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La Trobe Uni Selects Plenary for $5 Billion Campus Masterplan

La Trobe University appointed developer Plenary to help it reinvent and then implement a $5 billion master plan for its sprawling Bundoora campus in Melbourne’s north.

More than 10 submissions of interest were made for the project. Plenary, which first partnered with the university in 2017 on its $288 million AgriBio research and development facility, after beating a Macquarie-Lendlease team in the final round.

The 10-20 year campus redevelopment plan, underway since 2018, aims to create educational facilities for over 40,000 students and become an economic and social hub in Melbourne’s North. The development of a 624-bed student residence, a sports park that will house the Matildas women’s national soccer team and a research and innovation district has already been completed.

Asset flows for Australian sustainable investments fall, but remain more resilient than the broader market

A new report from a financial services company the morning star shows that asset flows for Australian sustainable investments slowed during the first quarter of 2022. According to the Sustainable investing landscape for Australian investorssustainable funds in Australia and New Zealand saw inflows of $1.122 billion in the first quarter, down 68% from the previous record quarter.

However, the report says sustainable funds have fared much better than their conventional counterparts.

Torrens University launches global online course in sustainable economics, in partnership with Modern Money Lab

Torrens University Australia in partnership with an Adelaide-based social enterprise Modern Silver Lab launched a range of postgraduate global economics courses focusing on economics through the lens of sustainability. Classes will begin in September 2022, with the new Center for Sustainable Prosperity undertaking applied research in sustainability and economics.

“The world needs well-trained economists who understand not only our planetary boundaries and the environmental challenges we face, but also the workings of money and finance, and the appropriate role governments must play,” said Con Michalakis, Modern Money President of the lab.

Sustainable development Release of the first Northwest by Mulpha apartments

Norwest Business Park Developer Mulpha has released the first apartments in its $1 billion zero-carbon Norwest Quarter development near Castle Hill in Sydney’s northwest. The development was approved this month, and the award-winning builder Construction of the park view will begin work in June 2022. More than a third of the first off-plan apartments released in the first two weeks have been bought by a mix of owner occupiers and local investors.

CitySwitch National Awards winners announced

The directory CitySwitch National Awards the winners were announced, celebrating Australia’s greenest office spaces and congratulating ‘Sustainability Champions’, whose efforts deserve further recognition. In the jury were Magali Wardle of NABERS, Elham Monavari of Green Building Council of Australiaand Daniel Sheedy of Active climate. The awards are jointly funded by local governments across Australia, including the City of Sydney, City of Adelaide, and the City of Melbourne.

The Hall of Fame winners were: Sanjeet Singh of Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Meg Cummins and Pride luminous from Aurecon, Kate Kremin from Shine on, Mathuran Marianayagam from Cundall, Justin Smith of Baenziger Colesand Cashmere Palou from Jones Lang LaSalle.

Mrs. Palou was praised for her work on Darling Park, Sydney, improving the commercial tower’s NABERS waste ratings from 0.5 to 1 star, helping it achieve carbon neutral status under NABERS and Climate Active and align on the international protocol on greenhouse gases.

Microsoft supports CSIRO AI STEM education initiative

Microsoft supports the The CSIROs the Microsoft FarmBeats for Students pilot initiative. This STEM education program enables high school students to participate in a hands-on, sustainable AI learning experience that applies smart farming techniques to food production.

Using the climate risk and hazard analysis engine developed by CSIRO, the INDRA platform, students are able to assess historical data to examine climate change over time and examine the impact of these changes on future agricultural conditions.

Greens announce plan to have zero extinctions by 2030, part of $24 billion environmental policy

the Green vegetables The party announced a plan to invest in restoration, strengthen environmental laws, tighten Indigenous regulations on logging and assess the climate impacts of mines before approval. The Green Australia plan will cost $24.4 billion over the next decade, funded by taxes from billionaires and big business. The plan includes creating an independent environmental protection watchdog and transitioning to a renewable export economy.

That moves

Arup Leader of Australian cities Malcolm Smith was named co-chair of the Global WELL City Council. the WELL International Building Institute launched the first advisory in April 2022 to inform, guide and direct the development of strategies to empower cities to take leadership action on human health, equity and well-being.

Design, engineering and consulting company Aurecon named Dr Belinda Wade to lead the firm’s climate transition risk advisory in Australia and New Zealand. With more than two decades of sustainability experience and a PhD focused on corporate decarbonization, Dr. Wade will lead the company’s sustainability and climate change departments to meet the demand for sustainability expertise. corporate decarbonization.

“Addressing the challenges associated with climate transitions requires an integrated enterprise-level strategy,” said Dr Wade. “It is imperative that we marry social considerations with technical capabilities to overcome barriers as organizations strive to achieve net zero and competitive success in a decarbonized market.”

Architect, author, TED speaker and more, Amanda Sturgeon moves to Amsterdam to become the first managing director of a charity Built by nature. She was responsible for regenerative design at Mott McDonald since 2020 and previously served the International Institute of the Living Future since he started.

Award-winning international architecture firm John McAslan + Partners (JMP) made three new appointments that the company hopes will benefit its Sydney office.

  • Imran Patel moved to Sydney for a promotion to associate, moving from London where he had been senior architect at the studio since 2018. He previously worked for AECOM, and specializes in rail and infrastructure projects. He will participate in the delivery of Waterloo station for John Holland Group and Sydney Metro.
  • Ryan Wazir also joined for the role of Partner from London, where he held a Senior Architect position at Purcell during two years. Before that, he was DWP and the Office of the NSW Government Architect with expertise in heritage and adaptive reuse.
  • Jeff Tang made the change of coxswain architects as a senior architect, where he worked on large-scale, mixed-use, transportation and multi-residential projects.

Architect Kit-Ku was promoted to director of the Melbourne Architecture and Planning firm hay ball. She has worked at the firm since 2017, when she left BVN Architectureand is experienced in civic and educational projects.

Tye McBride started as an architect in Sydney Tanner Kibble Denton Architectsafter working as a designer in an architecture and urban planning firm Allen Jack+Cottier since 2017.


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