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Entrepreneur Rail Model: A discussion paper
By Peter Newman, Evan Jones, Jemma Green and Sebastian Davies-Slate [.pdf - 6.9 MB]

Perth Freight Link: Good Idea, Wrong Port
By Peter Newman and Cole Hendrigan

Pilbara 2050, Ensuring the longterm viability of the Pilbara
By Jemma Green, Peter Newman & Johanna Mitchell

A Three Mode Plan for Perth: Connecting Heavy Rail, Light Rail and Bus with Urban Development to Achieve 21st Century Goals [.pdf - 7.1MB]
By Cole Hendrigan and Peter Newman, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute

The Perth Rail Transformation: Some political lessons learned. [.pdf - 154Kb]
By Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University.

Greening Strata Title Schemes in Western Australia: Turning barriers into opportunities for individual owners to implement environmentally sustainable provisions in existing residential strata dwellings. [.pdf - 224Kb]
by Chiara Pacifici, Curtin University.

Research on Timing the Crisis Information Releasing via Televisions [.pdf - 593Kb]
by Jiuchang Wei, Dingtao Zhao, Feng Yang, Shaofu Du and Dora Marinova

Into Geothermal Solutions: The Sustainability Case for Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia [.pdf - 6.07MB]
Edward Oldmeadow and Dora Marinova

Modeling Sustainability [.pdf - 404Kb]
Vladislav Todorov and Dora Marinova

By Peter Newman and Jan Scheurer, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute with assistance from Diana Ryan, Michael Kane, Jeff Kenworthy, Mark Bachels and Brian McMahon

By Peter Newman and Jan Scheurer, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute with assistance from Diana Ryan, Michael Kane, Jeff Kenworthy, Mark Bachels and Brian McMahon

By Peter Newman, Mark Bachels and Jan Scheurer

Hospitals and Sustainability [.pdf - 2.18MB]
By Brenton Burger and Peter Newman

High Capacity Broadband: an Economic, Environmental and Social Imperative for 2009
[.pdf - 161KB] A Discussion Paper by Mal Bryce

New from Island Press

Resilient Cities
Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change

By Peter Newman, Timothy Beatley, and Heather Boyer
Order from CUSP for $45.00

The Crash, Peak Oil and Resilient Cities

By Peter Newman

Green Urbanism Down Under Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia

Timothy Beatley, with Peter Newman
A uniquely personal look at how “green” solutions in Australia can benefit U.S. cities

Green Urbanism Down Under
Learning from Sustainable Communities in Australia

Timothy Beatley, with Peter Newman
Order from CUSP for $65.00

In this immensely useful book, Timothy Beatley sets out to answer a simple question: what can Americans learn from Australians about “greening” city life? Green Urbanism Down Under reports on the current state of “sustainability practice” in Australia and the many lessons that U.S. residents can learn from the best Australian programs and initiatives.

Australia is similar to the United States in many ways, especially in its “energy footprint.” For example, Australia’s per capita greenhouse gas emissions are second only to those of the U.S. A similar percentage of its residents live in cities (85% in Australia vs. 80% in the U.S.). And it suffers from parallel problems of air and water pollution, a national dependence on automobiles, and high fossil fuel consumption. Still, after traveling throughout Australia, Beatley finds that there are myriad creative responses to these problems—and that they offer instructive examples for the U.S.

Green Urbanism in Australia is a very readable collection of solutions. Although many of these innovative solutions are little-known outside Australia, they all present practical possibilities for U.S. cities. Beatley describes “green transport” projects, “city farms,” renewable energy plans, green living programs, and much more. He considers a host of public policy initiatives and scrutinizes regional and state planning efforts for answers. In closing, he shares his impressions about how Australian results might be applied to U.S. problems.

This is a unique book: hopeful, constructive, and filled with ideas that have been proven to work. It is a “must read” for anyone who cares about the future of American cities.

