Previous business events

Find out about previous Sustainable Business Network events

Creating a resilient and sustainable business in a changing climate

May 2021

Jason Clarke, founder of Minds at Work, talked about how businesses can reinvent and reimagine themselves in a changing climate, how to consider sustainability as a key factor during a transition and how to make your business more resilient to change.

Watch the Creating a resilient and sustainable business recording. Password: DuRvWPr4

Download the Creating a resilient and sustainable business presentation (PDF 3.2 MB)

Social sustainability and your business

March 2021

Sara Redmond-Neal, Sustainability Advisor from Small Mighty CSR talked about the significance of social impact, how to best contribute to your local community through employment, purchasing, partnerships and philanthropy and how to demonstrate your positive social impact and align with Corporate Social Responsibility requirements of your potential corporate buyers.

Watch the Social sustainability recording. Password: gJH3tdcA

Download the speaker's Sustainable Business Network Presentation (PDF XX KB).

Making the environment part of your business

Brett Hedger, Greenhouse Programs Officer at the City of Port Phillip shared how to get the most out of your environmental efforts and resources, how to create an environmental vision that builds purpose into everything you do, how to set environmental goals and objectives, and how to quickly create effective action plans.

Watch the Making the environment part of your business recording. Password: sBnXXc3P

Showcasing a successful sustainable business model

February 2021

Karsten Horne, CEO of Reho Travel presented his company's sustainability journey. Read our case study about their achievements in sustainability.

Watch the successful sustainable business model session recording. Password: 8eXDihQ9

Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure

December 2020

Professor Tim Flannery, one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change and Climate Council’s Chief Councillor shared the solutions to the climate emergency in the era of COVID-19.

Listen to the Climate Cure recording. Password: kVm8KpQG

Towards a low carbon business

November 2020

The session covers:

  • the process of becoming carbon neutral
  • the benefits of taking credible voluntary climate action for your business
  • how to become certified carbon neutral with Climate Active.

Download the Towards a low carbon business presentation (PDF 2.38 MB).

Presented by Climate Active.

Navigating a dynamic energy landscape

  • Why does energy and carbon matter to your business?
  • What opportunities are available?
  • Where can you go for support?

Watch the Navigating a dynamic energy landscape recording. Password: jNMZgpF3

Download the Navigating dynamic energy landscape presentation (PDF 3.4 MB) by Holly Taylor, from the Energy Efficiency Council.

Community owned renewable energy

September 2020

The session covers:

  • community owned energy projects and their benefits
  • types of projects and successful models
  • how you can get started on developing a renewable energy project.

Download the Community owned renewable energy presentation (PDF 5.7 MB) by Dr Franziska Mey, Director of the Community Power Agency.

How businesses can generate solar energy from shared roof tops

August 2020

The session covers:

  • SolShare, a world first 'behind-the-meter' technology that can be installed with no upfront capital cost.
  • How you can install solar on a common roof and share the renewable energy without any change to standard metering infrastructure
  • How this model can help you save on energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint.

Guest speaker: Jack Taylor, Head of Business Development at Allume Energy

Watch the Shared roof tops recording. Password: rPCEN5PJ

Download the Shared roof tops presentation (PDF 2 MB) or watch the video about Allume and their technology.

Bioenergy as a carbon neutral energy source for businesses

• How bioenergy processes can support you to reduce waste to landfill
• How you can use bioenergy as a carbon neutral energy source
• How this works on a national level including the production of bioenergy from dairies, mushrooms, used coffee grounds and landfill

Guest speaker: Dr Rebecca Yee, Co-founder of Biofuel Innovations

Watch the recording of the Bioenergy webinar. Password: eXPSNCj5

Download the Bioenergy presentation (PDF 3.2KB).

Carbon neutrality and power purchase agreements

July 2020

Attendees gained insight about:

  • the growing number of businesses moving towards 100% renewable energy sourcing for their operations and a zero carbon footprint
  • the opportunity to move towards this at little to no additional cost to your business.

Guest Speaker: Mal Campbell, Technical Director of Frontier Impact Group

Watch the Power purchase agreement recording. Password: 4uPji3gJ

Download the Power purchase agreement presentation (PDF 730 KB).

Circular economy

June 2020

Find out what the circular economy is all about, why it should be of commercial interest for businesses in Victoria and how a circular economy network could be created in the City of Port Philip.

This webinar also revealed details about the Kaludborg Symbiosis – an incredible network of businesses that is known globally as the pioneering community for the circular economy.

Guest Speaker: Dr Scott Valentine, Senior circular economy specialist at KPMG, former Professor and Associate Dean of Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT.

Watch the Circular economy recording. Password: Sustainability1

Hydrogen energy

This webinar covered hydrogen energy as a zero emissions fuel and Toyota Australia’s Hydrogen Project.

Watch the Hydrogen energy recording. Password: UgEJPPm8

Environmental upgrade agreements

May 2020

Unlock immediate cash savings and find out how Environmental Upgrade Agreements help businesses become sustainable and save money.

Guest speaker Christine Gross, from the Sustainable Australia Fund joined us to talk about Council’s finance program to help businesses upgrade their buildings for environmental benefit.

Download the Environment upgrade agreements presentation (PDF 1.6 MB).

Watch the Evironment upgrade agreements recording. Password: Sustainability1

Sustainable purchasing

This event was held online and featured guest speaker, Stephen Reardon from EY talking about sustainable purchasing and how to avoid being misled by 'greenwashing'.

Download the Sustainable purchases presentation. (PDF 1.8 MB).

Watch the Sustainable purchasing recording. Password: Sustainability1

Waste

February 2020

This breakfast focussed on waste with two industry experts from Vanden Recycling and Reground.

Download the presentation by Simon van Leuven (PDF 27.5 MB) or listen to his podcast, Think Beginning, Not End.

Download the presentation by Kaitlin Reid from Reground (PDF 8.8 MB).

Finance

November 2019

Environmental Upgrade Finance enables businesses to borrow money with competitive terms so they can upgrade their buildings to save on energy, water and waste.

Popular projects include solar PV systems, energy efficiency upgrades, and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

Council offers this finance program as a way to help our businesses run more sustainable businesses.

Download the presentation about Sustainable Finance (PDF 8.9 MB).

Download the presentation about Environmental Upgrade Finance (PDF 5.9 MB).

Making change

September 2019

Held in the beautiful White House home of Small Giants, the theme for this event was: How your business can be a force for change.

Guest speakers: Lauren Diggle from B Corp and Kaj Lofgren from Small Giants talked about their experiences and the change they are making in operating their businesses.

Download the Making change presentation (PDF 6.2 MB).

Business efficiency

May 2019

Held at the Coventry Cafe in South Melbourne on the topic: How to run a more efficient business.

Guest speakers included:

Jacqui Cooper, former world champion and Olympic skier with an inspirational and insightful story of overcoming adversity to achieve success in elite sports and business.

Graeme Ambrose - Energy efficiency expert, Eco Decisions.

Reahan Martin - Sustainability Consultant, EnviroGroup.

Amy Huva – Impact Officer, Morris Group.

Download the Business efficiency presentation (PDF 13.9 MB).

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