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The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute building may inspire architects and scholars globally. The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute building may inspire architects and scholars globally. Peter Barnes

Adelaide’s SAHMRI building offers a glimpse of a greener future

Is it a spaceship piloted by a friendly alien, a metallic pine cone or a giant cheese-grater? No, it’s Adelaide’s South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (the SAHMRI building for short…
Products that were once new and expensive are quickly treated with disdain. Products that were once new and expensive are quickly treated with disdain. Gareth Fuller/PA

Cutting waste needs longer lasting goods, and tax breaks

Reducing waste should be uncontroversial. While the government’s newly published waste prevention programme represents an improvement on previous strategies, it could have been – should have been – far…
Not just a nice idea: zero emissions housing is affordable and possible, once some policy changes are made. Not just a nice idea: zero emissions housing is affordable and possible, once some policy changes are made. Jeff Egnaczyk

To cut emissions, the housing sector has to pull its weight

If Australia is to reduce its emissions enough to limit the impacts of climate change, all sectors are going to have to pull their weight. It’s a big job: scientists tell us we need reduce emissions by…
From hot property to unwanted waste: it’s time to rethink the way we design, produce and reuse new products. From hot property to unwanted waste: it’s time to rethink the way we design, produce and reuse new products. Obsolete computer image from www.shutterstock.com

A cooler planet by design

Many of us get frustrated with the slow pace of international action on climate change. But powerless as we feel, we can still make a difference by rethinking the way we design our lives. Design is rarely…
Sustainable employment initiatives in the Netherlands have proven effective in accommodating an ageing workforce. Sustainable employment initiatives in the Netherlands have proven effective in accommodating an ageing workforce. shutterstock

Sustainable employment and the ageing workforce: lessons learned from the Dutch

As populations in OECD countries continue rapidly to age, the increasing imbalance between those young enough to work and those old enough to receive the pension is sounding alarm bells. By 2050, the “old…
Planning new developments for sustainability should reflect the evidence. Planning new developments for sustainability should reflect the evidence. Fernando de Sousa

Good intentions not enough: do your sums on urban sustainability

It is not surprising that there is plenty of debate about making urban development more sustainable. However, like much of the debate on sustainability in general, there is little or no attempt to define…
Recycling is all very well, but how do we stop producing waste in the first place? Recycling is all very well, but how do we stop producing waste in the first place? Yoav Lerman

For a truly sustainable world, we need zero waste cities

The current state of worldwide urban development is depressing. We are not moving towards environmentally sustainable design and reduced consumption quickly enough. There have been dire warnings about…
One of the urine diverting toilets used in the trial. One of the urine diverting toilets used in the trial. Dena Fam

Reinventing the toilet - urine diversion where it’s needed most

Collecting and reusing urine to grow crops may raise some eyebrows. But as the negative consequences of modern day sanitation systems become more significant, so does the relevance of research and innovation…
Many apartment dwellers would like to know how to make their home more sustainable. But where to start? Many apartment dwellers would like to know how to make their home more sustainable. But where to start? Chris Kreussling

Untangling the steps to a more sustainable apartment life

Apartment owners beware – your asset could be under threat! If we don’t improve the sustainability of our city apartment blocks their value will fall. Australian cities are increasingly embracing apartment…
We know where to head next to build more sustainable cities. We know where to head next to build more sustainable cities. Anders Hoff

Rio+20 puts the case for more sustainable cities - is Australia ready?

Over the weekend, local leaders from around the world gathered together in Belo Horizonte, an hour’s flight from Rio de Janeiro at the ICLEI World Congress. The aim was to galvanise their case for a decade…
Sir Rod Eddington: unless the rail networks are right, Australia’s cities won’t work properly. Sir Rod Eddington: unless the rail networks are right, Australia’s cities won’t work properly. Supplied

Sir Rod Eddington: ‘The infrastructure challenges are real’

Welcome to In Conversation; an ongoing series in which leading academics interview prominent public figures. In today’s instalment, Dr Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, sits…
Would-be cyclists are deterred by mandatory helmet laws. Would-be cyclists are deterred by mandatory helmet laws. Jase Wong

Have helmet laws put the skids on Australia’s bike share scheme?

Public bicycle hire schemes have the potential to generate the well-known health benefits that come with increased exercise. But while Australia has bravely adopted such schemes, mandatory helmet laws…
It’s much-maligned, but Melbourne’s bike share scheme has the right idea. It’s much-maligned, but Melbourne’s bike share scheme has the right idea. avlxyz/flickr

Sustainable design, consumption and change

There’s been a boom in sustainable products and packaging from keep cups to green bags - but how important is sustainable design in reducing our global footprint? Sustainable design can play a critical…

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