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.


Geoff Gourley – Director, Sustainability Integration   @geoffgourley     @nugreensolution

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.

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 or contact Geoff on 0428 317 387 for ticket bookings or further information.

Shape Our Future Exciting Charity Polo Event – Saturday 5th Feb 2011 – Werribee Park

Hi friends and colleagues,

Welcome to 2011, a fresh year and another opportunity to demonstrate serious sustainability leadership across the globe.

As you know I am passionate about sustainability and the environment.

What you may not know is that I am passionate about Polo and am Executive Director of a Not-For-Profit called Shape Our Future , this organisation continues to undertake a number of exciting sustainability and environmental projects.

To ensure the success of these projects we undertake a number of fundraising events and campaigns throughout the year.

Special Polo Event

buy your tickets here

Now in our 3rd year the February International Polo event is a great way to celebrate the best of summer and nature in the beautiful surrounds at Werribee Park.

If you haven’t been before the February Polo International is the premier polo event of the season, this year’s feature match is Australia Vs USA.

Get the event information  here

We hope you and your friends or family are able to join us.

Donations needed!

If you are unable to make the event and wish to make a donation please refer to the deposit method below.

Westpac Bank
Account:            Shape Our Future
BSB:                      033 100
Account No:    287345
Ref:                     Donation / Name

Many thanks and I look forward to catching up with you at the event.

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. 


Melbourne Thursday 13 August 2009




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

Book now or visit

Sustainable Councils Keynote Presentation 2009

Article:             Sustainable Councils Conference 2009 – presentation notes
Date:                  7 May 2009
Author:          Geoffrey Gourley
Additional:  Presentation

1.         Introduction

Thank you.

I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Owners of this land. I would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the KULIN Nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginals present.

Following on from Alan Pears, and as your last presenter it is my hope you leave here today with new found strategies, improved understanding, positive and motivated attitudes that lead contribute to the development of Sustainable Councils.  And I have some home work for you.

As one of Australia’s Sustainability Leaders I have been invited to speak to you to this afternoon about a number of topics directly related to local councils.

Rather than take off my watch and, in less than 20 Mins, try to cover exhaustive topics around local councils and sustainability, I have decided to give you all a reprieve… from my  environmentalist, futurist and sometime out there rants on the sustainable prosperity of  mothership earth and how globally, we are out of control.

However, I will be presenting a brief outline of 3 key elements which are essential if local councils are to not only meet but exceed the sustainability expectations, targets and principles of the 21st century.

The key elements are…

  • Sustainability Innovation
  • Inspired Leadership
  • Community Engagement

These elements are focussed around achieving real action.

2.         Lets take a minute to dive into Sustaina-what ?

A number of common principles are embedded in most definitions of sustainability:

These are

  • The conservation of biodiversity and ecological integrity
  • constant natural capital and sustainable income
  • ensuring intRAgenerational (within generations) and intERgenerational (across generations) equity
  • It is       recognising and responding to global circumstances at a local level
  • It is       dealing cautiously with risk, uncertainty and irreversibility
  • It is       ensuring appropriate valuation of environmental assets
  • It is       integration of environmental, social and economic goals in policies and
  • it is       the activities, social equity, community engagement and participation which deliver results.

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3.        Sustainability Innovation

Innovation has, for a long time, been a part of the Australian culture, Well before Federation in 1901, Australians demonstrated how innovative they were.

Thousands of years ago, Indigenous Australians developed tools like fish traps, boomerangs and woomeras to assist with hunting. They lived in harmony with nature using the native flora and fauna as a source of food and medicine.

1901: Federation Wheat

William Farrer released the Federation wheat strain, resistant to fungal rust disease and drought.

1928: Speedo Swimwear (great if you are an Olympic swimmer)

This swimwear originated in Sydney when the MacRae Knitting Mills manufactured the company’s first swimsuit, the razorback, made from silk and joined in the middle of the back. Speedo introduced the world’s first nylon swimsuit in 1957.

1953: Solar Water Heater

The first prototype of a solar water heater was developed at CSIRO in Victoria.

1979: Race Cam

A lightweight, fixed camera used in car racing and other sports broadcasts was developed by Australian engineer, Geoff Healey.

1985: World’s Most Efficient Solar Cells

Dr Stuart Wenham and Professor Martin Green from the University of New South Wales produced the world’s first 20% efficient solar cell.

2000: Biodegradable Packaging

The Cooperative Research Centre for International Food Manufacture and Packaging Science developed new biodegradable packaging materials based on starch.

What is Innovation?

An innovation can be big or small. Brand-new or just a bit different, it doesn’t matter. An innovation can be clearly complex or seemingly simple. Innovations are often thought of in terms of technical achievement, but can also be a design.

The presence of a genius can help with innovation – it may speed up the end result by having a person who can see and make the future happen. However, innovation is more than the work of any one “Einstein.” Innovation involves the taking of the work of an individual (or team) and taking it to a broader audience.

The future of many organisations depends upon their ability to innovate. Competition is fierce. Knowledge spreads quickly. The ability of an organisation to not only keep up with its current practices, but to exceed its own – and its peers – expectations are critical to success.

What Is “Real” Innovation?

“Real” Innovation does not happen haphazardly or sporadically within organizations. “Real” Innovation is accomplished consistently and systematically, given the true need and a process for delivering solutions.

