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

The Switch Report chats with Geoff Gourley

April 30th, 2013

Geoff Gourley’s “day job” is Director – Sustainability Integration at NuGreen Solutions.  He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the not-for-profit company Shape Our Future, and a board member of the United Nations Association of Australia – Victorian Division. Somehow, Geoff managed to find the time to talk to The Switch Report.

To start at the beginning, where does your green streak come from?

I grew up in country Victoria, in Traralgon, and spent a lot of time out in the country or down at our beach house. I was also into Scouts so I’ve always had a natural affinity for the environment. I also remember a school trip to the Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations, and seeing a diorama that showed whole towns like Traralgon being moved so they could get at the brown coal underneath them. To me it was a horrifying prospect.

More recently, doing the Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship program in 2008 was a transformative experience. This brought me into contact with sustainability advocates from outside of the built environment sector that I’m most familiar with, people from the law, the arts and social sectors, and that had a lot to do with me starting Shape Our Future.

In amongst your non-profit activities, you’ve also held senior positions with large companies for many years. How do these two areas relate to your personal goals?

Everything I do is linked to a mission to influence either business or the community to becoming more sustainable – to produce a more positive outcome. It involves visioning, funding and supporting dreamers and doers and thought leaders. There’s a business side to it, and a community side, with different drivers and different conversations. I like the diversity of friends I’ve made through these different activities, and on the business side I get to influence the big decision makers who hold the purse strings.

You talk about sustainability leadership, and how it will lead business and the community into a sustainable future. If someone with the profile of Al Gore has had difficulty in motivating the world into action, is it possible to lead people to sustainability?

With leadership it’s important to take a position, but then you need to show the benefits. This works with business where you can show that becoming more sustainable improves the bottom line and adds to future business value. We can make a change within a business and then use that as a case study to show others businesses that they can improve staff retention, make more profit and gain other benefits. Then we’ve created a new norm. Sustainability leadership is about both business and the community, but it’s my personal belief that it will be business that leads us down the sustainability path.

In 2009 you said “We face a global climate crisis, more than ever before. We need innovative and immediate change in paradigms to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations.” Has progress been made in this area or are we becoming less sustainable?

Sustainability as a term has been done to death. That said, there has been a significant improvement in sustainability, especially overseas. A lot of leaders are stepping up, making commitments and undertaking ethical investments. Climate skeptics are getting less exposure, and there is more public recognition of the problems we face and the need to do something. We’re on the right pathway, although things are not happening as quickly as we would hope.

As a not-for-profit, how does Shape Our Future get on for funding?

Shape Our Future relies on the voluntary efforts of 12 to 14 people. Any paid roles are outsourced, but money is hard to get and we don’t traditionally apply for grants. We have run fundraising events, we do seek donations, and I have also provided financial support.

It’s no different with the United Nations Association of Australia. Even with the UN brand behind it, it’s hard to attract financial support.

It was announced this month that Shape Our Future had acquired Sustainability Drinks. Tell us about your plans.

Sustainability Drinks never had a formal structure. It was simply a group of people who made it happen, although it remained fairly dependent on Dan Atkins’ involvement. Bringing it under the Shape Our Future umbrella will give it more structure, and while I will be putting in some of my own money to help things along, it will remain not-for-profit.

Our first priority is to ensure that the current events program rolls on. We want to quickly expand the Sustainability Drinks events in Sydney and Brisbane, then around the other state and territory capitals. The 2014 calendar will be put together early in the piece, and we will be looking for international speakers, too. Our aim is to simply make it THE sustainability networking event across Australia. I think we’ll also need to attract some sponsorship to put Sustainability Drinks itself onto a more sustainable footing.

Other plans are to run events in addition to the monthly meetings, including forums that bring sustainability professionals together. And although it’s early days, I’m hoping we can organise the world’s biggest Green Drinks event to coincide with the next Sustainable Living Festival.

When do you sleep?

