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Sustain Northern Rivers (SNR) is a collaboration of 26 organisations that was formed in 2008. It acknowledges that no single organisation has the mandate or resources to deal with all the interrelated issues of tackling the ‘wicked problem’ of climate change.

SNR consults, collaborates and communicates. Its aim is to empower local communities to become self-sustaining.

SNR has developed a four-year action plan. Working groups devised a number of strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation in the key areas of energy, transport, food and social innovation.

GO GREEN: Workplace Travel Bulletin SUMMER 2012!

The first edition of the Sustain Transport Working Group’s workplace travel bulletin (Summer 2012) is here! It contains heaps of ideas and stories about how workplaces can help their employees reduce their carbon footprint and get healthier in the process.

Contributions for future editions of the bulletin can be sent to Linda Wirf at NRSDC via email: linda.wirf@nrsdc.org.au.

Future Energy Skills Report

Future_Energy_Skills_CoverFuture Energy Skills for the North CoastSustain Energy (the SNR energy working group) commissioned a research project in April 2012 through RDA-NR to inform the establishment of a future skills development program to ensure the energy sector in the region has the skills it needs to adapt to evolving issues such as carbon pricing, demand management and energy efficiency, a lower carbon economy, transition to renewable energy and the ‘smart’ energy systems enabled by the introduction of the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The research was undertaken by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney. It included a literature review plus stakeholder interviews and workshop, and focused on three key questions:

  1. What skills are required, now and in the future, to transition to a sustainable energy future on the North Coast?
  2. What skills gaps exist in the North Coast, relative to the skills needs defined above?
  3. How can the various training providers on the North Coast best address these skills gaps?

The recommendations in the report range from developing a bioenergy strategy for the region, to ensuring training options for planners include sustainable energy skills and carbon accounting courses for accountants, managers and business students.

The research was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the Local Employment Coordinator Flexible Funding Pool.

For more information about the work of Sustain Northern Rivers, visit their website – sustainnorthernrivers.org –  or contact sustain@rdanorthenrivers.org.au.