When It's Cold And Rainy, Read The EPF June 2018 WOM!

Next Event: Food Waste, Waste Not

Save the date: 8 August for our first event on food waste

Join us in our exploration of food waste. Hear from our event sponsor Accor and how they are tackling this challenge. 

We look forward to welcoming you to this special event! More details to come next month. 

Location: Pullman Quay Grand Hotel!
Date: 8 August 2018
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start 

Thank you to our event sponsor:

Recap: Rise of the Circular Economy

In case you missed our exciting event on circular economy and responsible investment, here are some resources mentioned at the event. Thank you to our inspiring speakers, our delightful panel moderator Georgia Sheil and to all of you who came participated, asked questions and attended this event. 

From James McWhinney:
Business case for sustainability / circular economy - Ray Anderson 
Ray Andersen TED talk
Interface – Networks
Paul Hawken's book: Project Drawdown, the top 100 solutions to reverse global warming.

From Pablo Berrutti:
William McDonough's book: Cradle to Cradle

From Nicolette Boele:
The RIAA website: to check if your investment (and super!) is accredited as being responsible capital. 

Here's what attendees had to say: 

- I wish I'd found out about EPF events earlier!
 

- Love you guys, don't stop.

If you still have feedback for us on this event, please complete our short survey here.

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Professional Development

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops: Brisbane
31 July - 3 August 2018

Enrol here.

Other Upcoming events

The inaugural Women in Environment & Sustainability Leadership Summit brings together a variety of established leaders to share their inspirational journeys, practical advice and insights into leading in this space. The event showcases the Environment & Sustainability Sector's diversity of thought, experience, and gender. Discover strategies to manage complexity, drive change, and redefine the future of our planet.

Sydney, 28 - 31 August 2018

The 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit will take place from 31 July - 1 August at ICC Sydney. 

The agenda included two days of sessions where heads of industry, government and finance shared the models, trends and technology innovations that they’re leveraging to drive renewable energy adoption, and overcome barriers in its deployment.
Visit here for more details.

Environmental Behaviour Change: Harnessing the Power of Volunteers and Grass-Roots Campaigners
Wednesday
27 June 2018 
6.00 - 7.30pm

Conferences and Expos

The Energy Efficiency Council is excited to announce that the National Energy Efficiency Conference 2018 will take place on Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 November at Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney.

All Energy Conference 3 - 4 October 2018, Melbourne

AWRE 2018 delivers new connections, solutions and strategies for a more stable, sustainable and profitable economy. 29 - 30 August 2018, ICC Sydney.

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2018 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tracy (nee Tarry), Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko and Scott Shade.

WOM April 2018

Join us on May 22nd  for our special event on the circular economy

Come and explore with us how circular economy initiatives are on the rise in Sydney. Join us as we hear from our panel of experts in the field:

  • Pablo Berrutti, Head of Responsible Investment, Asia Pacific at Colonial First State

  • Nicolette Boele, Executive Manager at Responsible Investment Association Australasia,and

  • James McWhinney, State Manager NSW\ACT at Interface Flor

We look forward to welcoming you to what will be a stimulating and insightful panel event. Bring your curious mind for the open floor discussion.


Location: University of Sydney Business School, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Date: 22 May 2017 
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start 

Thank you to our event sponsors:

NSW Climate Change Adaptation Survey

Local Government NSW (LGNSW) has partnered with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) in ongoing research on local government's ability to make well-informed, long-term decisions and implement actions that enhance resilience to climate change. 
Complete the survey here!

Other Upcoming events:

Australia’s peak industry event for energy storage, the Australian Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition (AES 2018), running from 23-24 May in Adelaide, will provide a globally significant platform for companies to explore the impact of energy storage and it taking place in 5 weeks time! You can find out more information here

The 2018 Australian Clean Energy Summit will take place from 31 July - 1 August at ICC Sydney. 

The Summit is the peak gathering of leaders driving Australia’s energy transformation. The agenda included two days of sessions where heads of industry, government and finance shared the models, trends and technology innovations that they’re leveraging to drive renewable energy adoption, and overcome barriers in its deployment.
Visit here for more details.

