Previous business events

Find out about previous Sustainable Business Network events

May 2021

Creating a resilient and sustainable business in a changing climate

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 recording of the session. Password: DuRvWPr4

Download the speaker's presentation (PDF 3.2MB)


March 2021

Social sustainability and your business

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 recording of the session. Password: gJH3tdcA 

Download the speaker's presentation

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 recording of the session. Password: sBnXXc3P

February 2021

Showcasing a successful sustainable business model

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

Watch the recording of the session. Password: 8eXDihQ9

December 2020

Tim Flannery: The Climate Cure

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 recording of the session. Password: kVm8KpQG

November 2020

Towards a low carbon business

  • 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 presentation (PDF 2.38 MB) 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 recording of the event. Password: jNMZgpF3

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

September 2020

Community owned renewable energy

  • 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 presentation (PDF 5.7 MB) by Dr Franziska Mey, Director of the Community Power Agency.

August 2020

How businesses can generate solar energy from shared roof tops

  • 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 recording of the event. Password: rPCEN5PJ

Download the presentation (PDF 2 MB) or watch a 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 webinar. Password: eXPSNCj5

Download the presentation (PDF 3.2KB). 

July 2020

Carbon neutrality and power purchase agreements 

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 recording of the webinar. Password: 4uPji3gJ

Download the presentation (PDF 730 KB)

June 2020

Circular economy

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 recording of the event and enter the password: Sustainability1

Hydrogen energy

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

Watch the recording of the event and enter the password: UgEJPPm8

May 2020

Environmental upgrade agreements

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 presentation (PDF 1.6 MB)

Watch the recording of the event and enter the 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 presentation. (PDF, 1.8 MB)

Watch the recording of this event and enter the password: Sustainability1

February 2020 


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

Download the presentation by Simon van Leuven from Vanden Recycling (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)

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)

September 2019

Making change

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 presentation (PDF, 6.2 MB).

May 2019

Business efficiency

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 presentation (PDF, 13.9 MB)

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