It was noted recently in the press (Huffington Post), that whatever success was achieved at the Paris Climate talks in December last year was due in large part to the incredible negotiations of some tenacious female leaders.
So for this months Greenups, in the lead up to International Women's Day (March 8) (#pledgeforparity), it seems fitting to turn our attention to women in sustainability. It's a night to acknowledge and celebrate their achievements and explore what it is specifically that women bring to leadership and social change.
To drive the discussion we've put together an excellent panel of Australian women in leadership. There are so many women doing amazing things in this space, we were spoilt for options (and could have invited so many more). Be prepared to join the conversation and expect a candid discussion about the personal experiences, reflections and insights of some talented 'doers'.
Join us from 6pm onward at aMBUSH upstairs at level 4 of the Central Park Building 3 on Broadway and grab a delicious organic cocktail care of the talented Trolley'd team while you mingle, nibble and chat. We'll kick the talks off at about 7pm and conclude around 8.30pm. Then you're invited to continue the conversation downstairs at the newly refurbished Old Clare Hotel, or perhaps grab a bite down in Spice Alley with some of your new Sust'y chicas.
Natalie Isaacs - Founder 1 Million Women - 1 Million Women is Australia's largest women's movement acting on climate change, with a community of over 300,000 women and girls, exploring everyday climate solutions with the mission is to inspire a million women to live a low carbon life.
Kate Harris - CEO Good Environmental Choice Australia - Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. Kate previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and now as a non-executive director. She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program. Kate believes passionately in human potential and draws on her diverse experience in the performing arts, executive coaching, cultural change and organisational development, helping individuals, organisations and communities to create a better future. She has held a variety of management, organisational and coaching roles, and has been an ambassador for 1 Million Women and on the Advisory Board for Pollinate Energy.
Emma Herd - CEO Investor Group on Climate Change - Prior to IGCC, Emma spent 15 years at Westpac where she had a range of roles across carbon finance and emissions trading, ESG Risk assessment, public policy and sustainability strategy development. Emma has participated in a number of key public forums, government and industry bodies relating to climate change and the environment. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Market Institute and a member of the Cornerstone Capital Global Advisory Council.
Ruth Hessey - Ruth is an award winning filmmaker whose documentary film about the beauty of garbage, Waste Not, has been translated into 4 languages, and screened in over 30 countries. She was named one of Sydney's Most Influential, Inspiring, Creative People in 2012 by Fairfax Media.
Jacqueline Fetchet - Global Voices - Jacqui is a law graduate currently working in climate change policy. She has been active in the community renewable energy sector and in cycling advocacy. She is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She is also a member of the Clean Energy Council's Women in Renewables network
Charlotte Connell (MSC) - Charlotte is Marketing manager at The Marine Stewardship Council, an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.
Drinks by Trolley'd - Trolley'd is Sydney's first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native and organic ingredients, and local produce in our creations. All Trolley'd cocktails use organic ingredients sourced from local farms, as well as native Australian ingredients, some that are foraged by our team. The Trolley'd boys, Christopher Thomas and Byron Woolfrey are hospitality aficionados with a passion for mixology, classic vibes and the essential ingredients to a great party.
GreenUps, a monthly night that connects people across a range of sectors who share a passion for the environment and sustainability.
For our first Greenups of the year (and our last nomadic event before we take up residence in our new home) the lovely creatives / creative lovelies at the Artspace in Woolloomooloo are our hosts for a evening of ideas, art & film.
With a refreshing native cocktail in hand, care of the Trolley’d boys, come browse the latest Artspace commissioned work Dämmerschlaf by Artspace artists in residence; Nick Dorey, Mikala Dwyer and Clare Milledge.
From 6:30pm meet the artists and curator of Dämmerschlaf, hear about their work, how the environment informs their practice, and what sustainability in the arts means to them.
Then at 7:30pm we are excited to be screening the documentary film, Containment (2015). Directed by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, Containment was filmed in weapons plants, at Fukushima and deep underground where a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge remains from the Cold War. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create a universal warning system that will speak across time. Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
Exhibition: Dämmerschlaf is Artspace’s first exhibition of 2016, featuring new, site-specific work commissioned from three of the inaugural Artspace One Year Studio Artists: Nick Dorey, Mikala Dwyer and Clare Milledge. The German word Dämmerschlaf is the etymological root for the English ‘twilight sleep’, which describes a state induced by a combination of analgesia (pain relief) and amnesia to combat the pain — or the memory of pain . The exhibition highlights the states of consciousness that can be explored through creative practice, as well as ideas around the supernatural, the occult, alternate spiritualities and ways of perceiving reality, as well as the physical and conceptual thresholds between the studio and the gallery. Throughout January the artists transplanted their working environments from upstairs to down, developing the exhibition in-situ. This life cycle will extend throughout the exhibition period, with the artists continuing to make work in a designated space within the gallery, which will in turn evolve over time.
