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Engineering a sustainable future.

THREE YOUNG AUSTRALIANS are spearheading a project to provide Australia with its own blueprint for a sustainable economy.

Following in the footsteps of Europe's Factor 4: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use and the US's Natural Capitalism: The Next Industrial Revolution, the project will produce a book--entitled Achieving a Sustainable Future--which will present the business case for the adoption of sustainable practice and assist practitioners in moving forward and actioning their sustainability plans.

The project's coordinator is Charlie Hargroves, a former civil and structural engineer and founder of the International Young Professional Association, who has specialised in the field of sustainable development. He--along with Michael Smith, who is completing his PhD in 'very green chemistry' and 2000 Young Australian of the Year (Science and Technology) and UNEP Youth Advisory Council co-chair James Moody--has driven the project which is part funded by the CSIRO and other institutions.

'The inspiration for the project has come from the fact that there is a big untold story to tell about sustainability in our region,' Hargroves told Ecos.

'As young professionals seeking to be active in the development of the future of our country and our planet we were concerned that even though dedicated individuals, groups, companies and institutions have been working hard to achieve a sustainable future, this great work is not being effectively reported, integrated or supported.'

The team has amassed an impressive list of authors from differing fields to ensure a 'whole of society' approach including: Dr Elizabeth Heij, leader of the CSIRO Sustainability Network; Professor Chris Ryan, Director of the Design School of RMIT; and Natural Capitalism author L. Hunter Lovins.

Achieving a Sustainable Future will be released in January 2004.
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Date:Apr 1, 2003
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