La Trobe Uni picks Plenary for $5 billion campus master plan
La Trobe University has appointed developer Plenary to help it reimagine and then implement a $5 billion master plan of its sprawling Bundoora campus in Melbourne’s north.
More than 10 submissions of interest were made for the project. Plenary, which first partnered with the university in 2017 on its $288 million AgriBio research and development facility, after beating a Macquarie-Lendlease team in the final round.
The 10-to-20-year campus redevelopment plan, which has been underway since 2018, aims to create educational facilities for more than 40,000 students, and become an economic and social hub in Melbourne’s north. Already completed is the development of a 624-bed student accommodation facility, a sports park that will house the Matildas national women’s soccer team, and a research and innovation precinct.
Asset flows for Australian sustainable investments fall, but still more resilient than the broader market
A new report from financial services firm Morningstar shows that asset flows for Australian sustainable investments slowed during the first quarter of 2022. According to the Sustainable Investing Landscape for Australian Investors, sustainable funds in Australia and New Zealand saw $1.122 billion in first quarter inflows, 68 per cent lower than in the previous record-breaking quarter.
However, the report said that sustainable funds’ have held up far better than their conventional counterparts.
Torrens University launches global online sustainability economics course, in partnership with Modern Money Lab
Torrens University Australia in partnership with Adelaide-based social enterprise Modern Money Lab has launched a range of postgraduate global economics courses focusing on economics through the lens of sustainability. The courses will commence in September 2022, with the newly established Centre for Sustainable Prosperity undertaking applied research into sustainability and economics.
“The world needs a supply of well-trained economists who understand not only our planetary boundaries and the environmental challenges we face, but also the mechanics of money and finance, and the appropriate role for governments to take,” said Con Michalakis, Modern Money Lab chairman.
Sustainable development Northwest by Mulpha first apartments released
Norwest Business Park developer Mulpha has released the first apartments in its $1 billion zero-carbon Norwest Quarter development, near Castle Hill in Sydney’s northwest. Development was approved this month, and award-winning builder Parkview Construction will commence work in June 2022. More than one third of the first off the plan apartments released in the first two weeks have been bought by a mix of owner occupiers and local investors.
- Read: “I don’t know of any more ambitious project anywhere in the world that’s doing these things. It’s pretty impressive” – Mulpha’s zero carbon “City of Tomorrow”
CitySwitch National Awards winners revealed
The annual CitySwitch National Awards winners have been announced, celebrating the greenest office spaces in Australia and commending standout “Sustainability Champions”, whose efforts are deemed to deserve extra recognition. On the judging panel were Magali Wardle of NABERS, Elham Monavari from the Green Building Council of Australia, and Daniel Sheedy of Climate Active. The awards are jointly funded by local governments across Australia including the City of Sydney, City of Adelaide, and the City of Melbourne.
The Hall of Fame winners were: Sanjeet Singh from the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Meg Cummins and Bright Pryde from Aurecon, Kate Kremin from Shine On, Mathuran Marianayagam from Cundall, Justin Smith of Baenziger Coles, and Kashmir Palou from Jones Lang LaSalle.
Ms Palou was commended for her work on Darling Park, Sydney, improving the commercial tower’s NABERS Waste ratings by 0.5 – 1 Star, helping it achieve carbon neutral status under NABERS and Climate Active and align with the international Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
Microsoft supports CSIRO AI STEM education initiative
Microsoft is supporting the CSIRO’s pilot Microsoft FarmBeats for Students initiative. This STEM education program allows high school students to participate in a hands-on AI sustainable learning experience that applies smart farming techniques to food production.
Using the CSIRO developed climate and hazard risk analytics engine, the INDRA platform, students are able to assess historical data to examine changes in climate over time and to consider how those changes impact future farming conditions.
Greens announce plan to have zero extinctions by 2030, part of $24 billion environmental policy
The Greens party has announced a plan to invest in restoration, strengthen environmental laws, tighten native logging regulations and assess the climate impacts of mines before approval. The Green Australia plan will cost $24.4 billion over the next decade, funded through taxes on billionaires and big corporations. The plan includes the establishment of an Independent Environment Protection Watchdog and the transition to a renewable export economy.
Arup Australiasian cities leader Malcolm Smith has been appointed as a co-chair on the global WELL City Advisory. The International WELL Building Institute launched the inaugural advisory in April 2022 to inform, guide and steer the development of strategies that aim to empower cities to take leadership actions across human health, equity and well-being.
Design, engineering and advisory company Aurecon has appointed Dr Belinda Wade to lead the company’s climate transition risk consulting across Australia and New Zealand. With more than two decades of experience in sustainability and a PhD degree focused on corporate decarbonisation, Dr Wade will lead the company’s sustainability and climate change services to meet demand for expertise in corporate decarbonisation.
“Tackling the challenges associated with climate transitions requires an integrated strategy at a corporate level,” Dr Wade said. “It’s imperative we marry social considerations with technical capabilities to overcome roadblocks as organisations strive for net zero and competitive success in a decarbonised marketplace.”
Architect, author, TED speaker and more, Amanda Sturgeon is moving to Amsterdam to become inaugural chief executive officer of charity Built by Nature. She has been regenerative design lead at Mott McDonald since 2020 and previously served the International Living Future Institute since its early days.
Award-winning international architectural practice John McAslan + Partners (JMP) has made three new appointments that the company hopes will benefit its Sydney office.
- Imran Patel has made the move to Sydney for a promotion to the position of associate, relocating from London where he was a senior architect at the studio since 2018. He previously worked for AECOM, and specialises in rail and infrastructure projects. He will be involved in the delivery of Waterloo Station for John Holland Group and Sydney Metro.
- Ryan Wazir Ryan Wazir has also joined as an associate, having held a senior architect position at Purcell for two years. Prior to that he was at DWP and the NSW Government Architect’s Office with expertise in heritage and adaptive reuse.
- Jeff Tang made the switch from COX architects as senior architect, where he worked on large-scale transport and multi-residential projects, focused on mixed-use.
Architect Kit Ku was promoted to principal at Melbourne architecture and planning practice Hayball. She has been at the firm since 2017 when she made the move from Architecture BVN, and is experienced in civic and education projects.
Tye McBride has started as an architect at Sydney-based Tanner Kibble Denton Architects, after working as a designer at architecture and planning practice Allen Jack+Cottier since 2017.
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