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Three specialists share why sustainability is worth the investment at the Infrastructure Sustainability Conference.

This week in Sydney, three WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff specialists will present new sustainability insights at the Infrastructure Sustainability Conference.


US-based Sustainability Director, Margaret (Meg) Cederoth, is the conference key note speaker.

Ms Cederoth is encouraging Australian authorities to consider the sustainability lessons of the California High-Speed Rail program.

‘After just one year of construction this program has already achieved ambitious sustainability targets.

‘The sustainability wins include recycling 44,000 tons of construction material (99% of the total), reducing site criteria air pollutant emissions by 42% (compared to average), and delivering jobs in one of the areas of the state with the highest unemployment.

‘This transformative investment for California highlights how we can convert sustainability vision into reality.

‘Once complete this project will reduce freeway and airport congestion and reduce carbon emissions by an average of 1 to 1.3 million metric tons annually,’ Ms Cederoth said.

Associate Director of Sustainability, Richard Palmer, will discuss the value of different sustainability tools and benchmarks for infrastructure developers and investors.

‘This is a guide on how best to use these tools to address environmental, social and governance issues.

‘For example, I will explain the difference between the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s IS Rating Tool and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) survey for infrastructure assets and funds,’ Mr Palmer said.

Principal Engineer and materials capability leader, Rob Kilgour, will pitch for first place in the materials handling challenge.  

Mr Kilgour explained that, in keeping with the conference theme “What IS next?” specialists will provide case studies of products being used ‘the right way’ to achieve the optimal, sustainable outcome.

‘I will discuss the adoption of weathering steel versus galvanized plain carbon steel to reduce asset lifecycle costs,’ Mr Kilgour said.


When:              Tuesday 25 October 2016

Where:             Doltone House Darling Island, Sydney   

  • 9:20am session – Sustainability Director, Margaret Cederoth: California High Speed Rail Sustainability Track Record
  • 11.40am session 'GRESB Survey with Emke'- Sustainability Associate Director, Richard Palmer: Integrated Sustainability for Infrastructure Investing
  • 1:20pm session – Principal Materials Technology Engineer, Robert Kilgour: Materials Design Challenge - Weathering Steel Versus Galvanized Plain Carbon Steel.

More:  https://isca.org.au/events-and-training/infrastructure-sustainability-conference/item/521-infrastructure-sustainability-conference


For additional information, please contact:

Mary Henry

General Manager Communication, Australia New Zealand 

Phone: (61) 417 977 864


24 October 2016