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July 2013

This feasibility study into replacing disposable take away food containers with reusable containers investigated the feasibility of implementing a scheme in the CBD of Sydney.
Residents and businesses in Southern Sydney will come together at workshops organised by ISF this month to help develop a renewable energy master plan for the area.

June 2013

Teleworking can reduce the time, stress and cost of daily commuting, reduce urban congestion, and reduce pressure on transport systems at peak commuting times.
While the fortunes of the mineral industry in Australia have risen and fallen several times between 2008 and 2012, five universities working with the CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship have been developing a range of answers to questions about the long-term future of minerals in Australia.
Concerns over energy security and the high cost of upgrading transmission lines are motivating rural communities in northern New South Wales to investigate local energy generation, energy conservation and efficiency.
Having been involved in the research underpinning some of the sustainability initiatives for the new Central Park development, we have been interested to watch the installation of the large green wall across the road from our office.

May 2013

The results of a year-long research study examining the underlying factors and processes shaping the adaptive capacity of Australian Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to climate change and associated sea level rise have just been published.
Are golf courses the next big thing for urban biodiversity conservation? New research from the Institute is going some way to answering that question.
The Institute is building a network of industry and research partners to help develop Australia’s first research centre dedicated to energy efficiency and decentralised energy.
The University of Technology, Sydney is developing strong long term relationships with a selection of overseas universities. TheseKey Technology Partnerships aim to strengthen ties, increase the number of inbound students and establish mutually beneficial research relationships. The Institute is involved in two of these KTP relationships.

April 2013

Over the past 15 years, the scientific community has increasingly invoked the idea of ‘ecosystem services’ to convince policy makers to take action to conserve nature based on the “value” of biodiversity and ecosystems to humans.
Senior Institute researcher Fiona Berry is taking her commitment to sustainability up a notch by participating in the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Fellowship Program.

February 2013

Eleanor Glenn is a PhD candidate at the Institute whose research is about ‘Exploring the social construction of climate change through dialogue’.

October 2011

This month our Director Prof. Stuart White won the 2011 Research Leadership Award at the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Research Excellence.

August 2011

The role of media in raising awareness of a significant but overlooked environmental issue is the focus of an ISF post-graduate research project.

July 2011

Eight new research staff joined the Institute following our recent recruitment round. They bring a wealth of expertise and experience that will build on our capacity across our research areas.

June 2011

Congratulations to Dana Cordell and Tanzi Smith who graduated from the Institute’s postgraduate program in May.

May 2011

Sustainability Victoria has just released the DANCE model recently developed by Institute researchers. The Dynamic Avoidable Network Cost Evaluation model consists of time series maps that highlight value hotspots in both time and space where decentralized energy (DE) resources could potentially be applied most cost-effectively by deferring network investment.

January 2011

The state government pressed ahead with building a $1.9 billion desalination plant at Kurnell in 2007.
We are recruiting for the following positions:

August 2010

What is the stuff linking Christmas Island and Nauru in the political issue, boat people, that might turn today's election? It's shit. Bird shit, to be precise.

April 2010

Following a very successful recruitment round we are pleased to welcome several new staff to the Institute. A large number of candidates with impressive qualifications and experience applied for each of the advertised positions.