Exchange creative juices, tall stories and radical strategies for how we can repair our broken world.

Be inspired by short sharp talks & mingle with folks immersed-in or curious about making what they do more sustainable.

December - Purpose

Tuesday December 1st, 6-10pm (talks at 7pm)

The Alexandria Hotel
Henderson Rd. Alexandria

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It’s the end of the year, so as well as celebrating the year gone, and the year ahead, it seems also a fitting to take time for some reflection on Purpose.

We’ve invited some talented passionate people to share (and in some case sing!) their purpose, how they found it,  what it means, and what they do to sustain it.

Speaker Details:

Matt Wicking - Living My Purpose

Matt is a creative force for change. A facilitator, singer, freelance environmentalist and sustainability leader, he’s worked with people in all sectors – business, government, the arts, education and more – helping to make good stuff happen. Last year Matt was the  Greenie-in-Residence at Arts House, where he helped a group of progressive arts organisations build sustainability into their practice. Matt is also the lead singer for the band The General Assembly - a voice for the modern lost-soul, lamenting our broken world.

Craig Davis - Happy business? Pull the other one!

Co-founder and CMO at Sendle, a software company disrupting Australia Post in parcel delivery.  Before that, 25 years in the advertising industry working here, Asia and London. Businesses owner x 5 - a couple of successes and countless failures. Adjunct Professor at UTS. Served on the Boards of Advance, Conscious Capitalism Australia, The Communications Council and the Creative Industries Taskforce, all of which makes Craig’s mum very proud.

“If you want to build a happy, healthy business nothing matters more than your purpose.  McKinsey say it’s a 5 X factor.  What’s the difference you’re trying to make in the world?  I'll talk about what I've learned about purpose from starting my own businesses, working with big corporates, and Conscious Capitalism, and why we're taking it to heart in my new venture - Sendle.”

Sally Hill & Yvonne Lee - The importance of a higher Purpose

The Creative and Strategic dynamic duo behind Wildwon - a positive business and certified Benefit Corporation committed to helping other positive enterprises thrive by building ideas, communities and reputations through events. The Wildwon team are currently putting the finishing touches to their next project a mini-conf for purpose-driven leaders exploring B Corp, social enterprise, conscious capitalism and purpose-driven business communities.

November - Community Energy Forum

Tuesday November 3rd, 5-10pm (talks at 7pm)

107 Projects
107 Redfern Street, Redfern. 2016

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With 87 per cent of Australians supporting renewable energy from rooftop solar, and a solar system sold every three minutes, but with policy signals from the current federal government that are aggressively anti-renewables, it comes as no surprise that community groups across the country are increasingly taking matters into their own hands and pursuing local, community-owned energy projects.

These community-led projects allow local groups to take control of their own energy future, reduce their carbon footprint, and reinvest their energy bill savings back into the community for its social needs.

For the November Greenups, we’ve invited a range of local Community Energy organisations to come and share their ideas and projects, all to to inspire and inform and allow you to get on board and get involved.

Paricipating Community Projects:

Special Thanks to:


107 Projects, Redfern. . 107 Projects is multidisciplinary community creative space run by a team of artists, and passionate creatives as a vanguard for public engagement and social enrichment through the arts. They are loyal supporters of Greenups and what it stands for.


The Veggie Patch Van will be outside offering tasty vegetarian food. The Veggie Patch is devoted to providing high-quality vegetarian food using seasonal produce sourced from local growers.


  • 1 x $500 Contribution to a Community Energy Project of your choice, care of Greenups and ATA.
  • 2 x 1 year subscription to Sanctuary Magazine. thanks to ATA.
  • 1 x Financial consultation with a financial planner. thanks to Ethinvest


$10 early bird tickets on Eventbrite, $15 on the door. ticket includes entry into the Prize Draw.

