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.

 

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.

See more here

Sponsored by NuGreen Solutions

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Green building and eco educational trip to Malaysia 2012

Geoff will be undertaking a 10 day Green building and Eco Educational trip to Malaysia in mid February 2012.

The start of the trip includes  touring the latest green buildings of Kuala Lumpur including attendance at Green Build Asia 2012

Green Build Asia 2012

Asia’s No.1 Event on Sustainable Building, Design & Construction

The world of sustainable building, design and construction will converge in Kuala Lumpur for Green Build Asia 2012 Exhibition & Conference. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

The event is expected to be attended by over 10,000 delegates and trade buyers from across the region to get updated on the latest in property, building design, materials, construction equipment and interiors. Hosted by the Construction Industry Development Board, Malaysia, the event is Asia’s No.1 Business-to-Business Event devoted to Green Building.

Days 3-10 will be spent visiting the Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre, Gayana Eco resort and the UNESCO listed Kinabalu Park.

Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre

The Sepilok Orang-utan Rehabilitation Centre was set up in 1964 to rehabilitate orphaned baby orang-utan. Set in the lush 4,300-hectare Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.

The Centre under the administration of the Wildlife Department of Sabah attracts tourists and researchers alike, giving them the opportunity to watch the orang-utan up close in their natural habitat.

A boardwalk leads to a viewing area and feeding platform where the apes are fed milk and bananas twice a day by rangers. Feeding time also attracts long-tailed macaques to the area.

While orang-utan rehabilitation is still the primary goal at Sepilok, it also focuses on public education on conservation, research and assistance on other endangered species such as the rhinoceros.

Gayana Eco resort

Gayana Eco Resort rests serenely at the edges of a lush jungle forest on a coral reef island off the coast of Borneo. 52 over water, tropical villas are architecturally designed to enhance the soothing sounds of the surf below while capturing the enduring vistas of Mt. Kinabalu on the distant horizon.

At its heart, the resort is about protecting and re-generating our precious Marine Ecology, and the only such property to feature its own, on-site Marine Ecology Research Centre passionately propagating endangered Giant Clams and restoring natural coral reefs; where guests actively participate in restoring vibrant life back to once damaged ocean floors.

Kinabalu Park

Kinabalu Park was gazetted as the first State Park in Sabah in 1964 and declared Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 2000 for its outstanding biological attributes.

Also the Centre of Plant Diversity for South East Asia, the Park boasts more than 5,000 vascular plant species, an estimated 1,000 orchid species, 621 fern species, nine Nepenthes species, 29 Rhododendron species and two Rafflesia species.

The Park has no shortage of fauna as well, being home to some 90 lowland mammal species, 22 montane mammal species, 21 bat species, 326 bird species, 62 toad and frog species and a large population of the 850 butterfly species that occur in Sabah.

Out of the 29 bird species that are endemic to Borneo, at least 17 are confined to the mountains, notably Mount Kinabalu. These include subspecies of the Red breasted Tree-partridge, Crimson-headed Wood-partridge and Mountain Blackbird.

Such diversity is truly the makings of a naturalists’ paradise!

Introducing Studio Green – Cool and Green

Introducing Studio Green follow link to read about studio green and how Shape Our Future is powering sustainable projects and initiatives.

We are currently seeking content, advertisers and sponsors for our upcoming digital editions versions.

email studiogreenteam@gmail.com for more details or to make submissions.

#studiogreen #in

Studio Green – The latest Cool and Green content needed

Seeking Cool and Green content

Studio Green has recently launched and we are now seeking ‘Expressions of Interest and Submissions’ from content authors to provide original short articles, profile pieces, reviews etc for free use and publication in the Studio Green online blog and, potentially, in the upcoming ‘Digital Editions’ version.

Studio Green is powered by Not-for-Profit Shape Our Future to communicate the latest ‘Cool and Green’ things under the following topics – Design, Tech, People, Style, Travel, Culture, Food + Drink, Environment, Sustainability.

Our mantra is “Cool and Green’ if it fits that criteria we want to hear about it so others can read about it.

If you have a passion for writing and for all things ‘Cool and Green’ we would love to hear from you. As we are a NFP all submissions are made pro bono, non-commercial creative commons license deemed granted, fair use applies and appropriate author attributions will be made.

Submit your EOI or submit a piece here.

For further information please contact our founder here.

Please circulate to friends or colleagues you think this opportunity may interest via Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn buttons below.

Help rewrite the users manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship

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Help rewrite the user’s manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship program

Applications for the 2012 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program are now open!

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a change maker and influence the future direction of global sustainability.

In 2008 I completed this fellowship and acknowledge it assisted me a great deal, helping me to communicate and influence change across the globe.

Once a year the Centre for Sustainability Leadership runs the Fellowship Program for 25 ambitious sustainability change makers in both Sydney and Melbourne.

