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Sustainability inter-cat-nected?

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One of my favourite stories in sustainability is ‘Operation Cat Drop’, which culminates in the parachuting of about 20 cats into the Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak [1, 2, 3]. Searching for the origins of this story online is quite entertaining because one encounters a clowder of cat videos and associated concern for animal welfare [4]. […]

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Culturally sustainable infrastructure—far more than safeguarding relics

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By Scott Losee It is good to have our thinking and our work challenged. This happened to the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) when Māori (Mana Whenua) representatives objected to an Australian infrastructure sustainability scheme being applied to Auckland’s City Rail Link project. To ISCA’s credit, it worked with the Mana Whenua and adapted […]

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Can we plan to adapt to climate change like we plan to retire?

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That was the metaphor that the Hacks for Sustainability event last night in Brisbane rolled-out to generate a new perspective on adaptation policy in Queensland. Thirty interested professionals gathered at QUT to ‘hack’ Queensland climate policy in search of cut-through solutions that can win broad-based support. The group delved separately into cutting emissions and boosting […]

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Notice to clients and partners of Scott Losee Consulting

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On July 1st, 2016, The business activities of Scott Losee Consulting (ABN 42 665 869 451) will transfer to a new entity, Losee Consulting Pty Ltd (ABN 46 612 910 335), which will commence trading on that day. Scott will contact individual clients to arrange any necessary administrative adjustments. Scott Losee Consulting had been a […]

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Help hack Queensland climate change policy

Meet-up: Help hack the Queensland Government’s climate change policy…   When? Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 5:00pm to 7:00pm Where? QUT – Gardens Point Campus, S Block, Level 6 – Room 636/7 Why? Because we care about Queensland and how it responds to climate change How? Facilitated workshop and problem-solving techniques Let’s face it: climate change policy […]

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Plastic bag ban survival guide

Australian Ministers of the Environment are meeting next week in Sydney to discuss among other things restricting the free availability of plastic bags to shoppers. One problem is that some of our beautiful turtles get mixed up between plastic bags and their favourite meal, jellyfish. (Yum.) Responsible people generally don’t let their bags get away […]

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New sustainability and environmental policy adopted

Scott Losee Consulting today adopted a Sustainability and Environmental Policy to guide its operations and the advice it provides to clients. The policy is consistent with ISO14001 and the Man-1 requirements under the Infrastructure Sustainability Technical Manual. Sub-consultants should review the policy as it applies to their work through Scott Losee Consulting. The policy is a public […]

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Banksia Awards recognise the best in Australia

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Here’s a historical document: Jim Soorley’s ‘Environment Vision’ from the early 1990s. Yes, I still have a copy. This image includes my scribbles to try to put some baselines around the carbon target, which was totally open-ended, but nonetheless ahead of its time. As a resident, I was proud of the city’s strong environmental leadership. […]

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Award for Individual Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability

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On October 21, Scott Losee received this year’s Individual Leadership in Infrastructure Sustainability Award from ISCA. The award ‘Recognises the individual who best exhibits the most outstanding performance, leadership and greatest contribution to advancing infrastructure sustainability.’ ISCA also recognised Holly Mapson of Laing O’Rourke with a Highly Commended Award in this category. The following citation that accompanied Scott’s award: […]

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To share a mistake

Mistakes: we all make them, and learn from them, but our business culture is not to talk about them. A Managing Director once counselled me that when submitting ‘traffic light’ board reports for his business line, the lights should all be green. Job interviewees sidestep truthful responses to clichéd questions about personal weaknesses. They offer […]

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