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UNSSC and MWRRG Circular Economy Leadership Course

Source: MWRRG. Collaboration, investment and risk-taking needed on the road to creating circular cities It is hard to believe that week four of the six week United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC) and Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) circular economy (CE) leadership course has already passed. These last few weeks have provided a remarkable opportunity…

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Victorian Government Action On Climate Change

Source: Victorian Government. Victoria’s Adaptation Action Plans Adaptation Action Plans have been prepared for 7 essential systems that are vulnerable to climate impacts or critical to our climate resilience. Victoria’s first set of Adaptation Action Plans will guide government action and help institutions, businesses and individuals to respond to our changing climate. They will be…

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Expert Panel To Advise On 2035 Emissions Reduction Target

Source: Victorian Government. The Andrews Labor Government is taking the next step in meeting its 2050 target of net zero emissions by seeking independent expert advice on an interim emissions reduction target for 2035. Minister for Energy, the Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced the Interim Targets Independent Expert Panel – which will…

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Sustainability Fund Activities Report

Source: DELWP. Since its creation in 2005, the fund has supported businesses, local governments and communities through a range of waste management, recycling, resource efficiency and climate change programs. How does the Sustainability Fund work? The Municipal and Industrial Waste Levy (MIWL) was introduced to encourage recycling by putting a price on every tonne of…

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World-positive Coffee For Workplaces

Source: Australian Circular Economy Hub. Our morning coffee routines have to an extent come to symbolise our personal politics. From the cup you use, to the certifications your beans carry and the type of milk you add, a coffee can both force us to consider the environmental impacts of our choices and show others where we stand. Australian startup Kua Coffee is helping some of the…

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If Victoria Was Redesigned, What Infrastructure Should Be Given Priority?

Source: ABC Conversation Hour (Richelle Hunt and Jonathon Kendall) podcast. In the last 12 months, over 22,500 Melburnians moved to regional Victoria. This figure comes as Infrastructure Australia’s latest report suggests all levels of government should work towards “remaking the country” to accommodate for high house prices, working from home, pressure on hospitals and lack…

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The SMaRT Centre and the Circular Economy – free webinar

Source: UNSW. Australia has a large waste problem and creation of a circular economy will help to alleviate this huge issue. ABC’s War on Waste states that: Every year the waste that Australia generates is growing at twice the rate of our population – Australia uses over 10 million plastic bags a day The average Australian family throws…

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Recycling Projects To Support Businesses And Create Jobs

Source: Victorian Government. Used coffee grounds equivalent to six million lattes will be composted into Victorian gardens as the Andrews Labor Government boosts funding for new and innovative projects to divert food waste from landfill. Creative approaches such as bike repair sheds, neighbourhood compost hubs and mobile dishwashing stations to reduce single use plastics will…

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New Regional Community Power Hubs Announced

Source: Sustainability Victoria. Seven new hubs for community owned renewable energy will be established around Victoria after recipients were announced under the next stage of our Community Power Hubs program. Over the coming year, these organisations will work closely with their local communities to provide trusted advice on clean energy solutions and deliver local, cost-effective…

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Australia’s First Solar Panel Recycling Plant Swings Into Action

Source: Renew Economy. One of Australia’s first solar PV recycling facilities is up and running in Melbourne’s north, with video footage posted on LinkedIn on Wednesday showing the panel-crushing plant in action. The plant, which was completed last September in Thomastown by Melbourne based co-operative Lotus Energy, claims to recycle 100% of end-of-life solar PV…

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