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Biochar – fuel for debate

FAVOURITES – 23 July 2009 – Biochar, a system of carbon capture by turning organic matter into charcoal, has been storming the news circuit as a breakthrough technology. But it’s controversial. Australian author and leading scientist in the climate change debate, Tim Flannery explained the system to the ABC’s Lateline program on 30 June, and […]

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Glenn Murcutt on You Tube – calls for Newcastle University site to be listed as green credentials threatened

By Tina Perinotto 30 July 2009 – [Updated 9 August 2009] –  One of Australia’s leading architects, Glenn Murcutt, has described as “unbelievable” that one of his earliest and most important buildings at the University of Newcastle campus has been “destroyed” by alterations carried out without his consent or consultation. Professor Murcutt, winner of the […]

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Glenn Murcutt on You Tube – calls for Newcastle University site to be listed as green credentials threatened

By Tina Perinotto 30 July 2009 – [Updated 9 August 2009] –  One of Australia’s leading architects, Glenn Murcutt, has described as “unbelievable” that one of his earliest and most important buildings at the University of Newcastle campus has been “destroyed” by alterations carried out without his consent or consultation. Professor Murcutt, winner of the […]

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2009 Architecture Awards – Snowy Mountains House (Kalkite House)

Snowy Mountains House by James Stockwell Architects won three major awards, the Architecture Award for Residential Architecture; Blacket Prize for regional architecture; and the Colorbond Award. [See related story: A Jury’s roadshow, by Genevieve Lilley ] Although it was not entered as a sustainable house, its small footprint,  budget of around $500,000 and its design be […]

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Queensland company plans 900 new green jobs

Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan with the Allsafe team By Lynne Blundell One company that is bucking the trend of business caution and retraction right now is Townsville-based business, Allsafe Energy Efficient Products, poised to create hundreds of new green jobs across the country. The company has boomed on the back of the Federal Government’s rebates […]

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News from the front desk – Issue No 9

Jobs are booming By Tina Perinotto Here’s some gossip. Grocon in the market for a sustainability manager to assist Brian Moore who has recently taken on the role of national sustainability leader. Not as big news as Westfield appointing a former Greenpeace member to a similar role late last year. But Grocon is not alone. […]

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2009 Architecture Awards – APRA building

Smart Design Studio took out two awards at the NSW Architecture Awards 2009, with two separate entries. One was a project for the Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) by Smart Design Studio won the Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture. Interestingly the client chose not to have the building Green Star rated, instead investing this […]

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Infrastructure looking for green roads trains, bridges, ports, tunnels …

30 July 2009 – The concept of green buildings is pretty much an accepted notion these days but what about sustainable infrastructure? Considering the bulk of the Federal Government’s current economic stimulus spending is going into infrastructure projects, it would be logical to assume that there are uniform sustainability standards and protocols in place across […]

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ATO and Melbourne Water to build green in Melbourne

by Lynne Blundell As the effects of global economic conditions continue to impact across Australian office markets, with rising vacancies and increasing incentives, two government departments in Melbourne are taking the opportunity to strike new property deals and move to more sustainable buildings. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and Melbourne Water are both engaging property […]

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Postcard from Santa Monica, California

by Nicola Woodward Thirty six hours in a city is long enough only to form first impressions. My over-arching first impressions of Santa Monica culminated in the words of the self proclaimed greenie Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger “I’ll be back”. Santa Monica is more or less like Melbourne; more beach and more lifeguards but less […]

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BHP wants to blow out emissions in SA by 12 per cent

29 July 2009 – BRIEF – BHP Billiton’s expansion of the Olympic Dam copper and uranium mine in South Australia would mean a 12 per cent blowout in the state’s greenhouse emissions, according to the Australian Conservation Foundation revealed today. “This BHP mining plan is equivalent to putting more than one million inefficient polluting cars […]

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Sustainability Jobs – a selection of what’s on offer

Australian Green Infrastructure Council is searching for a voluntary grants coordinator to develop and work with a small group of volunteers to identify external sources of funds (both public and private) analyse and prioritise funding sources and other associated duties. Send nomination to info@agic.net.au and for queries contact: David Carberry on 07 3214 9400 or david.carberry@naturalsolutions.com.au

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Sustainability Jobs – a selection of what's on offer

Australian Green Infrastructure Council is searching for a voluntary grants coordinator to develop and work with a small group of volunteers to identify external sources of funds (both public and private) analyse and prioritise funding sources and other associated duties. Send nomination to info@agic.net.au and for queries contact: David Carberry on 07 3214 9400 or david.carberry@naturalsolutions.com.au

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Bathurst Burr: digging to a different drum

Neighbourly digs…and productive roadsides By Michael Mobbs This once, the Burr finds itself unable to prick the hides of governments, consultants, red tape worshippers and even those besotted with Kyoto Dreaming. Instead, we turn to a different type of digging. Gardening. Burr has been gardening. Aside from feeling good, and bloody sore all over, gardening […]

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V8 Supercars drown out Green Olympics site

Work on Sydney Olympic Park for the V8 Supercar race in December was in “resolute conflict with the designs and outcomes of the site” – By Tina Perinotto – 28 July – The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects has accused the NSW government of turning its back on Sydney’s Green Olympics by allowing destructive and […]

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Legal challenge to carbon emissions

BRIEF: July 28, 2009 – From The Sydney Morning  Herald – Australia is about to see its first legal challenge to carbon emissions from a coal-fired power plant, after a Land and Environment Court case was initiated yesterday against Macquarie Generation, a NSW Government-owned utility. An environmental group that opposed the development of the Anvil […]

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NSW gets planning panels – and loses on democracy

by Tina Perinotto – 24 July 2009 – President of the NSW Local Government Association, Genia McCaffery, said the regional planning panels announced today by state government would deny residents their democratic rights and would duplicate existing planning processes, at taxpayer expense. NSW Planning Minister, Kristina Keneally today announced the appointment of 23 panel members […]

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Investa launches new Institute to share the knowledge around

By Tina Perinotto – 24 July 2009 – Investa has established a leading reputation for greening its existing building stock. Now it wants to share its knowledge through its initiative, the Investa Sustainability Institute, launched on Wednesday. . According to Craig Roussac, Investa’s General Manager, Sustainability, Safety & Environment, the Institute will create a platform […]

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Green wheels turning faster

– 24 July 2009 – The idea of greening the city streets with trees, plants and edible fruit has struck a powerful chord judging by the strong response to Wednesday  night’s seminar (22 July) on the topic hosted by architects Allen Jack + Cottier in Sydney’s inner city Chippendale. According to A J + C’s […]

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New bushfire roof systems approved in Victoria

by Robyn Short – 23 July 2009 – The Victorian Building Commission has announced a new roofing systems that meet standards for Victoria’s most hazardous fire zones. Acting building commissioner, Sarah McCann-Bartlett, made the announcement today following months of testing. “We are pleased to have new roofing systems that meet the rigorous testing under the […]

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New bushfire roof systems approved in Victoria

by Robyn Short – 23 July 2009 – The Victorian Building Commission has announced a new roofing systems that meet standards for Victoria’s most hazardous fire zones. Acting building commissioner, Sarah McCann-Bartlett, made the announcement today following months of testing. “We are pleased to have new roofing systems that meet the rigorous testing under the […]