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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.
Nowadays, we mostly live in cities, and the way we live in cities is mostly unsustainable. What if we started to expect something quite different from the infrastructure that makes it possible for us to live in cities? What if, instead of seeking to reduce the environmental impact of construction, we sought net-positive outcomes from our infrastructure – improvements in the local economy, environment, and society?
How well are we protecting the natural resource base that supports farming, tourism and the health and well-being of rural communities? Extensive research examining this question with communities in South East NSW is published in a new report by Brent Jacobs and Louise Boronyak-Vasco, researchers at the Institute for Sustainable Futures’s Adaptive Communities Node.
An art competition for drawings, photographs, and digital images that illustrate the Circular Economy is calling for submimssions.
A recent analysis has found household water consumption has reduced significantly as a result of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme.

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