Sustainability Drinks Australia Acquisition

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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

Geoff Gourley elected to Board of United Nations Association of Australia

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Geoff Gourley elected to Board of United Nations Association of Australia

On Wednesday 21st November 2012 at the Victorian Division Annual General Meeting for United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA), Founder and Executive Director of Shape Our Future, Geoffrey Gourley was elected to the UNAA Board.

Mr Gourley said “I am privileged and honoured to have been elected to one of the vacant positions and look forward to making a lasting contribution to the fantastic work the UNAA is undertaking in Australia”.

In addition to Mr Gourley’s appointment, Magdalena Roal Batchelor, Andrew Stevens and Bruce Coyne were also elected by the members to the vacant positions, and Mark Pizzacalla was elected as Treasurer and Murray McInnis was elected as President.

The new board now consists of the following…

  • President: Murray McInnis
  • Immediate Past President: Graham Hunter
  • Vice President: Graeme Worner
  • Treasurer: Mark Pizzacalla
  • Secretary: Patricia Collett

Board Members:                 

  • Kevin Childs
  • Bruce Coyne
  • Geoff Gourley
  • Ian Howie
  • Magdalena Roal Batchelor
  • Andrew Stevens

At the AGM outgoing president Graham Hunter thanked all the members for their support for the activities of the Association throughout the year.

Please find attached below the Annual Report outlining all of the programs and events for the past financial year.

UNAA Victoria_Annual Report_2011-2012

Please feel free to forward this report on to your contacts and networks. Any assistance in promoting our work would be greatly appreciated.

About the UNAA

The United Nations is an international organisation founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights.

The UNAA Victoria is a non-profit, non-government, membership-based, community organisation working to promote the aims and ideals of the United Nations and seek support for the UN and its programs and agencies.

http://www.unaavictoria.org.au/

The UNAA is committed to building a strong, credible and effective UN. We advocate support for the UN in the Australian community and seek to demonstrate why the UN matters to people everywhere.

Our primary purpose is to raise awareness about the UN and its work and engage the Australian community on key issues on the UN agenda.

We play a critical role in connecting Australians with the United Nations and educating the community on key international and local environmental, human rights and social justice issues.

United Nations Associations represent a vital link between the United Nations and citizens of its member states. In Australia, the Association is represented in every state and territory through its divisions and national body.

The divisions work together to campaign in support of the UN and its current priorities such as the Millennium Development Goals, human rights, gender equality, the environment, global health, sustainable development, peace and security.

Social Entrepreneur Geoff Gourley invests in Australian ‘sustainability integration’ company NuGreen Solutions

Social Entrepreneur, Geoff Gourley invests in Australian ‘sustainability integration’ company NuGreen Solutions.

 NuGreen Solutions (NGS), is an innovative national company that finances and manages sustainable projects from concept to completion, NGS is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mr Geoffrey Gourley as a shareholder and to the position of Director – Sustainability Integration.

In confirming the appointment, NuGreen Solutions’ Founder, Paul McMurtrie, highlighted the importance that Mr Gourley’s business and sustainability experience will bring to NuGreen Solutions. “I am delighted to confirm that Geoff Gourley has agreed to invest in NuGreen: his role as Director – Sustainability Integration will provide leadership and collaboration delivering sustainability orientated services to commercial business,” Mr McMurtrie says.

 “From 2nd July 2012 Geoff will commence the development of a comprehensive strategy- this will build on the excellent work that has already commenced and will enable NGS to assist our clients adapt to the carbon pricing mechanism and associated cost and regulatory impacts.”

As well as being founding Director of Not-for-Profit – Shape Our Future, Geoff also sits on Property Council of Australia Committees, is a member of Green Building Council of Australia, he is also a former member of the PCA Sustainable Development Committee. Most recently, Geoff was the Commercial Manager Bid & Strategy with ISIS Group Australia.

