WATCH POWATalks #3 – What does sustainable water infrastructure look like? With Prof Stuart Khan

Dr Stuart Khan responds to the question: what does sustainable water infrastructure look like in this, the final talk in POWATalks Autumn series on May 17th, 2022. Stay tuned for the interesting Q&A with the audience too.

Dr Stuart Khan is a Professor at the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UNSW. His research focuses on the presence, implications and treatment of contaminants in water systems including drinking water, wastewater, recycled water and the environment. In this presentation, Stu shares his knowledge on sustainable water infrastructure, and the why maintaining a healthy, thriving catchment is so important.

POWATalks #2 and #3

POWAtalks #2 is coming up on May 4th at 7pm, via Zoom! This time we’ll be learning about some fascinating creatures of the Greater Sydney Water Catchment from Dr Ian Wright and Tom Kristensen.

Ian is a science communicator, researcher and senior lecturer in Western Sydney University’s School of Science. His research interests include freshwater ecology, as well as water science and management. Ian will be sharing with us his knowledge of frogs in the water catchment, and how mining impacts their capacity to thrive.

Tom studied ecology and now does inspiring work as a ‘citizen scientist’, surveying koalas in Heathcote National Park. We will be learning from Tom about the under-researched koala population in our catchment, and why it’s so important to protect this vital habitat.

We look forward to seeing you there! Register for POWATalks #2 here.

COMING UP NEXT
May 17th, 7pm – What would sustainable water infrastructure look like? with Dr Stuart Khan

In this third talk of the POWAtalks series we are joined by Dr Stuart Khan, a Professor at the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UNSW, who will be sharing his knowledge on sustainable water infrastructure, and why maintaining a healthy, thriving catchment is so important.

Register for POWAtalks #3 here.

Green Steel and the future of the Illawarra

In October 2020, Protect our Water Alliance and Lock the Gate co-hosted a webinar on the future of a steel industry without coal – Green Steel.

Tony Wood from the Grattan Institute says government should commit to funding a green steel project powered and fed by hydrogen. The Prime Minister has just announced that low-carbon steel is one of five priority technologies that will receive targeted government investment.

Could a green steel project be built in the Illawarra? How many jobs would it create? What are the challenges and opportunities? And if the future of steel-making in the Illawarra is coal-free, how do we create new opportunities for people currently employed to mine coal under our drinking water catchment?

MC: Tim Buckley, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Speakers:

Dr John Pye is a senior lecturer at the Australian National University. Recently, he has joined an ANU ‘Grand Challenge’ initiative named Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific, with the proposal to develop pathways for the fully carbon-neutral production of iron and steel.

Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute. Tony is one of Australia’s best-known commentators on energy policy. He is also co-author of a recent study called ‘Start with steel: A practical plan to support carbon workers and cut emissions’