The inaugural Women in Environment & Sustainability Leadership Summit brings together a variety of established leaders to share their inspirational journeys, practical advice and insights into leading in this space.

We are proud to present a speaker line-up showcasing the Environment & Sustainability Sector's diversity of thought, experience, and gender. Discover strategies to manage complexity, drive change, and redefine the future of our planet.

Sydney, August 28-31 2018

Professional Development



Changeology - behaviour change

Changeology - Master Communicator for Change 

Changeology - Facilitate with Confidence 

Changeology course available April and May in Sydney and Melbourne



 

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2017 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tracy (nee Tarry), Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.

KEY INSIGHTS FROM COP23

Join us next week on February 20th for our special event on Climate Change

Join the CEO of the Carbon Markets Institute to hear all the news from COP23. Held at the end of 2017, the world’s nations met in Bonn for the UNFCCC's 23rd annual “Conference of the Parties” aimed at halting global warming. 

Our speaker, Peter Castellas, will share some key insights from the international negotiations held at COP23.  This was the first COP since the USA announced it's withdrawal from the Paris agreement and also  the first time a small island nation, Fiji, played the role of Presidency for the conference in another country. 

Arrive at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Following the formalities there will be plenty of time for networking.



Please note: As we are a 100% volunteer group, please be considerate and advise us if your registration changes and you cannot attend. Our gracious sponsors provide food and drink based on registered numbers. Please help our events be zero waste. 


Sponsored and hosted by:

The 5th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit will again be the largest climate change and business event in Australia, and take its place of increasing interest and influence on the regional Asia Pacific stage. The 2018 Summit will bring together national & international leaders from business, government, technology & finance for knowledge exchange & commercial interaction on how to manage the implementation challenges & create economic opportunities in the transition to a low carbon world.
 
For Australian business and policy decision makers, charting a course for growth and meeting national emissions targets is a challenge that will intensify - and the best practice strategies and low-carbon solutions will be on show at the Summit, on the 1st & 2nd of May at the MCG in Melbourne. Don’t miss it.



Social Media Internship


If you're a passionate designer, literate in Facebook, Instagram and Photoshop apply and help spread the zero waste movement globally. Local beach clean group Responsible Runners are looking for a fun, social media addict/keen design student to volunteer to reinvigorate our social media channels. Send us some of your previous work and contact information to info@responsiblerunners.org

February 2018 WOM

Join us on February 20th for our special event on Climate Change

Join the CEO of the Carbon Markets Institute to hear all the news from COP23. Held at the end of 2017, the world’s nations met in Bonn for the UNFCCC's 23rd annual “Conference of the Parties” aimed at halting global warming. 

Our speaker, Peter Castellas, will share some key insights from the international negotiations held at COP23.  This was the first COP since the USA announced it's withdrawal from the Paris agreement and also  the first time a small island nation, Fiji, played the role of Presidency for the conference in another country. 


Location: University of Sydney Business School, Level 17, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney
Date: 20 February 2017 
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start 

Thank you to our event sponsors:

Other Upcoming events:

Purpose is a completely unique and transformative two day forum where people come together to power the idea of business as a force for good and examine the role of purpose in organisations.
Visit http://purpose.do for tickets.

The Climate Leadership Conference will bring together Australia’s top climate and sustainability professionals to discuss the latest developments, opportunities and best practice case studies in climate change mitigation and adaptation..

The Conference will provide critical and timely insights into COP23, which clarified Australia’s obligations and responsibilities under the Paris Agreement, including transparency, adaptation, emission reductions, provision of finance, capacity-building and technology.

Sydney, March 15 – 16, 2018
Visit http://climateleadership2018.com.au for more details

National Sustainability in Business Conference

The sustainability topics will include integration, politics, technology, automation, future of renewables, procurement, food security, sustainable construction and waste as a resource. We will provide insight into how  they are interweaving sustainability practices within their organisations, navigating change and the differences they are making within national and  multinational companies and small business.

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 March 2018, Brisbane. Visit https://conference.sustainability.asn.au for more details


We’ve brought together global experts who are excited to share their knowledge of how the apparel sector is tackling sustainability overseas.

