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Institute for Sustainable Futures

The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) is a university research institute that creates change towards sustainable futures by conducting independent project based research for Australian and international clients.

There are several ways we can work together with you to create change towards sustainable futures.

We draw on a range of methods and tools from different disciplines, creating practical solutions to real world problems. Our research spans ten broad research areas and we have been involved in several large groundbreaking research projects.

The Institute supports PhD and Masters postgraduate study by research that addresses complex societal problems and the challenges of creating change towards a sustainable future.

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Major projects

We have led many groundbreaking and high-profile research projects in collaboration with governments, businesses and communities seeking to create change towards sustainable futures.
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World Resources Forum

Join us in Sydney for the inaugural World Resources Forum Asia-Pacific on 1-2 June 2015 and be part of conquering the waste challenge through productivity and innovation.
This week a consortium of organisations, led by ISF, has launched a National Community Energy Strategy for Australia. The strategy provides a guide for any organisation – government, community sector or private – looking to help grow a vibrant community energy sector around the country.
A delicious three-course 'Tasty not Wasty' meal designed and cooked by Sydney TAFE students was served to over 70 people at The Apprentice restaurant in Ultimo earlier this month. The dinner, hosted by ISF and Sydney TAFE Ultimo College demonstrated easy but effective tips for being wise, not wasteful, with food. Reducing food waste is a serious issue as each year about 800,000 tonnes of food is discarded to landfill, contributing to climate change and wasting precious resources such as water, nutrients and energy.
As the drought deepens in California and Sao Paulo, Brazil, water authorities in both North and South America are turning to Australia to hear about the experience of the Millennium Drought that wreaked havoc on most capital cities and regional areas across Australia for over a decade. Water experts at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, worked with many utilities and government agencies during the Australian drought, researching and advising on rapid deployment of water saving measures, recycling strategies and emergency supply options.
The Institute has received funding for a one-year research project that aims to improve the economics of local energy generation for Australian consumers. ISF will conduct research and trials of Virtual Net Metering and Local Network Charges at five sites in Victoria, NSW and Queensland, supported by $250,000 funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The trials will test how these work and the best and fairest way of calculating them.

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