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Time for associations to step up on climate change

Helen Millicer recalls the “enthusiasm toward sustainability and climate change actions during the Millennium drought and then with election of Rudd in 2007…We were on wave of discussion, new ideas, training, and integration.” What happened? Australia has over 4000 associations representing and providing leadership and guidance to their members. Or do they? From industry, business […]

Posted inPlanning & Design

Considering neurodiversity to create better, more productive workplaces

Kay Sargent, a director of HOK’s global WorkPlace practice, thinks we need to be “brutally honest” about what was and wasn’t working in workspace design before Covid. Even before Covid, stress and burnout rates were skyrocketing, office spaces were underutilised, workplaces were lagging behind on skills, climate change and other environmental issues were going unaddressed, […]

Posted inNews from the Front Desk

On the huge appetite for green investments, starting with buildings, animal spirits and a tight skinny window

When The Fifth Estate held its sustainable finance salon in London in 2015 (see the ebook here), we talked about the “irrepressible Sean Kidney, who flew in straight from Beijing, suitcase in hand, to attend the dinner.” Kidney, founder, and pretty well sole operator of the Green Bonds Initiative in those days, was full of […]

Posted inFinance

Why Exxon has been tossed over by a green company and the new Lendlease green bond is oversubscribed

FINANCE: Green bonds and other sustainable finance vehicles are still booming amid the pandemic. In fact they’re seen as lower risk than traditional investments. It’s no surprise then that Australian property companies are getting on board.  Global green bond issuance passed the $1 trillion-mark last week and Australian property giant Lendlease is not missing out on […]

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News Round Up: green loans, emerging markets, NABERS, Coronavirus assistance  

Westpac issues a green loan for superannuation On Wednesday, Westpac announced Australia’s first green loan designed for the superannuation sector, a $65 million loan to Local Government Property Fund (LGPF) managed by Local Government Super (LGS). LGPF is the fifth entity in Australia to receive a green loan, allowing members to invest in the growing […]