Oh, I’m pretty organised. I’m good at being in the moment and focusing all my attention on whatever I’m doing at the time. I’m not a nine to five person, and I’ve used my most recent holidays to look at eco-resorts. And nothing feels like work.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Geoff Gourley – Director, Sustainability Integration

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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.
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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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From Emerald Green to Murky Brown

 

 

From Emerald Green to Murky Brown

Ensuring green data centres stay green after completion…

Technology advancements in Green Data centres are now becoming the industry standard across the globe, ensuring that data centres maintain green credentials and ongoing green performance ‘Service Management’ solutions provide post completion processes needed to remain green.

Once you open the doors to the emerald green data centre and allow people access, it can quickly become murky brown again.

Organisations make substantial investments in establishing green data centres. You may not be the size of Google, who invested $890 million in its data centre infrastructure in the first three months of 2011, but I would suggest you could be looking a multi-million dollar investment over a period of time. You don’t want to be held responsible for that investment going to waste.

 

The current position

The below outlines where you may currently be…

You have consolidated and automated and virtualised and de- duplicated and contained and coupled.

You have obtained an above average PUE, DCiE. WUE, ERE, CUE and DCcE.1

You are compliant with EPEAT and RoHS and WEEE2 directives. You are rapidly moving up the Data Centre Maturity Model.3

You have reduced costs and carbon emissions significantly.

The CEO, CFO, CIO and CMO all love you. Your data centre is a bright and shiny emerald green.

Whether this reflects your reality or it is a state to which you are aspiring, the questions green data centre owners and operators need to ask are:

  • When I reach the ideal state, how am I going to keep it that way?
  • How am I going to ensure that the organisation recognises the return on all that investment and hard work?
  • How am I going to stop my emerald green hue turning into one that is murky brown?

Why should you ask those questions? Because – your challenge is people!

 

Processes and procedures for people

The key is to have good processes and procedures for people to follow that will support all the technology solutions that you have adopted. The solution lies in Service Management. It has all the processes you need to protect your investment and enable your continual journey towards improved sustainability.

The Service Management lifecycle from Service Strategy through Service Design through Service Transition and Service Operation through to retirement of services contains all the processes you need to keep your green data centre bright and shiny.

The following are just some examples…

Service Strategy includes the process of Service Portfolio Management. Service Portfolio Management through the activities of “define, assess, approve and charter” should ensure that there is no duplication of services and associated applications. The introduction of new services that could have been supported by a change to existing application(s) rather than creation of new ones will only serve to unnecessarily increase the carbon footprint of the data centre.

Back in 2009, Intel announced that over the preceding 2 years they had reduced their applications by 37% towards their goal of 50%. They expected that retiring applications would result in a net present value of more than USD $50 million. Consider the associated reduction in carbon emissions through the release of infrastructure that was required to support the unnecessary 50%.

When designing services within Service Design every consideration should be given to reducing the environmental impact of the service. This should include developing software in a way that can be used for long periods of time without becoming outdated; developing applications that will run in the most effective and efficient manner; developing services with the lowest possible hardware requirements. Poorly designed services will increase the carbon footprint of your data centre unnecessarily.

As well as the obvious candidate in support of sustainability – Capacity Management, Availability Management, IT Service Continuity Management and Service Level Management are key processes. These processes should ensure that the availability requirements of the business for their services are appropriate to the value and priority of that service to the business. There is an environmental (as well as financial cost) in the provision of high levels of resilience, storage and contingency. If it is not required, don’t provide it in your data centre.

Service Asset and Configuration Management (SACM) within Service

Transition is a key player in keeping your data centre green. If you haven’t already done so, a first step towards your green data centre is to do a complete inventory of servers, software and applications, including the interdependencies between them all via SACM. You need to firstly understand how each physical and virtual server is used, what software is running on it, which business applications it supports and what its actual value is to the business. Then you can work out what to remove, refresh or virtualise unused, unnecessary and inefficient assets.

Once you have done this you need to keep a track of what is in your data centre and how it is being used, so regular audits through SACM are crucial. Comatosed equipment will start to pop up as developers decommission applications without the associated removal of redundant hardware. SACM will ensure that this is detected and remedial action can be taken.

