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Seed funding promotes sustainability - West Coast Sentinel

Grant funding will go some way to helping Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation's seeding program at the Emu Farm.

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

THE Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation has received $4000 in funding towards its seed propagation program.

The Lockheed Martin Landcare Australia grant will enable the corporation to purchase water piping and fittings to replace existing reticulation lines from the water mains system and have it replaced with a more efficient, effective and productive water servicing system that supports the seed propagation program.

The corporation’s Wayne Miller said the grant would be helpful for its program.

“It will go some way to helping us be more sustainable and use water more appropriately,” he said.

“It will value add to our current land management program and help to get new...


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Macedon Ranges Council boosts solar, sport and a sustainable drive in draft budget - Herald Sun

MACEDON Ranges Council has passed its draft budget for 2017/18 with Mayor Jennifer Anderson stating the document underlines liveability, sustainability and efficiency.

As required of all Victorian council’s, the proposed increase in rates is within the 2 per cent limit imposed by the Victorian Government’s rate capping directions.

The proposed budget blueprint adopted at last night’s council meeting sets out more than $80 million in services and projects.

The first budget of the new look council sets out allocations to council departments to develop arts and culture; land and biodiversity; and the establishment of a “reuse shop” at the Kyneton Transfer Station where salvageable items will be retrieved from landfill.

“This is a really exciting environmental initiative that will help us to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill by reusing and recycling quality second-hand...


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Top Marks For Sustainable Queensland Seniors Living Complex - The Urban Developer

An apartment complex in Brisbane’s south has received the highest level of sustainability certification available from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Completed by Churches of Christ Housing Services in January 2017, Wattle Apartments has received all 6 Green Leaves for its 40 new, thoughtfully designed apartments for people over the age of 55 who previously lived in under-occupied public housing family homes.

Developed in partnership with the Queensland Government, the $15.6 million Acacia Ridge project was commended for exceptional performance across all six of the UDIA’s sustainability elements of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water, and community.

On receiving the certification, Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said affordability and sustainability fit perfectly together.

“This project meets the growing...


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Land and Housing Corporation: Environmental Sustainability Analyst - The Fifth Estate

Clerk Grade 9/10

Department of Family and Community Services

NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC)

Location: Ashfield

Employment Type: Ongoing

Salary range: $102,838 to $113,324 pa plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

 About Us

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) delivers services to the most disadvantaged individuals, families and communities in NSW through local community based programs.

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is a Public Trading Enterprise within the Family and Community Services cluster. LAHC owns and manages the Government’s public housing portfolio of some 130,000 properties within New South Wales.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW sets out the Government’s vision to transform the social housing system over the next 10 years with LAHC playing a critical role in delivering the benefits of...


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Read more: Land and Housing Corporation: Environmental Sustainability Analyst - The Fifth Estate

French and Australian experts on solving the world's sustainability challenge - The Conversation AU

The Conversation and the Australian French Embassy presented a panel between French and Australian experts at the University of New South Wales in March, opened by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault.

In his opening remarks, Ayrault celebrated the signing and coming into force of the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to limit warming to well-below 2℃, however he highlighted that more action needs to be taken around the world.

“Some are tempted to slow it down, or worse, to take a step backwards. We can currently see this in the United States.

"Tackling climate change is a democratic fight. Individual actions are like votes: on their own, they seem powerless, but together, they give new meaning to our societies,” he said.

The panel discussion included screenings of clips from the French documentary Tomorrow. View the...


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Environmentalists question Tokyo's Olympic timber sustainability practices - The Japan Times

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee’s code for sustainable procurement of timber used in Games venues allows contractors to use materials from questionable sources, a representative of the environmental group Rainforest Action Network said Thursday.

The Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber provided a “huge compromise in favor of the construction companies,” the group’s senior adviser, Hana Heineken, told a news conference in Tokyo.

The code only requires that wood used in concrete formwork be legally harvested. It says consideration must be given to conservation of the ecosystem, indigenous and local people’s rights, and appropriate safety measures, but makes none of that mandatory.

“It actually only needs to satisfy the first criteria, which is legality, and if the company can satisfy the sustainability criteria, that’s preferred but it is not required,” Heineken said.

The...


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Education kit: Sustainability | Herald Sun - Herald Sun

WHETHER it’s how we travel to work or school, how much and what we eat to how we heat and cool our homes, there are many ways we could be living more sustainably.

The Herald Sun’s News in Education program will explore this broad topic in its latest education kit for 2017: Sustainability.

This indepth kit covers topics including our animals, energy, mining, water, waste, transport, our protected parks, our footprint more.

The Herald Sun will publish a 10-part poster series that investigates what challenges we face, what our leaders and governments are doing and what the future holds.

The kit includes exclusive access for teachers and students to compelling National Geographic documentaries at nationalgeographic.com.au

On subscription teachers receive downloadable interactive PDF workbooks for Primary and Secondary levels that include 40 activities each to help you meet your...