Over the past decade Geoff has been active in delivering asset repositioning, retro fitting and energy efficiency upgrades of commercial assets, advocating innovative green building initiatives that reduce greenhouse emissions and deliver economic benefits. In 2008, Geoff was one of 25 people selected across Australia to undertake a Fellowship in Sustainability Leadership and in 2009; was invited to speak in New York on Sustainability and greening the built environment and was selected as one of Al Gore’s Climate Project connectors. In 2011, Geoff travelled to London to attend EcoBuild, the world’s largest Green Building conference and in 2012 attended Malaysia’s inaugural Green Build Asia. Geoff continues to play a key role in greening the built environment and integrating sustainable solutions into businesses and assets.

According to Mr Gourley, “the opportunity to be part of an innovative organisation which leads and influences business and community to a sustainable future attracted him to invest in NuGreen Solutions”. “The timing is right for business to adapt to a low carbon economy and NGS can assist owner’s upgrade their assets and helps businesses of all sizes become more energy efficient and saves them money, adapting makes economic and environmental sense.”

“In the past being ‘green’ cost money , but by installing the latest lighting and power generation technology we are saving clients money” Mr Gourley added.
 


About Geoff Gourley

Geoff brings extensive knowledge and a deep passion for sustainability; integrating a variety of tailored solutions, he successfully delivers exceptional economic, environmental and social outcomes. His entrepreneurial thinking is a critical factor in successfully transitioning businesses into sustainable and profitable assets. Commercial knowledge enables him to understand client’s needs and develop a range of financed sustainable solutions.

He is a Fellow in Sustainability Leadership, GSAP with a BA (interior design) and Dip.BA. Geoff has 20+ Yrs experience working in director, commercial and business development roles with top tier property companies including; ISIS, Hansen Yuncken and Johns Lyng Group.

Geoff leads NuGreen’s sustainability, business development and marketing teams and contributes to strategic focus and is Director – Sustainability Integration.

About NuGreen

NuGreen is a unique Australian company formed in late 2011 by the Directors of Nuvo Electrical Services & Urban Maintenance Systems to finance and manage environmental upgrades to commercial properties. Backed by leading financial institutions they offer a fully funded solution allowing clients to lease back the equipment and NGS can take full responsibility of the maintenance for up to 10 years.

Built to address the new and emerging energy related issues facing Australian organisations they have sourced the world’s best and latest technology from a range of leading suppliers.  With the ‘whole of life’ mindset entrenched in their thinking NuGreen not only manage the design & installation of retrofit projects, they will navigate clients through the complex aspects of Energy efficiency, carbon tax management, grants, government programs, carbon trading schemes and certificate generation and certification.

NuGreen’s unique sustainability integration approach enables them to act as your trusted advisor, assessing how your asset and business can become more energy efficient through the best value for money approach and enable your business to meet mandatory obligations with least impact.

Media:

Geoff Gourley – Director, Sustainability Integration

geoff@nugreen.com.au   @geoffgourley

www.nugreen.com.au     @nugreensolution

State of the Climate 2012

State of the Climate 2012

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The long-term warming trend has not changed.
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Australia’s land and oceans have continued to warm in response to rising CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.

This is the headline finding in the State of the Climate 2012, an updated summary of Australia’s long term climate trends released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology today (14 March 2012).

The long-term warming trend has not changed.

Each decade has been warmer than the previous decade since the 1950s. Global-average surface temperatures were the warmest on record in 2010 (slightly higher than 2005 and 1998). 2011 was the world’s 11th warmest year and the warmest year on record during a La Niña event. The world’s 13 warmest years on record have all occurred in the past 15 years.

On land around Australia the observed warming trends are consistent with the global-scale warming – despite 2010 and 2011 being the coolest years recorded in Australia since 2001.

In the oceans around Australia, sea-surface temperatures have increased faster than the global average, and sea-level rise since 1993 is greater than, or equal to, the global average.

Australian average temperatures over land

Australian annual-average daily mean temperatures showed little change from 1910 to 1950 but have progressively warmed since, increasing by 0.9 °C from 1910 to 2011. The average temperature during the past ten years has been more than 0.5 °C warmer than the World Meteorological Organization’s standard 1961-1990 long-term average. This increase continues the trend since the 1950s of each decade being warmer than the previous.

The warming trend has occurred against a backdrop of natural, year-to-year climate variability. Most notably, El Niño and La Niña events during the past century have continued to produce the hot droughts and cooler wet periods for which Australia is well known. 2010 and 2011, for example, were the coolest years recorded since 2001 due to two consecutive La Niña events.

