CEO – Centre for Sustainability Leadership

Are you up for an exciting career challenge?
Could you be the CEO we are searching for?

The Centre for Sustainability Leadership is searching for a CEO to consolidate our amazing achievements to date and to take the Centre to new heights.

We will actively consider candidates of all ages, and especially CSL Alumni, who have demonstrated clear leadership ability and are looking to grow into a CEO role.

See the position description for details.

If this opportunity is not for you – perhaps you know the perfect candidate? Please pass on to your networks.

Please contact me on 0488 031 896 or ceo.applications@csl.org.au to discuss further.

Geoff Gourley selected to the Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Committee

Property Council of Australia’s Sustainable Development Committee

Having completed a two year tenure on the Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions Committee Geoff has been selected to the PCA Sustainable Development Committee due to his extensive experience in property sector, passion for sustainability and knowledge of ‘greening’ the built environment.

This is a great opportunity for ISIS to build on their reputation as an industry and sustainability leader through Geoff’s involvement, which is in line with ISIS goal to improve financial performance through sustainable growth.

Read the article about the New Victorian Sustainable Development Committee.

recruiting a Community Development Manager for a large residential developer in Vic, working in their residential communities business.

A contact of mine is recruiting a Community Development Manager for a large residential developer in Vic, working in their residential communities business.

I wanted to ask if there are any qualified persons you know interested in the position must have a sustainability focus.

Key responsibilities will be:

1) Meeting local stakeholders/community groups to determine community requirements. This will happen as early as acquisition phase.
2) Implementing a community development strategy and rolling this out across all projects in the state.
3) Influencing internal stakeholders on the importance (ethically and commercially) on the importance of community engagement and ultimately influencing the project outcome.
4) Accelerating the planning process through commitment to community engagement. And lots more.

They will fall under the banner of community, sustainability and environment and report to both development in Vic and head office in Sydney.

If you able to able to suggest anyone for the role and could pass this on I would be most grateful.

You may email geoffgourley@bigpond.com be placed in contact with the relevant person.

Kind regards, GG

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity 2010

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity 2010

Are you keen to gain experience in the sustainability field?
Want to be part of ethical, sustainability based projects and developments?
Looking for a flexible internship where you will learn and develop skills?
Want to be part of a growing not-for-profit 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 developing innovative projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

Geoff is currently on the look out for students or post graduates from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications, and marketing to take on flexible internships from May to December 2010.

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2010 Internship Program:

• Development and operation of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program

• Community Sustainability Centre for local council

• Sustainability advisory and consultancy for business • Regional Sustainability Festival

• Greening Communities DVD

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

Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2010 Internship Program include:

• Application of knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment 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 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, problem solving, IT, Report writing, document and template formation will be highly regarded.

Time commitment 2010

The current round of internships starts at the beginning of May 2010 to be completed prior to Christmas December 2010.

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

Applications Important Dates

Applications close: 5pm Friday 23 April 2010.

Phone Interviews will be held by: Friday 30 April 2010.

Successful applicants will be notified on: Monday 3 May 2010.

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.

Exciting new position with ISIS

Dear professional colleagues and friends,

I would like to inform you I have accepted the position of ‘Commercial Manager’ with ISIS Group – Victoria commencing on Tuesday 6 April 2010.

The last 2 years spent working with Hansen Yuncken in the capacity of Contracts Manager and Business Development Design Manager has been both challenging and rewarding.

I had the opportunity to work on some significant bids, tenders and projects and have enjoyed professional relationships with many of you.

This new engagement is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic and growing property services company continuing my 18+ year’s involvement in the built environment, property and green building sectors which I am so passionate about.

I look forward to remaining in touch and am sure we will cross paths at various networking and social events and during professional interactions.