22 March 2018, Sydney. Details here


Whether you want to start a movement, start or reset strategy, tap into the SDG $12T business opportunity, take a stand on issues that matters, be inspired or learn new skills - then join MOSS for a 2 day intensive COMMUNICATING SUSTAINABILITY MasterClass. 
 
February 14 and 15 in SYDNEY @ Interface or April 19 and 20 in BRISBANE @ Griffith Uni. Details here
 
Discover new and inspirational case studies, storytelling tips and techniques, sustainability trends and challenges, the importance of purpose, a simple 4 step narrative and the 9 Principles of Communicating Sustainability that are driving global success - and much much more. 

Professional Development



CSL - Future Makers Fellowship
6 months, 5 Mar - 31 Aug 2018. Fellowship applications are due by the 18th of February.



Moss - Communicating Sustainability
February 14-15 in SYDNEY @ Interface 
April 19-20 in BRISBANE @ Griffith Uni



Changeology - behaviour change

Changeology - Master Communicator for Change 

Changeology - Facilitate with Confidence 

Changeology course available April and May in Sydney and Melbourne



Centre for Environmental Training - On-site Wastewater Management:Melbourne, 5-7 March 2018

 

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2017 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tracy (nee Tarry), Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.

A Year in Review 2017

Thank you for being part of EPF this year. We wish you a safe and merry break and look forward to seeing you in the new year.  

A year in review

We kicked off this year with our international guest speaker: Luis Neves, from Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), who enlightened us about who GESI are and the role of ICT in achieving the SDGs. 

Following this international leader we learnt from our home grown Sustainability leaders who inspired us to be fierce, ambitious and take action. Everything we do counts and leads to a reaction.

Luke Menzel showcased energy efficiency results and progress globally and explained the best practice in Energy Efficiency policy in Australia. If you missed it, click here

We thank our speakers and sponsors for another amazing year.

Thank you Luis Neves, Alice Cahill, Stuart Hodgson, Kate Harris, Megan Flynn & Luke Menzel for imparting their wisdom. 

Thank you to University of Sydney, Fujitsu, Sustainability Advantage & Schneider Electric for supporting the events. 

Professional Development





Interested in completing the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Qualification in Public Participation?


Planning for Effective Public Participation
21- 23 March 2018


Techniques for Effective Public Participation
19 - 20 April 2018

Recap: EPF EOY Drinks

It was wonderful to see so many friendly faces at our recent EPF drinks including some recently returned members. 


Melinda Millen has just returned from Malaysia where she completed her Masters of Environmental Management remotely through UNSW and is now a Carbon Management Consultant, welcome back Melinda!  

Ali Devlin has just returned from the UK and is ready to take on her new challenge here in Sydney. With a Masters in Environmental Oceonography, Ali has applied herself in a number of areas including EIAs, Environmental Consultancy, Finance & Marine Resources Recruitment. Welcome back Ali!

It was also great to see Choong Han Yeo who has steadily progressed his career to be a Sustainability Performance Analyst at the GPT Group. Well done Choong!

A special appearance from Mr and Mrs Greg and Cheryl Campbell unveiled the sampler version of the Young Australians' Plan for the Planet Book. Click hereto see it. 

Future Events

Caring for the Seas Free event @ University of Sydney on 11 December. 5 -6:30pm.
Register here

In Adelaide

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2017 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.

Join us on November 29 2017 for networking drinks

Join us on November 29 2017 for networking drinks

Join for a casual drink with the EPF committee and fellow members. 

Thanks for being members of Environmental Professionals Forum. We have had another great year with three fully attended events, 6 speakers from Sydney to Bonn (Germany) on panels and keynotes covering topics from Technology, Sustainability Leadership, Energy and best practice policy. 

We are busy planning for next year but please take time out to join us on the 29th for a drink or two.

Kind Regards

EPF Committee: Simone, Jonathon, Lee, Scott, Miranda, Lisa & Margie
 

Location: Martin Place Bar, 51 Martin Place
Date: 29 November 2017 
Time: 6pm 

Wrap up: Best Practice on Global Energy Efficiency Policy

Luke Menzel (CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council) gave us a preview of their Best Practice Guide to Energy Efficiency Policy, and also insights into who are the exemplars of energy efficiency/demand response in the world today.


