Category Archives: Sustainability

Worm farm failings

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Last year we introduced a worm farm to our office and after a month it was removed. The goal was to recycle our organic waste, but the result was an office space with flies, stained concrete, and bottles of unused worm tea. Nevertheless, failing has provided us with an opportunity to share our experience in […]

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A sustainability strategy for your business: webinar

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Sustainability equals change, and sustainability strategy development works best when we harness all we know about corporate change management. This was one of Scott Losee’s most important messages in his CitySmart webinar on 20 May 2020. The webinar had a great turn-out and Scott was grateful for the opportunity to share some of his insights […]

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Eco-1: Challenges with calculating change in ecological value

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Modelling is fundamental to sustainability, particularly when measuring the impacts of development on the environment and society. But when your compliance requirements need you to model impacts to say, kangaroos and trees, and provide a single number as your output, what do you do? ISCA’s Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme (version 1.2) emphasises protecting and […]

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ISCA Tips & Tricks-Dis-5 Light Pollution

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By Andrew Aitken The Dis-5 Light Pollution credit has troubled many designers and ISAPs alike. It is particularly problematic for motorway projects. The credit criteria reference AS4282 and AS1158 but compliance cannot be shown by assessing your design directly against these standards. The savvy lighting designer will know that AS4282 does not address public lighting—including […]

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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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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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