$5 million boost for Sydney’s trigeneration network

Lord Mayor Clover Moore has welcomed a $5 million funding boost, announced by Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus.   The $5 million will be added to $12 million in City funding for the installation of trigeneration plants at Town Hall […]

Manage globe better for sustainability

During the 40th anniversary of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), ministers and representative from close to 150 countries described the conference, known as Rio+20 as an opportunity to address the economic, social and environmental challenges in the context of sustainable development.   President of the UNEP Governing Council Federico Ramos de Armas, State Secretary […]

Sustainable planning dismissed by conservatives

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) believes an unsettling trend – particularly attributed to the United States Tea Party – of anti-sustainability activists attempting to stop local efforts to make communities greener, more liveable, and more prosperous.   These attacks are stifling constructive community dialogues on how to plan for the future.    ICLEI, […]

Green IT becomes valuable to the bottom line

By Lilia Guan   About three-quarters of chief information officers have deployed green IT within their organisation, with an additional eight per cent planning to do so by the end of 2012, said Ovum in its latest report.   The report, ‘Green IT Deployments Across Key Global Markets’ showed the major driver for green IT […]

Nissan wins 10 year New York City taxi contract

By Lilia Guan   Designed by Nissan North America, the NV200 has been chosen as the winner of New York City’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition.   The goal of the, two-year-long Taxi of Tomorrow procurement process was to leverage the buying power of the combined taxicab industry to produce a taxicab that will offer both passengers […]

WA assessed for renewable energy

The Australian Government has awarded a contract for work to begin on a detailed assessment of the renewable energy potential of the Mid-West and Pilbara regions of WA.   Evans and Peck, the successful tenderer for the Western Australia Regional Renewable Energy Assessment, will deliver a study to address some of the barriers to investment […]

President Obama drives clean fleet with corporations

By Lilia Guan   As United States Government doubles the number of clean fleets its uses within its agencies, President Obama has announced private organisations are also jumping on the green fleet bandwagon.   The President said it has gone into a ‘Clean Fleets Partnership’, with large US-based private companies like; UPS; FedEx; AT&T; Verizon; […]

Townsville receives funds from IBM

Technology giant IBM has selected Townsville as one of the first cities in Australia and one of 100 cities worldwide to receive a grant worth $US400,000.   Townsville was a successful applicant in IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge program that builds on the city’s credentials in sustainable living initiatives.   IBM will award a total of […]

Switching streetlights to go green

Sydney City Council plans to roll out LED to cut the City's power bills and greenhouse gas emissions.   The sustainable streetlights were trialled in Alexandria Park, Kings Cross, Martin Place and Circular Quay.   Building on this success, the City has joined London, New York and Hong Kong in an international trial of smarter […]

Penrith City Library goes green with Acer

A council in Western-Sydney has selected hardware vendor Acer to supply energy efficient computers.   Under the agreement, Acer and its partner Dataflex have supplied 90 computers to Penrith City Council’s Library.   The vendor also planned to plant 90 trees to offset the computers’ carbon emissions, for the Council.   Previously, the Council was […]

Gosford lights buildings with LED

By Lilia Guan Gosford City Council chose enLighten to brighten up the council’s administration building car park, with LED lighting.   enLighten was contracted to replace the existing fluorescent light fittings in the Gosford Council Administration Building Car Park with its patented LED tube lights – a more efficient, safe and healthy alternative to fluorescent […]

OPINION: Green purchasing more important than ever

By Hugh Wareham It is very important in these financially constrained and uncertain times to increase the focus on buying efficiently, and all levels of government have a responsibility to show leadership in managing our resources more effectively and sustainably. This is exactly what green purchasing is all about. By purchasing green products organisations are […]


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