accountability

Wrong! on the Internet!

This morning I read an article in The Conversation that included the word “Green Star”  (including the quotes!)  It’s badly written AND wrong and I made a comment that I realised would be worth keeping here: Conflating what’s happening in the commercial and residential sustainability space is a big mistake and is also wrong about…

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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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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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Weeding

A long time ago I set up a wiki for the company I was working for.  We used it to record our processes and included links to the documents we used every day.  It was really handy for Green Star references, but we also had a couple of fun pages including reviews of good lunch…

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Woot! That’s my project!

Kathmandu have finally announced to the world that they’ve signed up for Green Star and now I can tell you (with bonus fizzes of sparklers and fireworks) that I’m their ESD consultant. It’s pretty exciting and has been for about 6 months as we did all the negotiating and client meetings getting them comfortable with…

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Bicycle Parking

This morning I lodged an objection to a planning application for a change of use to a gymnasium at my local shopping centre.  Wow!  The planning scheme only requires that the gym have 2 bike parking spaces for visitors and 2 for employees, even though the peak usage expects 50 patrons and 7 staff members.…

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