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Learning from water in Copenhagen

Learning from water in Copenhagen

Hi there,

In this episode we are joined by Simon Roberts from E2 Design Lab. Simon recently travelled to Copenhagen to participate in the Copenhagen Urban Lab. The event brought together six professionals of different disciplines for a week long intensive looking into a water challenge in Copenhagen. We talk with Simon about his experience during the week.   

Cheers

Jack

Uncovering the economics of a water sensitive city

Uncovering the economics of a water sensitive city

Hi there,

Today we're joined by David Pannell to talk economics and the water sensitive city.

Water sensitive cities have the potential to deliver a whole range of benefits to society, however it's not all plain sailing. A large number of the benefits of water sensitive cities are 'non-market benefits'. This means that they're a bit tricky to quantify. 

BUT!

If you don't quantify them, it's hard to justify spending money on those projects, and hard to tell which projects are more valuable than others.

This is where economics comes in.

David and I discuss the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities' latest research into the economics of the water sensitive city. David outlines three key elements to consider when considering any economic investigation.

Writing a brief to assess the benefits of your project?

These three elements will help!

BTW - David has a cracking blog about environmental economics. We recommend checking out the series beginning with PD235

Cheers

Jack

Towards a water sensitive city

Towards a water sensitive city

Hi there,

Today we're joined by Tony Wong, CEO of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

The CRCWSC is more than half way through, and a large amount of interesting research has emerged. 

To help cut through, in this episode we ask Tony a simple question.

"Which two pieces of emerging CRCWSC research most interest you, and have the most promise as they are implemented in practice?"

Thank you to Tony and the CRCWSC for the opportunity to chat. Keep an eye out for the next few episodes as we speak with CRC researchers about the economics of water sensitive cities, the urban heat island effect and living walls, biofilters and wastewater.

Cheers

Jack

Taking every opportunity - with Bhakti Devi

Taking every opportunity - with Bhakti Devi

One of the things that I love about makings these Ideanthro videos is the opportunity to find out how and why people approach their work the way they do. Recently Bhakti Devi was kind enough to share a lot of her time with me to discuss how she approached sustainable urban water management while in working in local government.

Cheers

Jack

Tony Weber's passion for water

Tony Weber's passion for water

Hello!

Tony Weber is well known in our industry for his passion and knowledge for water. Several weeks ago Tony made a post on Facebook that caught our attention...

"Around 25 years ago I first started understanding stormwater and hydrology thanks to this place, The Crump weir at Sandy Creek, Indooroopilly. Who would've thought a bit of concrete and some water would allow me to travel the world, helping to save rivers in some amazing places in Australia and overseas. I consider myself very fortunate to love what I do and do what I love, and a lot of that is due to what I learned from this place." - Tony Weber

The more that we speak to people in this industry, the more that we realise that everyone has a story of how they found and well in love with water, WSUD or waterways. How could we resist the opportunity to sit down with Tony, hear his story and pick his brains.

Cheers

Jack

Paying to maintain water sensitive assets

Paying to maintain water sensitive assets

Hi there,

Last week at Stormwater 2016 (Australia's national stormwater industry conference) we caught up with Martin O'Dea from Clouston Associates. He presented a really interesting paper, and we spoke to him about his thoughts on mechanisms for funding the maintenance of water sensitive assets.

You can find Martin at Clouston Associates and on LinkedIn.

Ryan Leech - Self evolution

Ryan Leech - Self evolution

Hi everyone,

In recent times I have become absolutely fascinated by how the techniques, habits and even tricks that lead to success and good things in one aspect of life, often lead to success in other aspects of life.

In today's episode we get a chance to explore this in a way that you might initially think is a little unusual. Today we have the pleasure of speaking with Ryan Leech. Ryan is best known as a professional mountain biker  and trials rider. In more recent times he has found success as a yoga coach and a life coach. He's a really thoughtful guy and a pleasure to speak with. 

Ryan and I chatted about his experiences in many aspects of life, and we attempted to relate those back to the stormwater and water sensitive urban design worlds. We explore exactly what we can learn from these seemingly distinct aspects of life, and how we can use it to evolve as people.

I really enjoyed the chat and want to extend a big thank you to Ryan for being willing to get involved in this slightly left field interview. If you want to know more about Ryan then check out his website, or simply google his name.

Now, I curious to know what you think of the chat. Let me know!

Cheers

Jack