In my last post I mentioned that one of the topics I wanted to talk about was about women in sustainability or women in infrastructure more broadly. Well, the lovely folks at ISCA gave me a good reason to get my backside into gear and commit my thoughts to page (well, screen more accurately!) by... Continue Reading →
Sustainability – Where Are We Headed in 2018?
So that was the year that was. 2017. Quite the mixed bag in sustainability terms for both this neck of the woods, and globally: The disturbingly large energy and carbon footprint of Bitcoin becoming apparent. Although if and when that particular bubble bursts so too will such a footprint. More and varied cryptocurrencies will... Continue Reading →
What Is Sustainability In Construction?
Sustainability in construction. What is that exactly? And why is that a question worthy of asking and attempting to answer? Well, before I get to answering that question let me take you through a bit of a story. The construction organisation I currently work for has been through somewhat of a “journey”, and in a... Continue Reading →
How to Play Your Part in Furthering Sustainable Development In Industry (and Make Awesome Contacts to Boot!)
One of the important parts, and really quite enjoyable parts, of my role as a Corporate Sustainability Manager is my active involvement in sustainability industry groups – groups, committees, associations or other collectives of like-minded professionals seeking to drive change and seek more sustainable outcomes in industry. In fact, I’ve always been involved in industry... Continue Reading →
McConnell Dowell Signatories to UN Global Compact
For those I'm connected with on LinkedIn chances are you may have seen this news already (apologies!), but I thought an achievement such as McConnell Dowell (in its Australian operations at least) becoming Signatories to the UN Global Compact was well worth noting here on my blog. What is the UN Global Compact anyway? The... Continue Reading →
Sustainability – A Term Still Suffering From Misunderstanding
It's easy sometimes, I think, for we sustainability professionals to believe that the good majority of people in broader business and society have an understanding of sustainability, what it is and all that it encompasses. The concept, or the word at least, is ubiquitous these days. And those of us that work within the sphere... Continue Reading →
Driving Change: Setting Sustainability Strategy at Group Level – Five Key Observations on the Initial Stages
For today's post I thought I'd introduce the first of a series of brief posts on the process I'm currently working through with the Aveng Group - this is the development of the Group's first serious and genuine sustainability strategy, or rather more accurately the integrated sustainability pillar of the overarching organisational strategy. So what have been... Continue Reading →
My Top Five Tips for Working With Others to Achieve Sustainability Outcomes
For this first post on the revamped blog I thought I'd dive into something that virtually all sustainability practitioners and change-makers will be and need to be involved with on a frequent basis. That is working with others to achieve sustainability-focussed outcomes. Including others who are not so well versed in the concept, theories and practicalities of... Continue Reading →