This is a unique training opportunity where the selected individuals develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to be effective in forging a more sustainable future.
The 7-month evening and retreat-based program is packed full of practical, immersive and challenging thinking and activities designed to grow each Fellow’s capacity to influence positive change in their areas of passion.

The program consists of the following core areas which participants are required to participate in;

26 workshops from April to November
Three residential retreats: (1) April (2) September (3) November
Participation in mentor and coaching meetings
Preparation for the workshops and complete weekly assignments
Contribute to a group or individual project
Attend the graduation evening
Join and contribute to the CSL Alumni Program.

Click here for more information about the program.

Click here to make an application.

Shape Our Future – An Introduction

What is Shape Our Future?

In 2008 our founder, Geoffrey Gourley, Social Entrepreneur and Environmentalist from a young age, was selected to undertake a fellowship in sustainability leadership. Realising long ago the planet is not an infinite natural resource; Geoff understands the urgency needed to address climate change, environmental and ecological issues if we are to sustain humanity.

Shape Our Future was conceptualised and launched in 2008 with a vision to lead, develop and influence business and community to a sustainable future.

 “we invite you, to join with us, in shaping our future, making a contribution to preserving our beautiful planet and create a pathway for all future generations to live sustainably”. Geoffrey Gourley – Founder.

Our Vision

Lead, develop and influence business and community to a sustainable future through visioning, fostering and funding ecological, environmental and sustainable initiatives.

Our Objectives

• Develop ecological, environmental and sustainability projects in general with an emphasis on climate change and offsetting the deleterious effects of burning fossil fuels and global warming.

• Advise on, fund and influence business and the wider community to develop ecological, environmental and sustainability projects.

• Respond to the climate change crisis and its impact including developing a vision for a sustainable future that is feasible and able to be implemented by business and the community.

• Address and re-evaluate traditional thinking by looking differently at social, economic and environmental issues.

• Foster the creation of regions for the growth and protection of flora and fauna by the community in general or various sub-sets of the community where people can contribute, learn and assist with restoring our ecology and biodiversity.

• Foster effective management of land and reserves including the control of pests and the minimisation of damage caused by climate change.

• Offer services to business, community, government and other organisations including future and visionary thinking, consultancy, assessment, leadership, innovation, marketing, planning and strategy in relation to the objects set out above and related issues.

Our Values

Respect – Integrity – Courtesy – Honesty – Ethics – Support

Our Green Credo

As a social organisation we lead by example, it is not enough to simply undertake a few good sustainable practices and call yourself ‘Green’. We here at Shape Our Future take our reputation and our environment seriously.

You won’t see us partaking in unsustainable activities. We walk the talk and have the evidence to back it up. Below you will find details on our actual ‘Green Credo’ and Environmental policy. We have put in place a voluntary reporting and monitoring process along with a set of guiding principles to ensure everything we do is as sustainable as it can be.

Environmental Principles and Aspirations

Shape Our Future accepts that it has a moral obligation to ensure that its current and future projects, developments and operations work towards the goal of restoring balance to the ecosystems and global community’s sustainability – rather than just sustaining a degraded world.

We will respond to the climate change crisis and its impact including developing a vision for a sustainable future that is feasible and able to be implemented by business and the community.

“Restoration is a more productive, imaginative, and innovative path forward.” Paul Hawken

As Shape Our Future Executive Director, Geoffrey Gourley, said in
July 2009:

“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. Global and local communities need leaders to outline and vision a future, we need to consider and value our environment as an integral part of any sustainable society”.
Under the Sustainability Policy ratified by the Board in July 2009, Shape Our Future has set principles and aspirations including:

  • Our aim to lead, develop and influence environmental and social management through sustainable business principles and practices to minimise our impact on the environment and increase contributions we make to the community.
  • Shape Our Future encourages the use of environmentally-friendly transport options, and limits the amount of interstate and overseas travel our management, staff and volunteers make in fulfilling their work duties.
  • Shape Our Future has committed to improving energy efficiency across all our projects and developments, eliminating the use of unsustainable forms of energy, ensuring energy is purchased through green power accredited sources and that energy use is CO2 neutral or off set where required.
  • Our aim to achieve a zero-waste target by reducing, reusing and recycling materials, minimising the purchase and use of consumables, and when purchasing goods we choose environmentally friendly options that produce the least amount of waste and are efficient in their consumption of energy and resources.
  • Shape Our Future aims to exceed the minimum requirements, for Commonwealth, State and Local environmental regulations, policies, legislation and voluntary initiatives.
  • We encourage and support our employees in volunteering activities for other organisations, acknowledging the contribution volunteering makes to the community.
  • We support our employees in balancing personal and work commitments in recognition this contributes to employee health, satisfaction and well being. All Shape Our Future management, employees and volunteers are encouraged to allow sufficient time for each aspect.
  • We choose our partners, service providers, consultants and stakeholders which are aligned to our vision, values, principles, aspirations and objectives and demonstrate environmental leadership in their sector.
  • All our company tenancies are carbon neutral (greenhouse gas emissions which have been reduced through efficiencies are offset via carbon trading).
  • Environmental considerations inform all our investment decisions.
  • All business operations are zero net carbon, water & waste as a minimum.
  • All projects we develop and/or operate are independently rated as achieving good environmental status.

