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Video: In interview with The Fifth Estate, Moreland Energy Foundation chief executive Alison Rowe said MEFL was getting into Environmental Upgrade Agreements, with the first recently signed for local business Otto and Spike.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:39 am
Video: One of Australia’s most respected energy commentators, Alan Pears, speaking to The Fifth Estate at All-Energy 2017 told us that federal climate policy wasn’t a big focus at the conference, particularly as energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg got called away before his scheduled speech.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:37 am
Video: A few days before the Clean Energy Target was cut, Hydro Pacific GM and Clean Energy Council chair Rachel Watson said the industry would be “very disappointed” if such…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:34 am
When Dave Clark of engineering firm Cundall sent over his Spinifex op-ed contribution on the ethics of working on dodgy engineering projects such as the Adani coal mine early this week, we knew it would hit a nerve.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:13 am
Cbus Property has scored Australia’s third official WELL rating – and the first Gold Shell and Core rating for an existing property in the country. The 720 Bourke Street property,…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:45 am
Dockless bike schemes across Australia’s major cities are being left in absurd places – perched in trees, thrown into waterways and packed into piles on busy footpaths.
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:40 am
From Stockland: Stockland, Australia’s largest diversified property company today hosted The Hon. Curtis Pitt, Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment on the roof of Stockland Cairns, to survey…
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 6:00 am
Winning projects at this year’s National Landscape Architecture Awards showcased the many benefits of greening in urban settings, including activating public spaces, enhancing town identities and even reducing household energy bills. 
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 5:50 am
From Lendlease: IIG’s Kingsgate property in Brisbane has been awarded the coveted 6 Star Base Building National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) energy rating. The property is a premium…
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 5:28 am
The future could be buildings made out of mushrooms, powered by algae and fitted out with biocomposite materials, according to Arup’s latest report.
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 5:10 am
"Fair, efficient justice for all Victorians". These noble words are emblazoned over the door as you enter the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal building in downtown Melbourne.
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: October 19, 2017, 2:08 am
From City of Sydney: The Premier’s consultation process for Stage 3 of her WestConnex scheme is a public relations exercise designed to shroud the project in secrecy because the data…
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 12:44 am
Down the road, there is likely to be an electric vehicle in your future. From many angles, whether it is comfort, convenience, saving money or high-tech whiz-bangery, millions of drivers around the world are switching on.
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 12:40 am
Coal-loving commentators have erupted with fuming outrage and wildly inaccurate assertions about demand response following last week’s announcement of the successful projects for ARENA and the Australian Energy Market Operator’s demand response pilot.
Author: julia
Posted: October 19, 2017, 12:28 am
The World Architecture Festival has announced the winners of the WAFX prize, which recognises future projects that identify challenges architects will face over the next 10 years – with sustainability of course a running theme.
Author: julia
Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:59 pm
Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic bags has left NSW the last state to act, falling behind every other state in Australia and even the major supermarket chains who have already taken action to ban the bag.
Author: julia
Posted: October 18, 2017, 7:26 am
The South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure is after an Adelaide-based Manager, Environment and Sustainability who will be responsible for providing high-level leadership and expertise to ensure that…
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 7:01 am
By close of business on Wednesday, 30 would-be buyers of The Commons apartments in Hobart’s CBD will know if their ballot entries are successful
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 6:57 am
Darius Salgo, co-founder of energy start-up Nexergy, has joined energy tech company Wattwatchers in a part-time business development role, focused on Australian and international market opportunities.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 6:50 am
“Keeping the lights on” is a pretty low goal for energy policy, but it’s what Malcolm Turnbull has promised, after it emerged today that a recommended Clean Energy Target had been killed and the long-standing Renewable Energy Target would follow in 2020.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 6:45 am
Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 5:25 am
UK headquartered clean-tech start-up Tempus Energy has launched an Australian presence in Adelaide, and is looking for staff as it rolls out a pilot demand management project with Origin Energy.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 5:16 am
Close your eyes and imagine that your home town is suddenly the perfect place to live. What do you see?
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 5:13 am
Brisbane residents could live longer, healthier lives if more of them shifted from private cars to active transport, new research has shown, reducing cases of heart disease and diabetes by the thousands.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:51 am
A major greening program by Melbourne’s City West Water has been a boon for the city’s disadvantaged areas, with close to one million trees planted over the past six years, according to new RMIT research.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 4:25 am
The NSW government has announced a management transfer of 14,000 public housing properties to community housing providers (CHPs).
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 1:47 am
An international study has found that natural solutions to mitigate climate change, such as reforestation, could have the same effect globally as taking 1.5 billion cars off the road. CSIRO…
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 12:52 am
While Australia shamefully retreats from clean energy, the UK has put it a plan to drive down emissions and energy costs, which it says will create jobs and grow the economy.
Author: julia
Posted: October 17, 2017, 12:25 am
The Internet of Things may not come top of mind with landscaping, but the Future Street installation, opened last week in Sydney, shows how the two can be a natural fit.
Author: julia
Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:22 pm
Former chief at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates and the former ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell have gone into business together, forming the Clean Energy Derivatives Corporation.
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:22 am

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