- UNIVERSITY of Southern Queensland researchers are a step closer to delivering an online tool to help farmers count the cost of cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
- Adjunct Professor Ian McPail has had an article published in The Conversation on 'Save now, pay later: the hidden costs of lower electricity bills'.
- As stated by Anna Stephenson in the TSBE eNews, USQ Researchers are developing a range of collaborative projects with Western Downs Regional Council focused on helping the people, the agricultural sector and businesses of the region to bridge the ‘digital divide’ and maximise the benefits from the global ‘digital economy’.
- Professor John Cole commented on how to save money on household power bills for the Courier Mail.
- In preparation for the NBN rollout in Stanthorpe, Dr Khorshed Alam ran a workshop with the Southern Downs Regional Council to gauge community interest and help address concerns.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Eidin O'Shea has had an article published in The Conversation titled 'Systematic failure and grey areas: abortion in Ireland'.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Eidin O'Shea has had an article published in The Conversation titled 'Cross to bear: Ireland’s Ryan Commission into child abuse in the Catholic Church'.
- Three ACSBD members (Martin Blake, Mike Duggan and Ngaire McGaw) have been included in the second 100 Global Sustain Ability Leaders list, which has been devised and produced by Ken Hickson, Chairman/CEO of Sustain Ability Showcase Asia (SASA) and ABC Carbon, is published in this the 176th issue of abc carbon express (9 October 2012). This is SASA’s best effort in identifying and honouring 100 people around the world – at home and abroad – who have provided leadership in the relatively new field of sustainability.
- USQ Adjunct Professor Martin Blake tells how Companies could slash a third from energy bills. AUSTRALIAN companies are spending 25-35 per cent more than they need to on energy bills, according to the sustainability strategist who helped Britain's Royal Mail trim more than $44 million from its carbon-based costs.
"We've been doing this quite well for many years without the political debate that you guys have been going through," said Dr Martin Blake, a guest speaker at Tuesday's International Green Awards Summit in Brisbane.
Please see Courier Mail article 13 August 2012.
- Harvard University academic, Professor Michael Hiscox presented two seminars at USQ on Wednesday, 25 July in Toowoomba and Friday, 27 July in Springfield, as part of a two week visit to the university.
Professor Hiscox’s research focuses on international trade and global supply chains.
- USQ Professor takes out Premier’s Award - Decades of work promoting business innovation for sustainable development was recognised when Professor John Cole received the major award at the 2012 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
- New game plan for Regional Development - The Wide Bay Burnett is on its way to becoming a test case for a collaborative approach to regional economic development following the allocation of an $87,000 grant to the region’s Economic Development and Enterprise Collaboration (EDEC).
- PhD students compete for research prize - PhD student Ade Adeyinka hopes his prize-winning research project will lead him on the path to become a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
- Whilst presenting at the Central Highlands Conference 'Investing in Our Future', Professor John Cole was interviewed by ABC radio (PDF*180.2KB) regarding his perspectives about what the Central Highlands will look like beyond the boom. His talk may be accessed on his blog.
- Regional development expert to address Bay seminar - The outlook for regional Australia may rest on ditching the baggage of the past and designing a new future with new attitudes.
- Professor John Cole has made comment in the Shift Miner Magazine in February regarding economic vulnerability in Queensland due to the focus on the mining industry. This article was in preparation for the Central Highlands Conference 'Investing in Our Future' to be held in Emerald in March.
- Outgoing Reserve Bank of Australia Board member and Professor of Economics at the Australian National University (ANU), Warwick McKibbin, is the keynote speaker at a Regional Business Leaders’ Forum (RBLF) in Toowoomba on Friday 14 October 2011.
- Professor John Cole recently chaired the 2011 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) annual conference and delivered the opening remarks.
- Much of the public debate over coal seam gas has focussed on the potential environmental impacts of the burgeoning new industry. In an address at the Surat Basin Conference in Roma on 8 September, ACSBD’s Director, Professor John Cole, said the bigger challenge will be to ensure that the region secures long term social and economic benefit from the gas boom. He said that with a measured precautionary approach the environmental issues around CSG could be safely managed. See the notes of his address at http://www.profjohncole.wordpress.com
- When innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr visited USQ recently, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, Professor John Cole, outlined USQ’s research into sustainability and development, particularly in the areas of farming, regional development, corporate reporting and organisational innovation in dealing with climate change.
- Associate Professor Heather Zeppel gave a presentation titled 'Indigenous employment opportunities in National Parks' at the Tonkin's Native Title Forum in Brisbane held from 28-31 August.
- ACSBD Deputy Director, Prof Julie Cotter, was the keynote speaker at CPA Australia’s Gold Coast Business Leaders Dinner on 24 August. The focus of her talk was on the tension between our industrial economy and the earth’s ecological limits, and the implications of this for the accounting profession. Julie outlined some of the research being undertaken in this area by the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development.
- Comments on environmental consulting by Professor John Cole were published by the Waste Management and Environment Environment Business Media pre-empting the content of discussion to be held at the EIANZ 2011 conference - Facing the Future - Actions for the Environment Profession on the Sunshine Coast on September 28-30.
