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Melbourne tackles upgrade of existing buildings

16 October 2009 – Melbourne City Council’s Finance and Governance Committee has endorsed a program to retrofit 13 council-owned buildings as part of the city’s 1200 Buildings project to save energy and water. The program, which involves a contract with Honeywell Building Solutions, is expected to generate annual savings of $190,000 in energy or greenhouse […]

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GetUp raises $150,000 – no, make that $162,000 – in four days to bust the clean coal myth

UPDATED 19 October 2009 – Green group GetUp has raised $162,000 since last Monday (12 October 2009) to fund a television advertisement to counter the huge public relations campaign by the coal industry in federal marginal electorates. The GetUp ad, featured here, will be used to parody claims by the coal industry that its product […]

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Romilly Madew wins Telstra award

BRIEF – 19 October 2009 – Chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, Romilly Madew, has won the Telstra White Pages Community and Government Award (NSW) in the annual Telstra Business Women’s Awards, announced on Friday. According to Telstra: “Romilly Madew’s biggest business achievement has been growing a small industry association into […]

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News from the front desk- Issue No 14

Cool…cooler and really hot In the US in the 60s, the brightest science graduates wanted to work for the space program. Today they’re rushing to work for President Obama’s climate change program. In Silicon Valley the coolest thing right now is alternative energy and “cleantech”.   It’s so cool, it’s hot. No longer are computer games […]

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The Green Economy: not so elusive

From The Atlantic magazine, some excerpts from the article, The Elusive Green Economy, by Joshua Green: “The best way to get an idea of what a green future might look like is to visit Silicon Valley. It’s impossible to convey how otherworldly the place felt this spring. While the rest of the country suffered beneath […]

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Silicon Valley goes Green

FAVOURITES- From The Atlantic magazine, some excerpts from the article, The Elusive Green Economy, by Joshua Green: “The best way to get an idea of what a green future might look like is to visit Silicon Valley. It’s impossible to convey how otherworldly the place felt this spring. While the rest of the country suffered […]

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Biocity index will measure the survival index of cities

By Tina Perinotto The ambitious and potentially world-transforming website  www.biocitystudio.com made its debut on the global stage just two weeks ago.  Its aim? No less than to measure the sustainability of the world’s cities and predict their likely survival rate as environmental conditions turn nasty. In a radical and very savvy way, this website wants […]

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Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

It’s the million-dollar question: what are green skills? And it was the opening question at the Green Steps’ session of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability conference at Macquarie University in Sydney recently. But are green jobs just political rhetoric or the actual creation of new jobs for new sectors? A number of key reports have […]

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The 7 metre bar

INSTALLATION – 8 October 2009 – “Today 2/6/09 it was reported that the oceans are becoming more acidic. This is yet another in a series of markers on the road to irreversible damage of our environment. “When the oceans reach a certain point in this cycle all life within the water dies leading to death […]

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Carbon audit market is booming

By Lynne Blundell While politicians continue to huff and puff about whether or not we need a carbon emissions trading scheme businesses are not waiting around to see what happens. Many are busily taking steps to more effectively manage both their energy use and their carbon footprint in anticipation of new era of higher energy […]

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Get it right, Mr Rudd

Green groups today launched yet another desperate salvage attempt on the flawed and increasingly leaky carbon pollution reduction scheme in the hope that it can provide some actual climate benefits. The Total Environment Centre, CHOICE, WWF Australia, the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Alternative Technology Association, the Moreland Energy Foundation and Environment Victoria want the CPRS […]

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Guerrillas in our midst

When I go into my community garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration that I am lucky enough to have a teeniest patch of land, in inner-city Sydney, that provides nourishing organic food; somewhere to take my kitchen scraps to be composted; spend hours exercising in fresh air and sunshine, not to mention the companionship of fellow gardeners and a strong sense of community belonging — all for a paltry $30 a year.

I am one of the lucky ones: my partner and I chanced upon the garden in 2000, and within a month or so of putting our names on the waiting list, we were invited to take our pick of several plots that had become vacant. Today the waiting list has more names on it than the number of plots in the garden, and it is not uncommon to wait four years for your name to reach the top of the list.

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Lincolne Scott re-brands as part of global shift

In a move that underlines its growing global activities and alignment with the WSP group of companies, Australian green engineering group Lincolne Scott has re-branded as WSP Lincolne Scott. The re-branding brings significant benefits to both organisations. For Lincolne Scott it means access to the extensive international network of the WSP group of companies, while […]

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Smart grid a good start but smarter houses needed

by Lynne Blundell The federal government this week announced the next step in its plan to overhaul Australia’s energy grid, which it says will reduce home energy bills, reduce carbon pollution and help tackle climate change. But, while green groups have welcomed the government’s national energy efficiency initiatives, they are pushing for a greater focus […]

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Case Study: Adelaide’s first 4 Star refurbished building a bright addition

A sustainable and colourful redesign of an Adelaide building has helped to both reposition the building and rebrand the city’s Light Square precinct, according to the building’s designers. Designed by Adelaide architects Hames Sharley, the refurbished building at 70 Light Square is the first in Adelaide to receive a 4 star Greenstar rating. Australian headquarters […]

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Melbourne Convention Centre

CASE STUDY: The Melbourne Convention Centre won not only the Built Environment Award in the 2009 Banksia Awards, announced in July, but it was also the first convention centre in the world to be awarded [the equivalent of] a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, setting a global […]