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Over the fence: sustainable practitioners in planning?

April 23, 2009

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The Egan Review was commissioned by the UK government in 2004.  It aimed to undertake a skills review of the skills required to deliver sustainable communities. Despite a wide ranging definition: Sustainable communities meet the diverse needs of existing and future residents, their children and other users, contribute to a high quality of life and provide opportunity and choice. […]

Pencil Envy: Good Design is Sustainable Design

March 8, 2009

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The designers have done it again – proving once again that computing has largely missed the boat on what it means to be a sustainable discipline (see earlier design accord and design manifesto).    Here’s the opening line from the Queensland Design Strategy 2020:  Good design is sustainable design. This definition comes from the British […]

Footprints and longfins

September 9, 2008

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Last night we went to a talk by Metiria Turei about the dramatic collapse in New Zealand’s endemic eel population,  the longfin in particular.    Metiria showed an outstanding film by students from the   Science and Natural History filmmaking programme of the the Centre for Science Communication.    Lindsay Davidson and Melissa Salpietra’s Longfin (mp4 24mins) is a […]

Accountant turns both left and green

May 11, 2008

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This week I attended a public lecture by Graham Crombie who is a Dunedin accountant and president of the NZ Chartered Accountants. Organised by the Otago Polytechnic Business School, Graham’s talk was entitled “Thinking about change”. In it he considered a wide variety of factors affecting his accountancy firm, concluding with lessons for the Polytechnic […]

Designers engage every client in sustainability while computing checks the light switch (maybe)

April 7, 2008

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Our Design School has just been accepted into the Designers Accord. They (we, even as I teach Interaction for design) are early educational adopters – one of only 5 educational institutions worldwide. The Designers Accord envisions a creative community where the principles of sustainable design are seamlessly integrated into all practice and production: Our mission […]

Sustainable Habitat Challenge

August 15, 2007

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The Sustainable Habitat Challenge, or SHaC 09 is a national (New Zealand) challenge for tertiary organisations that aims to develop sustainable solutions. In short: teams of students and their lecturers will research, design and build a new sustainable house over a period of 18 months, to be finished in November 2009. Why am I telling […]

Sticks and Stones and Mining’s Sustainability Guidelines

July 30, 2007

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It must be hard to represent the least sustainable of industries. The (US) National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) represents the extractive industries: NSSGA is the largest mining association by product volume in the world and represents the crushed stone, sand and gravel-or aggregate-industries. Our member companies produce more than 92 percent of the […]