October Greenups - Sustainable alternative economies

Tuesday October 6th, 6-10pm (talks at 7pm)

Assembly Bar, Sydney CBD
Entry via 488 Kent Street, Sydney

This month we're discussing alternative economies, with Frederick Malouf and John Seed.

For October we ask the question, are there limitations to the conventional currency systems we use today? Our guests think we can do better.

John Seed - Rain-forest Information Centre & Narara Eco-village

John Seed is founder of the Rainforest Information Centre. Since 1979 he has worked for the protection of rainforests worldwide for which he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1995. He has created numerous projects protecting rainforests in South America, Asia and the Pacific through providing benign and sustainable development projects for their indigenous inhabitants. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology and eco-philosophy. He has recently written on “The Future of Money” and is the author of a chapter titled “The Religion of Economics” in “Social Ecology”. John will some of his story’s including how he became involved in the Narara Eco-village.

Frederick Malouf - The Quality Status Economy

Fred has an immense interest in sustainable quality and believes that changing the currency we use changes the social structure we choose to follow. He has discovered that money, violence, and scarcity go together, driving dominion and power over creativity and sharing experiences. So what type of model shifts status to creating sustainable quality?

Frederick will discuss the limitations of currency we are using today, various currency models to achieve more peer driven creative exchange, what to look for when designing a currency, and that the best currency that values human life and abundance is gifting.

Frederick was initially in architecture, did not like the lack of status involved in creating sustainable work, and is now a radio presenter/producer of The Quality Status Economy (Theqse) on Bondi Beach Radio every Tuesday between 4-6pm playing ambient tunes and as a research tool for what will make sustainable quality possible.

September Greenups - Hemp the sustainability wonder product

Tuesday September 1st, 6-10pm (talks at 7pm)

Trolley'd Flight Club
14 Hutchinson St, St Peters

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This month we're really living up to our name ;-) as we discover and hopefully vindicate the marvellous but much maligned Cannabis plant. An amazing crop which needs to be more broadly recognised as one of the most exciting, ecologically responsible and sustainable materials available.

Hemp's variety of primary products, including fibre, oil, and seed, can then be further processed into foods, oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper and fuel.

Hemp is incredibly productive and energy efficient, such that the substitution of varied conventional materials with their hemp-based equivalent has the potential to help 'green' many industries; including agriculture, construction, and fashion & textiles.

To help us understand this marvellous and diversely useful plant we've invited several well respected Australian Hemp experts to enlighten us and share their stories.

Plus our hosts Trolley'd have promised to take good care of us with some Hemp oil infused cocktails (no thc. promise) and beers care of Mountain Goat.

Speakers include:

Beatrice Kuyumgian-Rankin - Hemp Gallery.

As a classical pianist, I thought hemp was either drugs or a course fibre made into ropes and sails. Upon meeting my husband who first mentioned that hemp could be part of the economic and ecological solution to some of the challenges we face globally, I couldn't quite understand it until I looked into the history and information about the versatility of this plant.

Klara Marosszeky - Australian Hemp Masonry Company

Klara Marosszeky has been involved in the Australian Hemp industry for 16 years in both the farming and construction sectors. she has grown both dryland and irrigated fibre crops. She has been involved in the development of a low embodied energy hemp lime building material and construction process and supplies advice and certified BCA compliant building materials for residential and commercial construction as well as providing training to architects, building designers, builders.

Dick Clarke - Envirotecture

Dick is an Accredited Building Designer with over 35 years experience, focusing exclusively on ecologically sustainable and culturally appropriate buildings, as well as sustainable design in vehicles and vessels.

August Greenups - living a 'fab' sustainable lifestyle.

Tuesday August 4th, 6-10pm (talks at 7pm)

Yulli's Bar (upstairs)
417 Crown St , Surry Hills


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This month we're having a bit of fun care of two dynamic and stylish Ladiez, Lisa & Natascha, who'll be sharing some of their sustainable lifestyle secrets.

