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They're back. Government rebates for insulation approved for South Australia.

Pink batt rebates are back, at least for South Australia

South Australia’s Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme has extended its eligible no-cost or low-cost activities to include retrofitting insulation, as well as the purchase and installation of energy-efficient airconditioning and water…

People want ethical investments and they want it now. Photo shows a "wish" board from an Arup event in Sydney

Ethical super funds – it’s what people want

Two of the most sustainable superannuation funds around are celebrating. One, Australian Ethical Investment, notched up a cool one billion dollars of funds under management as of late November. The…

Climate change impacts rated as major business risk

Australian firms rate natural disasters in their top 10 risks, along with reputational risks and market stagnation and decline, according to Allianz’s 2015 Business Risk Barometer. In announcing the results…

Recycling start up to tackle hygiene waste

A new recycling operation by Relivit planned for Nowra will use specialised technology to divert used absorbent hygiene products from landfill, recycling over 95 per cent of their content into…

Ecofication of urban areas is now essential. Pictured: New York's High Line.

Green MashUp: 10 megatrends for 2015

Wondering what the year will bring. It’s still young and fresh. Anything can happen. To provide a logical guide though, following are  10 of the mega trends that are likely…

Source: RepuTex

Opportunities for carbon abatement vanishing

Policy uncertainty and the removal of the carbon tax have shrunk available emissions reduction opportunities immensely, including those in the building sector, according to a new report by RepuTex.

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President's prize winner Dr Bronwyn Evans

Engineers awards recognise sustainability

A green hospital, better waste water treatment, restoring drought-devastated lakes and a leader in building regulation reform and humanitarian engineering were recognised at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards last week.

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ADVERTISEMENT: C40 City Adviser – Sydney

Salary – commensurate with experience Contract – 2 years An exciting opportunity to join C40 in support of its member city Sydney, to help achieve its bold targets of a…

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Ben Rimmer appointed new Melbourne CEO

Ben Rimmer has been selected as the new chief executive of the City of Melbourne following a global search sparked by the retirement of Dr Kathy Alexander.

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Stuart Fowler appointed CEO of NDY

Privately-owned engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young has announced that chief operating officer Stuart Fowler will assume the role of chief executive from March 2015, succeeding Ian Hopkins.

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Our pick of jobs this week

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific needs a facilities & sustainability co-ordinator to maintain the company’s assets. The position will be based on the Gold Coast, with the successful applicant also…

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People want ethical investments and they want it now. Photo shows a "wish" board from an Arup event in Sydney

Ethical super funds – it’s what people want

Two of the most sustainable superannuation funds around are celebrating. One, Australian Ethical Investment, notched up a cool one billion dollars of funds under management as of late November. The…

Climate change impacts rated as major business risk

Australian firms rate natural disasters in their top 10 risks, along with reputational risks and market stagnation and decline, according to Allianz’s 2015 Business Risk Barometer. In announcing the results…

Ecofication of urban areas is now essential. Pictured: New York's High Line.

Green MashUp: 10 megatrends for 2015

Wondering what the year will bring. It’s still young and fresh. Anything can happen. To provide a logical guide though, following are  10 of the mega trends that are likely…

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Recycling start up to tackle hygiene waste

A new recycling operation by Relivit planned for Nowra will use specialised technology to divert used absorbent hygiene products from landfill, recycling over 95 per cent of their content into…

Green Star picked up pace in 2014

The Green Building Council of Australia certified 150 Green Star projects this year, up from 105 in 2013, with Lend Lease and Frasers-Australand leading the charge.

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…

Design & Technology

Artist's impression of the Maroochydore golf course redevelopment.

A sustainability vision for the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Council has a grand vision: to be the most sustainable region in the nation. Mayor Mark Jamieson says the council is embracing “game-changing projects” that will drive…

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BBP staging a green lease revolution

The Better Buildings Partnership in Sydney finished the year on a high note. With membership comprising most of the city’s largest landlords, supported by the City of Sydney, the BBP…

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Langkawi eco paradise at The Frangipani

In tropical Langkawi, an island hideaway in the Andaman Sea off the North West Malaysian peninsular, a locally owned hotel is setting the benchmark for environmental practises in the region.

Contractor appointed for Sydney light rail

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been chosen to rollout the new $2.1 billion Sydney CBD and South East light rail network. The consortium, comprising Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia,…

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Why do new energy-efficient houses need cooling?

Last year, CSIRO’s field evaluation of 5 Star homes reported some interesting findings. One big issue was a widespread lack of compliance, due to near-total failure of enforcement by governments…

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They're back. Government rebates for insulation approved for South Australia.

Pink batt rebates are back, at least for South Australia

South Australia’s Residential Energy Efficiency Scheme has extended its eligible no-cost or low-cost activities to include retrofitting insulation, as well as the purchase and installation of energy-efficient airconditioning and water…

Source: RepuTex

Opportunities for carbon abatement vanishing

Policy uncertainty and the removal of the carbon tax have shrunk available emissions reduction opportunities immensely, including those in the building sector, according to a new report by RepuTex.

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Townsville bolsters resilience with UN help

Townsville in Far North Queensland is the first Australian city to use a new disaster resilience scorecard developed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in partnership…

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Time to turn our cities into parks

Sydney recently hosted the IUCN World Parks Congress, a once-in-a-decade global gathering to share knowledge and innovation as well as set the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade…

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GCI Atrium. Image: Angus Martin

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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Arts and Letters

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The Fifth Estate’s holiday reading guide

Don’t even think about it – why our brains are wired to ignore climate change George Marshall embarks on a sociological, psychological and politically nuanced exploration of why it is,…

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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…