Day 1 Wednesday 24th September
SESSION 1 – INTRODUCTION: SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT IN WA
Session 1 set the scene for the Symposium. An overview of sustainability assessment processes and principles were presented and the Western Australian situation reviewed, leading into a discussion of strategic planning applications of sustainability assessment.
Jenny Pope, Integral Sustainability
- Keynote address: The sustainability assessment agenda
- The Sustainability Assessment Agenda Powerpoint
Angus Morrison-Saunders, Murdoch University
Strategic sustainability assessment:
Mark Leathersich, Water Corporation
SESSION 2 – APPROACHES TO PROJECT SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT
Session 2 focused on project sustainability assessment, for which Western Australia is internationally recognised. Elements of good practice, and challenges faced, were discussed in the context of a range of case studies demonstrating different approaches to sustainability assessment.
Session Chair: Angus Morrison-Saunders
Peter Elliott, URS
Lisa Crossing, Strategen
Ronlyn Duncan, University of Tasmania
- The challenge of integrated evidence and buried uncertainty in sustainability assessment: The Basslink process
Sanela Pilav-Savic, SKM – W2W Alliance
- Sustainability in the W2W Alliance
SESSION 3 – MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS: A TOOL FOR SA
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) techniques are increasingly being applied as a tool for sustainability assessment to facilitate integration and assist in selecting between options – but how do we choose the right technique and ensure we apply it correctly? Session 3 provided an opportunity to ask the experts everything you’ve ever wanted to know about MCDA!
Session Chair: Jenny Pope
John Morrell, Western Power
Des Klass, Curtin University Graduate School of Business
Multi-criteria decision analysis: Principles and models
The effective use of MCDA for sustainability assessment.
• Des Klass, Curtin University
• John Morrell, Western Power
• Janine Barrow, SKM
• Jim Singleton, GHD
SESSION 4 – FOCUS ON PEOPLE: SOCIAL IMPACTS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Session 4 explored the human side of sustainability assessment, focusing on social sustainability and community engagement. This is often the most challenging aspect of sustainability assessment, but also arguably the most important. Following two presentations, participants were invited to share their experiences and debate the issues in a roundtable discussion.
Session Chair: Sally Paulin
Nicole Hodgson, Murdoch University
Sally Paulin, Murdoch University
DAY 2 THURSDAY 25TH SEPTEMBER
SESSION 5 – ALTERNATIVE TOOLS AND APPROACHES
Leading on from the discussion of MCDA techniques in Session 3, Session 5 presented two further (very different) approaches to sustainability assessment. The advantages and disadvantages of different tools were discussed and compared.
Session Chair: Angus Morrison-Saunders
Nick Houldsworth, WorleyParsons
- The evolution of sustainability assessment
Jim Singleton, GHD
SESSION 6 –SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT FOR LAND PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT
Session 6 focused on the application of sustainability assessment to land planning, exploring emerging approaches from different perspectives and considering what Western Australia could learn from other jurisdictions with a longer tradition in this area.
Session Chair: Caroline Raphael
Sarah Gautrey, DPI
Janine Barrow, SKM
David Beyer, Active Sustainability
Caroline Raphael, Murdoch University
SESSION 7 – INTERACTIVE SESSION: OPEN SPACE
Facilitators: Jenny Pope and Robyn Williams
Using the Open Space approach, an emerging and potentially powerful technique for facilitating engagement and deliberation, participants self-organised into groups to discuss topics of particular interest towards progressing sustainability assessment practice in Western Australia and beyond. This was an opportunity to go deep, drawing on the discussions from the previous sessions and paticipants’ own views and experiences to focus on topics most relevant to them. It was also a chance to experience Open Space first hand, learn how to convene an Open Space session, and consider the value of this technique to sustainability assessment.
SESSION 8 – CLOSING PLENARY ROUNDTABLE
Facilitator: Jenny Pope
Drawing on the Open Space discussions and the whole Symposium programme, we collectively identified the main strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities for sustainability assessment practice in Western Australia through a facilitated discussion. We asked: Are we making a difference? What can we do to continue to progress practice within our own areas? Where to from here? Having laid the foundations over the past two days, Sustainability Assessment Symposium facilitator Jenny Pope closed proceedings by inviting all to take the next step…
- Sustainability assessment in WA: SWOT Analysis