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NSW jumps onto world wind power surge

More green energy investment than fossil fuels, and NSW is jumping in By Tina Perinotto 5 June – Australia’s biggest windfarm, enough to power 200,000 homes was this week approved by the NSW State Government for a site at Silverton near Broken Hill, at the same time that the United Nations announced that green energy […]

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NSW jumps onto world wind power surge

More green energy investment than fossil fuels, and NSW is jumping in By Tina Perinotto 5 June – Australia’s biggest windfarm, enough to power 200,000 homes was this week approved by the NSW State Government for a site at Silverton near Broken Hill, at the same time that the United Nations announced that green energy […]

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FILM: Sustainability makes it to the Big Screen

by Lynne Blundell… 4 June – Sustainability has hit the big screen in this year’s Sydney Film Festival. With themes ranging from carbon credit schemes, to ecological disasters and experiments in sustainable living, the films are a sign that global warming and sustainability are major preoccupations for us all. Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s 2009 […]

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Ceiling insulation is now easier

By Lynne Blundell 4 June – The Federal Government this week announced new guidelines aimed at making it easier for Australians to install ceiling insulation in their homes. Environment Minister Peter Garrett announced the guidelines on the first day of winter at an event with one of Australia’s major manufacturers of ceiling insulation, Fletcher Insulation, […]

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News From The Front Desk – Issue No 5

The change in climate change – beyond buildings by Tina Perinotto Imagine this: you green your building, your home, your car. Then you go right back to 60-70 hour working week, rushing, running to meet deadlines, never having time to linger in the morning sunlight, chatting to neighbours, looking after your health, and barking at […]

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WA apartment targets leave the others behind

By Tina Perinotto… A Western Australian development by Match and investment group Hawaiian has scored a victory in multi housing design, challenging the notion that apartment projects can only strive for modest environmental targets. The project, The Summer, on South Beach Esplanade in South Fremantle, has been awarded the country’s first Green Star residential rating […]

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BRIEF: Oil company jumps into car pooling

We’re used to hearing about the need to reduce the number of cars on the world’s roads if we’re serious about reducing carbon emissions. What we don’t expect is for a petrol company to be pushing that line. But that’s exactly what Portugal’s largest gas and petrol company, Galp Energia, is doing with a new […]

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Profile – Tony Arnel: it’s about doing more

By Tina Perinotto… For a man who knows how to carefully tread the complex ground between politics and the forces of change it’s a surprise to learn that Green Building Council chair, Tony Arnel was first inspired by the building unions’ most famous activist, Jack Mundey. Mundey,who headed the Builders Labourers Federation in its most […]

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BRIEF: Grocon to build housing for homeless

Grocon is developing a supportive housing project for Melbourne’s homeless at cost, in a partnership with the State Government and Yarra Community Housing. CEO Daniel Grollo said Grocon would provide a project manager and other experienced staff to deliver the project, which is due to start later this year. “It’s a great model for us […]

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Mildura hopes to be new solar centre

by Lynne Blundell Mildura on the Murray River in northern Victorian could be the location for two new solar power plants after the Federal Government’ announcement to invest $1.5 billion over six years in solar energy. As part of its clean energy initiative, the government promised a new Solar Flagships program, which will invest in […]

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Voluntary carbon market is a good idea

By Lynne Blundell The Coalition may not be scoring many points for its refusal to budge on the Government’s emissions trading scheme but its push for a voluntary carbon market has met with approval from the green building sector and organisations keen to see greater recognition of voluntary action to reduce emissions. Under the Coalition’s […]

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Greenwashing gets more dangerous

by Lynne Blundell As social awareness of climate change grows around the world so does the power of green marketing and branding. But there is growing concern that some organisations promoting their green credentials are engaging in unjustified claims, also known as ‘greenwashing’. According to law firm, Maddocks, in its latest newsletter on sustainability and […]

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Smart lights as urban sculpture

by Lynne Blundell When Mary-Anne Kyriakou, founder and artistic director of Smart Light Sydney talks about the future of sustainable lighting in cities her voice buzzes with the same sort of energy that emanates from the light sculptures in her show. “This show is about the expression of urban space through light. With urban planning […]

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Mildura goes greener

by Lynne Blundell Mildura Rural City Council outshone other Victorian Councils in the sustainability stakes recently when it received two awards for its environmentally friendly purchasing practices. The Council collected the Excellence in Green Purchasing Regional Council Award and Excellence in Recycled Product Purchasing Award at the 2009 ECO-Buy Awards. The awards reflect the Council’s […]

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From buildings to cities

by Romilly Madew… At the opening of the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit 2009 in Seoul last week, Mayor of Toronto and C40 Chair, David Miller, told the audience that we were witnessing the “dawn of the new industrial revolution – a green dawn.” The C40 is a group of the world’s largest cities already […]

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BRIEF – Community solar power in Mt Gambier

Fifteen households in Mt Gambier watched the power meter rotate backwards, when they installed a solar photo-voltaic system for just over $2000 after government subsidies and renewable energy credits, according to an item posted by the ABC. Read more  https://blogs.abc.net.au/sa/2009/05/solar-neighbour.html

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Brian Eno’s opera house light art is sustainable

by Lynne Blundell… 26 May – Smart Light Sydney kicked off  with Brian Eno’s spectacular light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Eno’s Lighting the Sails is part of Light Walk, a series of light art sculptures, interactive and performance-based art displays from local and international design luminaries and artists which celebrate sustainable […]

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Brian Eno’s opera house light art is sustainable

by Lynne Blundell… 26 May – Smart Light Sydney kicked off  with Brian Eno’s spectacular light show on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Eno’s Lighting the Sails is part of Light Walk, a series of light art sculptures, interactive and performance-based art displays from local and international design luminaries and artists which celebrate sustainable […]

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Greens agree with Productivity Commission on carbon scheme

By Tina Perinotto… 27 May  – Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has hailed the Productivity Commission’s view that the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is economically irresponsible, as further evidence that the scheme is flawed. Today’s newspapers are debating whether the scheme could trigger an early election because of the refusal of the Opposition […]

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Greens agree with Productivity Commission on carbon scheme

By Tina Perinotto… 27 May  – Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has hailed the Productivity Commission’s view that the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is economically irresponsible, as further evidence that the scheme is flawed. Today’s newspapers are debating whether the scheme could trigger an early election because of the refusal of the Opposition […]