Timothy Beatley is Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia. His books include Green Urbanism (Island Press, 2000) and Ecology of Place (Island Press, 1997). Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Western Australia.
He is the author of Sustainability and Cities: Overcoming Automobile Dependence (Island Press, 1999), Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems and Resilient Cities (Island Press, 2008).

CUSP Discussion Pater 2008/1

Renewable Transport: How Renewable Energy and Electric Vehicles using Vehicle to Grid technology can make Carbon Free Urban Development [.pdf - 1.04MB]

"Public Spaces and Public Life in Perth" by Jan Gehl

Public Spaces and Public Life in Perth, Executive Summary [.pdf - 8.15MB] 
Part 1 - Public Spaces and Public Life in Perth [.pdf - 23.38MB]
Part 2 - Using the City Centre [.pdf - 21.33MB]
Part 3 - Improving the City Centre [.pdf - 15.12MB]

The Sustainable Urban Passenger Transport Package Deal [.pdf - 3.9MB]
by Jeffrey R. Kenworthy

Assessing the Costs of Alternative Development Paths in Australian Cities [.pdf - 612Kb]
by Roman Trubka, Peter Newman and Darren Bilsborough

This report was commissioned by Parsons Brinckerhoff Australia.

BEDP Environment Design Guide

The award winning BEDP Environment Design Guide (EDG) is a comprehensive source of information on environmental issues in the built environment.

Spatial Network Analysis of Multimodal Transport Systems: Developing a Strategic Planning Tool to Assess the Congruence of Movement and Urban Structure

A Case Study of Perth before and after the Perth-to-Mandurah Railway [.pdf - 10.3MB]
by Dr Jan Scheurer & A/Prof Carey Curtis

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems

Peter Newman and Isabella Jennings Island Press, Washington DC, 2008.
A new vision of the city as a living system within a broader bioregion

Order from CUSP for $65.00

Modern city dwellers are largely detached from the environmental effects of their daily lives. The sources of the water they drink, the food they eat and the energy they consume are all but invisible, often coming from other continents, and their waste ends up in places beyond their city boundaries.

Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems shows how cities and their residents can begin to reintegrate into their bioregional environment, and how cities themselves can be planned with nature’s organizing principles in mind. Taking cues from living systems for sustainability strategies, Newman and Jennings reassess urban design by exploring flows of energy, materials and information, along with the interactions between human- and non-human parts of the system.
Drawing on examples from all corners of the world, the authors explore natural patterns and processes that cities can emulate in order to move towards sustainability. Some cities have adopted simple strategies such as harvesting rainwater, greening roofs and producing renewable energy. Others have created biodiversity ‘arks’ for endangered species, community gardens that support a connection to their foodshed and pedestrian-friendly spaces that encourage walking and cycling .
A powerful model for urban redevelopment, Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems describes aspects of urban ecosystems from the visioning process to achieving economic security to fostering a sense of place. The book is based on the Ten Melbourne Principles for Sustainable Cities which were adopted by local government at the UN World Summit in Johannesburg. The principles are richly illustrated with practical stories of hope from around the world that sustainability can work in cities.

Peter Newman is Professor of Sustainability and Director of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. He recently completed a Fulbright scholarship, which he spent at the University of Virginia studying sustainability initiatives in the US. He is the author of Sustainability and Cities (1999).

Isabella Jennings is the Sustainability Officer at the City of Fremantle in Western Australia and is a graduate student at Murdoch University. Her past and current research is related to the Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems idea.

New book by Dora Marinova, David Anandale and John Phillimore

The International Handbook on Environmental Technology Management
Published by Edward Elgar, this important Handbook is the first comprehensive account that brings together recent developments in the three related fields of environmental technology, environmental management and technology management. With contributions from more than 55 outstanding authors representing ten countries and five continents, the reader is provided with a vast range of insightful perspectives on the latest industry and policy issues. With the aid of numerous case studies, leading experts reflect on significant changes in the use of technology and management practices witnessed in the last decade.

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