Geoff Gourley selected as speaker & session chair at 2013 Government Sustainability Conference

Embedding sustainability in government organisations.

Melbourne – October 7 & 8, 2013

Mr. Gourley, Director – Sustainability Integration with NuGreen Solutions will present new solutions, practical strategies and case studies.

The thesis of his presentations is that Green Building Innovation and Re-lifing Buildings can assist the property sector, building owners and tenants take control of resource efficiency, costs and carbon emissions through the use of the latest, innovative technology, solutions & delivery models.

NuGreen was established in 2011 to address the new and emerging resource related issues facing Australian organisations and properties. This is the third time geoff will present and chair at the Government Sustainability Conference.

Green Building Innovation – the next generation
He will address the following issues:

  • Management of increasing resource and property maintenance costs;
  • Green Building Innovations – particular focus on technology, lighting & software; and
  • Innovative delivery models enabling use and financing of latest technology, plant & equipment.

The main themes of the presentation will include:

  • The impact of new technology (e.g. LED lighting, organic response etc) on resource consumption;
  • The measurement and reporting of resource consumption, energy saving/carbon emission reduction; and
  • Process for identification and delivery of real solutions, incl project specific case studies

Government Sustainability Conference 2013

Exciting Internship Opportunities with Innovative Social Enterprise.

Exciting Internship Opportunities with Innovative Social Enterprise Organisation.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Are you keen to gain experience in the sustainability and social enterprise field?
Want to be part of social, ethical, sustainability based projects and businesses?
Looking for a flexible internship where you will learn and develop skills?
Want to be part of a growing not-for-profit social enterprise and help shape our future?
Would you like to make a real difference, gain invaluable experience and meet likeminded people in the process?

This is your opportunity.

Geoff Gourley is one of Australia’s leading social entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders.

His progressive not-for-profit, Shape our Future, is leading the way by investing in and developing innovative social enterprises and projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

The organisation is currently seeking applications from undergraduates or postgraduates, with an interest in social enterprise and sustainability. Applicants from a range of backgrounds such as environment, business, information technology, event management, and communications and marketing will be considered to take on flexible internships from August to December 2013.

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2013 Internship Program:

  • National Expansion of Sustainability Drinks Australia
  • Development of a social enterprise delivering ‘ethical & eco’ corporate events
  • Development and operation of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program
  • Sustainability advisory and consultancy

A number of other projects are in concept and development stage…

Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2013 Internship Program include:

• Application of knowledge to projects and enterprises that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment, business and community

• Mentoring from skilled professionals in the field

• Meeting and working with like-minded people

• Opportunities for growth and learning new skills

• Experience to add to your resume

• Flexible days/hours

Shape our Future is looking for: Enthusiastic, committed individuals with a passion for sustainability and social enterprise, and well developed verbal and written communication skills.

Applicants must be able to use their initiative, and work well both independently and as part of a team.

Specialised skills in area of creative thinking, graphic design, IT, event management, corporate communications and document and content management will be highly regarded.

Time commitment 2013

The current round of internships starts at the beginning of August 2013 to be completed prior to Christmas December 2013.

Internships work hours are flexible but as a guide around 10-15 hrs per week.

Applications Important Dates

Applications close: 5pm Friday 28th June 2013.

Phone Interviews will be held by: Friday 12th July 2013.

Successful applicants will be notified on: Monday 29th July 2013.

To apply please email geoffgourley@bigpond.com with ‘internship application’ in the subject line; Attach the following…

• A letter outlining your interest in the internship, your ability to contribute to the project(s) and which project(s) you are interested in taking part in;

• Your CV;

• An A4 ‘PDF’ summarising what you can contribute to ‘Shape Our Future’;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

 

The Switch Report chats with Geoff Gourley

April 30th, 2013

Geoff Gourley’s “day job” is Director – Sustainability Integration at NuGreen Solutions.  He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the not-for-profit company Shape Our Future, and a board member of the United Nations Association of Australia – Victorian Division. Somehow, Geoff managed to find the time to talk to The Switch Report.

