Be Thankful

Over Christmas my family and I┬átraveled┬áback to Australia for the first time in five years. There had been several reasons for our not returning sooner, high on our list was the cost, and a close second was the actual ability to take a month off to make the trip worthwhile. In a new job, with …

Stormwater Design

Stormwater design is one of the most critical components of urban engineering. Unfortunately in Canada there is no national standard of design principals used by municipalities or approval jurisdictions. I come from Australia where there is a national standard called Australian Rainfall and Runoff that is published by Engineers Australia. Here in Canada, it seems …

Saul Griffith on Future Energy

I often get asked how to present the information of climate change, peak oil, the economy and the future of humanity. Saul Griffith, one of the founders of Wattzon a tool to measure the energy impact of your everyday choices presented at the PopTech conference at the end of 2008.

Believing Peak Oil

It is human nature to avoid thinking about things that we assume someone else is taking care of – or things that we believe don’t really impact us. Two stories, one warning of impending change, the other oblivious to any threat of Australia losing it’s precious way of life… Hard times here to stay | …

Remembering

Remembrance Day 2008. Today is the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day in 1918, the end of the !st World War. I was in the Australian Army for four and a half years – training to serve my country, fortunately, I never went to war, many of those I trained with ended up in Iraq and …

Suburban Sprawl – The Developer’s View

The big picture just doesn’t register with some executives. Sprawl is bad for the planet and bad for humans, particularly in light of Peak Oil. Here is the justification for further suburban development in Melbourne, Australia. Death knell sounded for Aussie suburbs | NEWS.com.au Victoria’s housing estate developers are represented by the Urban Development Institute …