I continue to make efforts on the sustainability front, in multiple ways, some very small, but some more significant. One of the largest environmental/sustainability impacts I have made recently is a flight (and upcoming return) from Paris to Brisbane to attend an Australian chapter IGS conference event and make other client calls. I recognize my past history of lots of air travel as being a negative impact to a sustainable planet. It is my hope that the “good” value that I bring with my efforts on geosynthetics helps to balance this, but I feel that I need to make a more direct adjustment. I have looked through several on-line “flight impact” calculators and the results indicate my contribution to the flights emissions is roughly 14,585 Kg of CO2 with an appropriate financial amount of 377 AUD. To that end, I have made a charitable contribution to an Australian organization for that amount. I state this not as boasting, but acknowledgement that I and we all, need to do a better job of understanding and accepting the broader costs and impacts of our actions – the singularly capitalist economic model does not seem to be doing this sufficiently well. The concept of EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) Wikipedia link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extended_producer_responsibility should guide individuals as well as manufacturers. I am trying to “walk the walk” as well as “talk the talk”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Australian and NZ friends and colleagues,
I will consult for food….well, actually for money, but I promise to use the money to buy food! Assuming declining covid and open borders, I will be coming to Australia for a long visit, June 1 to July 15. I already have a plane ticket.
The primary purpose is to attend the IGS Australasian chapters conference event, GeoANZ #1 (link https://www.acigs.org/events/geoanz-1-advances-geosynthetics), in Brisbane June 7-9th, I would encourage you to attend. But in addition to that I offer geomembrane and geosynthetics expertise on a more specific basis. I am available for educational presentations, updates on the latest activities in geosynthetics and site visits. I can help you solve and understand your geosynthetic issues and problems.
My website is listed below, in case you wish to learn more about me. I would love to hear from you and look forward to seeing you’all in person and meeting people again!
Best regards, wear the masks and be safe.
ACIGS and Boyd Ramsey are pleased to announce two days of lectures focused on geomembranes. The event is held in Melbourne & Brisbane, with Boyd Ramsey as the keynote lecturer and host with other speakers and sponsor presentations. The dates are March 16/17 and 19/20 respectively. The topics will include information for the new or occasional user on day one and more detailed and product specific topics on the second day. Additional information and registration details can be found on the Australasian IGS chapter website here: https://www.acigs.org under the events tab.
During the first week of August 2018 Boyd Ramsey presented a series of lectures on geosynthetic drainage materials. The lecture series was presented by Global Synthetics and included Richard Brachman of Queens University on geomembrane topics and Kent von Maubeuge discussing GCLs. Events were held in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Read more
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