Hon Anthony Carbines
Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment
Anthony was elected as the State Member for Ivanhoe in November 2010. Following re-election 2014 he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment in the Andrews’ Labor Government.
Anthony was born and raised in the Northern suburbs and attended Rosanna East High School, the now Viewbank College. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Journalism from RMIT University.
In 2005 Anthony was elected to Banyule City Council. In this role he gained valuable experience working to improve services and infrastructure. During this time he served as council delegate for the Metro Waste Management Group.
Dr Nicholas Aberle
Dr Nicholas Aberle is the Campaigns Manager at Environment Victoria, where he has worked on campaigns to transition Victoria’s electricity system from coal to renewable energy and improving mine rehabilitation, amongst other things. Prior to this, he spent three years as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, contributing to the 2013 State of the Environment Report. He was also the founding director of the Environmental Film Festival Australia. In a previous career as a research scientist, Nicholas earned a PhD from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and spent three years trying to cure AIDS at Yale University in the USA. He has degrees in Law and Science from the University of Melbourne, and is passionate about leaving a better world for his two young daughters.
David has been Energy Fellow at the Grattan Institute since 2014. David has extensive experience developing both energy and broader public policy in both Australia and the UK. Prior to joining Grattan, he spent three years working on energy and earth resources policy for the Victorian State Government, where he led the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.
Chair, Moreland Energy Foundation
Monique Conheady joined the MEFL Board in late 2010.
Monique was a co-founder and CEO of Flexicar, which she sold to Hertz Car Rental, where she was retained as a Marketing Business Partner for Australia & New Zealand until August 2015.
Graduating with honours from the University of Melbourne in both Engineering and Arts, Monique previously worked as an engineer/project manager in the infrastructure sector. Her experience includes time in both the private and public sectors on projects as diverse as renewable energy programs for remote indigenous communities and a new head office building for Sainsbury’s in Cairo, Egypt.
Monique is passionate about new ways of doing business that are financially, socially and environmentally sustainable. Monique aspires to be a serial “eco-preneur”.
Eli is Implementation Manager at ClimateWorks Australia. He has led several major initiatives for ClimateWorks, including the development of an online emissions pathway calculator, a project to work across Australian and Indonesian property sectors to improve the sustainability of commercial buildings, and most recently an industry roadmap to zero carbon buildings.
Eli is passionate about working with people and making the research and evidence about how to cost-effectively reduce emissions accessible, exciting and practical.
Eli has extensive prior experience in developing public policy and working with government, having worked as a lawyer for the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office and Legal Policy Officer for the Victorian Department of Justice. Eli holds a Bachelor of Law / Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne, and is a recent graduate of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership’s Fellowship Program. He is also a fluent Indonesian speaker, with certificates in Indonesian language from Satya Wacana and Atma Jaya universities in Java.
Moreland City Council
Prior to Alex’s current position as Open Space Planner at Moreland, he has worked as a travel writer and academic with a focus on environmental policy and resource management. His current responsibilities include strategic planning for our parks, reserves and streetscapes and provide him with an opportunity to implement his passion for sustainability, urban planning and green infrastructure whilst realising the potential of urban design and planning to improve liveability and neighbourhood quality.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Scott is Executive Director Renewable Energy for the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).In this role Scott leads the development and delivery the Government’s policies and initiatives to promote renewable energy, drive innovation in new energy technologies, create new jobs and increase investment. Prior to this role he was Executive Director of Policy, Governance and Legislation within the Water and Catchments Group of the Department.
Scott has 25 years’ experience in public policy, working on climate change, environment, sustainable energy, water, waste and natural resource issues.
He led the climate change strategy and policy agenda, providing the Department and Government with advice and solutions to climate change challenges.
Angus is a co-founder of Future Crunch, an organisation that describes itself as ‘a field guide for the new economy’ – helping individuals and organisations understand what’s happening on the frontiers of science and technology, so that they can be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
Angus is also the Australian manager of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK), the former manager of international political journal Global Policy, and holds an MSc in International Political Economy and a PhD in Government from the London School of Economics, where he was also the Ralph Miliband Scholar between 2009 and 2012.
Moreland Community Solar
Michael is on the Board of Moreland Community Solar Cooperative helping to develop community-funded solar energy projects within the City of Moreland. He is a civil engineer interested in infrastructure, sustainability and renewable energy.
