Today’s Green Star lesson – construction waste

On Friday I received a frantic call from the head contractor, “the site is buried in waste and we can’t find a waste collection service that can comply with the Green Star requirements”. The new Green Star tools (Interiors PILOT, Interiors V1 and Design and As-Built) have introduced a new wrinkle on the way we’ve…

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Contractor Education – for dummies?

We’ve got approval to use the Contractor Education innovation credit for the Kathmandu project and I’m working on it this morning. To get the credit we need to; Deliver training on the core concepts of global warming, climate change and the health impacts of minimum building practices. And a bunch of other good stuff. I’m…

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New phase

I’ve worked at home for 2 and a half years and every six months or so I’ve changed the way I work.  I started by diligently working at the kitchen table, and experimented with a standing desk at the laundry bench.  Then I went for the couch and then the bed (still one of my…

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Sustainable Living Festival

Today I fell down the rabbit hole of the events that are on as a part of the Sustainable Living Festival. Here’s what I’m interested in; One morning at 11am The Degraves Shared Recycling Project services the Degraves and Centre Place cafe precincts by receiving and recycling all cardboard, mixed and organic waste and diverting it from landfill.…

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Getting sustainability professionals together to rant

For nearly 2 years I’ve been meeting up with the MicroESD peeps.  MicroESD’ers are people like me: small, startup ESD people in Melbourne, and we chat over drinks every 2 months (or so).  There are usually 5-8 people and while there are a core group, there is often someone new and we talk about the…

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Pedantic!

I am a pendant pedant and I saw this and laughed.  Putting it here so you can laugh with me. It’s the Greenhouse Gas Emissions credit in the new Design and As-Built tool.  I think they meant eligible…

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Belated update

I’m busy and stressed, so I’ve re-arranged this website and now I’m updating here. I’m planning to get the first round of Kathmandu’s volume certification submission off my to do list by Tuesday next week, in time for celebratory drinks. Sigh, better get back to it I suppose. PS. If you have clicked, check out…

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Can we use this to save the planet?

As a parent, I’ve known for a long time that the most effective way to get a child to do what you want them to do is to clearly state what you do want them to do and avoid telling what you don’t want them to do, eg; “walk on the footpath”, rather than “don’t…

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Change in work style/practice

Yesterday I spent some time catching up on Twitter (what else do you do when you’re feeling sick and tired with a horrid head cold?) and found a friend’s suggestion of toggl. It’s a timer tool and let’s me keep track of work, projects and tags.  I’ve been meaning to do something like this for…

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Open plan offices

I’ve been confused by a bunch of articles my friends have been quoting, which talk about how bad open plan work spaces are for productivity, and haven’t really understood their problem. I really love the noises that people in a group make.  As a 4 year old I regularly fell asleep to the sounds of…

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