We have a way to go in Australia so keep your eyes out for the EEC policy guide and visit eec.org.au for more information, as well as for details of their National Conference in Melbourne on November 20 & 21.

Read the full wrap up here: 
http://www.environmentalprofessionalsforum.org/news/ 

Other Upcoming events:

Now in its ninth year, the National Energy Efficiency Conference is Australia’s premier annual event on energy efficiency, bringing together up to 400 efficiency leaders, innovators, energy users and policy makers. The theme for 2017 is Security, Affordability, Productivity.
 
Visit www.eec.org.au/neec17 to view further details and to register for the Conference.

Professional Development

SCHOLARSHIP EXTENDED:
IWC Master of Integrated Water Management 
scholarship and program application due dates due by 22 November.

Erosion and Sediment Control Workshops 
Sydney, NSW, 28 November – 1 December 2017

On-site Wastewater Management
Mittagong, NSW, 13-15 November 2017

Community Based Social Marketing Workshops
Melbourne, VIC, 19-20 March 2018; Brisbane, QLD 26-27 March 2017

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2017 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tracy (nee Tarry) Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.

EPF: Word of Mouth - October 2017 Event Wrap Up

Firstly, sincere thanks to our guest speaker Luke Menzel (CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council) for giving us a preview of their Best Practice Guide to Energy Efficiency Policy, and also insights into who are the exemplars of energy efficiency/demand response in the world today, ie. California & Germany. Luke was very entertaining, informative and also very open and accommodating during the Q&A.

As circumstances would have it the timing of our event could not have been more relevant with the government announcing the “NEG” the day before but, as Luke pointed out, without a mention of energy efficiency being part of the policy mix. So “Policy is crucial” for energy efficiency to provide its real benefits to consumers, industry and utilities alike.  Good, effective policy is not easy and Australia is lagging but we can learn a lot from the policies and programs implemented over decades by the above governments.  Hence the EEC’s policy guide.

Despite our lack of cohesive policy at a federal level, we do have the world leading NABERS building performance tool, the Commercial Building Disclosure Program and other state-based schemes that are delivering significant savings and emissions reductions.  Apparently though, energy efficiency is not “sexy” so it doesn’t get the attention it deserves, even though it is a multi-billion $ industry in both California & Germany……

Clearly we have a way to go in Australia so keep your eyes out for the EEC policy guide and visit eec.org.au for more information, as well as for details of their National Conference in Melbourne on November 20 & 21.

Thanks also to Schneider Electric for providing the food and beverages for the evening. 

Luke Menzel (CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council)

Luke Menzel (CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council)

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EPF: Word of Mouth - October Edition

ICT Sustainability Enablement Benchmark

Fujitsu welcome our members to participate in the first research specifically designed to explore how organisations in Australia and New Zealand harness the power of ICT for sustainability.  

Please take a few minutes to access the survey here

Next Event: Leadership Panel - SOLD OUT

Our next event on 3 November is already sold out! Waitlist available - register  here .   Note: If you can no longer attend, please do change your registration to allow those waitlisted to attend.      We have invited 3 respected leaders in sustainability to share their experiences, insights and knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the sustainability field. This will be followed by our very first Leadership Panel session where you will have a chance to ask your burning questions.  This event is sponsored by:

Our next event on 3 November is already sold out! Waitlist available - register here.

Note: If you can no longer attend, please do change your registration to allow those waitlisted to attend.  


We have invited 3 respected leaders in sustainability to share their experiences, insights and knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the sustainability field. This will be followed by our very first Leadership Panel session where you will have a chance to ask your burning questions.

This event is sponsored by:

Social Event: Pre-holiday drinks on 30 November

Join us on November 30 for some pre-holiday drinkies. 

We thought it would be a great idea to get together for a casual natter without any guest speakers or formalities. Just bring your drinking arm and wallet.

Location: Two Wolves Cantina, 202 Broadway, Chippendale. 

