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Mirvac’s next big thing

There’s a trait among property companies to hide their light under a bushel until it spills out from its confines and become part of the ordinary day. No longer a surprise, business as usual.

Mirreco hemp house Perth

Carbon-positive hemp house could turbo charge industry

A new Perth-based company has committed to building a sustainable 10-star microhome to demonstrate the feasibility of its new hemp-based building panels, and boost the country’s emerging hemp industry. 

When the rains stop

BATHURST BURR: At Picton, near the NSW coast at the prize-winning Country Valley Dairy, about 350 kilometres to the east of Jemalong and 60 km west from Sydney, fifth-generation farmer John Fairley has not had good rain since July 2017. For the first time in five generations the farm’s creek has stopped running.

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waste crisis

On why waste is the next front

News from the from desk #391:Waste has been looming large on the horizon. Blame those graphic pictures of oceans choking in plastic. Blame those even more horrid images of birds and other sea creatures with their stomachs cut open to reveal plastic and more plastic.  

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YarraOne - Tesla with Plate

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.

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Researchers pull CO2 from sky and turn it into fuel

Atmospheric carbon dioxide has hit 410 parts per million, but a Canadian company founded by a Harvard University physicist says it has developed the technology to start cost-effectively pulling it from the sky.

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These are 2018’s best tall buildings

Singapore’s Oasia Hotel Downtown has been named the world’s best tall building at the 2018 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards.

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ISCA appoints new CEO from own ranks

The new chief executive officer at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has been sourced internally, with former chief operating officer (COO) Ainsley Simpson appointed to the top position today.

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GBCA: Corporate Affairs Advisor

Reporting to the CEO and Head of Public Affairs you will provide high level communications and strategic support to the CEO and Executive team.

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Action Sustainability is searching for a Sydney-based Senior Sustainability Consultant working closely with one or two major clients in sustainability strategy, business case development and implementation support; engaging executive leadership teams; sustainability…

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200_George st sydney Mirvac

Mirvac’s next big thing

There’s a trait among property companies to hide their light under a bushel until it spills out from its confines and become part of the ordinary day. No longer a surprise, business as usual.

“Unprecedented” numbers of investors call for climate action

A global coalition of 288 institutional investors with $26 trillion (AU$34.1 trillion) in assets under management, including 23 Australian investors with close to $2 trillion in assets, have issued a call to leaders at the G7 meeting in Canada this week to step up action on climate change.

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When the rains stop

BATHURST BURR: At Picton, near the NSW coast at the prize-winning Country Valley Dairy, about 350 kilometres to the east of Jemalong and 60 km west from Sydney, fifth-generation farmer John Fairley has not had good rain since July 2017. For the first time in five generations the farm’s creek has stopped running.

1
nasa-89125-unsplash

Researchers pull CO2 from sky and turn it into fuel

Atmospheric carbon dioxide has hit 410 parts per million, but a Canadian company founded by a Harvard University physicist says it has developed the technology to start cost-effectively pulling it from the sky.

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Bob Brown: the next big battle for Tasmania is The Tarkine

It’s World Environment Day on 5 June and 35 years after leading the fight to save the Franklin River in Tasmania and starting the most successful alternative political party in its wake, The Greens, Bob Brown reckons we’ve got another big environmental fight on our hands in Tasmania to save The Tarkine/takayna wilderness.

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Mirreco hemp house Perth

Carbon-positive hemp house could turbo charge industry

A new Perth-based company has committed to building a sustainable 10-star microhome to demonstrate the feasibility of its new hemp-based building panels, and boost the country’s emerging hemp industry. 

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.

See More »

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waste crisis

On why waste is the next front

News from the from desk #391:Waste has been looming large on the horizon. Blame those graphic pictures of oceans choking in plastic. Blame those even more horrid images of birds and other sea creatures with their stomachs cut open to reveal plastic and more plastic.  

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On why we need generosity of spirit to save the planet for all

News from the front desk #389: How depressing it would be to live on $17 a day after accommodation expenses, in not very salubrious housing at that. To be newly married and need to live in a room in a share house, to not afford to buy anything beyond the cheapest groceries and never new clothes or a holiday. 

