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This week marks the first time @FifthEstateAU and @RealMarkLatham have had their handles put together in the same tweet. Hopefully it’s the last. Diversity Council Australia’s Lisa Annese wrote a…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: December 14, 2017, 8:32 am
Off the Grid has offered 10 free tickets to readers of The Fifth Estate.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 8:15 am
According to Ross Harding, engineer, extreme-sustainability consultant and funky-gig organiser, if you’re going to have a solar-powered off-grid music and talk-fest it better be on the summer solstice on 22 December.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:12 am
A new report launched Thursday evening has been designed to help chief executive officers and chief financial officers navigate the growing corporate renewable power purchase agreement market.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 7:00 am
Five more Sydney councils will be able to require affordable housing contributions from developers, following the NSW government's expansion of a state planning policy.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 6:40 am
Large families on low incomes are most at risk from rising energy prices, according to a new report from KPMG, which labels these households the “real victims of energy poverty”.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 6:24 am
Companies’ disclosure of business risks from climate change could become mandatory in a few years as pressure from investors gathers pace.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 3:24 am
Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct is set to become an exporter of water, following the official opening of its recycled water plant. The plant, which is part of the precinct’s goal to…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: December 14, 2017, 2:42 am
The Nightingale model, which has taken Australia’s housing imagination by storm, is about to do it again. This time over an entire street, opening the door to highly sustainable deliberative development at the precinct scale.
Author: julia
Posted: December 14, 2017, 1:13 am
Could Melbourne’s new underground metro stations become leading examples of biophilic design principles in action? A research team from Deakin University and Ecopolis has given the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority every reason to try.
Author: julia
Posted: December 13, 2017, 6:30 am
Monash University will build new student accommodation to Passive House standards, as it moves forward with ambitious sustainability plans.
Author: julia
Posted: December 13, 2017, 6:06 am
Building Upgrade Finance has only been available in South Australia for a few months, but two Adelaide buildings have already joined in on the action.
Author: julia
Posted: December 13, 2017, 4:49 am
Vast quantities of medicines and renewable fuels could be produced by algae using a new gene-editing technique, according to a new study.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: December 13, 2017, 1:52 am
The word diversity and its close relatives, inclusion and equality, are positive by most objective standards and dictionaries.
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: December 13, 2017, 1:52 am
A new national peak body has been formed to lobby governments to make the shift to next generation service delivery across energy, water, mobility and telecommunications.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:27 am
There are some surprises in the recently released National Cities Performance Framework.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:16 am
Women need to be brave and step out of their comfort zones as well as be assertive in pursuing flexibility, if they want to progress into senior roles, says sustainability leader Beck Dawson.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 6:02 am
Read our weekly roundup of the latest sustainability jobs.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 5:57 am
The Victorian government is rushing through its West Gate Tunnel project, on Tuesday signing a contract with CIMIC Group’s CPB Contractors and John Holland, and promising to start construction within weeks.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 4:56 am
Mirvac is looking for a “key worker family of four” to live in its high-efficiency “House With No Bills” rent free for a year, in order to inform a wider roll-out of low-carbon housing.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 4:38 am
More than 200 countries are signing up to eliminate plastic pollution from the oceans, but what is Australia doing? Not much, according to Boomerang Alliance director Jeff Angel. In NSW…
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 4:09 am
The Western Australian government is calling on the construction industry to demonstrate its ability to deliver key projects under the METRONET public transport program.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: December 12, 2017, 2:07 am
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has tipped $6 million into Queanbeyan-based Greatcell Solar, which is aiming to commercialise a printable perovskite solar cell. The funding is part of a $17.3…
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:38 am
Near-zero energy, zero-emissions buildings must become the global construction standard within the next decade for the world to have a chance of adequately fighting climate change.
Author: julia
Posted: December 12, 2017, 1:05 am
A new demand response pilot program in Melbourne aims to answer one of the big questions about energy – what motivates people to reduce consumption?
Author: julia
Posted: December 11, 2017, 8:00 am
And so this is Christmas … and to celebrate the end of a hard working year for most of us, we’ve convinced the owner of the gorgeous Tara Blue Mountains Resort at Oberon, just over the Blue Mountains, to offer a fabulous two night stay for up to five people.
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: December 11, 2017, 7:41 am
Have a walk down Parramatta Road – take a helmet – and see what prioritising the car user has done at Strathfield.
Author: julia
Posted: December 11, 2017, 5:50 am
Developers around the world are jostling for biggest and best timber buildings. Before long, say some, timber and other climate-friendly materials will become an international statutory standard.
Author: julia
Posted: December 11, 2017, 4:00 am
Pet owners overwhelmingly want to be able to travel on public transport with their pets. So why are they still excluded?
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: December 11, 2017, 1:25 am
The Fifth Estate is constantly bombarded with press releases on the perceived sustainability wins of residential building projects that, when push comes to shove, are really doing nothing more than meeting the already pretty low minimum standards set by government.
Author: julia
Posted: December 7, 2017, 7:23 am

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