Tané is a co-founder of Future Crunch, an organisation that describes itself as ‘a field guide for the new economy’ – helping individuals and organisations understand what’s happening on the frontiers of science and technology, so that they can be better prepared to meet the challenges ahead.
Tané graduated from the University of Melbourne where he completed a Masters in Bioinformatics in 2013. He has worked for the Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare diseases in children using genetics, and is currently doing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers to better understand, diagnose and improve treatment for people suffering from cancer.
Imogen Jubb is a communications specialist, climate change adviser and Climate Reality leader. She has co-authored books and reports with some of Australia’s leading climate change scientists. She is a parent of young children and passionate about strategies that will work our way to a sustainable world.
Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action
Scott is the Regional Coordinator for the Eastern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (EAGA) and leads the implementation of a range of regional scale climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across seven municipalities in Melbourne’s east. Scott has also held key positions as Engagement Manager at ClimateWorks Australia and as Team Leader at Swinburne University’s National Centre for Sustainability. Over the past ten years, Scott has led a wide range of sustainability projects with government, community and industry to undertake program delivery, research, strategic development, evaluation, training and education.
Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action
David Meiklejohn is the Executive Officer of the Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action, a network of nine councils in metropolitan Melbourne working together to combat climate chance and bring about a low-emissions society. David has extensive experience in environmental behaviour change, with a particular focus on transport. He is currently completing a PhD on the response of Australian local governments to climate change.
Energy Efficiency Council
Luke Menzel is the CEO of the Energy Efficiency Council which has specialised in developing projects and policies that facilitate the steady increase of capacity in the energy efficiency sector. Luke has a background in management and his postgraduate research in energy policy focused on financing options for energy efficiency investments.
Australian Conservation Foundation
Kelly is the CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation, which addresses environmental problems by tackling the underlying social and economic causes.
Kelly is a founder of The Future Economy Group, a past Director of Tipping Point Australia, past member of the Commissioner for Sustainability’s Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. In her previous role as the CEO of Environment Victoria, the organisation was awarded the coveted Eureka Award in 2011 for communicating climate change. Kelly was also recognised as being amongst the top 100 business women in Australia in the 2013 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Future Business Council
Tom is the executive director of the Future Business Council (FBC), an organisation which advocates for the benefits of change and pushes for reforms that will shift the economy in favour of more sustainable, innovative and ethical business models. FBC supports the growth of sustainable businesses and start-ups locally while positioning Australia to become in the longer term a global future business hub.
Tom is an experienced communicator and strategists, who has worked extensively in the construction and property, energy and agriculture sectors in Australia, and has a passion for business resilience and innovation.
Parrys Raines is a 21 year old environmental educator, international speaker on sustainability and intergenerational challenges, entrepreneur, law student and writer. Parrys has represented Australia at four United Nations Environment Programme conferences since the age of 13.
Parrys is a Non-Executive Director of the Future Business Council of Australia and a board member on the Sustainable Innovation Forum in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme. Parrys is an ambassador for The Unstoppables, OzHarvest and the Aim for the Stars Foundation.
At the age of 14 Parrys founded Climate Girl, an environmental educational movement dedicated to increasing the environmental intelligence of her generation. Climate Girl is a global platform for young people to share information, connect, collaborate and support each other while implementing sustainable solutions in their communities.
Parrys uses her voice to advocate for intergenerational equity, communication and collaboration. She has spoken here in Australia and internationally about the importance of individuals, communities and businesses implementing long term sustainable practices.
Moreland City Council
Samantha has been a local representative on Moreland City Council since 2012 and became the city’s first Greens Mayor in 2015.
Before entering politics, Samantha had a career as a social worker spanning more than a decade. During this time she worked in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development and settlement services for newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds. Most recently she worked as the program manager of client services at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Samantha holds a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of social work with honours and a PhD in youth sociology.
Samantha is passionate about social justice, particularly for those most at risk. She knows there are things that we can do together to help those that need it most. She cares about safeguarding a liveable climate for future generations and recognises that, with real investment in clean solar and wind energy, we can tackle climate change while creating a jobs rich and prosperous economy.
Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd
Alison is the CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL), an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to tackling climate change. MEFL works with communities, partners, and governments to implement sustainable energy projects.
Alison is formerly the Global Executive Director Sustainability for Fujitsu, where she created and implemented the global strategy for sustainability. Alison is currently the Chair of the Future Business Council and serves as a Director for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council Australia, Bioregional Australia, Climate Alliance and the Public Utility Challenge. She was previously a board member at Environment Victoria and the Latrobe University Sustainability Advisory Board. Alison is also a well-known public speaker, respected thought leader, and winner of the Business Leader of the Year by Climate Alliance in 2013.
