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2018’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo

BEC was proud to attend this year’s Electric Vehicle Conference & Expo, held in Brisbane on the 9th & 10th of November.

We were thrilled by the event’s ‘electric’ atmosphere, and the industry-encompassing spread of products & presentations. The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre was ‘positively charged’ with passionate EV owners, enthusiasts, investors, professionals, and public servants.

Puns aside; there were a few standout presenters & products that we feel are worth giving a shout out here; including Tritium, Fast Cities Australia, and SEA Electric. Strangely Tesla was not in attendance – at least not via a sponsorship or presentation on the Friday.  

The event was both exciting & inspiring, and we can’t wait for the next.  We’re always behind moving things in a greener direction, which comes through in everything from our projects to our own office (our shiny new solar panels could keep an office Model S charged right?)

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Conrad Gargett’s Book Launch

We recently attended Conrad Gargett’s Book launch in Townsville, the commemorative volume celebrates and documents the companies’ 125 years in Architecture. We have worked closely with Conrad Gargett on a number of projects over the years, including the historic United Nation’s Africa Hall Heritage Preservation Project.  Our John Tuxworth & Chris Rohan joined CG’s Lawrence Toaldo, and Deputy Mayor Les Walker at the event, and offered our appreciation and support of their contribution to Queensland’s urban landscape.

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European Parliament leads the way in plastics ban

In a landslide majority this October, the European parliament has voted to ban all single use plastics starting in 2021.

This ban would affect single use plastic items that have a valid alternative, which will include things from plastic straws to fishing nets. The staggering 571-53 majority vote shows how seriously this issue is being taken internationally, an attitude that the BEC team seeks to reflect in our own efforts both in and out of the office.

Plastic straws are among the worst of plastic pollutants, and the BEC team are stepping up to make a difference in our neighbourhood.  After making our own pledge to make our office plastic-straw free, we are encouraging our local restaurants and shops to make the pledge too, gifting them starter bundles of recyclable (and trendy) paper straws and pledge posters so they can advertise their change.

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NOTICE: We’ll Come Pick Up Your E-Waste

We’ve been inspired by the good folks at Substation 33, and are throwing our support behind their continued sustainable & social efforts by receiving (even collecting) e-waste from Clients & colleagues around Brisbane City, and delivering it to Substation 33 to be reused or recycled. 

Substation 33 is an electronic waste recycling business we did some probono work for last year. They do some amazing work recycling and re-purposing electronic refuse, keeping it from going to landfill, and investing it in projects that give back to the community (check out some of their exciting projects here, the sweet DIY Bluetooth speaker kit pictured is just the beginning). They also provide jobs and training for the long-term unemployed of Brisbane. 

So if you have anything electronic lying around destined to be thrown out, bring it in to us instead. We will take it to the SS33 guys and it will be put to good use. If you are wondering what kind of waste they accept, the Substation 33 rule of thumb is ‘if it had a plug or a battery, we can recycle it!’

Get in touch with us to learn more, or to arrange a pick up or drop off!

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