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UTAS Wood Project Wins the Built Environment Category in the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia

Date: 08-Nov-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Sustainability leaders from across Australia and New Zealand were on the edge of their seats on 2 November, as the winners of the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia were announced live from RMIT University's Storey hall in Melbourne. 35 finalists from 18 institutions held their breath as the President of Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS), Leanne Denby, and Vice President, Corey Peterson, announced the winners.

Why buying it back is good for business and the environment

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Claire Bell
Your workplace is probably doing quite well when it comes to recycling. But if you're not buying recycled, you're only doing half the job. Having a sustainable procurement policy is a way to reduce the environmental, social and economic impacts of purchased products, as well as demonstrate business leadership.

Mobile for a meal, recycling feeds those in need

Date: 07-Nov-17
Author: Ryan Collins
MobileMuster and OzHarvest have teamed up to give Australians a great reason to recycle their mobile phones. This summer for every mobile recycled through MobileMuster they will deliver a meal to someone in need through OzHarvest.

Macquarie University Innovation Hub Wins Four Times in the 2017 Timber Design Awards

Date: 02-Nov-17
Author: David Rowlinson
The recently completed Macquarie University Innovation Hub won a total of four awards in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards, which were announced on Wednesday 25th October at the Melbourne Museum. It won the award for Innovative Timber Design, Engineered Timber, Timber Panels and Timber Windows and Doors.

Timberlink Gains Dual Timber Sustainability Certification

Date: 31-Oct-17
Author: David Rowlinson
Timberlink believes in the legal, ethical and sustainable sourcing of timber and is a staunch supporter of the forestry certification schemes that provide assurance of this to the market. Timberlink's three mills have held certification since the business commenced operations and following further investment in its Australian mills now becomes the first major sawmilling business in Australia to hold dual certification.

Revolutionary eco-friendly furniture the way of the future

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Helen Nolan
Eco-friendly furniture has become a design trend in its own right with the green movement hitting the home decor world in a big way. Forward thinking companies are leading with green credentials in consideration of less waste, less impact and leaving a lower carbon footprint.

The calming effect of contact with nature

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Billy Pringle
Alzheimer's and dementia sufferers on New South Wales' mid-north coast are experiencing the benefits of exposure to natural materials and environments.

Victoria announces plastic bag ban

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Laura Chalk
Victoria is the latest Australian state to announce a plastic bag ban. The Victorian government follows the lead of supermarket behemoths Coles and Woolworths who announced their own bans earlier this year.

Aussie innovators compete for the climate on the world stage

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: Josh Cole
Sustainable electricity, apps for power-hungry restaurants and biofuels made from seaweed were all innovative Australian ideas presented at this year's ClimateLaunchpad in Cyprus.

International House Sydney Wins Grand Prix in the 2017 Timber Design Awards

Date: 26-Oct-17
Author: David Rowlinson
International House Sydney has won the highest honour - the Grand Prix - in the Excellence in Timber Design Award, as well as the People's Choice Award and the Sustainability Award in the 2017 Australian Timber Design Awards.

The Australian second-hand economy is booming

Date: 12-Oct-17
Author: Helen Nolan
According to a new report by Gumtree, the average Australian household has more than $5000 worth of unwanted and unused goods they could sell or swap rather than eventually throwing them out where they end up as landfill.

Fighting waste with Fortunate Food

Date: 12-Oct-17
Author: Josh Cole
A Sydney-based business run by students is turning ugly fruit into tasty chutney, cutting back on landfill and methane emissions.


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