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First AIA Sustainability meeting for 2014‏

A friendly reminder of tomorrow evenings first meeting of 2014 and a little more inspiration for the budding filmmaker within…
 
 
The first AIA sustainability meeting is in one week – Wednesday 12th Feb at 5:30pm
 
This time it’s different:
You will recall we have an exciting new direction for 2014.  Accordingly we need you to be ready for something different at our first meeting.

As you know we will be making short video clips on the topic of sustainability and the built environment through the year. We aim to make three. Their success will be how widely they will be forwarded and we aim for a viral vid.  We aim to elegantly capture an idea and communicate it. For a great overview, have a look at: www.epipheo.com
 
The first sustainability meeting for 2014 is Feb the 12th and at this meeting will be starting our ‘pitches’ – this is where we each get a maximum of two minutes to pitch an idea to the rest of the group about what video we make this year. 
 
How do I pitch?:
There are lots of ways to do this and, in short, there are no rules.
–     you could read a script as though you were a narrator
          you could describe what we would see
          you could write a paragraph of text
          you can present still images/PowerPoint to help structure it
          you could describe the issue with a loose idea & see if the group wants to pursue it
          you can throw minties and promise us all fame and wealth
 
How will we choose?
We are nothing if not democratic, and accordingly we will vote.  Your pitch(es?) idea(s) need to be on the topic of sustainability, to be memorable, to encourage people to forward it and to be do-able.  Too easy!
 
Examples?
there are heaps of examples… many bad, some good.  see the list below
 
What now?

We need everyone to come with a minimum of ONE IDEA, so start thinking + writing down your thoughts.  We will have a laptop available for any e-presentation pitches (bring yr USB).  Bring your best ideas,ready to pitch on Wednesday Feb the 12that 5:30pmatTusculum.

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street. Potts Point

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Order of Australia (AO) awarded to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad

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Congratulations to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad (CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living) who received an Order of Australia (AO) on Australia day 2014.

This is a wonderful recognition of his leadership in the field of sustainable development.

To read more about Deo’s award, visit: http://bit.ly/1dYMOV8

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ABSA Needs Help on interesting topics

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Association of Building Sustainability Assessors trying to expand ABSA’s library of CPD webinars and moving away from the usual “how to” topics and develop more technical webinars targeted at highly experienced and already knowledgeable assessors. Are you or someone you know who might be working on appropriate topics who might be able to help ABSA? What is normally done is get the expert to put together a simple Powerpoint slide show then ABSA captures a voice recording of them explaining the slides and merge the two into an MP4 recording for publication. The sorts of topics ABSA is thinking about are:

  • Energy modelling of modular housing and pre-fab apartments.
  • Zero energy design – 10 star and beyond.
  • Building information modelling for residential buildings.
  • Solar thermal airconditioning for residential.
  • Using NatHERS tools in “non-rating” mode to enhance design.
  • Post construction testing and verification methods for residential.
  • Modelling phase change materials – solid-to-solid.
  • Building integrated photo voltaics.
  • Solar/distributed power communities.

Any ideas or contacts you could pass on would be most appreciated. For more information contact:

Rodger Hills

Chief Executive Officer

Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA)

t: 1300 889 438  |   f: (02) 9212 1468 e: R.Hills@absa.net.au

www.absa.net.au 

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Come Work With Us

Come Work With Us

Climate Council is hiring

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November 11, 2013 · 4:00 pm

Environmental Professionals Forum

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The Environmental Professionals Forum (EPF) exists for anyone in NSW who wants to develop their insight into environmental/sustainability professions. The EPF Charter is to provide an informal space for networking, exchange of ideas and change creation. 
 
EPF is run by volunteers. By joining the network, you receive occasional EPF Word of Mouth emails and quarterly event invites free of charge. To join the EPF Network simply send an email to this address with ‘Subscribe’ in the subject heading.

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November 5, 2013 · 2:27 pm

SUSTAINABILITY DRINKS EVENT

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Our next Sydney Sustainability Drinks event is on Wednesday 16th October, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Speaker: 
Amanda McKenzie – CEO, Climate Council and Co-Founder AYCC. Amanda is a Social Entrepreneur, Lawyer, communications expert and passionate climate change and sustainability advocate.

Sustainability Drinks provides an opportunity to meet other people interested in creating a more sustainable world, exchange ideas and hear different perspectives about the social and environmental challenges we face. Attendees meet a wide range of passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference.

At Sustainability Drinks you buy your own drinks (we will provide some complimentary nibbles) and the atmosphere enables people to introduce themselves and feel comfortable with meeting new people and exchanging ideas.

An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about sustainability” to come and mingle with like minded people and listen to a speaker share their sustainability story.

Please RSVP for each event – it’s important – whilst the event is organised by volunteers, we organise this event to a professional standard, including pre-printing formal nametags for all who register to attend. Space is limited, and we cannot guarantee a place for you if you do not RSVP. All are welcome, and we encourage you to share this invitation amongst your personal and professional networks. Your friends and colleagues may also be interested to attend, so be sure to spread the word!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 16th October, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
RSVP to this event HERE:  
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/8450649119
Venue:
Slip Inn. Corner of Sussex & King Street, Sydney

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Nature Conservation Council – Conference and Workshops

FREE REGISTRATION at http://www.nccnsw.org.au

Call 02 9516 1488 or email lkiddell@nccnsw.org.au for more information.
RSVP is essential, by 8th October.

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Wollongong on Fire

How to Win a Solar Decathlon
As you may have heard UOW’s ‘Illawarra Flame’ House has received first place at the 2013 Solar Decathlon in Datong, China. The net-zero energy house, revamped a typical 1960s fibro house and was designed by students from the University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra.
At the forum you will find out all about the scheme from Mark Jones from AEJ.  You get to ask all the hard questions, get a behind-the-scenes insight into the house and find out where to from here for the team.
Forum is happening on 11th september 5:30pm at 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.

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September 9, 2013 · 8:48 pm

ENERGY GLOBE AWARD – Call for Submissions

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The ENERGY GLOBE AWARD honors sustainable projects and is given in the 5 categories fire, water, earth, air and youth. The price is presented as National and International Award (more information). Your submission will automatically be evaluated on the national and on the international level.

Please complete either
•the online submission form (preferred option)
•or download the submission form (PDF, 1218 kB) and send your project documentation and supporting materials by email to: contact@energyglobe.info
•or hardcopies by postal service to:
ENERGY GLOBE
Mühlbach 7
4801 Traunkirchen
Austria, Europe

Submission deadline for the next Award is on 30 September 2013.
More info and submission forms: http://www.energyglobe.info/participation

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Assistantship Opportunity – Steel Stewardship Forum

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Want to participate in creating a world-first sustainability stewardship program?

Responsible Steel Stewardship – the industry’s first mechanism for recognizing responsible business practices in a sustainability context needs your help!

  • Are you interested in workshop facilitation, sustainability, marketing and communications, governance, stewardship  or environmental auditing systems?
  • Do you want experience across a major industrial sector?

This is an opportunity to experience the above and build insights that can be taken back into your own business or studies. If you can spare a few hours, a couple of days or a week to volunteer between now and March 2014 we would love to hear from you.

Send your contact details, a brief summary of your area(s) of interest and background to responsiblesteel@arrium.com

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