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Milbrodale Public School completes Rural Schools - Keeping Cool project - The Singleton Argus

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public School has participated in an 'Our Place' project.

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public is a unique rural school with a strong sense of sustainability and environmental awareness. Now this awareness among students, teachers and parents is stronger than ever thanks to a ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’ program.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

Partnered with Singleton Council and the Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter, Milbrodale Public School received funding as a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage ‘Our Place’ scheme.

On Monday June 19, the students, teachers and program partners celebrated the completion of ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’, reflecting on what they had learnt and achieved...


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Pharmacy recognised in sustainability awards - Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)

A Sydney pharmacy has achieved Runner Up in the local Better Business Awards for its “green” initiatives

Nick Logan Pharmacist Advice in Artarmon, NSW, has placed Runner Up in the Retail and Specialty Shops category for the Better Business Awards 2017.

The Better Business Awards 2017 showcase and recognise the achievements of 700+ businesses who are working towards sustainability.

“It’s been a long-term thing, we got introduced to the Better Business Partnership at least a decade ago,” explains proprietor Nick Logan.

Front of Store Manager Bow Shearman poses with the well-earned certificate.

“Since then they’ve been really proactive in supporting the community and especially our business of all businesses in considering sustainability and footprints. Right from the word go it was presented as a way to do your part with sustainability and the community in a cost-effective way – so...


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Read more: Pharmacy recognised in sustainability awards - Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)

Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The Fifth Estate

Infrastructure sustainability is generating noticeable growth in the jobs market, with demand for Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certified sustainability professionals increasing with each major infrastructure project announcement.

Michael Antonievich, senior consultant renewable energy & environment at human resources and recruitment consultancy Polyglot Group, said multi-disciplinary consulting organisations house the bulk of these engineers and consultants, and to a lesser extent the larger construction companies.

Michael Antonievich, Polyglot

The NSW and Victorian markets are significantly more buoyant than the other states.

The renewable energy sector is also growing steadily.

“Utility-scale projects, commercial and industrial rooftop installations, and residential uptake of solar and storage, are all...


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Read more: Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The...

Cafes follow sustainability path - The West Australian

Sumo Salad Karratha staff Jordyn Kulpa and Justin Buckley are glad to be among several local cafes joining the Responsible Cafes movement. Picture: Pablo MillerSumo Salad Karratha staff Jordyn Kulpa and Justin Buckley are glad to be among several local cafes joining the Responsible Cafes movement. Picture: Pablo MillerPicture: Pablo Miller

A series of Karratha cafes have joined a burgeoning sustainability movement by discounting the all-important daily brew of customers who opt for reusable instead of disposable takeaway cups.

After learning throw-away coffee cups can rarely be recycled and form a major cause of waste in Australia, Karratha businesses Empire Cafe, Soul Cafe, Sumo Salad, Dreamtime Cafe and High Tide Mobile Espresso have all signed on as part of the Responsible Cafes movement this month.

It means coffee drinkers who bring in their own reusable takeaway cups can now get 50¢ to $1 off their orders at the cafes. Sumo Salad Karratha franchisee Jessica Miller said she was glad to see Karratha cafes join the movement and hoped...


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Read more: Cafes follow sustainability path - The West Australian

Sustainability: A greener culture - Nature.com

In July 2015, Stephanie and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley left their home in Totnes, UK, and headed for the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France. Instead of catching a flight, they boarded a boat and then made their way across France by bicycle and train, pedalling more than 600 kilometres over 5 days. After the conference, they took a train home.

Yaorusheng/Getty

Emissions from air travel constitute a large proportion of many scientists' individual carbon footprints.

By eschewing air travel, the pair prevented carbon dioxide emissions of roughly one-half of a metric tonne, and received the Swarovski Optik Green Travel Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, which hosted the meeting. The European branch of the organization is encouraging scientists to shrink their carbon footprints, and Stephanie, now a postdoc studying freshwater...


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Read more: Sustainability: A greener culture - Nature.com

Sustainability group declares war on waste - Bendigo Advertiser

The Mount Alexander Shire Sustainability Group will declare war on waste on June 29.

