Women to inspire sustainable futures

I’ve been reflecting on what inspires people to commit to their working or private lives to help nudge sustainability along. My daughters are curious about environmental protection – how can I feed their curiosity? What would have a chance of inspiring them? I personally find the effort of individuals inspiring, especially if they have fascinating […]

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UQ Future Jobs Forum, excerpts from remarks

20 August 2015 …I’ll address infrastructure and sustainability – both long words. Infrastructure is what few people think about but everyone depends on. Sustainability is what everybody talks about but few want to embrace if it means a less affluent, less comfortable or less convenient lifestyle… Trends So, what about infrastructure? Do you know where […]

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Sustainable decision making – exception or rule?

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Tip from an IS Verifier By Scott Losee The goal of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s (ISCA) IS rating scheme is to transform the infrastructure industry to be more sustainable. A key to the transformation must be the way decisions are made regarding the creation and operation of infrastructure assets throughout their lifecycles. The […]

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What will carbon sell for next time?

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It is impossible to predict accurately the average price or range of prices that the Clean Energy Regulator will pay at the next auction. The average price in the first reverse auction was $13.95 per tonne. Analysts are unlikely to predict prices in publicly accessible forums and commentators are often discussing the prices in the […]

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How will climate change play out over the next 100 years?

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There is a key figure in the IPCC’s Working Group Two report from its Fifth Assessment that shows what the pressure will be on five areas they call ‘Reasons for Concern’. Working Group Two’s Figure 19-7, presents thermometer like gradual coloured shading from white to purple to signify increasing additional risk due to climate change. […]

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Positive feedback for Tweed Sustainability Plan

‘Well rounded, balanced, and considered strategy, not trying to “boil the ocean” but making significant positional statements about the intents.’ — Public comment received on the draft Tweed Shire Sustainability Plan prepared with assistance of Scott Losee Consulting, Buckley Vann Town Planning and The Long View Group

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Queensland needs effective climate change action following LNP reign

SCOTT LOSEE THE COURIER-MAIL FEBRUARY 16, 2015 12:00AM AT THE fall of the Bligh government, it was not unexpected the Office of Climate Change, headed by the then premier’s partner, would be a target for the incoming LNP. In fact, the new government obliterated the office and anything connected with climate change, including the Queensland […]

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Speech on retiring from ISCA board

I delivered the following remarks yesterday on the occasion of my retirement from the board of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia. “Mr Chairman, I have seen a lot since this journey began. Back in 2007, I was seeing a mushrooming of half-baked, project-by-project tools and bespoke rating schemes – when what we needed were […]

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Leaving UQ to step-up consulting in 2015

As 2014 draws to a close, I am increasing my commitment to clients of Scott Losee Consulting by stepping-down from my part-time role at the University of Queensland. It has been a privilege to work closely with the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law’s Associate Dean for Research, Victor Callan, Professor of Leadership and Management. […]

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Can my website be clean and green?

To my delight, I discovered that I could have a green website, and not just by changing the background colour. I was unsure how to establish a website at all, but a colleague, Andrew Aitken, spelled out what to do. Andrew has been a key figure in green buildings in Australia for many years and […]

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