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Delivering sustainableproject outcomesJane Scanlon - sustainability and climate changeconsultantCurrent practices and rese...
Outline• Defining project sustainability• Different sustainability tools• Industry specific tools• Key challenges• What do...
Defining project sustainability• Many definitions and interpretations.• Context specific.• No ‘end point’ - about continuo...
Different sustainability toolsThere is ‘assessment’• Strategic level - sustainability appraisal (or integratedenvironmenta...
Project life-cycle
Industry specific tools - a taste• Urban development - Smart Growth AssessmentTool and EnviroDevelopment.• Buildings - Gre...
Key challenges• Balancing usability with comprehensiveness.• Is the cart before the horse?• The curve of influence.• Susta...
So what?• We need to use/create robust, meaningful tools.Do we use AGIC’s categories?• The market is growing as are availa...
Websites of interest• International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)Project Sustainability Management (PSM) Guid...
Reports of interest• Wagga Wagga City Council Bomen Business Park DraftMasterplan (2009) www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/www/html/361...
Journal articles of interest• Morrison-Saunders, A and Fischer, T ‘What is wrong with EIA and SEA anyway? - A SkepticsPers...
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Perspectives on climate risk for rail infrastructure

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Stella Whittaker, Senior Executive Sustainability and Climate Change, from ManidisRoberts has presented at the Victorian Transport Summit. If you would like more information about the conference, please visit the website: http://www.statetransportevents.com.au/transport-conference/vic-transport-infrastructure

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  1. 1. Delivering sustainableproject outcomesJane Scanlon - sustainability and climate changeconsultantCurrent practices and research trends
  2. 2. Outline• Defining project sustainability• Different sustainability tools• Industry specific tools• Key challenges• What does this mean for Manidis Roberts?
  3. 3. Defining project sustainability• Many definitions and interpretations.• Context specific.• No ‘end point’ - about continuous improvement.• Could be broadly defined as:directing projects toward positive/enhanced economic,social and environmental outcomes.
  4. 4. Different sustainability toolsThere is ‘assessment’• Strategic level - sustainability appraisal (or integratedenvironmental assessment)• Planning and approvals - sustainability assessment; ESDprinciples in planning law; preliminary frameworksThere are ‘frameworks’• Project delivery - indicator frameworks; sustainableconstruction techniques; sustainable procurement• Operation - indicator frameworks (inc. change management)
  5. 5. Project life-cycle
  6. 6. Industry specific tools - a taste• Urban development - Smart Growth AssessmentTool and EnviroDevelopment.• Buildings - GreenStar and LEEDS.• Infrastructure - AGIC and CEEQUAL.• International - FIDIC’s Project Sustainability Mgt.• Consultancies - Arup’s SPeAR and WorleyParson’s EcoNomics.
  7. 7. Key challenges• Balancing usability with comprehensiveness.• Is the cart before the horse?• The curve of influence.• Sustainability is ‘green’?• Trade-offs and scope.• Should not be added but integrated into existingsystems and processes.• Understanding key actors and drivers/incentives.
  8. 8. So what?• We need to use/create robust, meaningful tools.Do we use AGIC’s categories?• The market is growing as are available tools.• Opportunity to adapt existing tools.• A multi-disciplinary team.• Complex issues - innovative and creative thinking.• Collaboration and communication is key!
  9. 9. Websites of interest• International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)Project Sustainability Management (PSM) Guidelineshttp://www1.fidic.org/resources/sustainability/• Australian Green Infrastructure Council (AGIC)http://www.agic.net.au/• Urban Development Institute of AustraliaEnviroDevelopment http://www.envirodevelopment.com.au/• U.S Green Building Council Leadership in Energy andEnvironmental Design (LEED)http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19• Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Guidelineshttp://www.globalreporting.org/ReportingFramework/G3Guidelines/
  10. 10. Reports of interest• Wagga Wagga City Council Bomen Business Park DraftMasterplan (2009) www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/www/html/3616-draft-master-plan.asp• Hunter Water Corporation Tillegra Dam Environmental AssessmentReport (2009) Ch 2 Addressing Sustainabilityhttp://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/page/project-sectors/transport--communications--energy---water/water-supply-works/?action=view_job&job_id=1687
  11. 11. Journal articles of interest• Morrison-Saunders, A and Fischer, T ‘What is wrong with EIA and SEA anyway? - A SkepticsPerspective on Sustainability Assessment’ (2006) Journal of Environmental Assessment,Planning and Management 8(1) 1-21 athttp://wwwstaff.murdoch.edu.au/~angusms/Publications/publications.html•Gasparatos et al ‘A Critical Review of Reductionist Approaches for Assessing the ProgressTowards Sustainability’ (2008) Environmental Impact Assessment Review 28(4-5).
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