‘Climate risks are risks to business and should be a priority for boards of directors’.

‘Climate risks are risks to business and should be a priority for boards of directors’.

When it comes to climate change and resilience to extreme weather events, Australians don’t need to look very far to understand our challenges – as the poem goes, we have ample droughts and flooding plains … and heatwaves and blackouts. But the challenges do not come from mother nature alone, they lie in leadership, particularly in Australia’s approach to business sustainability. Lessons should be learned from UK businesses in terms of understanding the imperatives and structuring business strategy around climate change.

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Integrated Thinking for Sustainable Cities and Communities

Integrated Thinking for Sustainable Cities and Communities

The theme for the 2017 Sustainable Integrated Cities International Conference – held in Perth on 4th and 5th December 2018 – was ‘Integrated Thinking for Sustainable Cities and Communities.’

I joined a strong speaker line up which included Michael Nolan, Chair UN Global Compact – Cities Programme, Brad Pettitt, Mayor at Fremantle City Council, Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, Larry Quick, CEO of Resilient Futures, and John Thwaites, Professor & Chairman, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & Climate Works Australia.

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Do we understand the behaviour changes required to be more resilient? 11 experts share their views

Resilience is a hot topic when it comes to the major issues facing our communities now and into the future. I asked 11 leading industry contributors the following question: We continue to read and hear that our communities, our infrastructure, our systems must be more resilient. Do we understand what this means? Do we understand the behaviour changes that are required for us to be more resilient? And can Smart Cities assist? Read on for their thoughts ...

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The smart cities landscape – where does the Smart Cities Council fit in and what impact does it have?

The smart cities landscape – where does the Smart Cities Council fit in and what impact does it have?

Following my recent appointment as Chair of Australia’s first national Smart Cities Awards program (for Smart Cities Council Australian and New Zealand SCCANZ), I was interviewed about the role of a smart city council and awards programs and how they are / will impact the smart cities conversation. Here is the interview. 

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How can we assist smart cities support smart citizens? 10 experts share their ideas

How can we assist smart cities support smart citizens? 10 experts share their ideas

Smart cities are THE two words on the radar of every planner, policy maker, designer, urban strategist, digital specialist, builder, owner, operator and investor! I asked a handful of leading industry voices in the cities space the following question: There is a justifiable focus on Smart Cities at present. Smart cities ought to support smart citizens – how might we assist that?   Read on for their responses. 

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