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Aurecon and Monash University win award for new rating tool for universities

BRIEF – 21 October 2009 – University facility managers now have a rating tool they can rely on, thanks to the Aurecon and Monash University-developed tool which has just won an award at the 2009 Tertiary Education Facility Managers Association conference held in Melbourne last month. The Model ESD (environmentally sustainable development) Sustainability Assessment Tool […]

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THE ARK – North Sydney

CASE STUDY – 19 October 2009 – If there has been a softening of commitment to high quality green buildings during the recent financial crisis, there is no evidence of this happening with Investa’s latest green showcase, The Ark, in North Sydney. The building is the first six star Green Star building Investa has developed […]

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THE ARK – North Sydney

CASE STUDY – 19 October 2009 – If there has been a softening of commitment to high quality green buildings during the recent financial crisis, there is no evidence of this happening with Investa’s latest green showcase, The Ark, in North Sydney. The building is the first six star Green Star building Investa has developed […]

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US emissions dropping at “amazing speed”

By Lester R Brown From Earth Policy Institute – 10 October 2009 – For years now, many members of Congress have insisted that cutting carbon emissions was difficult, if not impossible. It is not. During the two years since 2007, carbon emissions have dropped 9 percent. While part of this drop is from the recession, […]

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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 […]