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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.

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.

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