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Kath Rowley is Executive Director of the Climate Change Division in Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She leads the Department’s work on climate change mitigation and adaptation, where her team is helping restore Victoria to a position of leadership on climate change action in Australia. Kath joined DELWP in April 2016, after three years as General Manager of Reviews at the Climate Change Authority, the independent agency established in 2012 to advise the Australian Government on policies to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. She has been working on climate change and energy policy since 2004, including leadership roles in the Department of Climate Change in Canberra and the global think tank the Climate Policy Initiative in San Francisco.
Moreland City Council
Lenka is the Moreland City Council councilor representing the North-East Ward and is responsible for sustainability, transport, climate change, and water.
Lenka has a background in hydrogeology and environmental science, and has previously worked in the contaminated land and groundwater area. She is also the Chair of the Sustainable Moreland Advisory Group, and a board member for the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd (MEFL).
Clean Energy Council
Kane Thornton is Chief Executive of the Clean Energy Council, the peak body for the renewable energy and energy efficiency industry in Australia.
Kane has more than a decade’s experience in energy policy and leadership in the development of the renewable energy industry. Kane has advocated for and helped design the policies that have been critical to the renewable energy industry’s growth, and continues to be an active political advocate, public presenter and media spokesperson.
His previous roles include senior manager and advisor for Hydro Tasmania – Australia’s largest generator of renewable energy – and executive officer of Renewable Energy Generators Australia.
Kane has broad international management experience having previously worked in technology, living and working in Asia. He has held a range of advisory and board roles with government and non-government organisations in the climate change and energy sector, and is a non-executive director of Sustainability Victoria.
Kane is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Masters in Social Science and Bachelor of Information Technology.
MEFL Sustainable Urban Development Manager
Gavin has a background in town planning and sustainability with a wide range of experience working with private and public sector clients. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Social Science (Planning and Environment).
Gavin joined the MEFL team in December 2010 to develop and manage the delivery of a program to drive the uptake of sustainable design assessment in planning within 16 local governments. Since then he has taken leading roles in a wide variety of urban development and energy efficiency projects for MEFL.
His previous experience is in planning consultancy where he worked as both a statutory and strategic planner; managing a number of strategic planning projects for both public and private sector clients including both activity centre and precinct structure planning.
Climate and Health Alliance
Carol Behne works for the Climate and Health Alliance managing the sustainable healthcare program, which includes the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) network in the Pacific Region. In this role she supports health institutions on their sustainability journey, helping them to reduce their ecological footprint and improve the health of our environment. She has a background in speech pathology and environmental management. She has carried out an energy efficiency research study with the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance that looked into energy saving building retrofits and a behaviour change program for Home and Community Care clients. The study aimed to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time improving comfort, health and wellbeing. She also works in the green roof industry delivering events and workshops that highlight the environmental benefits of urban biodiversity.
MEFL Community Engagement Coordinator
Lucy started with MEFL as a Community Outreach Worker on the Moreland Solar City Project. As part of this role Lucy worked directly with the community in engagement, education and strategy. Lucy manages community engagement and communications for the Positive Charge program which provides impartial advice on energy efficiency and products to community members and councils.
Lucy regularly delivers workshops and information sessions to range of communities including SMEs, schools, CALD groups, general interest and environmental groups and council staff. She also plans and coordinates all Positive Charge outreach and promotional activity.
In other roles Lucy has worked as a teacher, photographer, event planner, performer and project manager. All these skills contribute to Lucy’s current role as MEFL’S Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator.
Sustainable Melbourne Fund
Scott was appointed as Chief Executive of Sustainable Melbourne Fund in July 2010. He has more than 15 years of professional, management and leadership experience and drives a highly skilled team in delivering positive environmental and commercial outcomes in the built environment with his innovative approaches.
Prior to this, Scott was the inaugural Australian Country Director of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), where his expertise led the development of CCI’s activities in Australia, working collaboratively with governments of all levels and the finance industry.
Scott made a significant contribution to the establishment of Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) in Australia, the Victorian Greener Government Buildings program; and development of the CCI clean energy team based out of Australia.