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Scatec Solar publishes its Sustainability Report 2016 - Yahoo Finance

Oslo, April 28, 2017: Scatec Solar published its 2016 Sustainability Report today at a Sustainability seminar hosted together with Sustainability Hub, Statkraft, Storebrand and Aker Biomarine.

The seminar addressed national and international trends within sustainability reporting. Speakers shared and discussed different reporting perspectives and possibilities. Scatec Solar and Aker Biomarine presented their sustainability reports highlighting structure and frameworks in their reports, as well as key stories.

Further, Matthew Smith, Head of Sustainable Investments in Storebrand Asset Management, discussed sustainability reporting from an investor perspective focusing on what investors want to see more of in sustainability reports going forward. The seminar concluded with a panel discussion moderated by Rachel Groux, Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility in Statkraft.


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5 science faculties standing at the forefront of today's sustainable issues - Study International News

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“And no challenge poses greater threat to future generations than climate change.” – Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 2015

The need to forge a sustainable global future has never been more pressing.

With the burgeoning scourge of climate change being felt around the world, climate scientists are stark in their warnings as to what the future holds if we don’t get our carbon emissions under tight control.

With sea levels rising, ice sheets melting and global temperatures reaching the highest levels ever seen, universities and the innovative graduates they produce are at the forefront of the fight, striving to relieve the reckless damage that contaminates our world.

The effects are already felt around the globe, with extreme weather events dominating headlines and plaguing communities worldwide. The bad news is, these droughts, floods, famines and fires are...


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Penn State Smeal names 2017 Sustainability Research Grant recipients - Penn State News

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Smeal College of Business recently awarded a combined $10,000 to Jason Acimovic, assistant professor of supply chain management, and Razvan Lungeanu, assistant professor of management and organization, as the 2017 Smeal Sustainability Research Grant recipients.

Acimovic, who received $3,500, will use the money to fund his research titled, “Metrics for disaster relief pre-positioning: Theory-driven tools for non-expert practitioners.”

The project’s goal, according to Acimovic’s grant proposal, is to provide tools and analyses to the global disaster-assistance community in order to help it plan how many emergency items to store, where to store them and how they should be transported.

“Natural disasters have the largest impact on the most vulnerable populations,” Acimovic said. “Being awarded the Smeal Sustainability Research Grant allows me to...


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Seed funding promotes sustainability - West Coast Sentinel

Grant funding will go some way to helping Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation's seeding program at the Emu Farm.

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

THE Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation has received $4000 in funding towards its seed propagation program.

The Lockheed Martin Landcare Australia grant will enable the corporation to purchase water piping and fittings to replace existing reticulation lines from the water mains system and have it replaced with a more efficient, effective and productive water servicing system that supports the seed propagation program.

The corporation’s Wayne Miller said the grant would be helpful for its program.

“It will go some way to helping us be more sustainable and use water more appropriately,” he said.

“It will value add to our current land management program and help to get new...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Seed funding promotes sustainability - West Coast Sentinel

Top Marks For Sustainable Queensland Seniors Living Complex - The Urban Developer

An apartment complex in Brisbane’s south has received the highest level of sustainability certification available from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Completed by Churches of Christ Housing Services in January 2017, Wattle Apartments has received all 6 Green Leaves for its 40 new, thoughtfully designed apartments for people over the age of 55 who previously lived in under-occupied public housing family homes.

Developed in partnership with the Queensland Government, the $15.6 million Acacia Ridge project was commended for exceptional performance across all six of the UDIA’s sustainability elements of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water, and community.

On receiving the certification, Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said affordability and sustainability fit perfectly together.

“This project meets the growing...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Top Marks For Sustainable Queensland Seniors Living Complex - The Urban Developer

Land and Housing Corporation: Environmental Sustainability Analyst - The Fifth Estate

Clerk Grade 9/10

Department of Family and Community Services

NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC)

Location: Ashfield

Employment Type: Ongoing

Salary range: $102,838 to $113,324 pa plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and annual leave loading.

 About Us

The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) delivers services to the most disadvantaged individuals, families and communities in NSW through local community based programs.

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) is a Public Trading Enterprise within the Family and Community Services cluster. LAHC owns and manages the Government’s public housing portfolio of some 130,000 properties within New South Wales.

Future Directions for Social Housing in NSW sets out the Government’s vision to transform the social housing system over the next 10 years with LAHC playing a critical role in delivering the benefits of...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Land and Housing Corporation: Environmental Sustainability Analyst - The Fifth Estate

Global tourism stakeholders to convene at sustainability summit - GreenBiz

GreenBiz Group will host a Sustainable Tourism Summit during its VERGE Hawaii: Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, which returns to Honolulu on June 20-22. The Summit will be produced in collaboration with the Hawaii Tourism Authority and global NGO, Sustainable Travel International, and will take place on Wednesday, June 21.

Tourism is one of the fastest-growing business sectors in the world and the primary industry and producer of jobs for many island economies and developing nations, including Hawaii.

Many of tourism’s leaders, including the Hawaii Tourism Authority, are committed to seeing the industry grow sustainably while also generating increased global awareness about the need to preserve natural resources and perpetuate native cultures.

