TGL News: A new app to catch litterbugs, green pledges for World Green Building Week and more

TGL News

This week we welcome 202020 Vision to The Green List. The “20V” initiative brands itself as “one big collaboration to make our urban areas 20 per cent greener by 2020”.

To make this vision a reality it’s teamed up with the Green Building Council Australia and released a guide to getting green development approved. We think this is quite a delightful guide, running through everything from why green spaces are so important to how speaking the right language can land you development buy in.

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Event: Network with the built environment industry professionals

Greenlister Australian Passive House Association in collaboration with International Building Performance Simulation Association will be hosting a casual networking event tomorrow evening (3 October 2019) at The Ivy on George Street, Sydney.

Guests will be treated to light refreshments and the chance to share knowledge with the built environment industry professionals. The event will begin at 5:30pm and has a $10 entry fee.

For more information or to register, visit the event page.

Integral to a greener workplace

Greenlister Integral Australia’s team members have joined hundreds of others around the world in committing to do their bit for a better future during World Green Building Week. Staff’s commitments included using renewable power at home and offsetting gas and transport emissions, walking and using public transport more, and monitoring office air-conditioning for more efficient operation.

Integral Group has also joined 63 other signatories of the World Green Building Council’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, pledging to occupy only net zero Scope 1 and 2 carbon assets by 2030 with an accelerated target of 2020 and setting an aspirational target for zero carbon emissions from operational waste, water, business flights and employee commutes by 2030 across its 16 offices in 4 countries.

Other signatories include Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Frasers Property Australia, Kingspan and Monash University.

New app to catch litter bugs

The Tasmanian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched Report Rubbish – an online application to make reporting litter and rubbish dumping simple. Report Rubbish can be accessed online via a smartphone, tablet or computer where users can record information such as location, quantity and type of rubbish found, as well as upload photographs for reference.

The system then automatically passes this on to the relevant authority, such as a local council or state government organisation, removing the need to figure out for yourself who to contact. Data collected through the app will then be used to “to better understand littering and dumping hotspots and inform the development of litter reduction strategies” according to the EPA.

The launch of the online app will be complimented by a second initiative in the coming weeks which will “use offenders on Community Corrections Orders to undertake litter clean-ups”.

Refurbishing the State Library Victoria

Greenlister Built. has completed a refurbishment of the State Library Victoria, conserving the bones of the stunning structure while adapting it for reuse to include 40 per cent more publicly accessible space.

The project spanned two years and was undertaken while the library remained operational. All doors will be reopened in early December, according to Built..

PS. we’re about to launch a special report on the adaptive reuse of old buildings over on our parent site, The Fifth Estate. It’s called Reloved Buildings, and you can find out more or get involved (you have until 7th October!) here.

Fjällräven packs a fashionable sustainability punch

Popular Swedish outdoor fashion brand Fjällräven – best known in Australia for its colourful backpack range – has joined the Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative (FGCA), committing to aid the fashion industry in transitioning to a zero-carbon future.

The FGCA initiative was founded on the United Nations’ Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, with the goal of gathering leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organisations, and others to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion sector across its entire value chain.

The company plans to take several steps in line with the initiative, including retrofitting stores and offices with LED lighting, purchasing green energy wherever possible, insulating its buildings and avoiding air travel and shipment wherever possible.

Plus, here are a few gems from our vaults to help you make your workplace more happy, healthy and sustainable.