Zero Carbon Evolution Manager, Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd
Helen leads the implementation of the Zero Carbon Evolution strategy, an ambitious community endorsed plan to significantly reduce carbon emissions across Moreland 22% by 2020. She works closely with Moreland City Council and the Moreland community. Prior to MEFL, Helen worked in the UK as a policy advisor with a number of innovative government agencies including the Sustainable Development Commission, English Partnerships and CABE developing policies and programs to deliver sustainable communities.
Climate for Change
Katerina is the founding director of Climate for Change, whose mission is to create the ‘social climate’ in Australia for effective action on climate change. The organisation uses a face-to-face, people-oriented approach to start conversations, inspire solidarity, and empower people to act on climate change.
Katerina is a climate communicator, specialising in community engagement. Her passion and expertise are in helping lay-people to understand the problem and challenges we face in climate change then inspiring and empowering them to make a difference. She has over nine years’ experience in project and business management, and has trained with leaders in behaviour change and climate communication, including Doug McKenzie-Mohr and Al Gore.
University of Melbourne
Dr Hes received a science degree from Melbourne University and followed this with a graduate diploma in Cleaner Production and a Doctorate in 2005 at RMIT University, Melbourne. The thesis investigates her practice in supporting the integration of sustainability in building projects. Her research interests are identifying and filling the knowledge gaps in sustainability practice and application in the built environment. She has carried out research on Victorian residential projects such as the Commonwealth Games Village and Aurora; commercial projects such as Melbourne City Council’s Council House 2 and local government projects such as Reservoir Civic Centre. Her most successful publication is the ESD Design Guide for Australian Government Buildings, which is in its third edition, she has written a companion guide called ESD Operations Guide for Owners, Managers and Tenants, published in 2009.
Dominique is the co-author of Designing for Hope: pathways to regenerative sustainability (2014, Routledge).
Energy for the People
Alex is the director and co-founder of Energy for the People, a Certified B Corp which develops disruptive business models, and facilitates and implements innovative clean energy solutions for developers, regional communities and the owners of portfolios of buildings.
Alex is also the director and co-founder of The People’s Solar, a crowdfunding platform for solar projects. He had worked previously with the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services as a senior project manager for major developments and environmental sustainability, managing the establishment of an Energy Services Company, providing low-cost and low-carbon energy to over 800 low-income households. Alex was also involved in the Australian Zero Emission House (AusZEH) retrofit project, in partnership with the CSIRO.
South East Councils Climate Change Alliance
Greg Hunt was a science and environmental studies teacher, an education bureaucrat, Principal at the Zoo then Education Manager at the Museum. He is now with the South East Councils Climate Change Alliance where he conducts climate change programs through local government to Melbourne’s south-east.
Community Power Agency
Nicky is the founding director of the Community Power Agency, whose mission is to help grow a vibrant community renewable energy sector in Australia, through building the capacity of communities on the ground and working collaboratively with other organisations to address systemic barriers facing the sector as a whole.
Nicky is also the founder of the new Coalition for Community Energy. She is also the board of the Solar Citizens Community Campaign and works as a Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Chief Resilience Officer for the City Of Melbourne
Toby Kent Is Chief Resilience Officer for the City Of Melbourne. His role involves working across Melbourne’s metropolitan region to develop and implement a resilience strategy that will see Melbourne better prepared to manage the chronic stresses and acute shocks that Melbourne will have to tackle, today and in the years ahead.
The role was instigated by Melbourne’s being selected to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities initiative, created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world prepare to meet the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st Century.
Toby has created and implemented resilience and sustainability strategies across a range of sectors. Since the late 1990s he has worked with governments, communities, industry sectors and many other stakeholders on five continents.
Various achievements include: helping to guide the growth of Corporate Citizenship, one of the UK’s preeminent specialist Sustainability consultancies; leading PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Sustainability work with retail and consumer goods companies in the UK, before running PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team in Hong Kong.
Prior to joining the City Of Melbourne, he worked with leading Melbourne businesses, including MMG mining corporation and ANZ bank, where he was Head of Sustainable Development.
Toby has a Masters degree in Urbanisation (Housing and Social Change) from the London School of Economics.
Alternative Technology Association
Donna is the CEO of the Alternative Technology Association, a not-for-profit organisation that enables, represents and inspires people to live sustainably in their homes and communities. Donna has 20 years’ experience working for government, not-for-profit and research organisations. She specialises in leading teams and developing innovative strategies to enact change, from large international programs right down to local community initiatives. With extensive networks in the sustainability sector, Donna is also the community representative on the Australian Government’s Your Home steering committee and on the organising committee for the Coalition for Community Energy’s 2017 Conference.