The Mount Alexander Shire Sustainability Group will declare war on waste by bringing together a panel of local experts and campaigners on June 29.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group chair Mary Blain said the event would be an opportunity for local groups to gain further support for their projects.

“The event will also demonstrate that it takes an integrated effort to address waste issues, and MASG is working across community sectors to work towards a zero waste future as part of the Zero Net Emissions 2025 target,” she said.

Speakers include councillor Bronwen Machin, Chris Hooper, who will talk about the surging success of the global repair café movement and Bill Grant, who will share his knowledge about organic waste recovery, bioenergy and soil restoration.

Hearty soup will be available for $10.


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Read more: Sustainability group declares war on waste - Bendigo Advertiser

Soul Origin wins 2017 QSR Sustainability Award - Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

Australia’s fastest growing quick service restaurant, Soul Origin, has won the Best Sustainability Initiative award in the QSR Media Detpak Awards 2017, for their commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

Over the past 12 months, Soul Origin has rolled out several key initiatives in their quest to support the community and take care of the environment, including its support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, raising over $40,000 and donating an additional $10,000 in product to the charity.

In addition to their support of the Starlight Foundation, Soul Origin has also made a commitment to environmental sustainability by introducing bamboo salad containers with 100% biodegradable lids, reducing CO2 emissions and offering vegetarian options to encourage Australians to consume less meat.

General Manager of Soul Origin, Chris Mavris, said the company was honoured to be...


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Read more: Soul Origin wins 2017 QSR Sustainability Award - Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

Weaving sustainability into Singapore's urban fabric - eco-business.com

Chinese smart bicycle sharing firm Mobike recently launched in Singapore, and aims to make access to bicycles affordable, convenient, and reliable. Image: Mobike

Dense jungles of skyscrapers, endless traffic jams, a crowd of faceless individuals rushing about, and a dull grey smog: in public discourse, these are the images most frequently associated with cities, painting them as places where commerce and convenience are prioritised over community or the environment. 

Singapore, however, is a city that has bucked this trend since its earliest days. Policies that attest to this include a decision by the country’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to choose natural gas as an energy source even though it was more expensive than coal, and a goal for Singapore to be a “city in a garden” with abundant greenery. 

In recent years, the city-state has turned its attention to engaging the...


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Read more: Weaving sustainability into Singapore's urban fabric - eco-business.com

Ivanka Trump Subtly Supported Environmental Sustainability With Her Latest Look - Yahoo Food

At the White House Congressional Picnic this week, Ivanka Trump played with her daughter Arabella in the Rose Garden wearing an appropriate frock for the setting: a floral print, off-the-shoulder white dress.

The dress is notable not because it’s by the Ivanka Trump brand or because it’s ridiculously expensive, two lightning rod sartorial topics for which the Trump women are frequently lambasted. Instead, the outfit choice is notable because the $198 dress is from the brand Reformation, popular among Instagram It Girls. The brand is also known for being dedicated to sustainable fashion, a topic on which Trump, as the head of an apparel and accessories business, has remained notably silent.

Sustainable fashion includes both responsible manufacturing and labor practices, as well as providing supply chain transparency; none of which is currently done by the Ivanka Trump brand.

The...


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Read more: Ivanka Trump Subtly Supported Environmental Sustainability With Her Latest Look - Yahoo Food

Milbrodale Public School completes Rural Schools - Keeping Cool project - The Singleton Argus

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public School has participated in an 'Our Place' project.

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public is a unique rural school with a strong sense of sustainability and environmental awareness. Now this awareness among students, teachers and parents is stronger than ever thanks to a ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’ program.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

Partnered with Singleton Council and the Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter, Milbrodale Public School received funding as a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage ‘Our Place’ scheme.

On Monday June 19, the students, teachers and program partners celebrated the completion of ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’, reflecting on what they had learnt and achieved...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Milbrodale Public School completes Rural Schools - Keeping Cool project - The Singleton Argus

Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The Fifth Estate

Infrastructure sustainability is generating noticeable growth in the jobs market, with demand for Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certified sustainability professionals increasing with each major infrastructure project announcement.

