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14 September 2014
1. RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works... Darron Passlow
2. 2014 Sustainability in Public Works Conference Reviewed Stephen Lees
03 September 2014
3. RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works... Darron Passlow
01 September 2014
4. Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors Chris Champion
25 August 2014
5. LED Streetlighting Ian Harper
6. Street Lighting Update Chris Champion
14 July 2014
7. Sustainability in Public Works Chris Champion
09 October 2013
8. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
9. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Anthony M. Saunders
07 October 2013
10. RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change Darron Passlow


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RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 14 September 2014 10:27 PM
Subject: RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
Message:
Chris
Sorry I just got another note from Stephen Lees that pointed me back to this discussion.
I apologise, that I have NOW read the 5 page attachment that was included in your original post.
It all makes a bit more sense now, except;
I guess I now do not fully understand the difference between an "Action" and an "Approach".
My previous post here was trying to say we first need to educate the community and council staff on "Sustainability" issues so that we can have a sensible conversation with and between them. This is basically what is in Approach # 1.

So I guess I am saying there seems to be agreement on a way forward with a combination of Actions and Approaches, where to happen we need a list of agreed, "sustainable" actions.

Regards

[IPWEA CEO Note: Hi Darron, I felt that some of the "approaches" and even "actions" in the attachment could be out of the hands of solely the Director Public Works. Some approaches require a more 'whole of organisation' approach which may not always have wider support within the organisation, e.g., a broad community awareness program. So we then distilled them into the Top 5 Sustainability Actions that a Public Works Director could take leadership on, even within his/her own Department, and even where a 'whole of organisation' approach may not be supported. CC.]

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Darron Passlow
Asset Management Team Leader
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW
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2014 Sustainability in Public Works Conference Reviewed
From: Stephen Lees
To: Sustainability
Posted: 14 September 2014 1:37 AM
Subject: 2014 Sustainability in Public Works Conference Reviewed
Message:
With everything finalised and put away, it is timely to review IPWEA's 2014 Sustainability in Public Works Conference, which was held at the Twin Towns Resort in Tweed Heads/ Coolangatta from 27 to 29 July 2014.
191 people registered to attend the conference. They came from all states of Australia, New Zealand and Canada. They worked in local councils, contractors, suppliers, consultants; universities and state agencies. 80 technical papers were presented in four concurrent streams, and six poster papers were displayed. There were 14 trade exhibits with a wide variety of services and products on display. The major conference sponsor was Fulton Hogan.
The conference began on the Sunday afternoon with welcomes by Tweed Shire Mayor Barry Longland and IPWEA National President Michael Kahler. They were followed by Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in WA, who gave a thought-provoking and encouraging opening address. He presented data showing some surprising global sustainability trends, with investment in fossil fuel power, power consumption and both per capita car use and oil consumptions having peaked in the last ten years. Peter argued that those, and other trends, show that economic growth is decoupling from fossil fuel use.
The two keynote speakers, who presented at the start of the Monday and Tuesday, were Professor Rob Adams, Design Director at the City of Melbourne, and local government financial management expert, John Comrie. Rob Adams has worked at the City of Melbourne for the 30 years, leading efforts that have revitalised the city's heart. Especially impressive was a series of slides showing the growth in the number of cafes in the city centre from 6 to 600 over the past 30 years!
The 80 technical presentations were of a very high standard. They were grouped into common themes for each session, including sustainable roads, sustainable communities, asset management, climate change resilience, water infrastructure, sustainability rating developments and case studies, sustainability planning, energy and carbon reduction, water sensitive urban design, street lighting, and stormwater, wetlands and flood management.
In a special double session on energy efficient street lighting, there were four papers on the topic presented, including the launch of IPWEA's new Towards More Sustainable Street Lighting Practice Note (now available for free download at www.ipwea.org ). These were followed by a panel discussion about the latest developments in street lighting and where it is headed.
Another conference highlight was the inaugural Sustainable Solutions in Public Works Awards. 36 entries were received and assessed by the judging panel. The awards were presented at the conference diner in a very professional awards ceremony compered by master compere Gerry Gannon. Canberra's new water supply dam won the Sustainable Infrastructure category and also the overall Winner Awards. The awards were presented to Kirilly Dickson of ACTEW Water by IPWEA President Michael Kahler. The Cotter Dam project will be one of the first in Australia to be certified under ISCA's new infrastructure sustainability rating scheme.
Orange City Council won the Sustainable Communities category award for its 50-year water supply strategy, which was developed in response to the severe water shortage during the last drought that threatened the local economy and many local jobs. The award was accepted by Council's Chris Devitt. The winner of the Climate Change Resilience category award was the Climate Change Adaptation Best Practice Guidelines developed by City of Canada Bay Council in Sydney and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.
Another significant conference outcome was the list of five Priority Actions for sustainability, which were identified from ideas in presentations and the facilitated discussion in the final plenary session of the conference, which were subsequently distilled and ranked to obtain the five Priority Actions. The list of Priority Actions has been emailed to all conference delegates and posted to this Forum.
On the day after the conference there was a small, but successful, post-conference technical tour. This visited wastewater, energy and coastal protection projects in Tweed Shire and the just-opened Gold Coast Light Rail in Surfers Paradise.
The conference was organised by a committee comprising Stephen Lees, Chris Champion and Ross Moody (IPWEA), Professor John Martin (ACELG) and Associate Professor Carol Boyle (University of Auckland). Our fabulous conference MC was Gerry Gannon. The conference management company was East Coast Conferences.
IPWEA thanks everyone involved for their help in making the conference so successful and so enjoyable.
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Dr Stephen Lees
Director Sustainability IPWEA
stephen.lees@ipwea.org <stephen.lees@ipwea.org>
(m) 0412 264 187
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RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 03 September 2014 9:12 PM
Subject: RE: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
Message:
Chris
I am confused.
Your list seems to be across both:
Environmental Sustainability  (items 1, 4 and 5), and
Infrastructure (Council) sustainability (items 2 and 3).