Beginning his career as a medical research scientist and completing his PhD in biochemistry, Ed followed a commercial path and spent several years in pharmaceuticals before moving over to the media industry. Two years ago, Ed made the decision to do something that would positively impact the future of his children’s lives and sought out an opportunity in the renewable energy space. This led to his leap to Powershop.
Now with Powershop’s growing customer base of almost 70,000 customers, Ed has the opportunity to be delivering a service that gives customers transparency & control over a key part of their household budget, while helping them make positive changes for the environment. Furthermore it’s the idea of being a part of a company that strives to have a positive impact on the future of the planet that pushes Ed daily.
Specialist Energy Efficiency, Households Sustainability Victoria
Ian grew up in regional South Australia and has qualifications in electrical engineering and the arts. He has worked in the sustainable energy field since the early 1990s in a range of positions, including being a foundation member of the Electricity Utilisation Centre in Auckland, and managing both the NSW and South Australian government Energy Information Centres. Since joining Sustainability Victoria in early 1999, Ian has worked on a range of partnership programs with the appliance industry, coordinated the initial development of the Energy Task Force retrofit project for low income households, and participated in the development of the National Framework for Energy Efficiency and the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target Scheme. He has been a member of the national Equipment Energy Efficiency Committee – which oversees mandatory standards and labelling for appliances and equipment – since 2002.
Darebin City Council
Gavin is the Environmental Strategy Coordinator at Darebin City Council, which places significant emphasis on sustainability. DCC has adopted a Community Climate Change Action Plan that sets an ambitious carbon neutral target for the Darebin Community by 2020.
Lead by Gavin, DCC’s “Solar $aver” program has enabled affordable solar energy for low income households. In 2015, with Gavin’s leadership, the City of Darebin won an Award for Environmental Justice at the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for enabling almost 300 pensioner households to benefit from solar electricity.
Moreland Energy Foundation
Paul has worked in sustainability and conservation related roles for over twenty years. He has worked for both state and local governments, NGOs, as a consultant and in the University sector. He holds a Masters degree in Social Science (Environmental Policy).
Paul has worked as the CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation for almost nine years. Before his current role he worked as an independent sustainability consultant for Government and corporate clients. Paul has also worked as a senior manager for Sustainability Victoria up until 2007 and worked for SV and its predecessor organisations for over 9 years. As a manager at Sustainability Victoria, Paul conceptualised, developed the business case and supervised the establishment of programs such as the Smart Energy Zones program. This was the first government program to support the development of a precinct approach to sustainability in Australia.
Paul also works as a lecturer for RMIT University, delivering the Sustainable Energy Context Course in the Renewable Energy Masters program as well as delivering guest lectures in a range of other courses. In 2011, Paul co-authored a textbook “Environmental Management – Process and Practices for Australia” which deals extensively with the theory and practice of environmental management in business and more broadly.
In his former role as CEO of MEFL, Paul was responsible for the development and delivery of the organisation’s business plans and for leading broader strategic development, in conjunction with the MEFL Board. Paul also serves as a Board Member for the Consumer Action Legal Centre.
Moreland City Council
Maria-Luisa Nardella is the Manager of the Economic Development Branch at Moreland City Council. ML (as most people know her) has been an economic development practitioner for more than 10 years in local government. Previously she worked in the creative industry sector in advertising, theatre, television and curatorial arena’s. She was instrumental in establishing the Business Efficiency Network (BEN) when working at Hume City Council, prior to joining Moreland just over two years ago. The BEN continues to provide a strategic business focus for enterprises wishing to reduce their impact on the environment and increase profitabilty through resource efficiency.
The opportunities in this area are harnessed in Moreland in partnership with MEFL and the city’s diverse and layered SME community. The ongoing programmes being implemented through the Greening for Growth program, and broader business support activities which are critical to getting more business engaged in the sustainbility space, are an ongoing focus for the the ED branch.
ML has a Master of Entrepreneurship & Innovation (Swinburne University) and a BA in Fine Art, Painting (RMIT). She has lived in East Brunswick for more than 30 years, and grew up in the Western District of Victoria.
Business Development Lead
Kate has a diverse background as CEO, strategic planner, project manager, researcher, facilitator and small business owner in the health and environment sectors. After establishing several highly successful business sustainability programs for the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kate set up her own business specialising in project innovation and incubation, strategic planning and communication, stakeholder management and alliance building.