Lisa Heinze is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, and her research focus is fashion and sustainability, with particular emphasis on the consumer experience of fashion. She is the author of

Sustainability with Style, an eco-memoir designed to help others live their most sustainable lives without giving up their own sense of style. She is also a co-founder of Clean Cut, Australia's sustainable fashion advocacy group, and presents and consults on issues of sustainable living and environmental communications.

Lisa has a background in marketing and consumer behaviour, having worked across a range of iconic global consumer brands, and her Masters research focused on sustainable consumption and barriers to climate change action. Some of her experience with environmental organisations includes leading the marketing team for the Green Building Council of Australia and sitting on the organising committee for Australia's annual Green Cities conference.

Natascha Moy celebrates diversity and believes it is the foundation of living a beautiful life. Backed by a journalism degree Natascha has held senior positions in magazines and newspapers as well as launched several online business. Since 2008 she has hosted the FoodinFocus Radio show on Eastside 89.7fm. Over the past 7 years she has interviewed stellar chefs like Matt Moran, Manu Feildel and Curtis Stone as well as brilliant wine makers, authors and producers. Her passion for sustainable products was a direct result of her interviews with these brilliant invested men and women.

In 2014 Natascha launched The Foxy Press a website dedicated to beautiful sustainable products and ideas. With the belief that money creates transformation in the marketplace Natascha has embarked on creating sustainable awareness within the urban landscape. Instead of considering a sustainable life as a diminished life Natascha is teaching women and men how to embrace the future and move towards a sustainable, comfortable and regenerative life.

July Greenups - Plastic not so fantastic.

Tuesday July 7th, 6-10pm (talks at 7pm)

The Beauchamp Hotel
265 Oxford St, Darlinghurst (Corner of South Dowling Street)


Eventbrite - July Greenups - Plastic, not so fantiastic

At the start of Plastic Free July, we take a look at all things plastic.

From shopping bags and milk to letters and cheese, more and more consumer goods are now made from or covered in plastic. Plastic loves the ocean as much as you do. Disposable plastic is one of many contributors to greater Sydney’s landfills.

Is this a problem? Is it worth encouraging more people to recycle? Where can consumers influence global supply chains hungry for disposable plastic? How do we change littering behaviour? How much plastic actually gets recycled? Is it possible to live plastic-free?

We’ve rustled up a bag-full of speakers whose personal and professional lives are intertwined with plastic.

Come along to get your answers from our fantastic (get it, rhymes with plastic!) array of speakers.

Justin is Founding Director of Responsible Action Network (RAN), which fosters a mainstream reuse culture. The RAN family includes Responsible Runners – a novel combination of running/walking and weekly cleanups that reduce marine debris and raise awareness about the health and environmental dangers of single-use disposable waste, particularly plastic, while effecting positive behavioural change. Justin is a sustainability consultant and environmental advocate working to empower positive behavioural change towards a more sustainable society. Other initiatives he has founded include Responsible Cafes, Run the Tarkine, and Bondi Food Collective. Justin has campaigned with Boomerang Alliance for container deposit legislation, and remains a champion for a plastic bag ban and renewable energy.

Layla is Senior Project Officer at the NSW EPA and has been judge and assessor for the Sustainable Cities and Tidy Town programs in recent years. Layla is an environmental generalist with 16 yrs experience in the public sector providing strategic planning and program development for waste and recycling projects, water and natural resource management responsibilities. She has a honours degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Environmental Communications.

The story of plastic and how society grapples with it is one that would be incomplete without Tim. Tim has been on a whirlwind multidisciplinary journey, wearing many hats from scientific research, activism, organisational development and environmental enterprise. You may be familiar with Tim’s work as co-founder of Take 3 that asks everyone to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave the beach, waterway or…anywhere.

Tim also founded ReChusable, an enviro-enterprise that provides sustainable alternatives to disposable products; is a spokesperson for the Boomerang Alliance, advocating waste and recycling reform in Australia; and a member of the Circular Economy Australia movement.

