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By Willow Aliento 3 July 2014 — A week-long experiment carried out in Launceston last month has demonstrated a range of ways retail can become more sustainable and better meet people’s needs for engagement and interaction. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 3 July 2014 — A new  initiative launching this month will help retailers overcome the time pressures and business as usual mindset that can form a barrier to sustainable practise, according to the National Retail Association’s retail sustainability project manager Daile Kelleher. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 1 July 2014 — Big banks, fast food operations and up-market fashion retailers are some of the worst environmental performers, according to an ecological footprint analysis of hundreds of retail tenancies carried out by The Footprint Company. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 12 June 2014 — Plans are currently being assessed for the conversion of a riverside car park into the first premium mixed-use resi, retail and commercial high rise project in Parramatta. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 28 May 2014 – Stockland today (Wednesday) launched a bid for full control of Australand with a $2.4 billion “final and non-binding bid” for remaining shares, after its 19.9 per cent stake acquired in March. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 May 2014 — Furniture retailer IKEA has announced it will install solar photovoltaic systems on all East Coast stores, and in doing so will create the largest commercial solar project in Australia. Read More  
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7 April 2014 — Sydney’s Chatswood Chase has become the first shopping centre to register for a Green Star – Performance rating. The tool is part of the Green Building Council of Australia’s push into existing building sustainability, assessing operational efficiency on metrics such as energy, water and resource use. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 18 February 2014 — The retail industry has reached something of a watershed. Corporate demands for more efficient supply chain operations are increasing. These seem to intersect with rising consumer demand for sustainable retailing. Read More  
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On why we need to talk about retail 13 February 2014 — This week the dam burst on some very interesting news on retail property. Some good, some bad. The catalyst was, well, Catalyst Australia, a not for profit policy group that last week produced a report finding that the property industry was so-so in its sustainability performance, but that the retail property sector was woeful. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 13 February 2014 – Imagine the big four banks, one of the big department stores and one of the equally leviathan supermarket chains promising that all their new retail outlets will be Green Star-rated. All of them. Cookie-cutter roll-out mode. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 13 February 2014 — The federal government confirmed on Tuesday it has shelved plans to expand mandatory disclosure of energy ratings to retail property and other building types. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 12 February 2014 – While the shopping centre industry scored poorly on a recent report on overall sustainability by Catalyst Australia, the Brisbane based National Retail Association is busy on a major education program for its stakeholders, writes Willow Aliento. An energy-efficiency program by the National Retail Association is set to deliver significant savings Read More  
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30 January 2014 — Following the success of solar energy installations on its United States stores, furnishings retailer IKEA will soon announce a solar energy program for Australia, according to a company spokesperson. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 21 January 2014 — In a first for the Green Building Council of Australia, the organisation has entered into a formal partnership with retail label Kathmandu, helping to develop a sustainable design framework for the brand’s retail tenancies. The partnership marks a move away from a purely building-by-building approach for the GBCA, and signals that the organisation may be looking to connect with individual companies and leverage its green building knowledge to inform sustainability... 
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By Tina Perinotto 21 December 2013 – The Emissions Reductions Green Paper came out on Friday, a day later than hoped for by Environment Minister’s Greg Hunt’s office. But for the property industry, the wait looks like being worthwhile. The plan flagged and now open for consultation until 21 February could well send the built environment into a bonanza Read More  
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18 September 2013 — IKEA will use geothermal technology in the heating and cooling system of its future Kansas City-area store under construction in Merriam in the United States. Related drilling and underground work should be complete by the Australin summer, with the system – the largest such project in Kansas or Missouri – operational when IKEA Merriam opens in spring next year. It is the second US IKEA store tapping geothermal with the Denver-area IKEA Centennial opening with geothermal... 
