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February 2017

Rather than getting hot under the collar over Australia’s energy crunch, ISF researchers are suggesting some low cost, clean and reliable solutions in these two recent Conversation articles.
When a president bans a dangerous weedicide and actively promotes organic farming, ‘business-as-usual’ is no longer an option.
A new book that examines the role of transdisciplinarity and its potential to address some of the apparently intractable problems facing society is now available from Routledge.
In a recent discussion paper on the trends and potential disruptions to Australia’s urban water futures, the authors imagine an ideal future for urban water.
Practical resources to help festival and market organisers and stallholders save money and avoid wasting food are now available from a new user-friendly web site. 
Candace Vahlsing, the senior advisor who led the White House’s major community energy policy initiatives, has accepted our invitation to speak at the 2017 Community Energy Congress.
A series of learning and policy briefs that fill knowledge gaps for small-scale WASH enterprises are now available.
Now is an ideal time to reflect, to take stock of where the Australian water industry is at, to scan the trends, disruptions and innovation opportunities that lie ahead. The Water Services Association of Australia commissioned the Institute to research and write a discussion paper on Australia's urban water futures.

January 2017

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) significantly advance the global development agenda, and offer the opportunity for NGOs and other development actors to transform their approaches. Core to transformations required to meet the SDGs is the need to prioritise the linkages between environmental stewardship, economic prosperity and social equity.

November 2016

A new set of practical resources are available to help governments around the world overcome the challenges in providing equitable and universal access to water and sanitation.
A new report, taking feedback from 100 practitioners and stakeholders in the WASH sector, outlines six key ingredients for creating learning cultures within civil society organisations.
Button and cell batteries are a danger in the home, especially coming up to the festive season. Help us trial a new child safe solution that will boost recycling!
A journal article examining the relationship between environmental impact, population, affluence and technology is generating widespread interest.
This week Telstra announced a comprehensive strategy to increase the recovery, reuse and recycling of electronic and electrical waste.

October 2016

At a time when renewables are receiving front-page news treatment in Australia, this examination of what wind energy can deliver is most welcome.
ISF is designing a behaviour change communications campaign to reduce contamination and support innovative food waste management at UTS.
As increasing urban sprawl reduces food production in the Sydney basin a new report shows how planning tools could support peri-urban agriculture.
Transition scholars argue fundamental changes to social structures, culture and practices are needed to move us towards a sustainable future.
Finding solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges was the focus of this year’s World Water Week.
Finding ways to move companies beyond the basics of corporate social responsibility is the research focus for ISF PhD student Isabel Sebastian.

September 2016

Read a recently published open access article that examines the prevalence and determinants of financial contributions among water users in rural Kenya and the challenges that must be addressed if the Sustainable Development Goal of universal access to safe water is to be achieved.
Innovative measures to support local small-scale energy, such as solar and co-generation, could be worth over $1 billion in the long term if implemented, according to new research released today by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology Sydney.
Tanja Rosenqvist has just returned from Bogor in Indonesia where she facilitated a workshop to help participants from communities, local government departments, NGOs and the local water utility reimagine the way decentralized sanitation services are provided in the city
A new framework for global development priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has started to mobilise action locally and internationally and much of the change created by ISF’s work already contributes towards the SDGs.
This month Dr Dana Cordell will receive an award that honours Australians who have achieved remarkable feats in their sector while living overseas or on their return to Australia.
South Australia’s iconic Kangaroo Island could be powered by up to 100 per cent renewable energy at a comparable cost to replacing the aging undersea electrical cable connecting the island to the mainland grid, a new study announced today.
Read Ian Cunningham’s inspiring description of his research journey that won him 3rd place in the UTS Three Minute Thesis completion. (Domestic students wanting to join our award-winning postgraduate program need to apply now.)

August 2016

For a smart, clean, equitable energy future in Australia, #saveARENA
The risks associated with waste fires in Australia including their cause, location and rate of incidence as well as their impact on society, the environment and the economy were the subject of recent ISF research.
Interactive maps that show the most valuable locations to invest in renewable energy, battery storage and demand management in the Australian electricity grid were launched at the recent Clean Energy Summit.