Category Archives: Sustainability

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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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Here’s a historical document: Jim Soorley’s ‘Environment Vision’ from the early 1990s.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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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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