Journal of the National Centre for Sustainability

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Journal article

15 Jun 2014

Schools in Australia and overseas are rapidly introducing and then replacing new forms of information technology as learning aids. There is a growing trend for this to include individual personalised devices which provide ‘24/7 access’ to the internet and effectively endless information, apps and virtual...

Journal article

15 Jun 2014

In late 2013 an interview with Russell Brand went viral. He gained widespread attention for asserting that we should stop voting at elections as it legitimises a failing political system. Our system of democracy is not perfect, but at what point can calls for revolution...

Journal article

15 Jun 2014

Abstract: For many of us, drinking coffee is part of our daily ritual to which we are deeply attached. As a global commodity, the coffee industry embodies inequality between producers and consumers, unsustainable agricultural practices, global transportation and production waste. Some of us relieve our...

Journal article

15 Jun 2014

Abstract: Increasing numbers of self-storage facilities on the urban landscape is illustrative of a culture of excessive consumption, underpinned by conventions such as ‘more is better’. This paper explores some key drivers of the growing phenomenon known as self-storage, contending that they are representative of...

Article

25 Nov 2012

From monks hand writing religious scriptures, to the printing press of the early industrial era, to the mass production and consumption of the hardbacks and paperbacks with which we are familiar today. Books appeal to us across all literate cultures and ages. The printed word...

Article

23 Nov 2012

Manufacturing processes use valuable resources, such as the huge tracts of land for farming cows for leather, which is then tanned with a substance that pollutes rivers and streams (PVC may substitute leather which also has its own environmental impacts). There are also emissions from...

Article

26 Oct 2012

This article looks into building new, ‘greener’ buildings and encouraging a more environmentally friendly way of living. As the world population increases and becomes concentrated in cities, apartment living is on the rise. The trouble is, most of our existing apartments have been constructed according...

Research report

30 Jun 2012

The popularity of sustainability has encroached on the fashion industry and as such, there are currently an increasing number of fashion designers and brands who profit from the sales of “sustainable fashion.” The fashion industry capitalises upon its ability to create new, desirable trends that...

Journal article

29 Jun 2012

Clothes will often automatically be washed without too much consideration because it involves little effort and because the environmental effects of that washing process remain unseen and consequently unconsidered. Reducing paper consumption in the College has been identified as a sustainability challenge because of the...