To start at the beginning, where does your green streak come from?

I grew up in country Victoria, in Traralgon, and spent a lot of time out in the country or down at our beach house. I was also into Scouts so I’ve always had a natural affinity for the environment. I also remember a school trip to the Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations, and seeing a diorama that showed whole towns like Traralgon being moved so they could get at the brown coal underneath them. To me it was a horrifying prospect.

More recently, doing the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship program in 2008 was a transformative experience. This brought me into contact with sustainability advocates from outside of the built environment sector that I’m most familiar with, people from the law, the arts and social sectors, and that had a lot to do with me starting Shape Our Future.

In amongst your non-profit activities, you’ve also held senior positions with large companies for many years. How do these two areas relate to your personal goals?

Everything I do is linked to a mission to influence either business or the community to becoming more sustainable – to produce a more positive outcome. It involves visioning, funding and supporting dreamers and doers and thought leaders. There’s a business side to it, and a community side, with different drivers and different conversations. I like the diversity of friends I’ve made through these different activities, and on the business side I get to influence the big decision makers who hold the purse strings.

You talk about sustainability leadership, and how it will lead business and the community into a sustainable future. If someone with the profile of Al Gore has had difficulty in motivating the world into action, is it possible to lead people to sustainability?

With leadership it’s important to take a position, but then you need to show the benefits. This works with business where you can show that becoming more sustainable improves the bottom line and adds to future business value. We can make a change within a business and then use that as a case study to show others businesses that they can improve staff retention, make more profit and gain other benefits. Then we’ve created a new norm. Sustainability leadership is about both business and the community, but it’s my personal belief that it will be business that leads us down the sustainability path.

In 2009 you said “We face a global climate crisis, more than ever before. We need innovative and immediate change in paradigms to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations.” Has progress been made in this area or are we becoming less sustainable?

Sustainability as a term has been done to death. That said, there has been a significant improvement in sustainability, especially overseas. A lot of leaders are stepping up, making commitments and undertaking ethical investments. Climate skeptics are getting less exposure, and there is more public recognition of the problems we face and the need to do something. We’re on the right pathway, although things are not happening as quickly as we would hope.

As a not-for-profit, how does Shape Our Future get on for funding?

Shape Our Future relies on the voluntary efforts of 12 to 14 people. Any paid roles are outsourced, but money is hard to get and we don’t traditionally apply for grants. We have run fundraising events, we do seek donations, and I have also provided financial support.

It’s no different with the United Nations Association of Australia. Even with the UN brand behind it, it’s hard to attract financial support.

It was announced this month that Shape Our Future had acquired Sustainability Drinks. Tell us about your plans.

Sustainability Drinks never had a formal structure. It was simply a group of people who made it happen, although it remained fairly dependent on Dan Atkins’ involvement. Bringing it under the Shape Our Future umbrella will give it more structure, and while I will be putting in some of my own money to help things along, it will remain not-for-profit.

Our first priority is to ensure that the current events program rolls on. We want to quickly expand the Sustainability Drinks events in Sydney and Brisbane, then around the other state and territory capitals. The 2014 calendar will be put together early in the piece, and we will be looking for international speakers, too. Our aim is to simply make it THE sustainability networking event across Australia. I think we’ll also need to attract some sponsorship to put Sustainability Drinks itself onto a more sustainable footing.

Other plans are to run events in addition to the monthly meetings, including forums that bring sustainability professionals together. And although it’s early days, I’m hoping we can organise the world’s biggest Green Drinks event to coincide with the next Sustainable Living Festival.

When do you sleep?

Oh, I’m pretty organised. I’m good at being in the moment and focusing all my attention on whatever I’m doing at the time. I’m not a nine to five person, and I’ve used my most recent holidays to look at eco-resorts. And nothing feels like work.

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Original article A Chat With Geoff Gourley written by
Alistair McCaskill – Editor – The Switch Report
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Sustainability Drinks Australia Acquisition

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Sustainability Drinks Australia announces new leadership and national expansion.