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Fiction: For the Greater Good

Carolita was hurrying down the path to her apartment when she was intercepted by her neighbour. “Oh! They’ve cut me off for the rest of the month! I went O-D…

Not just the petrolheads: we all waste energy slaves

Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St…

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of…

Book review: We do things differently by Mark Stevenson

For any of us that have felt deep concern about the lack of vision in government, We do things differently is a timely reminder of the power of grassroots innovation to create solutions to some of the world’s big challenges.

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200_George st sydney Mirvac

Mirvac’s next big thing

There’s a trait among property companies to hide their light under a bushel until it spills out from its confines and become part of the ordinary day. No longer a surprise, business as usual.

Mirreco hemp house Perth

Carbon-positive hemp house could turbo charge industry

A new Perth-based company has committed to building a sustainable 10-star microhome to demonstrate the feasibility of its new hemp-based building panels, and boost the country’s emerging hemp industry. 

When the rains stop

BATHURST BURR: At Picton, near the NSW coast at the prize-winning Country Valley Dairy, about 350 kilometres to the east of Jemalong and 60 km west from Sydney, fifth-generation farmer John Fairley has not had good rain since July 2017. For the first time in five generations the farm’s creek has stopped running.

1
waste crisis

On why waste is the next front

News from the from desk #391:Waste has been looming large on the horizon. Blame those graphic pictures of oceans choking in plastic. Blame those even more horrid images of birds and other sea creatures with their stomachs cut open to reveal plastic and more plastic.  

1
YarraOne - Tesla with Plate

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.

nasa-89125-unsplash

Researchers pull CO2 from sky and turn it into fuel

Atmospheric carbon dioxide has hit 410 parts per million, but a Canadian company founded by a Harvard University physicist says it has developed the technology to start cost-effectively pulling it from the sky.

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Jobs and Business News

Ainsley Simpson

ISCA appoints new CEO from own ranks

The new chief executive officer at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has been sourced internally, with former chief operating officer (COO) Ainsley Simpson appointed to the top position today.

Green Building Council logo

GBCA: Corporate Affairs Advisor

Reporting to the CEO and Head of Public Affairs you will provide high level communications and strategic support to the CEO and Executive team.

1
blur-board-game-challenge-209712

Our pick of jobs this week

Action Sustainability is searching for a Sydney-based Senior Sustainability Consultant working closely with one or two major clients in sustainability strategy, business case development and implementation support; engaging executive leadership teams; sustainability…

Events News

Oasia Hotel Downtown. Image: WOHA

These are 2018’s best tall buildings

Singapore’s Oasia Hotel Downtown has been named the world’s best tall building at the 2018 Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) awards.

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200_George st sydney Mirvac

Mirvac’s next big thing

There’s a trait among property companies to hide their light under a bushel until it spills out from its confines and become part of the ordinary day. No longer a surprise, business as usual.

Ainsley Simpson

ISCA appoints new CEO from own ranks

The new chief executive officer at the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) has been sourced internally, with former chief operating officer (COO) Ainsley Simpson appointed to the top position today.

GBCA: Corporate Affairs Advisor

Reporting to the CEO and Head of Public Affairs you will provide high level communications and strategic support to the CEO and Executive team.

1

When the rains stop

BATHURST BURR: At Picton, near the NSW coast at the prize-winning Country Valley Dairy, about 350 kilometres to the east of Jemalong and 60 km west from Sydney, fifth-generation farmer John Fairley has not had good rain since July 2017. For the first time in five generations the farm’s creek has stopped running.

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Building

Mirreco hemp house Perth

Carbon-positive hemp house could turbo charge industry

A new Perth-based company has committed to building a sustainable 10-star microhome to demonstrate the feasibility of its new hemp-based building panels, and boost the country’s emerging hemp industry. 

Melbourne development lures buyers with promise of Tesla car-share

Malaysian-based developer EcoWorld is offering potential residents of its Yarra One apartment development exclusive access to a Tesla car share scheme – part of a growing number of green marketing strategies in the apartment sector, particularly in Melbourne.

See More »