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News in Institute for Sustainable Futures

October 2016

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.
A market-based approach and working with the private sector is needed to increase the local supply and availability of latrines in rural areas, to ensure the durability of latrines, and also to meet people’s aspirations.
A high level of interest in an event featuring two start-ups who are transforming Australia’s energy market is an encouraging sign for EnergyLab a new incubator and accelerator for clean energy start-ups.
The redevelopment of the Goods Line into a public open space in the heart of Sydney’s CBD provided an ideal opportunity for ISF researchers to investigate the benefits of urban renewal projects.
In the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati saltwater intrusion is increasingly making water unfit for people to drink. We've published a handbook to help communities improve health and wellbeing by adapting to climate change.

July 2016

UTS and Meshed have deployed an Ultimo-based public access open data network to accelerate the city’s innovation, sustainability, economic development and community engagement outcomes.
Professor Stuart White's report on drought response in Australia, "Managing Drought: Learning From Australia", was recently translated into Portuguese for use by NGOs and water planners in Brazil.
ISF is currently offering short courses in Travel Planning and Integrated Transport and Land Use.
A recent competition held by ISF invited new designs for climate adaptive bus shelters.
ISF researchers and media staff recently presented three sessions at the Food Politics: Margins to the Mainstream conference. Read more.
For the past 12 months ISF has been researching the practicalities and impacts of two measures that support local, clean energy generation – Local Network Charges and Local Electricity Trading.
Older people have great wisdom to contribute to society but their contribution can be undermined by financial insecurity, poor health, isolation and disability. Previous research by the Institute indicates that cohousing can help older people to age with dignity by providing: an affordable home that they love; connected to their friends and local community across generations; with good access to care; and with a positive social and environmental impact.

June 2016

Read our open-access paper about pathogen hazards from the largely un-noticed effluents discharged from wastewater treatment systems commonly used in Indonesia (and other developing countries.
Professor Stuart White spoke about the next generation of water infrastructure, which he describes as efficient, decentralised, integrated, fit-for-purpose and smart, in his keynote address to the International Emerging Technology Symposium on 10 May in Chicago.
As the final details of the Sustainable Development Goals are being refined in an ongoing United Nations process, spaces for action, discussion and collaboration around the new framework are emerging across the globe.
Tossing soft toys into a bowl whilst calling out challenging urban sanitation questions created a lot of laughs and some great questions at the recent WASH Futures Conference.
An evaluation of the Power Savers Project by ISF researchers has found over 1,000 low-income working householders in NSW saved money and energy by participating in the project.
The Pyrmont-Mudgee Fine Food and Wine Festival provided an ideal opportunity to collect data for a research project that is investigating how to help organisers, stallholders and consumers reduce food waste at farmers' markets and food festivals.

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