We need to define sustainability (what we are talking about) and focus on one area at a time (to avoid confusion and conflicts).
Let's talk about "Sustainability" as a sequence of proposed actions that are on this topic and flow logically?

You are missing probably the most important as number 1.

#1 Set up guidelines, materials, programs and put in place "Education" for staff and our community, on climate change and its adverse effects on our environment, our services (assets) and our "way of life". Get the community involved so we can justify and take other required actions

#2 Agree (with the community), set, monitor, review and publicly report against challenging, agreed sustainability goals. (your item 1)

#3 Justify and include sustainability benefits (and considerations including adaptation and resilience projects) in public works proposals. (your item 2,4) There will be a need here to explain to a knowledgeable community why additional expenditure is required to achieve environmental sustainability goals.
There is currently a need also to explain to our community why we spend extra dollars on Infrastructure (Council Services) sustainability annually, part of our longer term strategic commitment to Sustainability (financial and services).

Hope this makes sense. It does to me!

Regards

[IPWEA CEO Note: Hi Darron, I don't think we should limit sustainability to just environmental sustainability. It should cover all aspects of sustainability "that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". I think that this can easily cross over into infrastructure sustainability (or more correctly service sustainability). Chris C.]


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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW
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Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
From: Chris Champion
To: Sustainability
Posted: 01 September 2014 11:48 PM
Subject: Top 5 Sustainability Actions for Public Works Directors
Attachment(s):
Message:
An outcome of the IPWEA "Sustainability in Public Works" Conference held in Tweed Heads in July 2014 is a list of 5 practical actions that a Director of Infrastructure / Public Works can personally take action and responsibility for.

The last session of the conference drew upon a number of authoritative sources that were developed in the lead up to or from the conference  proceedings.

We were keen to drill this down to a top 5 priority actions for Public Works Directors, which have been distilled as follows:
  1. Set, monitor, review and publicly report against challenging sustainability targets covering main resources used for energy, water, materials, waste and GHG emissions.
  2. Justify sustainability benefits in public works proposals on economic grounds using 'whole-of-life' costing.
  3. Promote more sustainable use of materials in public works by amending procurement policies and practices to explicitly consider environmental and social aspects.
  4. Design public works with built-in resilience to cope with increasing risks and challenges of climate change and extreme natural events.
  5. Investigate early replacement of all street lights with energy efficient LED lamps.
We encourage you to take up the leadership challenge of taking actions on sustainability in public works. The above actions might provide a good starting point.

We welcome any comments on these suggested actions and how public works can provide leadership in this area.

[A full copy of the report, actions and approaches distilled from the conference and lead up sources is attached.]


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Chris Champion
CEO, IPWEA
Sydney NSW
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LED Streetlighting
From: Ian Harper
To: Sustainability
Posted: 25 August 2014 9:06 PM
Subject: LED Streetlighting
Message:
The Great South Coast group of 6 Councils in Victoria are nearing completion of a project which replaces most standard streetlighting within the municipalities with high efficiency luminaires with over 5000 LED units. The power and emission saving is approximately 77% and generally there is a payback for Councils within 4-5 years. VicRoads lighting within these municipalities is unchanged.

The group of Councils sought and received federal funding to assist.

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Ian Harper
Assets Manager
Moyne Shire Council
PORT FAIRY VIC
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Street Lighting Update
From: Chris Champion
To: Sustainability
Posted: 25 August 2014 5:49 AM
Subject: Street Lighting Update
Message:

I wanted to update you on important LED lighting developments in New Zealand that have relevance to the IPWEA Practice Note on Street Lighting and our upcoming workshops.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has, in recent weeks, made a series of announcements that put New Zealand on a path to widespread deployment of LED street lights on all classes of roadways from local roads to freeways.  NZTA has concluded that LED lighting is, "... now proven and technically mature" and that LED lighting, "...is proving to be the lowest whole of life cost lighting option in almost all situations." 