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By Silvio Marcacci 2 July 2013 — From CleanTechnica: Green building hasn’t always been a good investment for the retail and hospitality markets, but growing consumer demand and economic benefits have changed the equation – more than half of all new US projects will be “green” by 2015. Read More  
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29 May 2013 — A shopping precinct, built in Christchurch’s Cashel Mall to help re-establish trading after the 2011 earthquake, has won the New Zealand Architecture Award in the Planning and Urban Design. Re:START was developed by the New Zealand arm of architecture and design firm The Buchan Group. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 9 May 2013 — Early this year GPT Group was lead investor* for almost $6 million into a San Francisco start up that provides an online platform for sourcing co-working spaces. It’s part of a promise to GPT shareholders to find new sources of income other than traditional commercial and retail rents and capital gains. So how’s this rather unusual challenge going? Read More  
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By Lynne Blundell 29 November 2012 – The recent revamping of the NABERS retail rating standard coincides with a watershed era for retail as the sector battles against online shopping, fickle consumers and a changing perception of the role of shopping centres. The ratings could well have to change again in the near future to keep up with social and technology trends that are altering the design, function and energy use of shopping centres. Read More  
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By  Jonathan Hills, CBRE  29 November 2012 —  In the West a number of larger retailers have woken up to the challenges of sustainability and several groups have begun to build and operate green shops in the US and Europe. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 23 October 2012 – Collaborative consumption is a new form of business that transforms rampant consumerism and makes commerce more sustainable. It has taken off in a very big way, particularly in Melbourne. It’s environmentally sustainable commerce that could reshape business. It’s the answer to hyper consumption. Read More  
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20 September 2012 — The GPT Group has received international recognition for shopping centre Charlestown Square – winning a gold award for sustainable design and a silver award for development and design, at the International Council of Shopping Centres Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards last week. The judges were impressed by Charlestown Square’s overall sustainability, drawing attention to GPT’s care in minimising the redevelopment’s ongoing environmental impact, and its focus on the... 
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By Denise McNabb 31 July 2012 – Hundreds of independent stores and supermarkets in the Metcash group have signed up for an energy conservation scheme to cut their power bills by up to 20 per cent annually. The grocery and liquor wholesale distributor and marketer has begun rolling out its sustainability program after actively recruiting participants at road shows in recent months. Metcash sustainability manager Louise Rhodes created the program in 2009. She said it had since been finely tuned... 
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9 November 2011 – Westfield’s Sydney development in Pitt Street Mall was last night awarded a five star Green Star Retail Centre v1 rating, making it the largest Green Star certified retail project in Australia, and paving the way for a raft of green star shopping centres. And according to  Westfield Group Australia and New Zealand managing director Robert Jordan Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 11August 2011 – Comment: The Productivity Commission again took a stick to zoning issues with its draft retail report released last Thursday on 4 August, recommending, among other things, that the retail industry would be more competitive and presumably create lower prices if it relaxed restrictions on where shops could locate. Read More  
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2 February 2011 – The massive US retailer Walmart  has attracted huge media attention for its stated efforts to transform its operations to a greener lower carbon profile, such as its goals to greatly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and its work with the Rocky Mountain Institute to improve the efficiency of its truck flee. But a lengthy report from Treehugger questions the claims and says that on some measures the company is failing. On social sustainability its new stores bring with... 
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By Kirsty Máté, 11 May – In the US Walmart, not just the biggest retailer in the world but the biggest company, is going green. Or at least greener. In Canada a small van sells food with no prices attached. Customers pay using the honour system. And they do: the business is expanding. In the UK Marks and Spencer’s Plan A (because there is no plan B) is insulating the homes of its employees in  a powerful gesture of social sustainability. These are just some of the fasinating trends that... 
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9 February 2011 – The Erina Fair shopping Centre on the NSW Central Coast has installed a world first on-site compost system in its bid to improve sustainable outcomes. According to owners Lend Lease and GPT and manager Australian Prime Property Fund Retail, the composting system for waste food products, aptly named Hungry Pig® in-vessel composting system will process 250 tonnes of waste, equivalent to 20 garbage trucks, with an in-vessel aerobic composting technology.” Compost produced... 
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By Lyn Drummond 19 January 2011 – Architects will propose to the Queensland government that building design be considered in its terms of reference for its Commission of Inquiry into the Queensland floods, as industry bodies respond to the crisis. According to the chief executive officer of the Australian Institute of Architects David Parken a preferred system of designing and building resilient homes is essential in the terms of reference. The interim report is due in August this year and due... 
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