It's been a busy month for the Ginninderra project team as we continue to explore how the rapid pace of technological change is shaping our cities and how we can best incorporate this into our planning.
Participants at the recent Green Cities conference in Sydney (March 2017) were encouraged to 'Fast Forward to the Future' and to be the agents of change who drive the future of sustainable cities.
Co-hosted by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia, Green Cities is Australia's premier sustainability conference for the built environment. A team from CSIRO's Ginninderra project attended this year's conference to meet industry leaders and to canvas the latest thinking on liveable, sustainable and resilient cities.
Australia-wide CSIRO has been working with Aboriginal communities to ensure sustainable futures for Aboriginal people, culture and country. We certainly wanted that to be the case at Ginninderra also.
CSIRO and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) were joined on 19 December 2016 by traditional custodian group representatives to salvage artefacts from two paddocks within the Ginninderra site ahead of the proposed future development. Artefact salvage, together with conservation measures in the landscape, are important for protecting heritage features and strengthening the connection between Aboriginal communities and their heritage values.
Australian cities boast air quality that is among the best found in urban centres across the world, however we face a number of challenges if we are to maintain or improve that standing. The comparatively high quality of air found in Australian cities was a notable finding in the Atmosphere chapter of the recently released national report: State of the Environment 2016.
One of our goals at Ginninderra is to deliver a high quality built environment that promotes clean air and the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors, while also supporting the health of the surrounding ecosystem.
Did you know that we conducted grassland restoration burns this time last year? Finding out how fire and other management methods can be used to recover native grasslands is the focus of community-led research in ACT’s Ginninderra catchment.
Learn more about various aspects of the Ginninderra Project by watching our selection of videos. These can also be accessed via our YouTube channel.
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