G20 And Sustainable Urban Farming

Recently at the G20 I had the opportunity to represent the AGDF (Australian Green Development Forum) and talk about sustainable urban farming.

The AGDF has been in operation since 2002 and has become an important knowledge centre for sustainability and green professional development in Australia.

Our board is made up of representatives from BCC, University of Queensland and Griffith University, property developers, architects, town planners and Queensland government departments who are passionate about sustainable development.

We promote Positive Development and carbon positive development strategies following the principles developed by Professor Janis Birkeland, the author of Positive Development.

These principles encourage green walls , indoor air quality, urban food growing and an integrated vegetation approach to property development.

It was a great honour to be involved in such a level of talks and I look forward to sharing more on the nature of the talks.

John Daly G20

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Balance Of Power?

Energy Conservation versus Indoor Environment Quality.

Around the world current public debate is focussed on the global problem of climate change. A crucial part of this discussion is how greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced. In the context of the built environment this has, in recent years, created a shift towards energy efficiency and sustainable development.

But what kind of indoor environments can we expect in future buildings if energy efficiency is the main target? Is it possible to strike a balance between these competing interests? Or are we already there?

The subject of this symposium will be balancing the need for energy conservation, while improving indoor environmental quality. Bringing together key industry stakeholders, this will be an opportunity to hear and learn from experts on the current situation; contribute discussions on future direction; and provide a chance for interdisciplinary networking.

As part of the 10th International Healthy Buildings Conference, which will be held from 8-12 July 2012, there will also be a one day symposium which will focus on optimising energy efficiency and securing improved indoor air quality in green buildings. Delegates can participate in the entire conference or just in the one day symposium. More information about the program for the conference and symposium is provided below.

Convenor: Mark Thomson, Corporate Sustainability Principal, Schiavello Group P/L

Venue: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland, Australia

Target Audience: Building Industry Groups (design consultants, government advisors, architects, ventilation engineers); Property Industry Groups (developers, interior designers, landscape architects, government, facility managers, marketing advisors); and Indoor Environment Quality Professionals (academics and practitioners).

Program of the Symposium: The program of the Symposia will on the one hand have a very strong international component, but on the other hand will include very relevant local and regional issues. It will include plenary presentations, submitted papers sessions, interactive panel discussions, and poster sessions. The discussions will be led by panels of top practitioners and academics in this broad field.