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August 2017

Systems thinking is an approach that can help us address underlying causes of social, environmental and economic injustice.

July 2017

The world's largest lithium ion battery: enabling better integration of renewable energy into the grid and providing frequency support.
Register now at early bird rates for our 2 day short courses: travel planning in August and integrated transport and land use in September.
The ClimateLaunchpad is open to anyone with an innovative green idea, whether it's fully fledged or sketched onto a napkin. Applications close 10 August.
Applications for a scholarship to undertake research on how vulnerable populations deal with environmental risk close 31 August.
Co-housing can help older people stay in a part of the city they love, enjoying social interaction and access to services as they age.

June 2017

At a time of increasing dissatisfaction with politicians, informed deliberation by citizens could help us reinvigorate our ailing democracy.
Linking staff and students into real world sustainability projects has won Dr Dena Fam the 2017 UTS Green Hero award.
Applications close soon for Australia’s first business acceleration program for clean energy startups.

May 2017

Over a decade of sustainable energy futures research points the way to a resilient, efficient, affordable and reliable, electricity grid.

April 2017

ISF researchers will be discussing some of the biggest questions facing the clean energy transition in a new event series launched by EnergyLab.
We welcomed UTS design students who are designing food waste systems to conduct an audit of the canapés served at our recent book launch.
Hear from experts and activists as well as everyday people about how democracy works and how it can be improved.
Research into the link between food security & climate change undertaken during an Endeavour Fellowship at ISF has just been published.
A new tool to help companies assess the sustainability of their packaging received positive feedback at an industry workshop this month.
ISF will soon be welcoming a team of Vietnamese water resources specialists for two weeks of exchange and learning.
A majority of experts surveyed for a study on the future of the world’s energy supply consider a global transition to 100 percent renewable energy to be both feasible and realistic, according to a new report authored by Dr Sven Teske at the Institute for Sustainable Futures.

March 2017

Two weeks ago (on March 8th) the world celebrated International Women’s Day (#BeBoldForChange), and today is World Water Day (#WorldWaterDay). While these two international days of action are coincidentally celebrated just two weeks apart, the connection between them is stark and very much on the global development agenda.
Inspiration, action and progress on many fronts across the community energy sector were achieved at the recent Community Energy Congress.
A workshop to test a handbook developed by ISF to support the practice of social auditing by civil society organisations in Timor-Leste was held in Dili this month.
Several consumer goods companies have been assessed to find out which ones are leading and which ones are lagging in terms of packaging sustainability measures.
Universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene will only be achieved by explicitly focusing on empowering women and girls.

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.

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