Changes in average temperature for Australia for each year (orange line) and each decade (grey boxes), and 11-year average (black line – an 11-year period is the standard used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change). Anomalies are the departure from the 1961-1990 average climatological period. The average value for the most recent 10-year period (2002–2011) is shown in darker grey.
Bureau of Meteorology
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Oceans

Rising sea level

Global-average mean sea level for 2011 was 210 mm (± 30 mm) above the level in 1880. The observed global-average mean sea-level rise since 1990 is near the high end of projections from the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report.

Rates of sea-level rise are not uniform around the globe and vary from year to year. Since 1993, the rates of sea-level rise to the north and northwest of Australia have been 7 to 11 mm per year, two to three times the global average, and rates of sea-level rise on the central east and southern coasts of the continent are mostly similar to the global average. These variations are at least in part a result of natural variability of the climate system.

High-quality global sea-level measurements have been available from satellite altimetry since the start of 1993 (red line), in addition to the longer-term records from tide gauges (blue line, with shading providing an indication of the accuracy of the estimate). Sea level rose at a global-averaged rate of about 3 mm per year between 1993 and 2011, and 1.7 mm per year during the 20th century as a whole. CSIRO
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The rate of sea-level rise around Australia as measured by coastal tide gauges (circles) and satellite observations (contours) from January 1993 to September 2011. CSIRO
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Increasing sea-surface temperatures

Sea-surface temperatures in the Australian region in 2010 were the highest on record, with nine of the months during 2011 ranked in the top ten warmest months on record. Sea-surface temperatures averaged over the decades since 1900 have increased for every decade. Terrestrial and ocean surface temperatures have shown very similar warming trends over the last century.

The warm sea-surface temperatures in 2010-11 were strongly influenced by La Niña. Ocean temperatures around Australia were warmer during 2010-11 than for any previously identified La Niña event, likely due to the influence of the long-term warming trend of the past century.

Greenhouse gases

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions account for about 60% of the effect from anthropogenic greenhouse gases on the earth’s energy balance over the past 250 years. These global CO2 emissions are mostly from fossil fuels (more than 85%), land use change, mainly associated with tropical deforestation (less than 10%), and cement production and other industrial processes (about 4%). Australia contributes about 1.3% of the global CO2 emissions. Energy generation continues to climb and is dominated by fossil fuels – suggesting emissions will grow for some time yet.

CO2 levels are rising in the atmosphere and ocean.

About 50% of the amount of CO2 emitted from fossil fuels, industry, and changes in land-use, stays in the atmosphere. The remainder is taken up by the ocean and land vegetation, in roughly equal parts.

The extra carbon dioxide absorbed by the oceans is estimated to have caused about a 30% increase in the level of ocean acidity since pre-industrial times.

The sources of the CO2 increase in the atmosphere can be identified from studies of the isotopic composition of atmospheric CO2 and from oxygen (O2) concentration trends in the atmosphere. The observed trends in the isotopic (13C, 14C) composition of CO2 in the atmosphere and the decrease in the concentration of atmospheric O2 confirm that the dominant cause of the observed CO2 increase is the combustion of fossil fuels.

Measurements from Cape Grim, Tasmania, showing: increasing monthly-mean, background concentrations of CO2 (parts per million,top) showing that the CO2 growth rate has increased above the linear trend (dashed line) through the measurement period; the decreasing ratio of 13CO2/12CO2 in the atmosphere (expressed as δ13CO2 in units of per mille, centre); and decreasing concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere (expressed as the ratio of oxygen to nitrogen, bottom), including measurements at Cape Grim from both CSIRO (light green) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (dark green). CSIRO
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Future changes

Australian average temperatures are projected to rise by 0.6 to 1.5 °C by 2030 when compared with the climate of 1980 to 1999. The warming is projected to be in the range of 1.0 to 5.0 °C by 2070 if global greenhouse gas emissions are within the range of projected future emission scenarios considered by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. These changes will be felt through an increase in the number of hot days and warm nights, and a decline in cool days and cold nights.

