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April 2011

Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development: link to webinar

On Tuesday 22 March 2011, Dr Mark Hostetler, Associate Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida, gave a webinar on Conserving Biodiversity in Subdivision Development. You can find a recording of the webinar here. The topic summary says that “Many residential developments and rural properties are situated near or in habitats that sustain native plant and animal communities. Conserving or restoring the unique …Read More

Values, assets, services, resources—choosing our words

Since my last blog, I’ve been working on watershed management plans and thinking about the extent to which we consciously consider the natural aspects of our watersheds, including the fresh or salt water bodies into which they eventually flow. What difference does it make to how we approach our management planning if we use different words? I can’t help but feel that it really does make a difference. Top of …Read More

“Make it so attractive that people want to work with us”

Still in recovery mode from an intense week in Melbourne and gradually processing all the information I gathered, I’m finding this quote “Make it so attractive that people want to work with us” works equally well as a banner for both the speaking and the environmental professions. Standouts at the speakers convention on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 2-4 April included Peter Sheahan and Ngahihi o te ra Bidois, while Peter …Read More

Ethics is the new black

People everywhere are rethinking the meaning of life and the role of work in contributing to that meaning. For many businesses, governments, community organizations and families, this has opened up opportunities to take stock; not just financially, but also in terms of their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health. What could this mean for businesses over the next year or two? Society’s deep disillusionment with cynical, unethical, greedy and, let’s …Read More

Melbourne—a water sensitive—and wonderful—city

Even more quirky and beautiful than I last remember it, Melbourne has so many Wow factors. Last time I was here several years ago I was hooked by the art gallery and the young fashion designer stores and impressed by the work Melbourne Water was doing on water use efficiency. This trip I’m totally wowed by Day 1 of the National Speakers Association of Australia conference, a mix of outstanding …Read More