If you would like to contact me regarding construction, refurbishment and fit out matters  please do so in the following ways,

Email: geoff.gourley@isis.com.au
Office: 03 9690 9555
Mobile: 0488 031 896
Post: Level 7, 5 Queens Rd South Melbourne Vic 3205

I am continuing my valuable work in the Not-for-Profit sustainability field through Shape Our Future  you can contact me on 0428 317 387 or geoffgourley@bigpond.com I will also continue to be involved with the Property Council Australia Future Directions Committee.

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.

Dinner with Al Gore

Dinner with Al Gore

Sunday 12 July 2009 – The Great Hall – NGV

Hosted by
- Australian Conservation Foundation
- The Climate Project

I was privileged to attend an intimate dinner with Al Gore which was held during his recent visit to Melbourne as part of the Asia Pacific Climate Summit.

Seated with Senator Christine Milne – Greens Tasmania, Danny Vadasz – ACF and a number of other fascinating guests we heard Al Gore talk about the Asia Pacific Summit and training he is delivering to 300 participants from across 19 countries including China, Singapore, New Zealand, Fiji and Indonesia.

This is the first time people from the Asia-Pacific region have been brought together to be trained by the Honourable Al Gore.

The summit enables them to communicate directly with their communities about generating a combined effort to insist, as a region, on the best possible outcomes at Copenhagen.

The trainees represent a diverse group including diplomats, doctors, chief executives, students, economists, school principals, a fruit grower, a fire-fighter, climate relief workers and an associate professor of philosophy.

One in 75 Australians have now seen a presentation delivered by the 250 Al Gore-trained Climate Project Presenters working throughout communities in Australia.

“This really is the time to build a groundswell of public support in favour of strong action at Copenhagen,” said Don Henry, Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation, which is helping to organise the training sessions.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyable with roving performers greeting guests upon their arrival, before we moved into the great hall, with its illuminated coloured glass ceiling, to enjoy dinner and conversation.

A set of 3 songs was performed by Katie Noonan, accompanied by a string quartet and guitarist. Climate Project ambassadors, Merrick and Rosso, provided their own unique presentation on the event and climate change which included a short spin around the gallery on a fold up bike.

A number of items were donated and auctioned to raise funds for ACF Copenhagen campaign featuring an $8,000 Intrepid overseas travel voucher, Akubra hat signed by Al Gore and many other great gifts.

As the evening drew to a close we walked away with an inspired and motivated vision to keep promoting and communicating the outcomes we seek to achieve in Copenhagen during December 2009.

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Are you keen to gain experience in the sustainability field?

Want to be part of ethical, sustainability based projects and developments?

Looking for a flexible internship where you will learn and develop skills?

Want to be part of a growing not-for-profit 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 developing innovative projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

Geoff is currently on the look out for students or post graduates from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications, and marketing to take on flexible internships from July to September 2009 and October to December 2009.

 

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2009 / 2010 Internship Program:

• Development of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program

• Sustainability Community Centre business model

• Sustainability Education program for Youth

• Regional Sustainability Festival

• Documentary tracking selected projects

• On line web 2.0 Sustainable Business and Carbon Emission Reduction Program

 

Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2009 / 2010 Internship Program include:

• Application of knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment 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 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.

 

Time commitment 2009

First round of internships start at the beginning of July 2009 to be completed by the end of

September 2009 with a second round starting October 2009 to be completed prior to Christmas December 2009.

Internships work hours are flexible but as a guide, 10am-6pm four days a week.

Interns must commit to attending the entire 3 month period of the internship. Options exist to follow into the second round internship but this is not mandatory.

 

Applications

Important Dates

Applications close: 5pm 12 June 2009.

Interviews will be held on: 22 June 2009.

Successful applicants will be notified on: 29 June 2009.

To apply please email geoffgourley@bigpond.com with;

• 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;

• A ‘PDF’ copy of a recent academic assignment or project;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

 

Alternately applications may be sent to;

Geoffrey Gourley

Founder

Shape Our Future

Po Box 2247

Oakleigh VIC 3166