Sustainability Drinks Australia Acquisition

sustainability drinks australia

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

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

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

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/

Portsea Polo 2012 had a touch of ‘Green’

Cool Australia Green Room at the Portsea Polo

A warm Saturday in early January 2012 saw the annual Portsea Polo get a ‘touch of green’ through the addition of Cool Australias ‘Green Room’ marquee thanks to Jason Kimberley, Deb Hallmark and the team at coolaustralia.org

With more than 4000 at the polo, just 180 guests were able to enjoy the eco friendly, sustainable marquee where we drank champagne from recycled jars, through biodegradable straws, whilst sitting on hay bales surrounded by walls of potted strawberries and wooden crates filled with  herbs, fruits and vegatables.

Contributions made by Joost design and  food by Damm Fine Foods and with the best field side position we enjoyed the polo matches whilst making a worthy contribution to the Cool Australia Not-for-Profit organisation.

As the day drew to a close guests grabbed their potted strawberry plant, said goodbyes to new friends and headed off. A great day was had by all and I am sure future polo events will also get a ‘touch of green’.

Geoff Gourley Founder Shape Our Future and Jason Kimberley Founder Cool Australia

 
 

The Green Room

About Cool Australia

Cool Australia is your one-stop info-shop for all things environmental, inspirational, practical and sustainable. Full of facts, they are the eco-link between science and our community, businesses and schools.

Cool Australia explains global warming and environmental issues in plain English. They promote the great green stories happening in Australia and help you to find out the challenges we face and what people are doing to get us back on track.

Australian’s are embracing a low-impact lifestyle because it is the smart, cool and healthy way to live. It makes us feel connected to our neighbours, family and friends. If we work together we can build a city that is cleaner, fairer, safer and happier.

Christmas Polo with Shape Our Future

Preparations for the 2011 Christmas Polo are well under way and attendance at this year’s event is shaping up to an absolute necessity!

Again Shape our Future has reserved three exclusive ‘Field side’ marquees that will have a decidedly ‘green’ theme.

BOOKINGS are now being taken so reserve Saturday 26th November from noon till 6pm and join many of our friends and colleagues for a great day at the polo at Werribee Park.

This 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.

Please email enquiries@shapeourfuture.org.au or contact Geoff on 0428 317 387 for ticket bookings or further information.

Climate Action Now – Rally Saturday 12th March @ 11am – Treasury Place Melbourne

Climate Action needed now!

The fear campaign against a price on pollution has become so absurd that talkback radio hosts are claiming that a price on pollution means the end of our economy and life as we know it. Independent MPs are even receiving death threats.

Now, these same radio hosts have joined with climate deniers and far-right politicians to organise anti-climate action rallies as part of Tony Abbott’s “people’s revolt”. They start on Saturday outside Julia Gillard’s electorate office in Melbourne. We must make sure that on the other side of town, our movement comes together to present the positive, mainstream views that hard-line ‘shock jocks’ prefer to ignore.

If we’re successful, the media won’t be able report on the anti-carbon price rallies without also reporting that more people turned out to express support for a price on pollution.

Can you join us?

Where: Treasury Place, Melbourne.
When: This Saturday (March 12) at 11am
RSVP: https://www.getup.org.au/campaign/

Right wing shock jock Chris Smith said last week on MTR radio: “I’ll do my best on a daily basis to spread the word”. We don’t have a radio network to promote our rally, but GetUp members have proved before that, when it counts, we’re willing to publicly show how much we care about clean energy & climate action.

I was in Canberra last week and almost every politician and journalist I met with talked to me about the anti-climate action rallies. They’re spooked. I assured them that the campaign for climate action was just as strong — and now, we need to demonstrate this.

That’s why it’s so important we join together for a few hours this Saturday March 12 — not to have a louder, angrier rally, but to show the difference in both size and tone. While they’re shouting their angry slogans and misinformation, on the other side of Melbourne we’ll hold a positive, family-friendly gathering to stand up for our vision for clean energy and preserving a safe climate for our kids.

With your help, we’ll prove there are more of us than there are of them and in doing so we’ll make a powerful statement.

See you this Saturday.

P.S. We’re counting on more then just your presence. We counting on your creativity (as you make a clever homemade banner if you can) and your persuasiveness (as you charm your friends into joining you).

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

Keynote Speech National Camps Conference

Keynote speech delivered at National Camps Conference 2009

Good evening and thank you for attending the National Camps Conference here at Kindilan Outdoor Education and Conference Centre.

I arrived in Brisbane this morning to beautiful blue skies and a warming sun, I decided to go for a walk and explore the CBD and river area. I came across the Brisbane Botanical Gardens and lied on the soft grass, surrounded by native tropical trees and plants for a couple of hours enjoying the sun, the smells and sounds of the natural environment; and would like to share a thought I had while reflecting…

Make me a bird so I can fly away; take me to my sanctuary, my place of peace, my harmony.

Let me lose myself to the simple thoughts running through my head, it seems so right here.

I wish 1000 wishes that everyday could be the same. Today is my day to dream of blue skies. 

I think we could all afford a little time to reconnect with our environment.

For years now society has tried to get people in positions of power to care that has not worked; now we are going to get people who care into positions of influence.

We need strong, venturous leadership, we need people who will lead, develop and influence our communities and business toward sustainable future prosperity

The Australian Camps Sector, I believe, are just the passionate and caring people that we need to deliver real action and systemic change.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead made that statement which rings true to the challenges we currently face.

Sustainability Leadership is about creating a collaborative learning environment to motivate, empower and educate the future leaders who, with these new skills and understanding will lead us to a sustainable future.

Socially, economically, environmentally and culturally we determine what our environment and planet looks like, what the world sees, how we want to live and what future we leave for generations to come.

I recently attended dinner with Hon Al Gore, as part of the Climate Project Asia Pacific Summit, Mr Gore delivered a motivational speech, in which he called on us as a society and as a sustainability leaders to “find the moral courage to rise to the challenge” we don’t want future generations to say “what were you thinking?, didn’t you care”

We need innovative and immediate change to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations.

Camps can be at the leading edge of innovation in youth leadership, regional and community development, camps have the ability to quickly respond to community and market demands and through partnerships we understand we can cause a greater change to society and the environment.

Can we be the future shapers of Australia…Yes we can.

Thank you. Please enjoy the rest of the evening and the remainder of the National Camps Conference.

Future Green Leaders Event

Future Green Leaders screening of The Greening of Southie.

Join us for a night at the movies as we showcase the The Greening of Southie

Set on the rugged streets of South Boston The Greening of Southie is the story of the  ups and downs faced by a development team associated with building a LEED certified (the US’s Green Star rating tools) Multi-Unit Residential building.

From the wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, The Macallen Building is something different- a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design.  But building green has its challenges- untested materials, skeptical contractors and concerned citizens.

The Greening of Southie is funny and poignant and is must see for anyone who is or wants to be part of green building.

Watch the trailer here. 

 Date:           

Melbourne Thursday 13 August 2009

Time:          

5.30pm-8.00pm   

Tickets    

$25.00 members,$35.00 non members – Includes movie and drinks

Book now or visit http://www.futuregreenleaders.org.au