“We envision Hawaii being a global leader in showing destinations worldwide how unique, welcoming travel experiences can be created for...


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Read more: Global tourism stakeholders to convene at sustainability summit - GreenBiz

Teck Reports 2016 Sustainability Performance - Geology for Investors

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Marketwired – April 27, 2017) –

Editors Note: There is one infographic associated with this release.

Teck Resources Limited (TSX: TECK.A and TECK.B, NYSE: TECK) (“Teck”), has released its 16th annual Sustainability Report, covering the company’s performance in 2016 and progress towards its short-term sustainability goals set for 2020.

“We know that our ability to continue operating and to grow our businesses depends on demonstrating strong social, economic and environmental performance in every aspect of our work,” said Don Lindsay, President and CEO. “The theme of our 2016 Sustainability Report – Every Day – reflects how sustainability guides the decisions we make every day, as individual employees and as a company, to ensure we meet the expectations of our employees, communities, Indigenous Peoples and shareholders.”

Teck’s approach to responsible


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French and Australian experts on solving the world's sustainability challenge - The Conversation AU

The Conversation and the Australian French Embassy presented a panel between French and Australian experts at the University of New South Wales in March, opened by the French Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault.

In his opening remarks, Ayrault celebrated the signing and coming into force of the 2015 Paris Agreement, under which countries agreed to limit warming to well-below 2℃, however he highlighted that more action needs to be taken around the world.

“Some are tempted to slow it down, or worse, to take a step backwards. We can currently see this in the United States.

"Tackling climate change is a democratic fight. Individual actions are like votes: on their own, they seem powerless, but together, they give new meaning to our societies,” he said.

The panel discussion included screenings of clips from the French documentary Tomorrow. View the...


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Read more: French and Australian experts on solving the world's sustainability challenge - The Conversation AU

Heritage event eyes sustainable future - The West Australian

A day to celebrate Kwinana’s rich history and reflect on its sustainable future is being held at Sloan’s Reserve in May.

Residents are encouraged to Our Heritage Event on Sunday, May 7, which is being held during the Australian Heritage Festival, with a range of history and sustainability-related activities on offer.

Not-for-profit organisation Kwinana Community Sharing is based on Sloan Reserve and will be offering advice on beekeeping, wax wraps, worm farming, planting ideas and recycling.

Chairwoman Erin Bell said the reserve was really important to a lot of people in Kwinana, with many holding onto special memories from even before the cottage was rebuilt.

“We are trying to redirect where Heritage Day has been,” she said.

“Traditionally it has been a celebration and it still is of the cottage and the history here but we as Kwinana Community Sharing are going forth into the...


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Environmentalists question Tokyo's Olympic timber sustainability practices - The Japan Times

The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee’s code for sustainable procurement of timber used in Games venues allows contractors to use materials from questionable sources, a representative of the environmental group Rainforest Action Network said Thursday.

The Sustainable Sourcing Code for Timber provided a “huge compromise in favor of the construction companies,” the group’s senior adviser, Hana Heineken, told a news conference in Tokyo.

The code only requires that wood used in concrete formwork be legally harvested. It says consideration must be given to conservation of the ecosystem, indigenous and local people’s rights, and appropriate safety measures, but makes none of that mandatory.

“It actually only needs to satisfy the first criteria, which is legality, and if the company can satisfy the sustainability criteria, that’s preferred but it is not required,” Heineken said.

The...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Environmentalists question Tokyo's Olympic timber sustainability practices - The Japan Times

Seed funding promotes sustainability - West Coast Sentinel

Grant funding will go some way to helping Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation's seeding program at the Emu Farm.

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

SEED PROGRAM: Brodie Milera, Adam Coleman and Jacob Dunn with a seed used at the Emu Farm. Picture: Luca Cetta

THE Ceduna Aboriginal Corporation has received $4000 in funding towards its seed propagation program.

The Lockheed Martin Landcare Australia grant will enable the corporation to purchase water piping and fittings to replace existing reticulation lines from the water mains system and have it replaced with a more efficient, effective and productive water servicing system that supports the seed propagation program.

The corporation’s Wayne Miller said the grant would be helpful for its program.

“It will go some way to helping us be more sustainable and use water more appropriately,” he said.

“It will value add to our current land management program and help to get new...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Seed funding promotes sustainability - West Coast Sentinel

Top Marks For Sustainable Queensland Seniors Living Complex - The Urban Developer

An apartment complex in Brisbane’s south has received the highest level of sustainability certification available from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA).

Completed by Churches of Christ Housing Services in January 2017, Wattle Apartments has received all 6 Green Leaves for its 40 new, thoughtfully designed apartments for people over the age of 55 who previously lived in under-occupied public housing family homes.

Developed in partnership with the Queensland Government, the $15.6 million Acacia Ridge project was commended for exceptional performance across all six of the UDIA’s sustainability elements of ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water, and community.

On receiving the certification, Churches of Christ Housing Services General Manager Frances Paterson-Fleider said affordability and sustainability fit perfectly together.

“This project meets the growing...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Top Marks For Sustainable Queensland Seniors Living Complex - The Urban Developer

 

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