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Australian Conservation Foundation – Green Building (60L)

October 25th, 2006 · No Comments

acf-buildingThe Australian Conservation Foundation’s Melbourne Head Office is located in one of the greenest – and coolest buildings I’ve ever seen. I’d read about it a few years ago, but on Monday I was lucky enough to get a quick tour, and the building lived up to its reputation – I am impressed.

60L (the building’s name) collects and recycles its own water, is filled with natural light and is temperature controlled using internal and external sensors that automatically open and close louvres to control air flow. My tour guides, ACF employees Corey and Suzanne, pointed out potato-starch privacy screens, recycled-brick walls and 60% recycled-concrete pillars. The kitchen has recycled cork in the floor and recycled green ‘wheelie bins’ (domestic trash containers for the non-Aussies) had been turned into a tasteful green-marbled wall.

The building has its own (dated) website here, and the ACF has a page about the building (with hardly any photos) here. Whilst more photos of the building would be nice, ACF are probably too busy with campaigns to show-off their green building. You can read about ACF and its latest campaigns here.

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McGreenpeace?

August 3rd, 2006 · No Comments

31 thousand Mcdonalds ‘restaurants’ serve 47 million customers daily. Almost everything they sell is served in paper, plastic or styrofoam.

So you can imagine my surprise when Greenpeace email me celebrating a ‘McVictory‘.

Ronald Mcdonald hugging a tree isn’t what comes to mind when i picture a company that serves almost everything they sell in cardboard.

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People driving less, buying fewer cars, moving away from SUV’s

May 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

Petrol prices hit car sales

 

RECORD petrol prices are forcing Sydney motorists to drive less,
buy fewer cars and switch away from four-wheel-drive vehicles.

New figures also show traffic volumes appear to have fallen,
raising questions about the profitability of privately owned
motorways.


HOORAY!

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OYbike – London’s getting cheap bikes everywhere…

May 11th, 2006 · No Comments

oybikeSince my last post was about cars, I’ve decided to make this one about bikes.

In London, a group called OYbike is placing bikes all over town. Special codes to unlock the bikes are accessed via text message. When you’re done, return the bike to a parking bay and lock it up.

It costs 30p ($US.55) per 15 minutes to hire a bike. The OYbike website has a table indicating that the bikes often work out even cheaper than catching the bus or train.

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WWF Futuremakers

April 12th, 2006 · 1 Comment

wwf.jpgWhat kind of futures are we creating for our world? Adbusters magazine’s recent issue, The Big Ideas of 2006, painted a collage of alternative futures for our planet. Many are bleak and some are uninhabitable. On the occasional page there is a glimmer of hope – an epiphany here, an insight there. Cooperation, creativity and courage will all be required to make sustainable futures a reality. The future of this planet will be influenced more by human choices than by any other factor.

WWF’s Futuremakers program introduces some of WWF’s ideas for sustainable, livable futures. Through our choices, WWF remind us, we are all futuremakers. Check out their site, released in the past week: future.wwf.org.au.

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