Kate oversaw a productive twelve months at the Yarra Energy Foundation as CEO and after her latest round of maternity leave was delighted to join the team at the Moreland Energy Foundation – spearheading the growth and expansion of Positive Charge.
Jack Noonan is a Project and Recruitment Lead at Sustainability Victoria, specifically working on the Climate Change Program, TAKE2. Jack holds Bachelor degrees in Science and Arts, as well as a Master of Business focused on the commercialisation of science and emerging technology. In 2009, he was a winner of the prestigious National Australia Bank Science in Business award.
Prior to his time at SV, Jack worked as the National Marketing and Relationship Manager and a Senior Technical Consultant for a building science consultancy. His areas of expertise include sustainability strategy, green buildings, sustainability rating tools, indoor environment quality and legionella. He is a member of the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and the GBCA’s Future Green Leaders program.
Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment
Natasha Palich is a registered architect with diverse experience in the design and local government sectors. She has extensive knowledge of sustainable design practices and is committed to working towards an increasingly sustainable cultural and urban environment.
Natasha is the CASBE Executive Officer at the MAV (Municipal Association of Victoria), a part time role, and she also runs her own architectural practice, Sense Architecture.
Director, Advocacy and Capacity Building
Manny is an experienced and passionate sustainability strategist and change maker, specialising in community-owned renewable energy, which he sees as a perfect blend of community building, social enterprise and clean energy development. Over the past 10 years Manny has worked on diverse projects across the sustainability field; namely conservation, climate, water and environmental management projects in Europe, Latin America and Australia. Upon returning to Melbourne in 2009, he attained bachelor degrees in Environment (Soc.Sc), Social Science (Hons 1), and Cert IV in Small Business Management, all at RMIT University. As Director of Advocacy and Capacity Building, Manny has over the past 12 months played a leading role in advocating for strong and innovative State and Federal government policy support for community energy, most recently through the Renewables For All project and the Federal Smart Energy Communities Campaign.
In his own backyard, Manny is currently working with several Victorian metro and regional communities to help develop and implement their community energy vision, while continuing to develop and advocate for innovative policy and regulatory support to help pave the way for these projects to be realised.
Yarra Community Solar
Les Pradd is a retired accountant with over 35 years professional experience. Most of his career was spent in senior management accounting roles in large organisations. His last employer was Australia Post where he worked for 19 years. In retirement Les wanted to use his business experience to help reduce the impact of climate change, which is why he became involved with Yarra Community Solar.
Hip v. Hype
Peter is the Sustainability Director and Development Manager at Hip v. Hype. He is an experienced urban planning, property and sustainability practitioner. He sees sustainability as inherent to good design and fundamental to long-term prosperity; not an option or a barrier, but an opportunity.
Beginning his tertiary education in architectural drafting, Peter quickly realised that while a strong appreciation of construction and architectural processes and details was incredibly valuable, his passion and strengths lay in thinking about buildings and cities at a more strategic level. Responding to this, he completed a Bachelor of urban Planning with Honours at RMIT university and through this pursued a strong interest in sustainability in buildings, infrastructure and cities.
He has spent the last 8 years consulting as a sustainability specialist in policy, buildings, masterplanning and infrastructure design and delivery. Peter’s experience to date has convinced him that leading sustainability performance, complemenTARY to a project’s commercial drivers, is very achievable. He maintains a focus on finding this balance and in the process ensuring that every project achieves exceptional outcomes for all involved.
Manager- Positive Charge
An alumnus of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, Chandra has technical expertise in energy management and has experience in managing projects and developing partnerships.
Chandra manages Positive Charge, MEFL’s social enterprise. He contributes to MEFL’s consultancy work in energy auditing, reporting, training and implementation. Chandra works on the business sustainability programs and has particular expertise working with small business and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Prior to MEFL, Chandra was involved in grassroots community engagement and the development of the fair trade handicraft industry in India. Having co-owned and operated a small design and manufacturing business for six years, he has a deep understanding of the needs of SMEs and social enterprises.
Bruce is a recognised leader in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical responses to climate change.
He regularly engages with key stakeholders within Federal, State and Local Government, the energy industry and other agencies to progress policy and implementation of renewable energy projects. His technical qualifications and strategic skills are routinely drawn on to provide advice on sustainability strategy and programs to Governments and organisations across Australia.