Climate models suggest long-term drying over southern areas during winter and over southern and eastern areas during spring. This will be superimposed on large natural variability, so wet years are likely to become less frequent and dry years more frequent. Droughts are expected to become more frequent in southern Australia; however, periods of heavy rainfall are still likely to occur.

Models generally indicate an increase in rainfall near the equator globally, but the direction of projected changes to average rainfall over northern Australia is unclear as there is a lack of consensus among the models.

For Australia as a whole, an increase in the number of dry days is expected, but it is also likely that rainfall will be heavier during wet periods.

It is likely (with more than 66% probability) that there will be fewer tropical cyclones in the Australian region, on average, but the proportion of intense cyclones is expected to increase.

CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology will continue to provide observations, projections, research, and analysis so that Australia’s responses are underpinned by science of the highest quality.

A list of peer-reviewed references underpinning State of the Climate 2012 can be found on the CSIRO website.

This article was originally published at The Conversation.
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Introducing Studio Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Studio Green in 2012.

Powered by Shape our Future, Studio Green (beta phase) is under development and aims to be an interactive reference and information site for all things ‘cool and green’.

Phase one sees the collection, collation and publishing of many years research, investigation, knowledge and experiences combined into a digital magazine style format.

Over time we will be adding new and relevant information and content, delivered via easy to navigate pages, blogs and searchable categories.

Phase two will see four digital editions released in year one, and circulated to a wide and global audience. The digital editions will be optimised for mobile reading (ie. Ipad, Android, Tablets and all browsers) placing interactive and enhanced content at the readers fingertips.

As part of the initial phase we are also seeking high quality ‘fresh and green’ content that is in line with the sites core categories and are inviting select brand funded media partners, advertisers and sponsors.

Submissions and Advertisers are invited and a ‘Submission and Advertising Guideline’ is available by emailing your interest to our founder, Geoff Gourley via geoffgourley@bigpond.com

Studio Green looks forward to providing an interesting site full of rich, relevant, unique, cool and green content aligned to our readers interests that addresses environmental, social and cultural aspects of life.

Studio Green – Cool and Green

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.

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 Advisory Board Positions

Are you a high calibre experienced and passionate person with a desire to be part of a social and environmental enterprise?

Want to assist and advise this Not-for-Profit in ethical, environmental and sustainability based projects and developments?

Looking to work with young, enthusiastic people who want to make a difference?

Want to be part of a growing Not-for-Profit and help shape our future?

Would you like to make a real difference, pass on your invaluable experience, meet and mentor likeminded youth 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 seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ for people from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications and marketing to take a flexible role on the Shape Our Future Advisory Board commencing late August 2009.

 
 

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2009 / 2010 Program.Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2009 / 2010 Advisory Board include:• Application of your knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment and communityEnthusiastic, committed individuals with a passion for the environment and sustainability, and well developed professional skills, able to advise others, mentor experience, verbal and written communication skills.Time commitment 2009 / 2010 It is anticipated to form the advisory board by the beginning of September 2009 with annual position appointments / reappointments at the end of June each year.

• 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

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

 

 

 

• Mentoring future social leaders of Australia

• Meeting and working with like-minded people

• Opportunities for personal growth and learning new skills

• Experience to add to your resume

• Contributing to social enterprise in Australia

• Flexibility

 Shape our Future is looking for:

Applicants must be accessible and work well both independently and as part of a board. 

 
 

Advisory Board members contributions and time commitments are flexible but as a guide, attend a monthly meeting, occasional attendance and communications with members and mentoring of 1 individual.

Applications 

 Important Dates   

 

Applications close: 5pm 14 August 2009.
Interviews will be held on: 22 August 2009.
Successful applicants will be notified on: 28 August 2009. 

 

To apply please email geoffgourley@bigpond.com with 

 

• A letter outlining your interest in the Advisory Board positions, your ability to contribute to the success of the organisation and project(s) and outline of past mentoring or advisory experience;

• Your CV or Bio;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

Alternately applications may be sent to;
Geoffrey Gourley
Founder & Executive Director
Shape Our Future
Po Box 2247
Oakleigh VIC 3166

Shape Our Future
a.c.n. 137 935 650
A registered Not-for-Profit organisation

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