

“We currently have the highest number of Green Star rated shopping centres in Australia" – Mark Steinert

Stockland’s green bond stirs appetite for more

Stockland stunned the property and capital markets on Friday by announcing Australia’s first green bond, for EUR300 million. According to UBS, which underwrote the sale along with HSBC, the move…

Energy performance contracts offer higher efficiency at lower costs, but there are risks

A roadmap to energy performance contracts

Energy performance contracts might sound like the new kid on the block. They’re not. They’ve got a very mixed track record. Better for big institutions such as RMIT and the…

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Sean Kidney on Australia’s first green bond

UPDATED: Stockland has issued Australia’s first green bond – for  EUR300 millon over seven years. The bond, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, is rated A-, achieving a 1.5 per…

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CBD revisions announced

CBD program amendments tabled in Parliament

Amendments to the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014 were tabled in Parliament last week as part of a package of amendments to the original BEED legislation – Act,…

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Bathurst Burr: Whose poo is it, anyway?

Is there some reason the state should accept responsibility for our excreta? In considering this question these things come to mind: about 2 million Australians have on site sewage systems…

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Carbon disclosure: Who made the A list?

Five Australian property companies and banks have made the Carbon Disclosure Project’s A List: Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. The list was created at the request of 767 institutional investors…

Singapore SX wants sustainability reports

The Singapore Stock Exchange will require listed firms to publish sustainability reports – or explain why they haven’t – possibly as early as 2017. Chief executive of the SGX, Magnus…

Transport WA is seeing more bike commuters

We subsidise road and rail commuters – why not bikes too?

From The Conversation: Australian governments heavily subsidise car, bus and train commuting, but not cycling. Yet a new survey shows many workers would consider riding to work if they got paid for it, and most would even support it if they didn’t participate, because of the wider benefits for cutting road congestion.

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Macquarie Uni needs mentors for young greenies

Macquarie University in partnership with Oz Green is looking for experienced project managers and communicators to mentor young people. The (re)Generation Project, funded by the NSW Environment Trust, involves young…

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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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NuGreen Solution expands

NuGreen Solutions has recruited two new staff, Sean Sweetser and Yuri Golod for its energy efficiency and solar business, as part of the company’s expansion in New South Wales, South Australia…

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Daile Kelleher leaves NRA for Vinnies

The National Retail Association’s Sustainability project manager Daile Kelleher says her new job is with perhaps one of the most sustainable retail operations in Australia, St Vincent De Paul Queensland…

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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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“We currently have the highest number of Green Star rated shopping centres in Australia" – Mark Steinert

Stockland’s green bond stirs appetite for more

Stockland stunned the property and capital markets on Friday by announcing Australia’s first green bond, for EUR300 million. According to UBS, which underwrote the sale along with HSBC, the move…

Sean Kidney at a Green Forum, Macau, 2012

Sean Kidney on Australia’s first green bond

UPDATED: Stockland has issued Australia’s first green bond – for  EUR300 millon over seven years. The bond, listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange, is rated A-, achieving a 1.5 per…

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Disclosure: The first ever global list of climate performance leaders

Carbon disclosure: Who made the A list?

Five Australian property companies and banks have made the Carbon Disclosure Project’s A List: Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. The list was created at the request of 767 institutional investors…

Singapore SX wants sustainability reports

The Singapore Stock Exchange will require listed firms to publish sustainability reports – or explain why they haven’t – possibly as early as 2017. Chief executive of the SGX, Magnus…

Image by Kit Baker

Macquarie Uni needs mentors for young greenies

Macquarie University in partnership with Oz Green is looking for experienced project managers and communicators to mentor young people. The (re)Generation Project, funded by the NSW Environment Trust, involves young…

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Karri timber headed for woodchipping Photo courtesy WAFA

Forest Stewardship Council under fire from green groups

UPDATED October 31: The Forest Stewardship Council Australia is under fire from an unlikely quarter, with key environment groups calling for the FSC to rescind the Controlled Wood standard accreditation…

CBD revisions announced

CBD program amendments tabled in Parliament

Amendments to the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014 were tabled in Parliament last week as part of a package of amendments to the original BEED legislation – Act,…

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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…

Design & Technology

Energy performance contracts offer higher efficiency at lower costs, but there are risks

A roadmap to energy performance contracts

Energy performance contracts might sound like the new kid on the block. They’re not. They’ve got a very mixed track record. Better for big institutions such as RMIT and the…

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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Politics

Transport WA is seeing more bike commuters

We subsidise road and rail commuters – why not bikes too?

From The Conversation: Australian governments heavily subsidise car, bus and train commuting, but not cycling. Yet a new survey shows many workers would consider riding to work if they got paid for it, and most would even support it if they didn’t participate, because of the wider benefits for cutting road congestion.

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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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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…

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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Arts and Letters

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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.

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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…