In the past Bruce has initiated partnership projects such as the Moreland Solar City Project and EcoSmart Electricians, a national training program for electricians. He was awarded the Brian Robinson Foundation Fellowship in 2007 for young environmental leadership and traveled to Europe to research community based decentralised energy and low-income energy efficiency programs.
In his previous role at the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd. he held oversight of major projects led business development and held responsibility for financial planning and reporting to the Board. A key element of this role was to establish MEFL’s flagship social enterprise Positive Charge.
In his current role at GreenSync Bruce has oversight of regional and community grid constraint and microgrid projects across Australia.
His professional experience is complimented by non-executive director roles in the not-for-profit sector and the recent completion of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.
Aditya has over thirteen years of experience in the electric power industry, having worked in a variety of engineering and customer facing roles that included renewable generation, energy market operations, and electricity network planning. His primary skill set and expertise are in future network modelling, power system analysis and technical regulation. Aditya also has a deep understanding of techno-economic modelling and commercial analysis related to distributed generation and large utility-scale generation.
Aditya has broad experience in the US and Australian electricity sectors. His previous roles included R&D engineering with wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and Network Planning and Operations with US grid operator ISO New England. Aditya’s current area of interest is in network utility transformation, particularly the development and deployment of technology and business strategies for the integration of renewable generation and distributed energy solutions into power networks.
Mark is the CEO of Environment Victoria, one of Australia’s leading environment NGOs. Environment Victoria focuses on campaigns for a safe climate, healthy rivers, and sustainable production, consumption and communities.
Mark previously worked as an Energy campaigner for Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where he helped build a movement of Australians wanting climate change action and contributed to the successful introduction of renewable energy and energy efficiency targets in Victoria, New South Wales, and nationally. He has also worked in the solar industry, held the position of Coordinator for the Environment Centre of the Northern Territory for 5 years, and was a lecturer at the Northern Territory University.
Cherry Energy Solutions
Erik’s mother is a psychologist and his father is a futurologist. It is this combination that has fuelled his fascination for both people and business ideas. Over a twenty year career Erik has worked in most aspects of business, for both large corporates such as Unilever, Sara Lee, ANZ and AGL and more recently his own smaller entrepreneurial businesses. In 2007 Erik founded renewable energy company Rezeko Pty Ltd (assets acquired by AGL in 2011). More recently Erik has invested in Energy Solutions business, Littil Pty Ltd, with a focus on energy efficiency, solar and energy broking. He has worked in many parts of the world including Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, UK, Germany, U.S and India.
Erik has made a personal commitment to becoming a part of the solution to global energy challenges and has a passion for translating consumer trends into business success.
Walking tour guides
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
Michael is the utilities manager at RMIT University, working within the Risk Reporting and Compliance team to support the delivery of projects for sustainability and reduced energy and water consumption. He is also a sitting member of the RMIT Sustainability Committee and chair of the Carbon Management Working Group. Michael has also worked as senior environmental officer at La Trobe University and a research assistant at the University of Otago undertaking carbon lifecycle analyses.
Shayne La Combre
Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC)
Shayne is the CEO of PICAC, an industry-led training facility providing access to training resources which aim to assist the industry in taking up the challenges of new technology, new risks, and new approaches.
Previously Shayne worked as the Director of Plumbing and Victoria’s Plumbing Industry Commission (now the Victorian Building Authority). In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Work Place Connect (WPC) and is currently serving as the Deputy Chair for the 2013–2016 term.
Jason joined MEFL in 2006 to deliver the Sustainability Street Program. He has delivered specialist programs for low income families, the elderly and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Programs include Bright Actions, a Low Income Energy Efficiency Program for the Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) designed to improve the lives of refugees, and the Green Town project with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to improve the sustainability of their homes, businesses and schools.
Jason has a strong interest and experience in heat health, and improving dwellings to protect residents from extreme heat events, and reduce the incidence of heat-related illnesses and deaths. He worked on heat health projects for Merri Community Health Services and Western District Health Services, Victoria.
Jason has completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Environment and Planning) since being at MEFL.
As a veteran MC and roving performer at sustainability events throughout Victoria, Will Tait spends many hours of his waking life bringing crowds together in joy, wonder and laughter to celebrate our beautiful planet. Will sees every gathering as an opportunity to discover and appreciate our connectedness, and playfully invites all attendees to experience the important role they play in contributing to the event.