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Have Your Say – Green Star Future Focus

Have your say and help shape the future of sustainability. The Green Building Council Australia have released their Green Star for New Buildings consultation paper and the call has gone out for feedback.

Since it first launched to market in 2003, Green Star has been a transformational force for the sustainable built environment, and the proposed changes will spell the biggest overhaul to the rating system since its inception.

The GBCA are calling on industry professionals to provide feedback on the latest proposed changes to Green Star beginning with Green Star for New Buildings.

Review the paper and have your say here.

 

Al Gore is coming to Brisbane

You may know Al Gore as a Nobel Prize Recipient, the 45th Vice President of the United States, New York Times best-selling author of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, or as a guest speaker for the Climate Change and Economics Lunch in Brisbane this June.

That’s right, Al Gore will be presenting alongside the Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk next month at the Brisbane Exhibition centre at a lunch concluding Climate Change Week QLD 2019. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to hear one of the worlds foremost advocates in the fight against climate change present on what action individuals and governments are taking to deliver improved environmental and economic outcomes for future generations.

To learn more about the event (and Al Gore’s truly impressive accomplishments) take a look at the event page here.

Sustainability in Infrastructure: Permeable Paving Design

‘Sustainability is here to stay in Infrastructure. It is no longer a nice to have, it is a must-have’ stated Paul Davies, General Manager of Market Capability at Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).

Mr. Davies presented at the Engineers Australia ‘Infrastructure Thought Leaders Series on Permeable Paving and Design’, alongside Professor Simon Beecham, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia.

This seminar series which was in association with Austral Masonry, took place in March 2019, with an aim to educate participants on the importance of sustainable practices in infrastructure and, more specifically the current permeable paving technologies that are available to the industry, such as DesignPave.

Permeable Paving has the potential to reduce drainage infrastructure, improve water quality and reuse, and minimises the potential for flooding.

‘My key interest in the infrastructure sector is to encourage people to consider and where possible use, more sustainable products, processes and services, in a landscape where there are more demands for both sustainability and corporate social responsibility in how infrastructure is being defined in society’, Davies continued.

For further information, you can view the entire webinar here or visit the CMAA for more information about Permeable Paving Design or to download the free DesignPave software.

New Green Bridges for Brisbane

Just minutes after being voted in as Brisbane City’s incoming Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner announced five new green bridges across Brisbane.  Cr Schrinner identified Brisbane’s lack of bridges as one of its weaknesses, forcing everything in the city to funnel through to the few bridges we have. The new  bridges will alleviate this ‘funnelling’ in order to facilitate a greener, more active city.

The estimated cost of the bridges is at least $550M – two-thirds of which city council will pay, and will apply for the balance from state and federal governments. The proposed bridges are pedestrian, cyclist, and public transport bridges from Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End, and Bellbowrie to Wacol; and pedestrian and cycle bridges from Kangaroo Point to CBD and Kingsford Smith Dr Riverwalk to existing Riverwalk.

Earth Hour

This Saturday, you may have noticed fewer lights on around the place. People living near some of the world’s most iconic monuments would certainly have noticed, as the UN Headquarters, the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids of Egypt and Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio were all plunged into darkness. These were just a few of the world’s biggest landmarks which participated in the 13th annual Earth Hour alongside individual households.  Closer to home, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour bridge also participated in the event, which aims to raise awareness of Climate Change and the need for everyone to take steps to combat it. Participants also lit ’60+’ signs with candles in reference to the WWF’s shocking October report stating that since 1970, humans have wiped out 60% of all animals with a backbone (mammals, reptiles, birds, fish Amphibians etc.)

The event also saw the lights go out on Singapore’s entire skyline, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, the Empire State Building, Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, The Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (the worlds tallest skyscraper), and the Kremlin in Moscow, alongside other monuments, towns and households around the world.

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