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New facility makes a clean sweep of recycling

More than one hundred thousand tonnes of road sweepings are dumped into landfill every year in Sydney alone. A new facility opening next month will transform this waste into individual, valuable components that can be reused. Based at Downer's Rosehill asphalt facility, the multimillion...

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Q&A with Rob Adams, Director City Design, City of Melbourne

Rob Adams, Director City Design at City of Melbourne, has been investigating how to accommodate four million extra people in the coming decades – without contributing to urban sprawl, and with a focus on liveability and sustainability. You’re currently working on how to...


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Retrofitting an aquatic centre to save water and energy

Towards its ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020, Darebin City Council in Victoria has retrofitted one of its aquatic and recreation centres, resulting in impressive energy and water savings. Darebin City Council – located on the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria – joined...

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Clean up act: garbage truck of the future

This hybrid garbage truck, driven in Germany by IPWEA’s Fleet and Plant Management expert, Grant Andrews, represents the next step in the evolution of waste disposal vehicles, he says. “It’s the quietness that attracts you first,” says Grant Andrews, Managing Director at Australian...


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Pilot Application of the Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Tool to Local Council Road Management - Stage 1

This paper details the council-based trial of a ratings tool currently under development for sustainable infrastructure management, with a particular focus on road assets. The paper outlines the rating tool in development, the logic behind the ratings metrics used, and the problems encountered...

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Building an evidence bank about 'green' technologies for heavy vehicles

Rare Consulting, a division of infrastructure consultancy pitt&sherry, is working with the NSW Government’s Roads and Maritime Services agency (RMS) to build an evidence bank demonstrating the true performance of environmental technologies in heavy vehicles – with intriguing results. ...


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Our cities need more trees and water, not less, to stay liveable

By Nicholas Williams , University of Melbourne ; Andrew Coutts , Monash University , and Stephen Livesley , University of Melbourne Australia’s major cities routinely rank among the world’s most liveable . But for all our clean streets, good healthcare and educational...

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New all-electric buses in London

Two new all-electric buses hit the streets of London late last year, as part of a trial to help the city's transport authority plan for greater use of the technology for short routes in the CBD. Built by Chinese manufacturer BYD Auto Ltd., the 12-metre single-deck buses entered...


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Interview with IPWEA Sustainability Director, Stephen Lees

IPWEA's Director of Sustainability Stephen Lees acts as the Institute’s conduit and advocate for sustainability issues, and is on the organising committee for the 2014 Sustainability in Public Works Conference by Gemma Black Have you always been interested in...

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