At last nights monthly “Melbourne Sustainability Drinks” event hosted at Slate Bar, in Melbourne, Lauren Kehoe of Shaper Group announced the formal acquisition of the Sustainability Drinks Australia organisation by Melbourne based, Social Entrepreneur, Geoff Gourley.

Ms Kehoe said, “Melbourne Sustainability Drinks has become one of Melbourne’s most highly regarded and successful monthly networking events. Geoff is a Sustainability “heavy-weight” in Australia, and the right person to expand Sustainability Drinks nationally”.

Melbourne Sustainability Drinks commenced in August 2007, as a group of passionate individuals felt there was a need for people working in, or wanting to learn more about, sustainability to meet, exchange ideas, hear different perspectives and feel supported in facing the social, environmental and economic challenges and opportunities we face.

She further said “Mr Dan Atkins, original founder of the organisation and event, fully endorses Mr Gourley’s acquisition and feels his passion, commitment and leadership in Sustainability, combined, with his extensive networks and relationships, can expand the Sustainability Drinks events on a national scale”.

Events currently run monthly in Melbourne and Adelaide, with Darwin, Sydney and Brisbane to commence in the latter part of 2013; and Perth, Hobart and Canberra commencing in early 2014.

Past speakers include;
Arron Wood -2007 recipient, Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award & Melbourne City Councilor & regular on 3AW; Larissa Brown – Founder, Centre for Sustainability Leadership & 2008 Australian Young Environmentalist of the Year and the 2010 Victorian Young Australian of the Year;
Charles Kovess – President, Global Energy Network Institute and known as Australasia’s Passion Provocateur; and Luke Taylor – Director of The Sustainable Living Foundation; to mention just a few.

About Sustainability Drinks Australia

Sustainability Drinks emerged with a casual get together of ten and now, 5 years on, offers an environment which nurtures and fosters the sharing of sustainability success stories and hosts up to 200 people each month.

The events run from 6-8pm on a select day of every month and a speaker presents for 10 minutes at 7pm.

The Sustainability Drinks belief is that through the sharing of ideas, and stories of success, we can help create the change that we want to see in this world.

These events provide an opportunity to meet other people interested in creating a more sustainable world, exchange ideas and hear different perspectives about the social and environmental challenges we face. Attendees meet a wide range of passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference.

At Sustainability Drinks you buy your own drinks and the atmosphere enables people to introduce themselves and feel comfortable with meeting new people and exchanging ideas. We encourage people to join us and invite friends and colleagues who share the same values.

An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about sustainability” to come and mingle with like minded people and listen to a speaker share their sustainability story.

http://sustainabilitydrinks.com/
@s_drinks_aus

About Geoff Gourley

As a leading Global Social Entrepreneur Geoff possess more than 21 years experience in the environmental, sustainability, property and business communities.

Geoff is founder and company director of Shape Our Future, NuGreen Solutions; and is a board member of the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Vic.

Mr Gourley was raised in country Victoria, in the heart of the coal mining, electricity generation and pine plantation region, he has a strong and founded passion for community service, protecting the environment and creating a sustainable planet.

His personal mission is “to lead, develop and influence business and community to a sustainable future.”

My Gourley said, “I hope to see my visions come to life, by working with, influencing and encouraging communities and businesses to take a more sustainable approach, ensuring a sustainable future for the global community”.

http://au.linkedin.com/in/geoffgourley
http://studio-green.org/
@geoffgourley

Geoff Gourley elected to Board of United Nations Association of Australia

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Geoff Gourley elected to Board of United Nations Association of Australia

On Wednesday 21st November 2012 at the Victorian Division Annual General Meeting for United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), Founder and Executive Director of Shape Our Future, Geoffrey Gourley was elected to the UNAA Board.

Mr Gourley said “I am privileged and honoured to have been elected to one of the vacant positions and look forward to making a lasting contribution to the fantastic work the UNAA is undertaking in Australia”.

