Forest-based bioeconomy benefits climate, jobs and growth

    University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland held an event “Forest-based bioeconomy – benefits for climate, jobs and growth” in Brussels 8 November 2017. The event called for an increased role and identification of research needs of forest-based circular bioeconomy to address climate change, substitution of fossil-based materials, multiple use of forests and governance of bioresources.

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    Invitation for applications for JMSE Travel Awards 2018

    The Journal of Marine Science and Engineering is inviting applications for two Travel Awards for postdoctoral researchers and PhD students to attend an international conference in 2018. The nominations and applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Committee presided by the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Dr. Tony Clare.

    For candidate requirements and application procedure, click here:

    iPoint Takes Over Industry Leader in Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Cost Accounting

    iPoint-systems continues its growth course. Since December 2017, ifu Institute for Environmental IT Hamburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the iPoint Group. The software and consulting company headquartered in Reutlingen, Germany, is thus further expanding its solution portfolio in the area of life cycle assessment and material flow cost accounting.

    Athena Sustainable Materials Institute celebrates 20 years of innovation in the Green Building sector

    The Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada and with a US affiliate in Pennsylvania, is a leading pioneer in the Green Building Sector and proud to have been on the forefront of sustainability metrics for two decades. This small non-profit has had significant industry impact over the past decades.

    PhD Fellowship announcement: North Carolina State University

    The Forest Biomaterial Department at North Carolina State University is seeking candidates for a PhD Fellowship to do research in biobased products through an awarded USDA grant titled, Preparing Diverse and Rural Students and Teachers to Meet the Challenges in the Bioproducts and Bioenergy Industry (approximately $2.75 million over the next four years).  The Fellowship is for a maximum of four years of support including a stipend of about $23,000, tuition, and benefits.

    BIMobject AB: BIMobject adds sustainability and environmental data in cooperation with FED Spinoff

    Today, BIMobject AB (BIMobject) and FED Spinoff - Future Environmental Design (FED) announce the agreement to cooperate to develop new functionalities and services for the platform BIMobject® Cloud regarding product information on sustainability and environment. This will allow manufacturers to share data on the environmental sustainability of their products, and enable designers and architects to perform sustainability calculations and simulations of BIM-based projects.  

    Largest shed in southern hemisphere gets 6 Green Stars for environmental features

    One of the largest sheds in the southern hemisphere, a half-a-kilometre-long storage and distribution facility the size of eight MCG playing fields, has won a 6 Star Green Star As Built rating, based on a ‘whole life cycle assessment’. The giant shed leased by global logistics giant CEVA is owned and managed by Singapore-listed Frasers Property Australia in its West Park Industrial Estate in Truganina.

    Need for a scientific basis of EU climate policy on forests

    A group of scientists has sent an open letter to EU decision-makers, warning that a planned increase in harvesting levels of forests for bioenergy use risk having a negative impact on the climate.

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    The SDG Club - a new crowd funded project just launched

    Since the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were published 2 years ago, much has been said on the difficulty in implementing them into business practice. The main difficulty comes from the sheer number of goals (17) and accompanying targets (169) and indicators (so far 230). 

    Job Opening (Australia): Senior Sustainability Consultant, WSP

    The WSP Sustainability team is looking for a new, experienced professional for the role of Senior Sustainability Consultant for their office in Brisbane.