Staff profile: Sebastian Klein

In my new role I will be managing the Zero Carbon Evolution team – delivering on Moreland City Council’s ambition for the Moreland community to reach zero net carbon emissions. This will involve delivering energy efficiency upgrades and solar installations on homes, businesses and community buildings throughout Moreland, as well as liaising and working closely with Council staff.

I grew up in rural NSW (don’t hold it against me) and an interest in developing opportunities for farmers to contribute positively to climate change mitigation led me to study Ecological Agriculture at Charles Sturt University’s Orange Campus. At the same time I signed up for a community leadership course in my local community around Hepburn Springs… this with a combination of gullibility and naivety led me to nominate for local council.

Ten years later I am readying to transition from the world of a Councillor and juggling numerous roles around that to focus full-time on MEFL and ZCE. That and studying a Master of Enterprise, a dalliance with commerce and the filthy lucre pursued mostly in the hope that the capacity to influence change in business might be more significant than it is in Local Government.

I love working at MEFL because… of the positive vibes, mature corporate systems and the sense of fun.

When I’m not working I’m usually… renovatin’.

The thing I love most about Moreland is…  eating Very Good Falafel while waiting for my DeJour jeans, checking out surreal art at the BeinArt Surreal Art Gallery on my way to the Otto and Spike concept store before picking up some cheese and spinach pastries at A1 bakery to keep my strength up while I trawl for blazers with large shoulder-pads at Savers.

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