Michael Antonievich, senior consultant renewable energy & environment at human resources and recruitment consultancy Polyglot Group, said multi-disciplinary consulting organisations house the bulk of these engineers and consultants, and to a lesser extent the larger construction companies.

Michael Antonievich, Polyglot

The NSW and Victorian markets are significantly more buoyant than the other states.

The renewable energy sector is also growing steadily.

“Utility-scale projects, commercial and industrial rooftop installations, and residential uptake of solar and storage, are all...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The...

Cafes follow sustainability path - The West Australian

Sumo Salad Karratha staff Jordyn Kulpa and Justin Buckley are glad to be among several local cafes joining the Responsible Cafes movement. Picture: Pablo MillerSumo Salad Karratha staff Jordyn Kulpa and Justin Buckley are glad to be among several local cafes joining the Responsible Cafes movement. Picture: Pablo MillerPicture: Pablo Miller

A series of Karratha cafes have joined a burgeoning sustainability movement by discounting the all-important daily brew of customers who opt for reusable instead of disposable takeaway cups.

After learning throw-away coffee cups can rarely be recycled and form a major cause of waste in Australia, Karratha businesses Empire Cafe, Soul Cafe, Sumo Salad, Dreamtime Cafe and High Tide Mobile Espresso have all signed on as part of the Responsible Cafes movement this month.

It means coffee drinkers who bring in their own reusable takeaway cups can now get 50¢ to $1 off their orders at the cafes. Sumo Salad Karratha franchisee Jessica Miller said she was glad to see Karratha cafes join the movement and hoped...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Cafes follow sustainability path - The West Australian

Sustainability: A greener culture - Nature.com

In July 2015, Stephanie and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley left their home in Totnes, UK, and headed for the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France. Instead of catching a flight, they boarded a boat and then made their way across France by bicycle and train, pedalling more than 600 kilometres over 5 days. After the conference, they took a train home.

Yaorusheng/Getty

Emissions from air travel constitute a large proportion of many scientists' individual carbon footprints.

By eschewing air travel, the pair prevented carbon dioxide emissions of roughly one-half of a metric tonne, and received the Swarovski Optik Green Travel Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, which hosted the meeting. The European branch of the organization is encouraging scientists to shrink their carbon footprints, and Stephanie, now a postdoc studying freshwater...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Sustainability: A greener culture - Nature.com

Soul Origin wins 2017 QSR Sustainability Award - Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

Australia’s fastest growing quick service restaurant, Soul Origin, has won the Best Sustainability Initiative award in the QSR Media Detpak Awards 2017, for their commitment to social and environmental sustainability.

Over the past 12 months, Soul Origin has rolled out several key initiatives in their quest to support the community and take care of the environment, including its support of the Starlight Children’s Foundation, raising over $40,000 and donating an additional $10,000 in product to the charity.

In addition to their support of the Starlight Foundation, Soul Origin has also made a commitment to environmental sustainability by introducing bamboo salad containers with 100% biodegradable lids, reducing CO2 emissions and offering vegetarian options to encourage Australians to consume less meat.

General Manager of Soul Origin, Chris Mavris, said the company was honoured to be...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Soul Origin wins 2017 QSR Sustainability Award - Business Franchise Australia & New Zealand

Sustainability group declares war on waste - Bendigo Advertiser

The Mount Alexander Shire Sustainability Group will declare war on waste on June 29.

The Mount Alexander Shire Sustainability Group will declare war on waste by bringing together a panel of local experts and campaigners on June 29.

Mount Alexander Sustainability Group chair Mary Blain said the event would be an opportunity for local groups to gain further support for their projects.

“The event will also demonstrate that it takes an integrated effort to address waste issues, and MASG is working across community sectors to work towards a zero waste future as part of the Zero Net Emissions 2025 target,” she said.

Speakers include councillor Bronwen Machin, Chris Hooper, who will talk about the surging success of the global repair café movement and Bill Grant, who will share his knowledge about organic waste recovery, bioenergy and soil restoration.

Hearty soup will be available for $10.