Climate Change adaption in the infrastructure sector

The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) is undertaking a project to identify the adaptive capacity of Australian infrastructure sectors to future climate changes. This project will provide an understanding of industry adaptive capacity and how climate change adaptation can be or is being included in strategic business planning for the infrastructure sectors.


As part of this project, they have asked EPF members participate in a survey. The link is here.  Answering the survey should only take 5 minutes of your time.

Professional Development

Training for change makers: Sydney and Melbourne: October - November 2016

For those with existing or up-coming projects, the workshop acts as a project clinic, letting you review and redevelop your project (with a great team of collaborators).

Next open workshops: Oct-Nov 2016

SYDNEY: 24-25 October 2016
Venue: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Rd, Waverton

MELBOURNE: 1-2 November 2016
Venue: CERES Environment Park, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East

TIMING: 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start, 4.30 pm finish.

COST: $795 incl GST

Only 20 places available.

Discounts: 20% discount for self-funded participants, NGOs, and buddies: see The Buddy Effect

More information here

Seeking sponsors for EPF events

Would you like to see more or different food at the EPF Events? Or have it at a different location. Do you know someone who would love to sponsor the food or venue at EPF events? Please email the committee if you have any suggestions or sponsorship connections, we'd love to hear from you!

National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016

The National Energy Efficiency Conference, presented by the Energy Efficiency Council, is Australia’s premier annual event for energy efficiency, demand management and cogeneration.
 
The conference takes place on 15-16 November 2016 at Australian Technology Park, Sydney.
 
Over 350 efficiency leaders, innovators, energy users and policy makers will connect in Sydney to hear, debate and analyse the latest Australian and global thinking about maximising productivity by saving energy.

More information here.

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2016 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.

Word of Mouth September edition

Next Event: Leadership Panel on 3 November

Save the Date! Join us on 3 November to find out what it takes to be a sustainability leader. 
We have invited 3 respected leaders in sustainability to share their experiences, insights and knowledge on what it takes to be successful in the sustainability field. This will be followed by our very first Leadership Panel session where you will have a chance to ask your burning questions.

Holiday Event: Pre-holiday drinks on 30 November

Join us on November 30 for some pre holiday drinkies. 
We thought it would be a great idea to get together for a casual natter without any guest speakers or formalities. Just bring your drinking arm and wallet.

Recap on Collaboration for Good event on 28 July

EPF’s premier Collaboration for Good event bought together dozens of passionate members and 3 non-profits to try and solve some sticky problems. Using Design Thinking techniques, our participants were challenged to problem solve in new ways, leading to an interactive and dynamic night with a number of great ideas being generated for the non-profits. A report on the findings will follow soon.  

Thank you to our sponsors

We'd like to take a moment to thank our gracious sponsors for making our last event happen: University of Sydney, Newgate, Grosvenor's, Fujitsu, Nature Conservation Council, GECA and FNPW. 

Seeking sponsors for EPF event catering

Would you like to see more or different food at the EPF Events? Or have it at a different location. Do you know someone who would love to sponsor the food or venue at EPF events? Please email the committee if you have any suggestions or sponsorship connections, we'd love to hear from you!

National Energy Efficiency Conference 2016

The National Energy Efficiency Conference, presented by the Energy Efficiency Council, is Australia’s premier annual event for energy efficiency, demand management and cogeneration.
 
The conference takes place on 15-16 November 2016 at Australian Technology Park, Sydney.
 
Over 350 efficiency leaders, innovators, energy users and policy makers will connect in Sydney to hear, debate and analyse the latest Australian and global thinking about maximising productivity by saving energy.

More information here.

Contribute to Word of Mouth

Do you have positions, events or points of interest you’d like to share with the EPF network via Word of Mouth? Please send them to the volunteer EPF Committee. Please note that we require approx 12 days lead time. We welcome your contributions.

For last minute or immediate posting of events/positions please use our LinkedIn group.

Your 2016 EPF Committee
Margaret Harvie, Jonathon Heys, Lisa Tarry, Lee Stewart, Simone Awramenko, Scott Shade and Miranda Siu.