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  • The Sustainability Specialist Network acts as a hub and filter for information on sustainability and as a forum to locate, share and develop information and best practice within sustainability. It will set the scene for the timely introduction of sustainable practices within the water sector.

    Sustainability is acknowledged as an extremely broad issue and tends to be an overarching concept. As the issue overlaps with other specialist networks it is expected that collaboration between networks will ensure that duplication isn’t an issue and that interconnectedness is encouraged.


    The primary objective of the network is to build capacity within the water sector by; 
        •  defining, highlighting and recognising best practice within business systems, projects, processes, tools and practices; and
        •  providing a networking forum and platform to highlight sustainability issues and engage with other sustainability-focused groups ensuring a combined and coordinated water sector response.


    The Committee currently works with a Climate Change sub-group to deliver on coordinated and practical responses to issues identified in the Action Plan.


    Want to join the Sustainability Specialist Network?  

    If you or a colleague would like to keep updated on the latest developments and events in sustainability, then join us! To join this network you must be an AWA member. 






    Ozwater'15 - Call For Papers  
    Closing 28 August 2014 

    AWA is calling for abstract submissions for Australia's international water conference and exhibition - Ozwater'15. The overall theme for the event is 'Water for Growth and Prosperity", with key sub-themes in:  

    • Technology, Operations and Asset Management, 
    • Governance, Regulation and Structure, 
    • Water for Rural, Remote and Regional Communities, 
    • Water for Agriculture, Food and Beverages, 
    • Water for Mining, Resources and Power,  
    • The Customer and Community, and 
    • Liveable Cities. 

    Submissions close 28 August - don't miss your chance to share your ideas, research, or initiative, and the opportunity to collaboratively encourage innovation and professional development.


    Visit to find out more and submit your abstract.



     November 2013 - Join the discussion online.


    Recent experience suggest there is some fatigue in the industry with use of "the 'S' word". AWA's Sustainability Network Committee has therefore posed the question "Is SUSTAINABILITY dead?" to members. 


    Get involved with the discussion and share your thoughts and views on AWA's Linkedin profile.




    Early bird closing 31 July
    17 – 19 September 2014, Adelaide


    AWA and the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) hare once again hosting ENVIRO’14 – a fantastic showcase of the water, waste and environment industries.


    Running from 17 to 19 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre, this year's conference theme, Pathways for better business, makes it the event for industry, government and the environmental sectors to gather and shape policy, and progress on sustainable enterprise.


    Participate in a massive three-day program, including professional development workshops and technical tours; concurrent streams across energy, waste, water and clean air; facilitated one-on-one meetings with keynotes and sponsors; and networking opportunities with researchers, government, business leaders and policy makers.


    Additionally, you will also hear from five renowned international and domestic keynote speakers:

    Jonathon Trent – OMEGA Project Scientist, NASA Ames Research Centre

     Richard J. Pope – Vice President, ARCADIS, New York

    Benjamin Hewett – SA Government Architect & Executive Director of the Office for Design and Architecture SA

    Dr Felicity-ann Lewis – President ALGA, Mayor of Marion

    Jon Dee – Founder & MD DoSomething!, Founder Planet Ark



    Early bird registration closes 31 July 2014. Visit for more information and to register. 



    To search for future events, visit the AWA Event Calendar.


    Got a suggestion for an event? Or wish to attend one of the above events? Please email to register your interest.