Vision

What gets us up every day?

We connect passionate people to create a better world.

Through the running regular monthly events across Australia we create an environment that inspires and empowers, facilitates conversations and collaborations, and through real action delivers sustainable solutions and positive outcomes to create a better world.

Principles

How we go about it!
• With Respect, Integrity, Courtesy, Honesty, Ethics and Support and of course sustainably.
• Inclusive events where all are welcome
• A Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise
• Quality speakers – Professionally hosted
• Collaborative and Supportive
• Part of the National Sustainability Drinks network

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.

Our Green Credo!

As a social enterprise we lead by example, it is not enough to simply undertake a few good sustainable practices and call ourselves ‘Green’. We here at Sustainability Drinks Australia take our reputation and our environment seriously.

You won’t see us partaking in unsustainable activities. We walk the talk and have the evidence to back it up. We have put in place a voluntary reporting and monitoring process along with a set of guiding principles to ensure everything we do is as sustainable as it can be.

Events

Events are held in small towns and big cities across Australia and our list of participating places is growing all the time. Select one closest to you for more information on the next event, the speaker and venue location. Find an event near you.

The events provide an opportunity to meet other local 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.

Events run from 6-8pm on a select day of every month and the speaker presents for 10 minutes at 7pm. A Q&A, community announcements and networking, follows this.

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.

Sustainability Drinks Australia

Connecting passionate people to create a better world.
Sustainability Drinks Australia, founded in August 2007, has become one of Australia’s most highly regarded and successful monthly sustainability based events organisations. 
An open invitation is extended to all who are “passionate about creating a better world” to come and mingle with like-minded people and listen to an inspiring speaker share their sustainability story. Events are held monthly in small towns and big cities across Australia, and attendees meet a wide range of passionate people who are interested in making a positive difference.

Management Team

Below we profile a number of the key contributors to Sustainability Drinks Australia’s success 

Geoffrey Gourley
Geoffrey GourleyFounder and Executive Director
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.” Mr 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”.

Emma Findlater
Emma FindlaterIntern
If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve obviously never been in bed with a mosquito” – Michelle Walker
Ipek Irdalli
Ipek IrdalliIntern
Ipek is a third year commerce student, passionate about sustainability and the prevention of climate change. Ipek believes in making a positive difference by being the change we want to see in the world, one step at a time. She enjoys being involved in worthy causes such as Shape Our Future and Sustainability Drinks Australia, and hopes to continue making a difference in the sustainability sector in the future.
“Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Volunteer Team

Sustainability Drinks Australia’s success is only possible due to the enormous contributions made by many different people representing a number of different communities and groups. Without the contributions of our staff, volunteers, partners, family and friends, networks and associates we would not be as successful.

We welcome new sponsors, members and volunteers to join us in this exciting venture.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Below we profile a number of the key contributors to the Sustainability Drinks Australia organisation and our national events.

Fiona Whittenbury
Fiona WhittenburyVolunteer
Fiona Whittenbury has extensive experience in International Business Development, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility in delivery and leadership roles across Europe and Asia-Pacific. Fiona has worked for international NGO’s including Oxfam and Amnesty International and leading organisations including Thomson Reuters, The Law Society of England and Wales and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF).Whilst at IBLF Fiona worked in bringing together the world’s leading international hotel companies to provide a voice for environmental and social responsibility in the industry. She successfully turned around the GreenHotelier magazine from a print to online format and facilitated a joint approach to VisitEngland’s sustainability tools for SMEs in England. More recently she headed a team in the London, designing and managing a variety of  legal and financial literacy employee volunteering programmes for global companies wishing to partner with schools across the UK. With a Masters in International Business from Monash University, Fiona has returned to Australia where she heads the Partnerships team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation in Adelaide, South Australia.
Kim Ingles
Kim InglesVolunteer
Passionate about creating quality work with valuable and empowering messages.Filmmaker with a passion for environmental & social stories that educate and inspire.  I was born in Australia but raised in Asia (Nepal, Laos and Thailand) from 1987-2005 due to my father’s work in the field of nature conservation. I believe that this international experience provided me with a broad and expansive worldview as well as developing my understanding of issues regarding environmental protection, and equitable and sustainable development. I have been based in Melbourne for the last 8 years. I moved back in 2005 to study Media and Communications at RMIT, and followed this with a Masters degree specialising in documentary. I have been producing video content for the past 8 years, and am passionate about creating quality work with valuable and empowering messages. I work full time as a Senior Producer for a Film Communications Company, and love contributing my skills to other passion projects outside of work – such as volunteering for Sustainability Drinks Australia.
Leon-Gerard Vandenberg
Leon-Gerard VandenbergVolunteer
Technology & Wireless Executive — Serious & Savvy Business Maven with Green & Clean Tech Skills using Security Sector thought leadership. Driving Change + Convergence using various defence & disruptive technologies, sensor networks, breakthrough personal & industry security models. I’ve done startups/incubators and VC funded businesses in Asia & Silicon Valley. I have learned the critical mix required for next generation business models for the next web with easy secure mobile commerce. This includes the talented convergence of some great people and the orchestration of their contributions. Delivery of thought leadership, code & Go To Market models with execution & global acumen.
Meagan Wheeler
Meagan WheelerVolunteer
A sustainable world comes from making smarter choices everyday
Nick Fewster
Nick FewsterVolunteer
Since founding Urban Sustainable Landscapes in 2005, Nick has gained extensive skills and experience in working with property owners and managers to deliver environmentally sensitive landscape projects. Nick consults with various government departments and organizations delivering outstanding landscape design and construction outcomes. Working previously as Business and Community Environmental Officer for the Natural Resource Management Board over a period five year period has honed Nick’s community engagement skills. Nick is currently undertaking a Master of Business Administration, further enhancing his strategic approach in project design and delivery.
Sarah Collyer-Braham
Sarah Collyer-BrahamVolunteer
“Education is the key to opening doors and transforming lives”
Sean Cummings
Sean CummingsVolunteer
Sean is an environmental engineering student with a background in IT, photography and communications. He is a firm believer in doing everything in moderation, including moderation. He also believes that the world is round, Elvis is dead, and global warming is real.