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UC and ANU Canberra Urban and Regional Futures partnership

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7:11 am
November 28, 2010



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The Vice Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker, mentioned in a speech the other day that UC and the ANU have set up a Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) partnership to address the pressing sustainability issues facing Canberra and the surrounding region. The cooperation will include joint research, education, seminars and information-sharing.

The two co-founders of this initiative are Professor Barbara Norman, foundation chair of urban and regional planning at UC and Professor Will Steffen, executive director of the ANU Climate Change Institute.

This is a great initiative and it will be good if it can provide a stronger evidence base to support decision-making on urban planning in the context of climate change, peak oil and other major challenges.

8:32 pm
March 21, 2011



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Romilly Madew, CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, gave a very interesting presentation tonight at the first public seminar organised by the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) partnership. She spoke on the subject of "Could Canberra Become Australia's Most Sustainable City".

According to Romilly, the ACT now has the highest per capita proportion of "green" commercial office space in Australia, and it has the highest investment in "green" buildings.

The Green Building Council of Australia is now working on a project to come up with metrics for sustainable cities. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year, and it will build on the following five principles of sustainable communities:

  • Liveability
  • Economic prosperity
  • Environmental quality
  • Urban governance
  • Design and place
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