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10
Oct

Green Star Rating and Green Infrastructure

Green Star is a sustainability rating system launched in 2003 by the Green Building Council of Australia. The system was set up to measure and assess how environmentally friendly a building is. The Green Star Rating system is measured at all stages of the built environment life cycle. Factors include the efficiency of the cooling...
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30
Dec

Interior Plants for Sustainable Facility Ecology and Workplace Productivity

Margaret Burchett, Fraser Torpy & Jane Tarran; Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Group; and Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney. Human ecology (humans in their relationships with the environment) has a history extending up to two million years. Our species has continued to be biologically well adapted to ‘nature’ over this period. We are...
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30
Nov

How Nature Contributes to our Wellbeing and Broader Societal Benefits

School of Health and Social Development Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences, ‘Healthy Parks, healthy people’ 2nd edition March 2008, Deakin University Burwood, Melbourne. Research from many different sectors including urban planning, community development, physical and mental health, tourism, education, recreation, ecology and park management (urban and protected area). This diversity of perspectives...
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25
Oct

Do Plants in the Office Promote Good Health?

Prof. Dr. Tøve Fjeld,  Agricultural University of Norway, As/Oslo. A modern lifestyle presents us with a new situation in terms of psychological perspectives on our health. The study of the effect which our environment has on us is called ‘environmental psychology’. Studies in this field have clearly shown that our environment has a significant effect...
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10
Oct

The How of Happiness

Penguin Press New York Happiness Enhancing Strategies with permission from Sonja Lyubomirsky A scientific approach to getting the life you want. Download PDF
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21
Sep

20 Simple Tips to be Happy Now

Dr. Timothy Sharp, founder of The Happiness Institute and Author of “The Happiness Handbook”. Download PDF
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15
Sep

Daily Happiness Checklist

The Happiness Institute Sydney A checklist of positive steps towards ultimate happiness. What is happiness? Happiness is a term that covers a range of positive emotions. Ultimately it means different things to different people; it’s an entirely subjective experience. For some, the experience of happiness is one of predominately “high arousal” feelings such as joy...
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15
Aug

How Plants affect Human Health

Associate Professor Mardie Townsend, Deakin University Victoria. Humans are dependent psychologically on nature. Read about the environment and wellbeing. Download PDF
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12
Jul

Positive Psychology Progress

Martin E.P. Seligman and Tracey A. Steen, University of Pennsylvania; Nansook Park, University of Rhode Island; Christopher Peterson, University of Michigan. Positive psychology is an umbrella term for the study of positive emotions, positive character traits, and enabling institutions. Research findings from positive psychology are intended to supplement, not remotely to replace, what is known...
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10
Jul

How and Why Potted Plants Really do Clean Indoor Air

Margaret Burchett Ronald Wood, Ralph Orwell Jane Tarran, Fraser Torpy Ralph Alquezar Over 80 % of Australians live in cities, where we spend about 90% of our time indoors. A number of studies have shown that indoor air generally contains higher levels of contaminants than outdoor air – often several times higher concentrations. Over 350...
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