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Buying green is a growing thing

BRIEF – 3 September 2009 – ECO-Buy CEO Hugh Wareham is counting this year’s ECO-Buy Green expo a success, releasing a press statement saying that over 200 representatives from State Government, local councils and businesses came along in a show of support for suppliers of genuine green products. ECO-Buy is an organisation dedicated to transforming […]

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Emissions Trading will change the economy of the world – embrace it, urges carbon trading chief

By Lynne Blundell The head of the world’s carbon trading association has urged Australian businesses and consumers to focus on the benefits of an emissions trading scheme and to make some decisions ahead of the international meeting in Copenhagen. Henry Derwent,  chief executive officer of the International Emissions Trading Association, was in Australia last week […]

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News From the Front Desk No 11

Have a conversation – but get to the point Have you noticed? The word-du-jour is “conversation.” Suddenly everyone is talking about starting a conversation. From architects to councils to planners. The Built Environment Meets Parliament conference in Canberra this month was all about conversations. NSW Planning Minister Kristina Keneally was on a similar tack, as […]

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Bathurst Burr: the garbage of garbage and high local council rates

Some Australian councils have made, or are planning to make, long-term contracts with no-competition conditions under which they commit to paying minimum amounts for providing minimum amounts of garbage to high tech private contractors. Imagine that.  Contracting away your obligation to reduce waste, to cut climate pollution, and to agree to keep up your current […]

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Speed is no barrier to innovative design in the schools building revolution

by Lynne Blundell Despite widespread criticism, some innovative designs are starting to emerge in the Rudd Government’s schools construction program, with the private and independent schools sector making the most of the funding opportunity to push through concepts that may otherwise have been stymied by red tape. Chris Johnson, former Government Architect and chair of […]

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Warmer and warmer

From The Guardian – 25 August 2009 – According to a new study from the US Naval Research Laboratory and NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies the world could shortly be headed for a new period of record high temperatures as solar activity picks up. The work assesses the combined effects of Co2 emissions, solar […]

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The Built Environment Meets Parliament conference – the conversation begins

For chief executive officer of the Australian Institute of Architects, David Parken, the reaction from the audience, the Canberra bureaucrats and the organisers to the Built Environment Meets Parliament conference on 12 August, could not have been more encouraging. “We were very pleased with the level of engagement from everyone and that spurred us on […]

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Principles for planning sustainable communities – an excerpt from the BEMP document

Consultation draft July 2009 Report to Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) Partners by The Allen Consulting Group From Chapter 1 Introduction This project’s aim is to provide a model, principles-based framework about the shape and form that strategic plans for cities and our communities should take. These are provided in a form that would be […]

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Green economy also needs a Plan B

By Murray Hogarth Global economies move in strange ways. From an environmental sustainability perspective, more and more observers are saying, Paul-Keating-like, that the current savage global economic downturn after a long boom is a recession we had to have. So what is the green lining to this dark economic cloud? Three crucial things have happened […]

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National planning award – the winners

Two winners of the prestigious Australian Award for Urban Design were announced last week (11 August) at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra in a prelude to the Built Environment Meets Parliament conference. They were the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects with James Mather Delaney Design and City of Sydney and City […]