In addition to Mr Gourley’s appointment, Magdalena Roal Batchelor, Andrew Stevens and Bruce Coyne were also elected by the members to the vacant positions, and Mark Pizzacalla was elected as Treasurer and Murray McInnis was elected as President.

The new board now consists of the following…

  • President: Murray McInnis
  • Immediate Past President: Graham Hunter
  • Vice President: Graeme Worner
  • Treasurer: Mark Pizzacalla
  • Secretary: Patricia Collett

Board Members:                 

  • Kevin Childs
  • Bruce Coyne
  • Geoff Gourley
  • Ian Howie
  • Magdalena Roal Batchelor
  • Andrew Stevens

At the AGM outgoing president Graham Hunter thanked all the members for their support for the activities of the Association throughout the year.

Please find attached below the Annual Report outlining all of the programs and events for the past financial year.

UNAA Victoria_Annual Report_2011-2012

Please feel free to forward this report on to your contacts and networks. Any assistance in promoting our work would be greatly appreciated.

About the UNAA

The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UNAA Victoria is a non-profit, non-government, membership-based, community organisation working to promote the aims and ideals of the United Nations and seek support for the UN and its programs and agencies.

http://www.unaavictoria.org.au/

The UNAA is committed to building a strong, credible and effective UN. We advocate support for the UN in the Australian community and seek to demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere.

Our primary purpose is to raise awareness about the UN and its work and engage the Australian community on key issues on the UN agenda.

We play a critical role in connecting Australians with the United Nations and educating the community on key international and local environmental, human rights and social justice issues.

United Nations Associations represent a vital link between the United Nations and citizens of its member states. In Australia, the Association is represented in every state and territory through its divisions and national body.

The divisions work together to campaign in support of the UN and its current priorities such as the Millennium Development Goals, human rights, gender equality, the environment, global health, sustainable development, peace and security.

5th Annual Shape Our Future Charity Polo Event

5th Annual Shape Our Future Charity Polo Event

Founder & Executive Director of Shape Our Future; Geoffrey Gourley is pleased to invite you and your friends to the Exclusive Paspaley Polo in the City 2012.

Saturday, 1st December 2012 – Albert Park Lake – Melbourne from 11am – 6pm

Paspaley Polo in the City is established as one of the largest polo events in Australia with over 4,000 people expected in 2012 and it’s always a sell out.

The event offers the perfect transition from the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival to the buzz of the summer social season, and as always the atmosphere will be charged and the focus will be on entertainment, fashion and celebrations with friends.

Two limited corporate branding packages are also available for each marquee for the day. Please contact Geoff for further details and cost.

What’s included in the ticket fee?

You and your friends will spend the afternoon relaxing in our exclusive corporate VIP marquees, full food and beverage service, by Blakes Feast Catering, throughout the day with prime viewing position right beside the Polo field. Multiple polo matches, entertainment, divot stomp and mens and ladies dash.

Tickets are $270 ea (inc GST) Fully Inclusive

Please confirm ticket quantity and guests names via RSVP email and pay early to avoid disappointment. EFT details on are on the invitation.

Only tickets ‘paid for in full’ at least 14 days prior to event will be allocated and issued. First in – First secured basis, Limited tickets available.

Westpac Bank
Account: Shape Our Future – Public Fund
BSB: 033 100
Account No: 287345
Ref: Surname/ No Tickets

Dress code and Access

We suggest sophisticated and tailored daywear for all guests. Ladies should avoid wearing high-heeled shoes, as these are not suited to the Polo Ground.  No jackets or ties for the blokes

Access to the polo field will be from Armstrong St Middle Park or Taxi drop off from Aughtie Drive (Pit Lane)

Donations

If you are unable to make the event and wish to make a donation please refer to the deposit method at the bottom of the invitation and use the ref code ‘Donor’ or visit the website www.shapeourfuture.org.au

Westpac Bank
Account: Shape Our Future – Public Fund
BSB: 033 100
Account No: 287345
Ref: Donor / Surname

Enquiries can be directed to Geoffrey Gourley 0428 317 387 or geoffgourley@bigpond.com

Download your Exclusive 2012 Polo Invitation

Feature article in Startup Smart on NuGreen Solutions

Geoff Gourley was recently interviewed by Startup Smart on the development and growth of NuGreen Solutions, of which he is a Shareholder and Director.