- The Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development is one of the short listing partners for the 2011 ACCA Australia Sustainability Reporting Awards. ACCA awards companies from around the world for excellence in environmental, social and sustainability reporting. Professor Julie Cotter and ACSBD PhD student Renzo Mori Jnr have completed the short listing, and the award winners will be announced at the ACCA Sustainability Reporting Awards Conference in Sydney on 8 August where Julie Cotter will represent the ACSBD.
- Associate Professor Heather Zeppel gave a presentation titled ‘Environmental innovations by Queensland tourism operators’ at the Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges conference held at Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW, 8-9 June 2011.
- The ACSBD held it's annual Members Retreat on 6 June 2011 at USQ Toowoomba Campus.
- Professor John Cole, Director, ACSBD has presented a keynote address at the Local Government Association of Queensland, 2011 Regional Economic Development Conference, Gladstone 18-20 May ‘ Making the most of the resources boom: how do we make regional development sustainable?’. The conference was primarily focussed on the issues arising from the resources boom and its impact on regional Queensland, including the Surat Basin.
- The ACSBD Working Paper series was launched, with the first two working papers titled ‘Climate Change and Australian Tourism’ and ‘Green Tourism Futures’ by Associate Professor Heather Zeppel and Dr Narelle Beaumont uploaded onto the ACSBD website.
- Mr Don Parry, ACSBD Industry Fellow and owner of Queensland Complete Printing Service, gave a keynote presentation on ‘The business of reducing energy, water & waste costs’ at the QWESTNet Forum on 18 May 2011 - Cost Savings for Small Business.
- The official launch of the Economic Development and Enterprise Collaboration partnership took place on the 25th May with Fraser Coast stakeholders, including DEEDI, marked by the appointment of Associate Professor Paul Collits, a leading regional development researcher as Research Director for the EDEC program within ACSBD.
- Associate Professor Heather Zeppel participated in the NCCARF Conference and Local government workshop held at the Cairns Convention Centre, 6 April 2011.
- ACSBD has appointed Professor Ulrich Nissen of the University of Applied Sciences Giessen-Friedberg in Germany as an Adjunct Professor to the Centre. Ulrich has expertise in energy management and holds qualifications in both engineering and accounting.
- USQ Academic, Dr Tim Cadman, challenges the legitimacy of organisations claiming sustainable, ethical and responsible investment (PDF*123KB).
- ACSBD Postdoctoral fellow, Dr Tim Cadman, is conducting new research in Springfield that is challenging the legitimacy (PDF*108KB) of the big businesses' use of popular marketing catch-cries such as sustainability, ethics and responsibility.
- Professor John Cole will present at the upcoming Law and Sustainability Symposium (PDF*216KB). This one day symposium is a joint initiative of the USQ Law School and the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development.
- Professor John Cole and Associate Professor Heather Zeppel led presentations and case studies on business sustainability for local area high school students at the Sustainable Business Conference, USQ Springfield, 25 March 2011.
- ACSBD Director Professor John Cole echoed calls by US scientists for an end to ‘partisan and ideological debate’ (PDF*94KB) about climate change. Communities deserve an honest and open debate that is grounded in respect for the research and scientific integrity of expert climate specialists.
- USQ Academic and ACSBD Fellow Releases Major New Study on Global Governance and Forestry with Leading International Publisher.
- Dr Narelle Beaumont presented a paper co-authored with Associate Professor Heather Zeppel titled Green Tourism Futures: Climate Change Responses by Australian Government at the CAUTHE 2011 Conference: Tourism Creating a Brilliant Blend, Adelaide, 8-11 February.
- Associate Professor Heather Zeppel gave a presentation co-authored with Dr Narelle Beaumont titled ‘Climate change governance networks in Australian tourism: Collaboration for low carbon tourism’ at the Sustainability, Collaborative Governance and Tourism Research Symposium, Southern Cross University Gold Coast, 17-18 February.
- Senior Courier Mail columnist Des Houghton exposes the greenhouse gas vulnerabilities (PDF*1MB) of Queensland’s coal reliant economy – with a little help from Professor John Cole at ACSBD.
- President Obama has more constitutional options in regulating greenhouse gas emissions (PDF*75KB) than does Prime Minister Gillard. See John Cole's Op-ed article in the Courier Mail 10 November 2010.
- USQ's hometown advantage makes it a key player (PDF* 104KB) in the gas-rush sweeping the western Darling Downs.
- Boardroom Briefing (PDF*500KB) on best practise business sustainability - 22nd November 2010. This intensive one day briefing will get you up to speed with some of the practical steps firms can take to build sustainble business while delivering immediately on the bottom line.
- Collaborating universities announce sustainability education milestone. In a world first, the University of Southern Queensland and City University of Seattle have collaborated to develop a bachelors level accounting degree (PDF* 109KB) designed around the Global Reporting Initiative.
- Professor Julie Cotter lends her expertise to international board. The University of Southern Queensland through its Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development will provide academic leadership to international efforts to develop a globally accepted framework (PDF* 539KB) for corporate reporting on climate change
- ACSBD Deputy Director Professor Julie Cotter has been invited to chair a high level technical panel (PDF*80KB) assisting the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB) based in London.
- Insultation blunders should not distract from need for government leadership in household sustainability. See Professor John Cole's op-ed in the Courier Mail dated 22nd October (PDF* 285KB).
- The Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development recently held the first of their research briefing seminars.
- USQ prepares students for green workplace - Professor John Cole is the key note Speaker at the 'Greening your Career' event on 19 May 2010.
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