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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 […]

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Business and Sales Manager, The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate TFE is looking for a Business Development and Sales Manager. What you need: whatever it takes to develop this on-line news business into its full potential, on an agency basis. Start with talent, knowledge, commitment, passion, understanding and ability to shape your own future. The rest, hopefully, will follow. Contact tperinotto@thefifthestate.com.au  or […]

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New appointments for MWH

Vaughan Pearce, a design engineer with 20 years of experience, joins MWH’s Sydney office as manager of its water planning and design team. He comes to MWH from an Australian agribusiness company, where his most recent role involved leading an engineering design team of 14 with a focus on project delivery from design through construction […]

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Call for Help – How does this client build a sustainable carbon neutral arts centre in Queensland?

By Art Centre Client-in-Waiting… “Hi…you don’t know me ..my name is (withheld) ..so…let’s say I’m working for an independent school in Queensland, and let’s say they want me to oversee the design and construction of a new arts centre…and let’s say I think that the arts centre should focus on “sustainable practice” and be a […]

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BRIEF: New ideas give bikes the edge in city traffic

As traffic congestion reaches crisis point in cities around the world, companies large and small are responding with some interesting solutions to help get cars off the road. Springwise business ideas newsletter reported recently on some innovative bicycle schemes and products popping up around the globe, including an Australian-first in Queensland. In Brisbane, Queensland transport […]

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Walk with the elephant – Sustainable development as re-embedding: Nature verses Ego

By Greg Paine

Sustainable development is about a whole: about seeing things systemically and with regard to all the connections – and implications – of what we do. Critically, it also is about exploring the variety of solutions that are usually available to any problem or task and which are invariably embedded within this whole, if only we look beyond our usual habits and answers.

But the contemporary Western tradition has, for some time, eschewed the whole in favour of the powerful tool of understanding and invention that is the breaking down and analysis of something by its parts. And as the issues – like sustainable development itself – get larger, the predilection for addressing such large questions and dilemmas via a process of fragmentation into ever smaller, seemingly manageable parts only seems to grow.

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Notes from the Royal Institute of British Architects' 175th anniversary

–  with best regards to Paul Keating By Peter Droege… The audience in the near-full auditorium expected turmoil, demonstrations and heckling after calls from the “modernist” camp to boycott the event. The Prince had written to Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber Jasim al-Thani, urging the Quatari Prime Minister and member of its royal family to seek […]