Australia

How to make Australia’s growing urban fringes smart

Australia’s more established communities are using technology to become smarter and more efficient. But smart infrastructure is largely out of reach for fast-growing suburbs that are struggling to provide the basic services. Harnessing data that already exists could be one solution for these new communities.

Michael Mobbs gardening

On why Mobbs is just part of the chain reaction

News from the front desk 455: Michael Mobbs, one of Sydney’s most established sustainability gurus looks like he’s thrown in the towel on hope. He might not be throwing himself down on the streets as the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters are, but what he is doing could be more subversive.

Tania Constable minerals council

Minerals Council joins corporate scramble to go green

Some of the most unlikely of corporate suspects are going green – or paying lip service to the cause – bowing to pressure from customers, shareholders and other stakeholders. The…

Food for thought

BATHURST BURR: Most of us in Australia have probably never woken up wondering, “Where can I find food to eat today?”.

Jobs news: Auckland Council, LOGOS Group, Lendlease

LOGOS Group, a logistics property specialist, has hired to Jamie Ayers as its new group sustainability manager. His role involves “the integration of sustainability into all facets” of the company’s…

Bueno’s head start in Australia and where to next

Now six years old, the success of Bueno’s data-driven building operations software owes a lot to the maturity of energy performance in the Australian property sector. Now it’s looking to grow its presence overseas, with a new office set to open in New York next year.

Hidden Studio house

Sustainable homes pay dividends in health, jobs and growth

When you think of an unhealthy house, what comes to mind? Mould, damp, leaks, dark and dingy spaces with poor airflow. You are a product of the home where you live; just ask an asthmatic living in a mouldy or poorly ventilated home.

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On why we could probably do without the feds altogether

News from the front desk 455: There have long been voices suggesting that three levels of government in Australia is simply impractical. But while state governments are often targeted for not doing enough, it’s the federal government that’s falling short on many key agenda items.