Back in 2009, Sun Microsystems undertook a clean-up of data centre facilities at four of their major campuses and pulled out over 440 pallets of equipment. There were 6,199 devices in total with 4,100 of them being servers. 64% of those servers were still powered on and consuming energy around the clock. Sun equated the environmental impact of this to puling 6000 cars off the road.

You don’t want to have to do this to your emerald green data centre a few years down the track just because of a lack of a good SACM process!

Change Management of course is key in ensuring that every change is considered for its environmental impact and that redundant equipment resulting from the change is identified (in conjunction with SACM and Release and Deployment Management) so that it can be removed in a timely manner.

Change Management should ensure that Requests for Change (RFCs) are accepted or rejected using a rationale that includes the environmental impact of that change as well as the financial, business and technology impacts.

The rationale can include environmental requirements such as:

  • the use of suppliers of products and services with environmental and sustainability management systems and ISO 140001 accreditation;
  • the utilisation of devices that conform to a specified energy rating;
  • the use of devices that have a lifetime energy footprint within specified parameters;
  • the identification and removal of redundant components – infrastructure and applications – and their reuse, recycling or environmentally responsible disposal;
  • sustainable release and deployment methods including remote access and local distribution;
  • the inclusion of environmental targets within SLAs, OLAs and UCs; and
  • adherence to the organisation’s sustainability policy, objectives and targets.

All of this will contribute to keeping the data centre green.

In Service Operation, Event Management should be used to detect deviation from the expected environmental performance of the data centre and ensure that Incidents are created and directed to the most appropriate resource to undertaken investigation and diagnosis as soon as possible. Corrective action can then be taken to get the data centre back to its emerald green status.

Where Incidents related to deviation from expected environmental data centre performance is repeatedly occurring, Problem Management should be used to determine root cause and eliminate it.

Continual Service Improvement contains the processes that enable the data centre and facilities team to look at ways in which the sustainability of the data centre can be continual improved and become an even brighter green. Service Measurement and Service Reporting will be imperatives in keeping a handle on current performance against targets and determining where improvements can be made.

Service Management is the data centre or facilities manager’s friend. The effective implementation of the aforementioned processes and the others within Service Management will result in the protection of the data centre from undesirable activity that starts the journey from emerald green to murky brown.

I have only mentioned a few of the Service Management processes in this article but for more information see below link.

Macanta has developed the eco-ITSM service, which uncovers the sustainability aspect of every process, function and activity within service management. More information is available from www.eco-itsm.com or www.macanta.com.au

Thanks and acknowledgement to Karen Ferris – Director, Macanta Consulting

1  PUE    =    Power        Usage    Effectiveness,    DCiE   =   Data   Centre   Infrastructure    Efficiency,    WUE    =   Water  Usage  Effectiveness,    ERE   =   Energy  Reuse  Effectiveness,    CUE    =  Carbon    Usage  Effectiveness,  DCcE  =  Data  Centre  Compute  Efficiency  

2  EPEAT  =  Electronic  Product  Environmental  Assessment  Tool,  RoHS  =  Reduction    in    hazardous    Substances,    WEEE   =   Waste   Electrical    and   Electronic    Equipment  

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http://www.thegreengrid.org/Global/Content/Tools/DataCenterMaturityModel.aspx

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.

Help rewrite the users manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship

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Help rewrite the user’s manual – 2012 CSL Fellowship program

Applications for the 2012 Melbourne and Sydney Centre for Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program are now open!

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a change maker and influence the future direction of global sustainability.

In 2008 I completed this fellowship and acknowledge it assisted me a great deal, helping me to communicate and influence change across the globe.

Once a year the Centre for Sustainability Leadership runs the Fellowship Program for 25 ambitious sustainability change makers in both Sydney and Melbourne.

This is a unique training opportunity where the selected individuals develop the skills, networks and knowledge needed to be effective in forging 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.

The program consists of the following core areas which participants are required to participate in;

26 workshops from April to November
Three residential retreats: (1) April (2) September (3) November
Participation in mentor and coaching meetings
Preparation for the workshops and complete weekly assignments
Contribute to a group or individual project
Attend the graduation evening
Join and contribute to the CSL Alumni Program.

Click here for more information about the program.

Click here to make an application.