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Sustainability group declares war on waste - Bendigo Advertiser

Weaving sustainability into Singapore's urban fabric - eco-business.com

Chinese smart bicycle sharing firm Mobike recently launched in Singapore, and aims to make access to bicycles affordable, convenient, and reliable. Image: Mobike

Dense jungles of skyscrapers, endless traffic jams, a crowd of faceless individuals rushing about, and a dull grey smog: in public discourse, these are the images most frequently associated with cities, painting them as places where commerce and convenience are prioritised over community or the environment. 

Singapore, however, is a city that has bucked this trend since its earliest days. Policies that attest to this include a decision by the country’s first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew to choose natural gas as an energy source even though it was more expensive than coal, and a goal for Singapore to be a “city in a garden” with abundant greenery. 

In recent years, the city-state has turned its attention to engaging the...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Weaving sustainability into Singapore's urban fabric - eco-business.com

Sustainability in Public Libraries - American Libraries (blog)

Arlene Hopkins and Stephen Maack

This column is one in a multipart American Libraries series that explores the library profession’s relationship to sustainability.

The world faces global ecological systems challenges of unprecedented severity and threat. The scientific reality of climate change has been politicized; President Trump has withdrawn the US from the Paris Climate Accords and the action has moved city and state leaders to offset this maneuver. The role of public libraries as hubs for reliable information, learning, and community building is ever more critical to our future resilience and sustainability.

Sustainability does not mean continuing the public library, its facilities, and its roles as they are now.  It may mean retaining key elements of the library while changing many others. Or it may mean retaining the core values of libraries—access, confidentiality, democracy, diversity, education and lifelong...


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Read more: Sustainability in Public Libraries - American Libraries (blog)

Ivanka Trump Subtly Supported Environmental Sustainability With Her Latest Look - Yahoo Food

At the White House Congressional Picnic this week, Ivanka Trump played with her daughter Arabella in the Rose Garden wearing an appropriate frock for the setting: a floral print, off-the-shoulder white dress.

The dress is notable not because it’s by the Ivanka Trump brand or because it’s ridiculously expensive, two lightning rod sartorial topics for which the Trump women are frequently lambasted. Instead, the outfit choice is notable because the $198 dress is from the brand Reformation, popular among Instagram It Girls. The brand is also known for being dedicated to sustainable fashion, a topic on which Trump, as the head of an apparel and accessories business, has remained notably silent.

Sustainable fashion includes both responsible manufacturing and labor practices, as well as providing supply chain transparency; none of which is currently done by the Ivanka Trump brand.

The...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Ivanka Trump Subtly Supported Environmental Sustainability With Her Latest Look - Yahoo Food

Milbrodale Public School completes Rural Schools - Keeping Cool project - The Singleton Argus

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public School has participated in an 'Our Place' project.

Nestled on the edge of Wollemi National Park, Milbrodale Public is a unique rural school with a strong sense of sustainability and environmental awareness. Now this awareness among students, teachers and parents is stronger than ever thanks to a ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’ program.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

OUR PLACE: The students gave a special presentation on Monday to celebrate what they achieved during the 'Our Place' project.

Partnered with Singleton Council and the Rotary Club of Singleton on Hunter, Milbrodale Public School received funding as a part of the Office of Environment and Heritage ‘Our Place’ scheme.

On Monday June 19, the students, teachers and program partners celebrated the completion of ‘Rural Schools – Keeping Cool’, reflecting on what they had learnt and achieved...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Milbrodale Public School completes Rural Schools - Keeping Cool project - The Singleton Argus

Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The Fifth Estate

Infrastructure sustainability is generating noticeable growth in the jobs market, with demand for Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) certified sustainability professionals increasing with each major infrastructure project announcement.

Michael Antonievich, senior consultant renewable energy & environment at human resources and recruitment consultancy Polyglot Group, said multi-disciplinary consulting organisations house the bulk of these engineers and consultants, and to a lesser extent the larger construction companies.

Michael Antonievich, Polyglot

The NSW and Victorian markets are significantly more buoyant than the other states.

The renewable energy sector is also growing steadily.

“Utility-scale projects, commercial and industrial rooftop installations, and residential uptake of solar and storage, are all...


Read full article on News GN Sustainability


Read more: Market Pulse: Demand grows for infrastructure and building sustainability professionals - The...

 

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