Organisations that innovate successfully do so using an efficient and repeatable methodology. Success is not dependent upon genius – it emerges from the disciplined application of a proven innovation methodology.


1.         Identify areas where you can apply sustainability innovation in your local council

Have a Sustainability Management Plan for now and the future

Offer an Eco Centre for community and business development

Understand current environmental performance and future goals

Share innovations with other council

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4.         Inspired Leadership

Last year I successfully completed a Fellowship in Sustainability Leadership, a program which was delivered by the 2008 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award recipient Larissa Brown. 

Inspired leadership is evident, yet, it is not evident everywhere, a positive approach is to develop inspired sustainability leadership within local councils.

It is my belief leaders are not born but they are identified, developed and made.

A good leader knows when it is time to change shape because they are highly attentive to those around them. Coming from a position of strength, a great leader takes risks by freeing up the creative genius in their followers to build their capability and multiply the talents of the organisation. This leads to community and greatness.

It is true that inspired leaders share a number of qualities…

Some of which are…












Sense of humour


  • Model integrity, what does integrity look like to you?
  • Cooperate with the best in your people
  • Foster a collaborative working environment
  • Unleash team capability by empowerment through equality in responsibility and authority
  • Be conscious and present with your team
  • Encourage creativity with brainstorming
  • Work with your team to bring innovation and best practices to your organisation
  • Balance caring in the choices you make that effect your organisation
  • Embracing paradigm shifts through courage and continually advance your corporate vision
  • Remain consistent in demonstrating principles of leadership you wish others to emulate.
  • Balance understanding with expectations on deadlines when the circumstances dictate
  • Laugh at yourself and laugh freely and openly with your leadership team?

We need Inspiring, venturous leadership to connect caring communities, caring

people to begin influencing cultural, behavioral and attitudinal changes at local council level.

Leadership is needed across all sectors of business and in all types of communities, urban, regional, outback, beachside, farming, high country every corner of Australia needs leaders who are visionaries, leaders who care, leaders who can act, leaders that understand, leaders who make changes and leaders who want to shape our future.

I call them ‘Inspired Vision Leaders’

Your homework

1.         Identify and develop your inspired vision leaders.

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5.         Community Engagement

Community engagement is certainly not new; in my research leading up to today it is clear many local councils have fantastic, all encompassing community engagement strategies, principles, goals, commitments and programs, it must be true it’s on their web sites.

I then considered how local councils were engaging with their local community with regard to sustainability, environment, planning and emissions reductions.

Nope, no alarm bells ringing here either pretty much the same lots of positive information being generated and communicated with the words sustainability, environment emissions reduction.

The findings have lead me to believe local councils already know how to effectively engage with the community, in fact in some councils that what they do best, but I then considered diving a bit deeper and asked myself the following questions.

  • At what level does local council engage with the community and what real results have been achieved?
  • Has the community’s youth been fully engaged or has the focus been around ratepayers and business?

Lets consider the first question with a positive approach ‘how better can local council engage with community’ around sustainability.

Communities need Eco Centres, that is a specific facility people can visit to gain information, talk with local experts, attend workshops, get an insight into the Whys and Hows of sustainable practices. This is more than just handing out low flow shower heads; it is about educating people about sustainable living practices and changing their behaviours and setting new paradigms around sustainable communities.

You have heard it before but the built environment contributes greatly to global carbon emissions, through effective community engagement local councils have the opportunity to change this. A community eco centre can be a hub for sustainability, a demonstration of green building and ESD principals, a community garden, the people behind it can be inspired leaders of the community effecting a major shift toward a sustainable culture.

Now the second point I wish to focus on is the engagement of the communities’ youth, Remember - you were young once.

Put yourself in Gen Ys’ shoes; this is uncomfortable I know, and there are plenty of unknowns. Lots of things are changing around them, and they are neither fully aware of the rationale - nor in control of - those things changing.

Even in times of more positive change, the first to buy in are those who either:

    1. Control / direct the change, or
    2. Are experiencing change that is positive to them personally

Cut them a break – you’re not always easy to live with either.

Remember? Our youth are trying to perform, succeed, and persevere – they deserve our respect.

Those who aren’t? Well, now’s a good time for a change – it has never been more important than during challenging social, environmental and economic times. We all need to pull our weight – the quicker we can get youth who care into positions of influence the faster we will become sustainable communities?

Your homework

1.         Engage with all members of the community and at all levels and achieve real results.

6.         Closing

In closing I would like to recap your homework requirements, remember your local community will be checking your performance.

1.         Identify areas where you can apply sustainability innovation in your local council

Develop an efficient and repeatable methodology and create a culture of innovation. Remember an organisations ability to exceed its own – and its peers – expectations are critical to success.

2.         Identify and develop your inspired vision leaders.

We need Inspiring, venturous leadership to connect caring communities, caring

people to begin influencing cultural, behavioral and attitudinal changes at local council level.

3.        Engage with all members of the community, at all levels and achieve real results.

Review your community engagement plan and ensure sustainability initiatives, principals and goals have been included and ensure your strategies are designed to deliver real results.  Build a community Eco Centre become a leading local council.

That concludes my presentation, I would like to thank you for your time and please enjoy the remainder of the conference.

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*References were used in researching this presentation.