Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program
March 6 - 9 2018
The Griffith University EcoCentre will be breaking new ground with its exciting initiative to host an internationally renowned sustainability and leadership program in 2018.
The Executive Education in Sustainability Leadership Program is a selective, small-class program for executives, sustainability professionals and those looking to make an impact. Participants from all sectors will learn how to effectively integrate sustainability into their organisations. This incredible program is run by Founding Director of Harvard Green, Leith Sharp, from Harvard University.
Its content has been validated through Harvard University's executive education offerings and is widely considered best in class for developing high impact sustainability leadership.Check out the website here to find out more and secure your seat today!
EcoCentre Community Forums
For 15 years now, the EcoCentre has enjoyed bringing academics, professionals, industry, government and the wider community together to share knowledge and learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
Want to really help out? Be a sustainability hero! Become a sponsor and help us reach more and more people in the community, teaching sustainability to new audiences.
If you have an idea for a forum, or are interested in presenting at the EcoCentre, please email the EcoCentre's Engagement Officer, Dominic Jarvis.
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Applied Theatre for Sustainability - Coal VS Renewables
- Griffith University Applied Theatre Students
Are We There Yet? Exploring the Future of Sustainable Transport
- Jon Dee, Host of Smart Money, Co-Founder of Do-Something and Planet Ark
Applied Theatre for Sustainability - Habitat Conservation
- Griffith University Applied Theatre Students
Participants had the opportunity to explore the theme of 'Habitat Conservation' and engage in immersive learning and discussion - and of course, had a laugh doing it! Our wonderfully engaged attendees were involved in live activities, games and creative development while meeting and collaborating with new people. Was a fun event with some fresh and engaging takes on this fascinating topic.
Innovation for a Sustainable Future: The Story of Tesla
- James Bell (Partnership Relationship Manager - Tesla Energy Products)
Attendees heard from Tesla Australia's James Bell, a Griffith University alumni, returning to his alma mater to share the story of Tesla's rise and the company's vision for a sustainable energy future. The audience got to hear about how Tesla is not just an automaker, but also a technology and design company with a focus on energy innovation. James explored the company's expansion into domestic and commercial power storage, solar roofing, with many more innovations to come.
The Future of Fashion: Ethical, Upcycled, Sustainable
- Jane Milburn (Blogger - Textile Beat)
- Kelley Sheenan (Fouder and Editor-in-Chief - Peppermint Magazine)
Attendees had the opportunity to hear from sustainability consultant, upcycling blogger and founder of Textile Beat, Jane Milburn, who discussed escalating consumption, changing fibres, waste and pollution, modern-day slavery, and the loss of skills and knowledge about clothing. Jane was joined by Kelley Sheenan founder, editor-in-chief and designer of sustainable fashion magazine Peppermint Magazine, who spoke about her journey in creating and launching Peppermint, the challenges of being an indie publisher in an industry focused on ethics and sustainability, and what she has learned about sustainable fashion in the last 10 years.
The Speed of Light: Engineering a Solar Racer
- Rob Mair (President - Clenergy TeamArrow)
- Mike Stone (Vice-President - Clenergy TeamArrow)
Off the Grid: Survival in a Changing World
- Dr Geoffrey Chia
- Lara Nobel (The Tiny House Company)
Is There a Doctor in the House? Investigating the Health Impacts of Climate Change
- Dr Bhakti Vasant (Doctors for the Environment Australia)
- Sue Cooke (Griffith University, Climate and Health Alliance)
Citizen Science II: Wildlife
- Dr Grainne Cleary (Australia Bird Feeding & Watering Study)
- Matt Cecil (Wildlife Queensland)
- Dr Rochelle Steven (BirdLife Southern Queensland)
Worm Farming and Composting Workshop
- Jean Delzoppo (Brisbane City Council)
Roman Spur's Upcycle Extravaganza
- Roman Spur (SpurTopia)
Unleash Your Inner Change Maker
- Jess Blomfield (Griffith University)
We Need To Talk About Plastic: A Peaks to Points Festival Event
- Toby Hutcheon (The Boomerang Alliance)
- Prof Chris Frid (School of Environment, Griffith University)
Conservation for Cures: The value of biodiversity protection for drug discovery and innovation
- Benoit Serive (The Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University)
- Chao Wang (The Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery, Griffith University)
Heard the buzz? Keeping stingless native bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey, with Tim Heard
- Tim Heard (Sugarbag.net)
Oar-some Tales with Steve Posselt
- Steve Posselt (Kayak 4 Earth)
His journey, billed Connecting Climate Chaos, aimed to link extreme weather events outside previously known parameters with current climate science. These extraordinary, haunting events included Canberra’s fire storm, Sydney’s unseasonably early bush fires, Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, the melting of the Arctic, the UK’s floods and the French drought. Steve's slow journey gave him the opportunity to invest time in these affected communities, working with locals to foster grassroots activism.
Avoiding the Black Hole: Can Queensland Transition Away from Coal and Gas?
- Emeritus Prof Ian Lowe (Griffith University)
- Trevor Berrill (FOE, ATA, WEA)
Composting and Worm Farming Workshop
- Clytie Binder (Brisbane City Council)
Small is Beautiful: The Tiny House Movement
- Dr Heather Shearer (Griffith University)
- Lara Nobel and Andrew Carter (The Tiny House Company)
Sustainable living is good for your health, mind and bank balance.
- Jerry Coleby-Williams (Gardening Australia)
Eliminate the Idea of Waste: An Evening with Terracycle
- Ausseela Thanaphongsakorn (Terracycle)
D.I.Y. Vertical Gardening
- Shane Sadkowsky (Akeko Gardens)
Shane showcased some of his own vertical garden creations and explored the worldwide trend on a global and local level, before showing 90 eager attendees how to make the most out of recycled and repurposed materials when building vertical gardens. Visitors also got to leave with their very own wheatgrass garden created out of recycled packaging.
Re-imagining Design and Development
- Dr Dominique Hes (University of Melbourne)
- Dr Janis Birkeland (University of Auckland)
Dominique and Janis explored some of the current limitations and opportunities in sustainable design, exploring net positive design for environmental and social outcomes. The audience was taken back to some of the most core questions in this field: can we move beyond sustainability to abundance and thriving? And, what is the role of the designer in this?
- Professor Darryl Jones (Deputy Director of the Environmental Futures Centre, Griffith University)
- Laurie Deacon (President of the Mt Gravatt Environment Group)
Darryl's presentation investigated some of the big questions when it comes to the establishment of wildlife corridors and explored what we have learned from a case study of European otters, which has been saving koalas. Laurie discussed her work with the Pollinator Link, aiming to create habitat corridors from the city to rural lands, allowing wildlife to move between island habitats & support our farmers with pollinators for their crops.
Capturing Nature's Fury: South Brisbane Storms
- Andy Barber and Cam Hines (South Brisbane)
- Justin Noonan (Aussie Storm Chasers)
- Anthony Cornelius (Weatherwatch Meteorologist)
- Marty Pouwelse (Professional photographer and chaser)
Andy, Justin, Marty and Anthony shared their forecast information, photos and media to showcase some of the best severe weather Queensland, and Australia, has to offer. They also offered participants information on weather observation, how to stay informed during storm season, suggested storm safety tips and brought along their second generation tornado simulator machine, 'Sally from the Alley II'.
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