Geoff Gourley selected as speaker & session chair at 2013 Government Sustainability Conference

Embedding sustainability in government organisations.

Melbourne – October 7 & 8, 2013

Mr. Gourley, Director – Sustainability Integration with NuGreen Solutions will present new solutions, practical strategies and case studies.

The thesis of his presentations is that Green Building Innovation and Re-lifing Buildings can assist the property sector, building owners and tenants take control of resource efficiency, costs and carbon emissions through the use of the latest, innovative technology, solutions & delivery models.

NuGreen was established in 2011 to address the new and emerging resource related issues facing Australian organisations and properties. This is the third time geoff will present and chair at the Government Sustainability Conference.

Green Building Innovation – the next generation
He will address the following issues:

  • Management of increasing resource and property maintenance costs;
  • Green Building Innovations – particular focus on technology, lighting & software; and
  • Innovative delivery models enabling use and financing of latest technology, plant & equipment.

The main themes of the presentation will include:

  • The impact of new technology (e.g. LED lighting, organic response etc) on resource consumption;
  • The measurement and reporting of resource consumption, energy saving/carbon emission reduction; and
  • Process for identification and delivery of real solutions, incl project specific case studies

Government Sustainability Conference 2013

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

Sydney follows Melbourne’s lead and gets green upgrade loans

Sydney follows Melbourne’s lead and gets green upgrade loans

Sydney office landlords will be encouraged to undertake more environmentally friendly office refits under a new “green loans” program.

The program is a joint initiative between the City of Sydney and independent government-backed consultants Low Carbon Australia Ltd (LCAL).

The ‘Environmental Upgrade Loan Scheme’ was actually first developed by City of Melbourne in September 2010 and now has live projects under-way.

http://www.propertyobserver.com.au/office/green-loans-on-offer-for-sydney-office-refurbishments/2012031553874

http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/16137

Greenhouse by Joost pops up as part of MFWF

Greenhouse by Joost

To celebrate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s 20th year, Greenhouse by Joost has popped-up on the banks of the Yarra River for 20 days from the 2nd March to the 21st March

The greenhouse is open daily from 8am for breakfast, and throughout the day for lunch, snacks and dinner – or drinks on the rooftop bar.

I attended last weekend and enjoyed, spiced chicken, quinoa, yoghurt and smokey eggplant dip, flat bread and grilled zucchini, pickled lemon, dil. The food and service was fantastic.

Greenhouse uses organic, biodynamic and local produce where possible. Herbs and weeds are grown on the rooftop and foraged locally. The beef comes from Hopkins River where all the cows live happy lives, as do the corn fed chooks they get from Glenloth Game. Joost has sourced the freshest local fruit and veg from select providers and uses green eggs. All the flour they use is stone milled in house from Powlett Hill wheat.

The design and architecture is eco-friendly and has been designed for disassembly, enabling the greenhouse to pop up at another location. With a number of shipping containers acting as structure, the toilets, kitchen and back of house areas are housed within these containers whilst the dining area is an open, airy and light filled space.

I love the façade which is made up of rusted f82 steel mesh (normally used in concreting) welded together which is then filled with potted strawberries to create a green wall against a ply backing.

FSC Ply is used extensively on the interior and recycled tube steel forms the chair and table legs, LED spot light fittings provide evening light, not required during the day due to large clear window panels.

For further insights and information please check out…

http://byjoost.com/greenhouse/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenhouse-by-Joost/105493049526332