Sustainability Awards and Summit 2021

On 11 November 2021, Veena will speak at the 2021 Sustainability Awards and Digital Summit conference talking about circular economy concepts including using waste and recycling waste as built environment products and her UNSW SMaRT Centre innovations.

And SMaRT is shortlisted for an award with partner Mirvac for their Pavilions project where SMaRT's various MICROfactorie Green Ceramics products were used in a fit-out of a display apartment.

Veena will join a panel of experts on the night talking about circular economy strategies to reduce the total resources extracted from the environment in order to reduce the waste that human activities generate in pursuit of modern design.

Event organisers say circular economy concepts – including using waste and recycling waste products as a building material – are well suited to the building and construction sector in our cities.

"Therefore, this panel takes a deep dive into enhancing material lifespans and multiple benefits that can be extended beyond the building project itself and into its internal components while also contributing to economic savings and sustainable design."

Event details

Online, 11 November


Event website

Veena's panel session Circular Economy Ideas For Adaptive Reuse Of Buildings, and profile.

News story about the event by Architecture and Design Magazine.

Awards shortlist news story, awards shortlist highlights, and the Mirvac/SMaRT shortlist feature webpage.

More from the organisers:

The oldest and biggest sustainable built environment educational event in the country, Sustainability Live, has evolved to become Australia’s pinnacle of sustainable designs, ideas and innovation-now known as the Sustainability Digital Summit.

Earn 5 Formal CPD points endorsed by the Australian Institute of Architects, hear from 30+ sustainability and industry leaders, and discover over 12 exciting activities hosted by our official Partners. Find out more about the newest sustainable products, and engage with the individuals and teams designing them.

Our digital format allows you to attend the Summit from the ease and comfort of your own home or office.

At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand what constitutes a circular economy
  • Investigate the difference in process to achieve a sustainable circular economy
  • Understand why a circular economy matters and how it influences the environment
  • Understand how a circular economy reduces the waste that human activities generate

AACA Competency Standards related to this session:

Design: Pre Design
2.1 Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant to siting of project
2.3 Evaluation of factors influencing and impacting on project costs

Design: Conceptual Design
3.1 Design response integrates the objectives of brief, user intent and built purpose
3.6 Assessment of the economic impact on the project of design strategies and options