Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
5 | From the President | |FromtheCEO| I would like to invite and encourage you to submit an abstract to be considered for presenting a paper at the 2015 joint IFME World Congress on Municipal Engineering and IPWEA International Public Works Conference. This will truly be an amazing global event for public works. It will also be our frst IPWEA International “Australasian” Conference being held in Rotorua, New Zealand. Note the conference is 7--10 June with technical tours on Thursday, 11 June 2015, so make sure you allocate some funds from your current fnancial year budget. It will be a rare opportunity to attend a World Congress so close to home. The committee is looking for papers that are topical, well presented and of relevance and beneft to our conference audience. There is a 200-word maximum for abstracts and the deadline for their receipt is Friday, 24 October 2014.Full papers are not required to be received until Friday 27 March 2015. There will also be the option of having your paper peer reviewed for inclusion in a themed issue of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) Municipal Engineer Journal. The 2015 conference will be jointly hosted by IPWEA and the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME). The theme of “Sustainable Communities, Sharing Knowledge” sits well within the IPWEA vision of being a global leading organisation for all people involved in the planning and provision of public works and services. Ideally we are seeking papers that will showcase examples of engineering and public works solutions that can provide sustainable outcomes for local communities. The topics covered by public works can be wide and varied. This is a chance to share your knowledge and experiences with your peers both locally and internationally. It is an opportunity to enhance your profle and skills personally and professionally. To fnd out more and to submit your Abstract for Rotor ua 2015, visit ipwea.org/nz2015. Switching to LED street lighting could save Australia's local councils up to $87 million and prevent 720,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere each year. To capture these benefts, state governments need to either urgently change the regulations covering street lighting or help transfer street lights to councils on fair terms, as has happened in New Zealand and parts of Canada. A new Practice Note released by IPWEA and supported by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACELG) calculates that street lighting in Australia costs at least $400m per year. But, while local councils are legally responsible for providing street lighting in Australia -- and pay for street lighting -- the lights are mostly owned and maintained by the electricity distribution utilities. What is their incentive to reduce costs or energy consumption? In addition to the huge cost and emission savings, our new IPWEA Practice Note also highlights improved safety outcomes for drivers and pedestrians where LED lighting is in use. Whiter LED light is cleaner and tests in the US have shown it enables drivers to respond more quickly in emergencies. As well, results from Los Angeles show a measurable reduction in street crime and vandalism after LED street lighting was introduced. It's a win-win for energy savings, maintenance savings, emission savings and added safety, but it requires some political leadership at state government level to realise these gains. This can be a direct action strategy with measurable benefts, which could help Australia reach its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets while saving ratepayer dollars and improving safety outcomes. The authors of the Practice Note will be conducting a series of IPWEA workshops around Australia in October on the new Practice Note, and the issues it raises. For Street Lighting workshop details and to download a free copy of the Practice Note, visit ipwea.org/StreetLighting2014 or contact IPWEA on +61 (02) 8267 3003. It will be a rare opportunity to attend a World Congress so close to home. This can be a direct action strategy with measurable benefits ...
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