Sustainability and the environment

Working paper

16 Nov 2018

The drivers of land-use decisions are complex, and models provide a structured methodology for investigating these. For the public and private sectors to make robust land-use decisions under uncertainty, high-quality modelling tools and data are essential.

Report

24 Oct 2018

This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.

Journal article

11 Sep 2018

There is a consensus about the strategic importance of cities and urban areas for achieving a global transformation towards sustainability. While there is mounting interest in the types of qualities that increase the capacity of urban systems to attain deep transformations, empirical evidence about the...

Report

2 Aug 2018

Well-planned dams can bring considerable economic benefits and improve water, food and energy security. They can also have the opposite effect if they are poorly planned or maintained.

Commentary

4 Jul 2018

To make cities better for people and the planet, the approach must become more systemic and pragmatic, and include the global south.

More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and both the proportion and numbers continue to grow. In...

Guide

1 Jul 2018

Transportation infrastructure is a significant component of the landscape. The original social network, it connects us to families and friends, jobs and businesses, education and recreation, and is a vital part of the public realm. However, conventional, car-centric approaches to transportation have contributed to negative...

Report

15 Jun 2018

The aim of the Fresh Water Literacies Project was to build on primary aged students' understanding of the importance and finite availability of natural resources.

Journal article

A case study of Nordic insurers
10 May 2018

Limited literature exists on how insurance companies incorporate a focus on environmental sustainability into their core business strategy and practices. The article is intended to contribute to the implementation of corporate sustainability practices by presenting a framework or blueprint for insurance companies to follow which...

Briefing paper

1 May 2018

Future Street was a public activation, demonstrating the design concepts and technology for our future public spaces. Transforming a prominent Sydney street and reclaiming it for the people of the city, Future Street sparked ideas about how these spaces could be different and what that...

Report

Data to 2017
19 Apr 2018

This report shows that, in some areas, soil and biodiversity are being seriously compromised by human actions. The evidence in the report highlights that the way land is used is contributing directly to erosion, and soil and water degradation, and is reducing the health and...

Infographic

22 Feb 2018

Water's role in liveability: Heat, Waterways and Urban Amenity

Report

14 Feb 2018

The Minister of Fisheries has publically released this report and recommendations from the Marlborough Sounds Salmon Farm Relocation Advisory Panel for the relocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds.

Strategy

15 Dec 2017

This draft strategy document describes the vision, shared goals and objectives in managing nature in both urban and non-urban settings, and sets a framework for government, non-government and community action to care for nature in all our many environments.

Book

Interdisciplinary approaches
28 Oct 2017

This book explores creative interdisciplinary and potentially transformative solutions to the current stalemate in contemporary water policy design.

Audio podcast

30 Jun 2017

Dr Andi Horvath meets Dr Seona Candy – an academic at Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, and an expert in the importance of urban green areas. As the EcoCity World Summit comes to Melbourne, Dr Candy says our focus on building...

Data portal

Compare your country
20 Jun 2017

This page visualised the key data for 'Green Growth Indicators 2017' report, by allowing users to compare the air pollution, carbon production, land resources and green innovation in between OECD countries.

Policy report

8 Jun 2017

This interim review identifies key actions undertaken across the ten One Planet Living principles, and showcases projects that demonstrate the value and impact of the Geelong council’s commitment to One Planet Living.

Report

3 May 2017

The purpose of the annual administrative report is to account for the performance of the two schemes that make up the Renewable Energy Target and to explain how it is administered in accordance with legislation.

Conference paper

31 Mar 2017

The need to rapidly transition to more sustainable low carbon built environments in Australia and internationally provides the basis for a maturation of the green economy. Its principal client will increasingly be cities, their industries and resident populations. Decarbonisation, dematerialisation and zero waste are core...

Video

30 Mar 2017

The closure of the Hazelwood power station is scheduled for 31st March 2017. It has delivered cheap electricity to the National Electricity Market (NEM) for decades but contributed substantially to Australia’s emissions. The community of Morwell and the surrounding LaTrobe Valley has relied on the...

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