News Archive

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A strong legacy for the future! - Martin Brennan

ICLEI Oceania has brought great benefit to the local government sector in our region and on the eve of my leaving ICLEI after 17 years I make the following reflections on our legacy. Many will no doubt recall the commencement of the Cities for Climate Protection - Australia (CCP) program in 1998 and its extraordinary decade of success. By 2007 there were 238 participant councils, representing over 80% of the population and in a decade of...



LGMA National signs partnership with ICLEI Oceania

LGMA National and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Oceania are pleased to announce a collaborative new partnership with . The partnership will connect governments and share questions and solutions on the issues of global environment and sustainable development issues.



National workshop on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals in Australia

A world-leading workshop on 6–7 May in Melbourne brought together representatives from federal, state and local governments, academia, business and civil society to develop Australia’s response to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The Goals, which are currently under development, encompass a long-term vision for the world, promoting better health and education, social equity, environmental sustainability, peace and prosperity...



Sundown, sunrise: How Australia can finally get solar power right

1.4 million Australian homes have installed solar energy to save money and contribute to addressing climate change. With the prospect of cheap battery storage, maybe they also expect to disconnect from the grid. The broader picture is different – subsidised installation of PV has been an unjustified waste of money.



Innovative energy initiatives across US Cities

WASHINGTON, DC (May 20, 2015): Mayors and local lawmakers in America's largest cities continue to take innovative steps to lower energy costs for consumers and businesses, increase their resilience, and reduce pollution through increased energy efficiency, according to the 2nd edition of the City Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Available online at...



After the Auction: The Emissions Reduction Fund and Councils

In an article in the Fifth Estate in February this year (The ERF For Dummies) we took readers through the Federal Government’s flagship emissions reduction program, the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). At the time of writing it appeared there were very few – if any – opportunities for councils to partake in the fund.




Do you have a passion for sustainability and an interest in contributing towards the development of tools, knowledge, techniques and technologies for a low-carbon built environment? The CRC for Low Carbon Living is offering scholarships for Masters or PhD by Research with a strong industry focus. These scholarships are valued at $65,000 over two years (full - time) or four years (part - time) for Masters and $95,000 over three years...