Containment (2015) screening. (film commences at 7:30pm) - Can we contain some of the deadliest, most long-lasting substances ever produced? Left over from the Cold War are a hundred million gallons of radioactive sludge, covering vast radioactive lands. Governments around the world, desperate to protect future generations, have begun imagining society 10,000 years from now in order to create monuments that will speak across the time. Part observational essay filmed in weapons plants, Fukushima and deep underground—and part graphic novel—Containment weaves between an uneasy present and an imaginative, troubled far future, exploring the idea that over millennia, nothing stays put.
Trolley'd - Trolley'd is Sydney’s first bar embracing the qualities of sustainability, native and organic ingredients, and local produce. All Trolley’d cocktails use organic ingredients sourced from local farms, as well as native Australian ingredients, some that are foraged by the Trolley'd team. The Trolley’d boys, Christopher Thomas and Byron Woolfrey are hospitality aficionados with a passion for mixology, classic vibes and the essential ingredients to a great party.
Artspace - Artspace is Australia’s leading interdisciplinary space for the creation and presentation of contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, and public programs, Artspace is where artists of all generations test new ideas and shape public conversation. Committed to experimentation, collaboration and advocacy, Artspace’s mission is to enhance our culture through a deeper engagement with contemporary art.
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GreenUps – green drinking to inspire green thinking.
Green Drinks International happens in more than 45 countries and 448 cities around the world. The Sydney Chapter, GreenUps is an informal monthly drinks night that helps support the creative, inspired and lively community of people who already immersed or curious about sustainability.
The first GreenUps was held at (our spiritual home) The Falconer Cafe in March 2009 and we’ve painted Sydney-town green every first Tuesday of the month (except the Januaries) ever since.
Most months we choose a GreenUps theme. Themes have included food, fashion, film, art, design, business, investment, activism, bikes as well as our less formal ‘grab-a-drink-and-hang-out’ nights.
People generally rock-up at around 6.30, grab a drink or two, listen to our speakers and get to know each other. Great things have come out of GreenUps events – jobs, new projects, new wardrobes, prizes, inspiration, and even true love.
Not usually. GreenUps is hosted by an independent committee of diverse individuals, no-one (except maybe the venues) makes any money from GreenUps so on the few occasion that we ticket an event or ask for a donation it is to cover costs like food or drinks at a non-pub/bar venue.
Anyone and everyone! Artists, filmmakers, scientists, lawyers, gardeners, Government folk, corporate folk, Not-for-profit folk, fashionistas, foodies, hippies, media and just about everyone in between come to GreenUps – that’s the whole point.
More than anything GreenUps should be fun. So we kindly ask that if you have an idea for a speaker, event theme, cause, event or product to promote that you get in touch with one of the committee members well ahead of time.
We not so keen on the idea of GreenUps being a great big spruik and want to maintain it’s uniqueness. So please don’t bring fliers or other promo material to events, you are of course more than welcome to post discussion topics and other relevant info to our facebook or meetups pages.
When is it?
GreenUps is always the first Tuesday of the month – except for January (imagine if it fell on New Year’s Day!)
Where is it?
Wherever possible GreenUps chooses to support independent bars and venues, however due to our ever-increasing numbers we can’t always fit everyone in.
If you have a cracker idea for a venue we want to know about it! We can’t afford to hire the place, but we can certainly bring a bunch of business on a Tuesday evening.
GreenUps kicks-off at around 6-6.30pm and winds-up around 9.30-10pm.
If we have speakers they will usually take the floor at around 7pm. We try to keep the formal parts of the evening to an hour maximum so that you get to talk to people.
GreenUps is an Encoporated Not-for-Profit Association. It's overseen by a board of volunteers from diverse backgrounds. We are passionate about sustainability and truly believe that it takes all types of people and interesting ideas to solve the big complicated problems with which we are all faced.
GreenUps Board Members:
The GreenUps events are a collaborative process. We rely on the help of a dedicated core of volunteers and often co-host events in conjunction with other creative and passionate groups.
Special Thanks must go to:
Dan Cass, Dave Gravina, Phill Stubbs, Kate Betwell, Mell Flanigan, Merissa Guber, Shelby Burns, Katherine Lustig, Bethan Harris,
At the moment we’re giving a lot of thought as to how we make GreenUps even better.
We’re looking for ways to formalise the group so we can do even cooler things (things that require public liability insurance and some money), have volunteers involved, Co-Curators, and perhaps pay someone to help us with the day-to-day admin.
We’re really open to your ideas and feedback as to how this could happen (and also what you wouldn’t like to see happen). So please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Join the GreenUps facebook group. Follow GreenUps updates on twitter. The GreenUps on the International Green Drinks: See you at GreenUps!