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Everyday Enviro with Elise - Plugged in with my favourite sustainability podcasts

Date: 12-Feb-19
Author: Elise Catterall
This week in Everyday Enviro, Elise recommends some of her favourite podcasts dealing with issues of the environment and sustainability.

First power to flow from world's biggest offshore wind farm

Date: 12-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
A massive offshore windfarm that will soon be the world's largest is due to supply its first power to the UK electricity grid this week.

LA tower proposal called 'Sky Trees' inspired by Marilyn Monroe's 'flying skirt'

Date: 11-Feb-19
Author: David Rowlinson
Sydney practice Koichi Takada Architects has unveiled designs for a 63-storey tower, named Sky Trees, in downtown Los Angeles that references California's gigantic redwoods, the "oldest and tallest" trees in the world, as well as Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe and her "flying skirt."

AFPA calls for 400,000 hectares of trees to be planted

Date: 07-Feb-19
Author: David Rowlinson
Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will create expanded opportunities for designers, developers and builders to develop innovative mid-rise timber buildings. However, this positive development again reinforces the need for focus on future timber supply and getting more trees planted to ensure demand can be met in coming decades.

New National Construction Code to increase demand for timber products

Date: 06-Feb-19
Author: David Rowlinson
The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) has released the preview version of the 2019 National Construction Code (NCC) that increases the range of buildings - up to an effective height of 25m - in which fire-protected timber construction systems can be used. The new classes include schools, retail premises, hospitals and aged care facilities to the previously approved multi-residential, hospitality accommodation and office buildings.

A power positive partnership for businesses

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Rachel Rayner
Planet Ark knows businesses are integral to supporting sustainable, reliable energy in Australia. That's why we have partnered with GoZERO to create Planet Ark Power: a solar engineering and technology company. The aim is to help businesses capitalise on their rooftop space to lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint.

The man proving electric vehicles are more than ready for Australia

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
A Dutch man has driven from Amsterdam to Adelaide in an effort to prove the viability of electric vehicles.

New Zealand supermarkets go nude and ditch plastic

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
A number of New Zealand supermarkets have taken the initiative to abandon the use of plastic wrapping for fruit and vegetable in an effort to bring people 'food in the nude'.

Drinking your fill with the U.K. Refill campaign

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
An award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source rolled out over 12,000 water refill stations throughout the U.K. in 2018.

Sydney wins bid to host global climate conference for women

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Liam Taylor
The greatest female minds in climate change science and policy will descend on Sydney after the city council won its bid to host a global conference in 2020.

Artist creates giant wood sculptures and hides them in Copenhagen forests

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: David Rowlinson
Over the last three years, Danish artist Thomas Dambo has been creating enormous sculptures from recycled materials. Most recently, he sprinkled six of his friendly giants around Copenhagen as a way to encourage people to visit the offbeat areas of his hometown.

How to become a bulk recycling collection point for Nespresso

Date: 05-Feb-19
Author: Lacey-Mai Shea
The 2018 National Recycling Week report showed us that over 90% of Australians believe recycling is the right thing to do. So, how can workplaces demonstrate their responsibility to 'doing the right thing' for their employees?

 

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