NZTA, the equivalent of the NSW RMS or other State Road Authorities, manages a subsidy scheme that provides funding to New Zealand councils covering roughly half the costs of lighting residential and main roads. Adherence to its guidelines and specifications is a requirement for local councils to receive this funding. NZTA is also directly responsible for just under 10% of all the road lighting in New Zealand through its ownership and management of lighting on state highways and freeways.

Recently, after extensive consultation, NZTA released a new Specification and Guidelines for Road Lighting Design and a list of (currently 15) accepted LED luminaires from seven manufacturers. This new specification will most likely have the effect of halting almost all non-LED lighting installations on New Zealand roadways. From now on, New Zealand councils will only be eligible for the NZTA subsidy if they follow the new specification for new and replacement lighting. Non-LED solutions are only permitted,"...if superior whole of life cost can be demonstrated." There are nonon-LED products on the list of accepted luminaires.

The new NZTA Specification & Guidelines as well as the list of Accepted Luminaires can be found here: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/consultation/specification-and-guidelines-for-road-lighting-design/index.html

Another recent statement on LED lighting by the NZ Transport Agency and the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority can be found here: http://emanz.org.nz/system/files/LED%20statement%20for%20SOLGM%20questionnaire.pdf

There is certainly a lot happening but this is a particularly important step as it is the first jurisdiction in the ANZ and under AS/NZS 1158 to clearly go all LED.

Thank you to Graham Mawer for this update. Graham Mawer is from Next Energy and the principal author of the IPWEA Practice Note on Street Lighting.

You can download a free copy of the IPWEA Practice Note at http://www.ipwea.org/PN11.

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Chris Champion
CEO, IPWEA
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Sustainability in Public Works
From: Chris Champion
To: Sustainability
Posted: 14 July 2014 8:45 PM
Subject: Sustainability in Public Works
Attachment(s):
Message:

IPWEA wants to gain and build more insight into sustainable solutions through public works.

To this end, we surveyed 3,700 public works and sustainability professionals for their opinions on what we should be doing now as a profession and as practitioners, and how do we convince decision makers.

We have now collated the responses and produced the attached Insight Report which provides some interesting insights!

The solutions for building sustainable communities through public works and infrastructure can be broadly summarised as:

- demonstrating to decision makers that sustainability in projects makes sound economic sense, building whole of life considerations into every stage of public infrastructure, and

- building in necessary resilience and redundancy to overcome present and future climate and energy challenges.

But I would encourage you to discover more in the attached Insight Report - it would be great to know if you agree with the findings! What might you add that is different?

Action for the Future. We are going to be discussing this Report and your views, and workshopping action for the future, in the final panel session of IPWEA's Sustainability in Public Works Conference to be held on the Gold Coast from 27-29 July.

See www.ipwea.org/sustain2014 for further detail.

I hope to see you at the conference. Registrations are strong so don't miss out ion this opportunity.
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Chris Champion
CEO, IPWEA Australasia
Sydney NSW
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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Bernadette Giulietta Rosina Ward
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October 2013 2:47 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Hi Anthony,

I like the idea of a "compulsory insurance which is based on the value of the project", this will hopefully make the polluting companies re-consider their current practices by re-engineering the processes/practices so they aim for Zero emissions. If the company cannot achieve the Zero emissions then they are unable to carry out their project.  All the industries mentioned in the article will have to be Proactive rather than Reactive when considering any type of pollution to the environment.

Instead of a carbon tax or emissions trading - why don't they channel all approvals through a Climate Change regulator working with the government and the Insuramce underwriter undertakes the final tick of approval before issuing a certiificate of currency?  This means the polluter (company) will pay the insurance premium upfront and not the general tax payer who seems to always foot the bill after the damage is done.

I would like to see the polluting company take full responsibility for its actions and to avoid passing unnecessary costs to the tax payer.  


Kind Regards    
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Bernadette Ward
Coordinator Asset Management
City of West Torrens
HILTON SAau

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Anthony M. Saunders
To: Sustainability
Posted: 09 October 2013 12:11 AM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Attachment(s):
Message:
I agree with Darren's comments and from an insurance perspective, the attached file may be of common interest to all.

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Anthony Saunders
Key Man
BALGOWLAH NSW

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RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
From: Darron Passlow
To: Sustainability
Posted: 07 October 2013 11:24 PM
Subject: RE:IPCC report (Sept 2013) on Climate Change
Message:
Bernadette and Rodney,

Thanks for your comments. They are all well founded.

There seems to be a problem (that we are part of the cause and hence can be part of the solution).

My question is; "What can we do as human beings (but starting out as individuals) to reduce our impact on our very precious environment (and everything that depends on it, including us)?"

The "silent majority" needs to set good examples so others can join in. (The revolution is starting!)

Regards

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Darron Passlow
Asset Management
Pittwater Council
MONA VALE NSW

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