Policy

Summary

Through our commitment to the principles of ecologically sustainable development we will contribute to creating a sustainable future and lead, develop and influence improvements in environmental performance. This undertaking is an obligation of the board and management team and the responsibility of every staff member and volunteer.

Detail

Shape Our Future is committed to providing a high quality environment in the Not-for-Profit Environmental and Sustainability sector, which meet the requirements and expectations of Clients, Statutory Authorities, Employees and Community Groups.

Shape Our Future affirms its commitment to applying sustainable business and development principles to all facets of our organisations processes and to continually improve our performance in minimising the impact on, and pollution of, the environment.

In achieving this Shape Our Future is committed to the implementation, maintenance and improvement of a Management System meeting the requirements of Australian and International Standard AS/NZS ISO 14001.

The Board of Directors will review environmental objectives and set performance targets each year. Managers through their line management structure are accountable for ensuring all employees and volunteers achieve these objectives and targets.

The Company’s Environmental performance will be monitored against established performance targets and the results reported to the Board of Directors on a regular basis.

Shape Our Future affirm that they have a legal obligation to comply with relevant environmental legislation, standards and codes of practice as the minimum level of performance and a professional obligation to acknowledge the views of Environmental and Community Groups.

Shape Our Future acknowledge that environmental excellence can only be achieved and maintained by a clear unequivocal direction of all levels of management, stimulating a participative atmosphere and sense of pride in our environmental achievements by all employees and volunteers, and through recognition by concerned groups in obtaining this.

Why we do it.

Seeing firsthand the earth’s changing climate, humanities impact on the natural environment and depleting resources this generation is at or past a tipping point which could affect all future generations’ ability to inhabit the earth as we know it.

The environment is central to developed and developing countries and a communities continuance, without a balanced and sustainable environment we, as a race, will not be able to survive the future.

Our generation will be judged on the decisions we make at this time, as Al Gore once said to me ‘this is a time of turning, we don’t want future generations to say, ‘what were you thinking, didn’t you care enough to change’, we want them to ask, ‘how did you find the moral courage to rise to the challenge’.

Shape Our Future was formed as an organisation that leads, develops and influences others to make changes, we encourage, educate, and support people from all walks of life to find that moral courage needed to ensure sustainable prosperity for all.

We do it because we care, we are a group of passionate people with a common goal, and a desire to make a real and lasting difference, the greatest legacy we can leave is a healthy planet and a sustainable pathway for future generations.

Applications for the 2011 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) Fellowship Program are now open!

Applications for the 2011 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership (CSL) Fellowship Program are now open!

I participated in the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program last year and benefited greatly from it, gaining an amazing skills set and network of like minded people passionate about creating a sustainable world.

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is having an information session on their 2011 Fellowship Program on Tuesday, 8th March and, I would encourage you to attend.

Date: Tuesday, 8th March 2011, 6.00 pm Location: River Terrace Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne RSVP: http://2011infosessionmelbourne.eventbrite.com

The CSL Fellowship Program is a unique training opportunity where up to 26 individuals in each city develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to influence a rapidly changing world and forge a more sustainable future.

The 7-month evening and retreat-based program is packed full of practical, immersive and challenging thinking and activities designed to grow each Fellow’s capacity to influence positive change in their areas of passion.

If you’re up for the challenge of growing your social and cultural footprint in 2011, go to our website http://www.csl.org.au and check out our brochure to learn more about the Fellowship Program and apply.

Our Annual Review is also a great place to learn more about CSL, our programs and the change makers in our network. Applications close at midnight on 27th March 2011.

ISIS goes global in search of sustainable innovation and Geoff Gourley has been invited.

UK Tour and attendance at Eco Build – London

In line with the strategic goals of becoming a sustainability leader in the property sector, ISIS are travelling to the UK in search of innovation best practises. The trip, is scheduled for the end of this month.

Geoff Gourley will be attending the Ecobuild conference and will have access to leaders in sustainability and innovation; the key learning’s from the event will then be incorporated into the business upon return to help differentiate ISIS from their competitors in the property market.

Associates at Overbury have presented us with an exciting opportunity to go through their ‘Perfect Delivery’ model and give us a progress update on their ‘Client Experience’ initiative.

Geoff will be able to share what ISIS learns from implementing a new ‘Client Experience’ approach.

Geoff was selected by Group Executives Michael Barnes – CEO, Michael Seay – COO and Gary Anderson – Group Executive – Sales and Marketing. Geoff will be sharing his experiences upon return.

http://www.ecobuild.co.uk
http://www.overbury.com
http://www.shapeourfuture.org.au

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