In the interview Geoff shares a number of insights and learnings and provides the answers to NuGreens rapid development and why it’s ok to set Big Goals.

Read the article by following the link and please feel free to post your comments here.

If you are interested to see more about what NuGreen Solutions do and how we are assisting businesses save money and the environment please visit http://www.nugreen.com.au

To chat with Geoff directly please email geoff@nugreen.com.au

read the article here

Studio Green founder presenting at 2012 Government Sustainability Conference

Our Founder; Geoff Gourley will be presenting on ‘What can technology do to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions?’ at the 2012 Government Sustainability Conference he last presented at this conference in 2009.

The 2012 Government Sustainability Conference will again provide local, state and federal government professionals and representatives of other public sector agencies with comprehensive analysis and advice about how to ingrain environmentally sustainable policies and practices within their organisations and the communities they serve.

This conference will follow on from the highly successful 2011 Government Sustainability Conference, which attracted more than 200 attendees. By focusing on the issues and needs that are faced by governments and their authorities, this conference has become the peak annual environmental conference for Australia’s public sector.

This national conference will provide attendees with the means to network and discuss environmental best practice with officials from the nation’s public sector sustainability leaders.

High-quality information and case studies will assist attendees to address crucial environmental issues facing all levels of government, including:

  • How to embed a culture of environmental sustainability within a government organisation.
  • Implementation of leading-edge climate change strategies that encourage reduced emissions and prepare a government organisation. for the risks posed by climate change.
  • Community engagement in environmental initiatives.
  • Encouraging sustainability in public sector infrastructure and the built environment.
  • Efficient water management practices and waste minimisation.
  • Green purchasing and procurement.
  • Policy and regulation adherence.

Attendees will also be able to participate in high-quality WORKSHOPS that will enhance their ability to respond to environmental issues and generate sustainable outcomes for their organisation.

The Government Sustainability Conference has evolved from the Local Government Sustainable Development Conference, held annually for six years. The conference is staged by Hallmark Conferences + Events, publisher of EnviroInfo and Council Manager magazine.

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Social Entrepreneur Geoff Gourley invests in Australian ‘sustainability integration’ company NuGreen Solutions

Social Entrepreneur, Geoff Gourley invests in Australian ‘sustainability integration’ company NuGreen Solutions.

 NuGreen Solutions (NGS), is an innovative national company that finances and manages sustainable projects from concept to completion, NGS is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Geoffrey Gourley as a shareholder and to the position of Director – Sustainability Integration.

In confirming the appointment, NuGreen Solutions’ Founder, Paul McMurtrie, highlighted the importance that Mr Gourley’s business and sustainability experience will bring to NuGreen Solutions. “I am delighted to confirm that Geoff Gourley has agreed to invest in NuGreen: his role as Director – Sustainability Integration will provide leadership and collaboration delivering sustainability orientated services to commercial business,” Mr McMurtrie says.

 “From 2nd July 2012 Geoff will commence the development of a comprehensive strategy- this will build on the excellent work that has already commenced and will enable NGS to assist our clients adapt to the carbon pricing mechanism and associated cost and regulatory impacts.”

As well as being founding Director of Not-for-Profit – Shape Our Future, Geoff also sits on Property Council of Australia Committees, is a member of Green Building Council of Australia, he is also a former member of the PCA Sustainable Development Committee. Most recently, Geoff was the Commercial Manager Bid & Strategy with ISIS Group Australia.

