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Tomorrowland 2018 – the ebook

The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, Tomorrowland: the urban agenda, based on our Tomorrowland 2018 signature event.

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A message to our readers

We know you know, publishing is tough, especially in these days of giants who seem to have shaken independent journalism to its foundations. But nearly 10 years after we started,…

Sustainability part of the wallpaper at PwC

Professional services giant PwC is determined to avoid silos, and according to consulting partner John Tomac, this means sustainability capability and expertise has trickled into all corners of the business.

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Waste crusade wins First State Super top CitySwitch award

First State Super’s first-ever “war on waste” challenge to teach staff to curb office waste has won the not-for-profit superannuation fund the Signatory of the Year (over 2000 square metres) award at this year’s National CitySwitch Awards.

Banksia Awards shine the green light

Banksia Awards shine the green light

The Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star program has come out on top at the 2018 Banksia Sustainability Awards – now in its 30th year – winning the sustainability award for not-for-profits and non-government organisations. 

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New CEO for Committee for Sydney

Gabriel Metcalf, president and chief executive of US-based nonprofit urban think tank SPUR, is set to join Committee for Sydney by the end of the year. Mr Metcalf will become the…

Our pick of the jobs: promises on new rail keep rolling

The infrastructure boom shows no sign of slowing in Australia’s major capital cities, with the NSW Berejiklian government today (Thursday) promising a fast speed rail network to connect the CBD to at least four key regions within 300 kilometres of the city.

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Behaviour rises up the ranks of efficiency trends

Human nature and behaviour patterns are increasingly coming to the fore in managing energy efficiency for commercial buildings in particular. Now Johnson Controls has released a report showing it’s a rising trend.

Aged Care portfolio on solar and LED blitz

One of Australia’s biggest energy efficiency programs in the energy-intensive aged care sector is underway, with Verdia outfitting 54 Opal Aged Care properties on the easter seaboard with LED lights and solar panels.

Blame the failure to decommission coal for renewables’ sluggish growth

Any Australians tearing their hair out (if they have any left) about their government’s position on climate change have long suspected that its failure to decommission the country’s coal and oil-fired power plants has been the biggest stumbling block to increasing the amount of renewable energy in the country.

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Making the invisible visible: the energy efficiency story

Over the course of two days earlier this week, 11 brilliant international speakers, 51 home-grown leaders and many more energy efficiency professionals came together at the 10th National Energy Efficiency Conference in Sydney to discuss the theme: Better cities, stronger industry, cheaper energy. 

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Sustainability part of the wallpaper at PwC

Professional services giant PwC is determined to avoid silos, and according to consulting partner John Tomac, this means sustainability capability and expertise has trickled into all corners of the business.

Exactly why did ERM buy out Kathy Jones and Associates?

Global sustainability consultancy ERM has 5000 staff worldwide and is one of the leaders in helping governments privatise assets. So why did it need to recently buy Kathy Jones and Associates, a Sydney based company with around 70 people?

Stockland backs 12 community-oriented proptech startups

A platform to keep track of elderly relatives, passive solar greenhouses for micro greens, and a contractor payment system are among the 12 ideas picked for Stockland’s six month accelerator program for community-minded startups.

On why the Vic election comes down to climate and renewables

At the Property Council Christmas bash in Sydney last night (Wednesday), we just knew we’d strike up a conversation with someone from Melbourne to give us a view on what the Victorian state election on Saturday might bring for sustainability.

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The Modern Slavery Act has passed: What now?

Australia’s long-awaited Modern Slavery Act passed into law at the end of last month, putting Australian companies on notice to start examining the human impacts of their supply chains.

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Selling swimmability to spark urban river clean ups

Not all rivers are suitable for swimming – there are sharks and other flesh eating animals to contend with in some places – but the benefits of a healthy river range much further with improvements to the ecology, heat island effect and recreational opportunities

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On how young people will drive our future

News from the front desk Issue No 416: Young people from schools all over Australia went out on strike to protest the lack of action on climate change last Friday. They were…

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Tomorrowland 2018 cover

Tomorrowland 2018 – the ebook

The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, Tomorrowland: the urban agenda, based on our Tomorrowland 2018 signature event.

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and why there’s room for optimism 

John Wardle and why there’s room for optimism 

When highly acclaimed Melbourne-based architect John Wardle opens his new studio in Sydney on 14 January next year it will mark the start, he thinks, of one of the most interesting and exciting decades for architecture, sustainability and the built environment.

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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…

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News From The Front

Tomorrowland 2018 cover

Tomorrowland 2018 – the ebook

The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, Tomorrowland: the urban agenda, based on our Tomorrowland 2018 signature event.

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A message to our readers

We know you know, publishing is tough, especially in these days of giants who seem to have shaken independent journalism to its foundations. But nearly 10 years after we started,…

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