Another Member of the Katestone Team awarded the SCR Certification

That’s 2 years in a row!   We are delighted to announce that another member of our team is now certified in Sustainability and Climate Risk by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Our Team Leader – Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, Dr. Craig Miller, has just joined the team of certified SCR professionals.…

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New method introduced at national climate adaptation conference

aerial photo of Brisbane flood

Katestone’s Scott Losee and Andrew Wiebe shared ideas and experiences with the audience at the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) conference last week in Sydney (June 25-27). Scott’s presentation, entitled “Using climatic variability and regional influences to improve risk assessment – a mine and quarry application,” identified some necessary improvements to climate risk…

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Infrastructure luminaries visit Katestone

Reknowned civil engineer, Menno Henneveld, attended his first board meeting as a director of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) here, at Katestone’s Milton offices on April 19th. Recognised as National Professional Engineer of the Year, Menno will graciously share his experience with ISCA, including his ten years as WA Commissioner of Main Roads.…

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No, really. It was bigger when I was a kid

In 2003, I realised my dearest ambition – to take my Australian family to my Canadian home to live and share some favourite experiences with them. As a child, our roadtrip ‘out West’ from Ontario changed my life. Travelling by orange, 1974 Volkswagen camper, with the back labelled ‘The Great Pumpkin’ by Dad, we headed…

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Enthusiastic discussion at mining sustainable development seminar

Scott Losee presenting Mining Sustainability Seminar

Last Wednesday evening, March 13, we held our first industry seminar at Marie St with excellent participation by clients and mining industry representatives. Scott Losee delivered an engaging powerpoint, connecting mining and sustainable development. He canvassed the business case, highlighted public statements by mining companies and compared guideline and rating tool approaches. Our guests were quick to…

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Seminar: Mining Sustainable Development – what have we come to?

Photo of open cut coal mine

An influential sustainability group once said, ‘In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing materials drawn from the Earth’s crust’ (TNS) – thus pinpointing an inherent incongruity between mining and sustainability. The reactions of mining companies to sustainable development have ranged from embracing it (at least publicly) to seeding scepticism. Are head…

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Crash test dummies and Gore

human crash test dummies in motion

With the slightest reluctance, I have started reading Earth in the Balance by Al Gore, republished in 2006 after the original 1992 publication. My reluctance was only that it is hard enough to find the time to keep up to date, let alone reading overview books by non-scientists written over 20 years ago. But I’m enjoying it.…

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New year in infrastructure sustainability

The Australian Green Infrastructure Council last night resolved to update the name of the organisation and announce it in the new year. Adopted at its AGM in Sydney, the new name will drop ‘green’ and continue the organisation’s evolution after it named the rating tool ‘IS’ for Infrastructure Sustainability. Katestone’s Scott Losee attended and will…

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