Revitalising cities from the neighbourhood up

21 March 2014

An EcoDistrict is a new model of public-private partnership that emphasises innovation and deployment of district-scale best practices to create the neighborhoods of the future - resilient, vibrant, resource efficient and just. The EcoDistricts Framework, developed by the EcoDistricts in Portland Oregon, aims to guide and support implementation across a diverse range of projects, from large-scale brownfield redevelopments to low-income neighborhood revitalisation.

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Future Cities Program: Open House

13 March 2014

The Future Cities Program was developed to assist leaders of both regional and metropolitan cities in New South Wales in meeting the challenges of building liveable and sustainable communities. This year’s focus is on the re-vitalisation of neighbourhoods and communities. The initial stage of the program involved inviting all cities to attend an Open House meeting to register their interest in attending the program.

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Obama's Second Term Foreign Policy: Yes, Asia is the Future but the Middle East Isn't Going Away

11 March 2014

New York Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo discussed the consequences of President Obama's Asia rebalance and how it affects US relations with major countries in the region, including China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, India, and members of ASEAN.

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Placemaking as a social movement: What if we built our cities around places?

4 December 2013

Shifting perspectives and creating innovative ideas surrounding places were the key points delivered by Vice-President of Project for Public Spaces in New York Ethan Kent at the Sydney Ideas event held at the University of Sydney. The public lecture looked at placemaking as a catalyst for building healthy, sustainable and economically viable cities for the future.

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Developments in Global Oceans Governance and Conservation

7 November 2013

Government representatives, NGOs and international experts met in Sydney to consider improvements to consider improvements to global governance of the high seas at a time of increasing concern about ocean conservation. The seminar was led by Co-Director of the Alliance 21 project, the Hon. Robert Hill and the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada, both of whom are Commissioners with the recently formed Global Ocean Commission.

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Public Knowledge Forum

4 November 2013

Dramatic shifts in the media industry threaten traditional reporting. What is the new journalism, does it inform the public, and what does this mean for democracy?

This November, the Public Knowledge Forum brought together distinguished opinion leaders from technology, politics, and the press to help answer pressing questions about the future of journalism and its impact on governance and public policy. How has the technological and economic disruption of the media business affected journalism’s ability to hold institutions accountable? In a world of fragmented audiences and time-shifted media consumption, can the new media still create the common pool of knowledge on which democratic self-government depends? Is our usage of the internet as a platform for news degrading or enhancing the quality of our public conversations?

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Postgraduate Information Evening with panel discussion on the Syrian crisis

15 October 2013

Do you want to advance your international career prospects? Increase your understanding of American politics, foreign policy, business, media and culture? Then come to our Postgraduate Information Evening and learn how to launch your international career with the Master of US Studies. Find out more at our Postgraduate Information Evening with an expert panel discussion on the Syrian crisis

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Advanced Biofuels Industry Day at PACIFIC 2013

8 October 2013

This one-day event, organised by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, took place in the Hall 3 Auditorium within the PACIFIC 2013 Exhibition Hall, on Tuesday 8 October. During the morning session, representatives of the US Department of the Navy (USN), Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and Australian and international shipping and aviation discussed the production of sustainable, high-energy-density liquid fuels for shipping, aviation and heavy logistics vehicles. The afternoon session was an interactive session on how to make the biofuel future happen. 

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International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure

1 October 2013 - 3 October 2013

The International Symposium for Next Generation Infrastructure (ISNGI), Australia 2013, is hosted by the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong and marks the commencement of a co-ordinated global infrastructure research program focussed on long term infrastructure and land use planning.

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Green Leaders Summit

9 September 2013 - 12 September 2013

The Green Leaders Summit brings together the world’s most influential Sustainability Leaders for inspiring thought provoking days of exchange and solution collaboration. This summit is structured to not only deliver a global picture of current sustainability challenges and innovations, but also to afford international leaders the opportunity to gain insights on solutions from some of the world’s leading minds.

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Barack Obama preparing for Asia tour

Gordon Flake, founding CEO of the Centre's sister institution, the Perth USAsia Centre, discusses what the President will be seeking to achieve on his upcoming visit to Asia.


Generating renewable energy

Chief executive of the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Centre guest Dan Arvizu discusses the future of renewable transportation fuels and the new push for energy productivity.

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