TGL News: Rallying for the Climate Strike and innovating without waste

TGL News

This week we welcomed two new Greenlisters into the fold: the precisely named Organic Recycling Group (ORG) and fast growing reusable drink-ware company Globelet.

Both outfits are doing amazing things as part of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Destination Partnership, helping businesses take the Single Use Pledge and move towards a more circular economy.

  • ORG in fact recently became the first company to receive certification under fellow Greenlister GECA’s new Waste Collection Services Standard, for its sustainable and transparent waste management practices. Read the feature.
  • Globelet is helping big names such as Splendour in the Grass festival and the Sydney Opera House transition to reusable drink containers for events, saving upwards of hundreds of disposable cups ending up in landfill. Read the feature.

Continuing on with the waste theme this week, we looked at a few tech upgrades and innovative ideas that could help us take control of Australia’s waste crisis. We also turned to Brisbane, where a partnership between two companies has created another food waste-to-fertiliser outfit to stand alongside Enrich360 in the charge towards zero waste and circularity.

Fitzpatrick partners up for TV spots

Lead architect of fitzpatrick+partners James Fitzpatrick’s Seed House has received a lot of air recently, and not just because of its open plan, natural timber design. It was toured on a recent episode of Better Homes and Gardens by hosts Johanna Griggs and Peter Colquhoun, who were gushing over its use of quality, organic materials, its high tech finishes and potential to age gracefully.

“The touch of artisan is everywhere,” Ms Griggs said as the pair walked through the Tasmanian black wood-clad kitchen.

The house contains no paint, no plaster board, Mr Colquhoun pointed out “just glass, stone, timber” and other natural materials.

“They will chip, they will rust, they will stain,” he said, but at the end of the day that’s what makes it a forever home.

Mr Fitzpatrick was also spotted chatting with Jamie Durie OAM about his Seed House earlier this week, suggesting we “watch out for Habitus House of the Year on 7 in October”.

The Fern blossoms for grand opening

This beautiful Sydney block could become the country’s first Passive House certified apartment building. Even without the certification The Fern is a pleasure to behold and by all accounts, to live in. Located in the heart of Redfern, it is fabulously designed to feel light, fresh and luxurious. To top it off, the apartments give off no carbon – instead they are powered by solar panels on the building’s roof.

As part of The Fern’s grand opening, the Australian Passive House Association will host an exclusive event on the evening of Tuesday 17 September 2019. Architect and builder Oliver Steele will offer a tour of the completed apartments, and Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, Clover Moore, is planning to attend.

For more information, visit the APHA website.

Job opening at Australian Energy Foundation

The Australian Energy Foundation is looking for a business development manager to join either its Sydney or Melbourne team. A great opportunity for “anyone with business development experience to drive investment in renewable energy in Australia”. Applications for the role close 9am Monday 9 September 2019.

There are also job openings for full time and casual project officers in Melbourne, applications for both close on Monday 16 September 2019.

For more information, visit the AEF website.

Bioenergy conference

Greenlister Interface’s sustainability and lean manager, Aidan Mullan, will be presenting at this year’s Bioenergy STRONG 2019 Conference in Queensland in November. Standing alongside sustainability and thought leaders such as Dirk Kronemeijer, the chief executive and founder of GoodFuels, and Geoff Bell, the chief executive of Microbiogen, Mr Mullan will discuss driving an offtake market for green gas.

The conference will be held over two days on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November at the State Library of Queensland, with a Bioenergy Innovation Awards night held on Wednesday 13 November at the Queensland Art Gallery.

For more information, visit the Bioenergy Strong website.

Built takes top sustainable prize

Greenlister Built has won the Best Sustainable Project award at the 2019 Victorian Master Builders Association Excellence in Construction Awards for its One Malop Street development.

The project exceeded tender expectations, the MBA explained, to deliver a “building that showcases a world-class standard by combining best-practice sustainability and healthy building standards”. One Malop Street, Geelong has achieved a 5.5 Star NABERS rating as well as a Well Platinum rating.

“The result is not just an energy-efficient building, but also one that ensures occupant well being resulting in improved productivity through increased alertness and reduced sickness.”

Congratulations, Built!

This is not business as usual

The Green List and The Fifth Estate are joining Atlassian, the four major banks, and many other businesses for the Climate Strike on Friday 20 September 2019. We’re standing for climate action, are you in?

Get involved, add your name to the list.