Over the past decade Geoff has been active in delivering asset repositioning, retro fitting and energy efficiency upgrades of commercial assets, advocating innovative green building initiatives that reduce greenhouse emissions and deliver economic benefits. In 2008, Geoff was one of 25 people selected across Australia to undertake a Fellowship in Sustainability Leadership and in 2009; was invited to speak in New York on Sustainability and greening the built environment and was selected as one of Al Gore’s Climate Project connectors. In 2011, Geoff travelled to London to attend EcoBuild, the world’s largest Green Building conference and in 2012 attended Malaysia’s inaugural Green Build Asia. Geoff continues to play a key role in greening the built environment and integrating sustainable solutions into businesses and assets.

According to Mr Gourley, “the opportunity to be part of an innovative organisation which leads and influences business and community to a sustainable future attracted him to invest in NuGreen Solutions”. “The timing is right for business to adapt to a low carbon economy and NGS can assist owner’s upgrade their assets and helps businesses of all sizes become more energy efficient and saves them money, adapting makes economic and environmental sense.”

“In the past being ‘green’ cost money , but by installing the latest lighting and power generation technology we are saving clients money” Mr Gourley added.
 


About Geoff Gourley

Geoff brings extensive knowledge and a deep passion for sustainability; integrating a variety of tailored solutions, he successfully delivers exceptional economic, environmental and social outcomes. His entrepreneurial thinking is a critical factor in successfully transitioning businesses into sustainable and profitable assets. Commercial knowledge enables him to understand client’s needs and develop a range of financed sustainable solutions.

He is a Fellow in Sustainability Leadership, GSAP with a BA (interior design) and Dip.BA. Geoff has 20+ Yrs experience working in director, commercial and business development roles with top tier property companies including; ISIS, Hansen Yuncken and Johns Lyng Group.

Geoff leads NuGreen’s sustainability, business development and marketing teams and contributes to strategic focus and is Director – Sustainability Integration.

About NuGreen

NuGreen is a unique Australian company formed in late 2011 by the Directors of Nuvo Electrical Services & Urban Maintenance Systems to finance and manage environmental upgrades to commercial properties. Backed by leading financial institutions they offer a fully funded solution allowing clients to lease back the equipment and NGS can take full responsibility of the maintenance for up to 10 years.

Built to address the new and emerging energy related issues facing Australian organisations they have sourced the world’s best and latest technology from a range of leading suppliers.  With the ‘whole of life’ mindset entrenched in their thinking NuGreen not only manage the design & installation of retrofit projects, they will navigate clients through the complex aspects of Energy efficiency, carbon tax management, grants, government programs, carbon trading schemes and certificate generation and certification.

NuGreen’s unique sustainability integration approach enables them to act as your trusted advisor, assessing how your asset and business can become more energy efficient through the best value for money approach and enable your business to meet mandatory obligations with least impact.

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Geoff Gourley – Director, Sustainability Integration

geoff@nugreen.com.au   @geoffgourley

www.nugreen.com.au     @nugreensolution

WED World Environment Day 5th June 2012

 

 

 

 

 

The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green  Economy: Does it include you? Evidently, there are two parts to this theme and the first tackles the  subject of the Green Economy. This is where some people shut off their minds  because they find the concept of the Green Economy a little too complex to  understand.

On the contrary, the Green Economy is really something that is applicable  all around you and it is easy to imagine how you fit in it. Visit the ‘What is the Green Economy?’ page to read a layman’s narrative of this concept.

The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy  as one that results in improved  human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental  risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a  green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially  inclusive.

Practically speaking, a Green Economy is one whose  growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments  that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource  efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. These  investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure,  policy reforms and regulation changes.

But what does all this mean for you? Well, this  essentially what the second part of the theme is all about. If the Green  Economy is about social equity and inclusiveness then technically it is all  about you! The question therefore asks you to find out more about the Green  Economy and assess whether, in your country, you are being included in it.

To learn more about the Green Economy bookmark the World  Environment Day website, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and we shall be  unraveling the concept of what the Green Economy really is and what it means to  you ahead of World Environment Day.

http://www.unep.org/wed/theme/

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