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June Greenups - Ocean Health

Tuesday June 2nd (6-10pm)

The Shelbourne Hotel
200 Sussex Street, Sydney

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June 8th is world Oceans Day, and this year's theme is "healthy oceans, healthy planet".

With vectors like, sea-level rise, ocean acidification, plastic pollution, agricultural run-off and depleted fisheries, for June Greenups we're asking the question, just how healthy are our oceans, and what if anything can we do to make them healthier?

To help us take stock (sorry bad pun) and learn what we can do about these varied issues, we've gathered some knowledgeable ocean experts to guide our conversations.


Adrian Enright - Policy Manager, WWF Climate Change

Adrian is WWFs Climate Change Policy Manager, focusing on major policy areas including emission reduction targets, renewable energy and climate finance. Prior to joining WWF, Adrian was the Global Coordinator for Climate Smart Agriculture with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). During this time he has been supporting and coordinating climate change projects, primarily in Asia and Africa. This included working as an advisor for the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation programme in Vietnam. Adrian also worked for more than three years as a climate change policy officer and environmental economist for the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.

Dr Adrian Gutteridge – IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Dr Adrian Gutteridge is a Marine Biologist who’s specialty includes shark biology, fisheries science and marine conservation. He completed his PhD from the University of Queensland in 2012, with his thesis focussing on the species community and fisheries interactions of the sharks and rays of Hervey Bay, Queensland. His research has included a variety of shark and ray species along the east coast of Australia, including biological assessments, ecological investigations and satellite tagging of hammerhead sharks and tiger sharks.

Meredith Epp - Science Communications Officer, MSC Oceania

As Science Communications Officer from MSC Oceania, Meredith works to communicate the credibility and importance of sustainable fishing to a variety of audiences from fishermen, retailers, government, students and consumers. The MSC is the world's leading certification and ecolabelling program for sustainable seafood. Her goal is to show how the choosing sustainable seafood is good for the oceans, good for fishermen and good to eat. Meredith received her Master’s degree in marine biodiversity and conservation in California before moving to Sydney to work for the Marine Stewardship Council.

Richard Ververs - CEO of Underwater Earth and Exec Project Director of the XL Catlin Seaview Survey

Richard is an underwater photographer and communication specialist. His role is to drive the project, and occasionally the camera itself with a goal to bring the magic of underwater into our everyday lives. Richard has a background of 10 years working in advertising in London, followed by 10 years as an underwater photographer, artist, designer and communicator, working with a range of conservation organisations and companies including the Sydney Aquarium. Richard's favourite dive is the isolated oceanic Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea and favourite sea critter is the Mantis Shrimp, the epitome of how diverse and bizarre life underwater can really be.

May Greenups - the Tarkine in Motion

Tuesday May 5th (6-9pm)

Salerno Gallery, Glebe
70 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe

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This month we're exploring the Tarkine though the lens of the Artist as guests at the Tarkine in Motion eaxhibition.

As well as the beautiful artworks we'll also hear from experts, activists and artists on why the Tarkine is so important and significant.

An innovative contribution to environmental art from the Bob Brown Foundation, the Tarkine in Motion project brings together artists and wilderness photographers, in a collaborative art project, designed to capture the wild and scenic landscapes of the threatened and remote region of the Tarkine in North West Tasmania, to help spread the message to the world that we need to protect this threatened wilderness.


  • Ben Oquist - The Australia Institute. Ben is former chief of staff of Senator Christine Milne and former Senator Bob Brown, and has long been involved in the battle for the Tarkine. he'll bring a political, economic and historical perspective to the issue.

  • Julian Knysh - Photographer, Filmmaker, Exhibitor. is one of 70 artists who spent 3 days immersed in the wilderness capturing this wild landscape. he will share is personal perspective on the project and the Tarkine wilderness.

Exhibiting photographer(s): Peter Beeh, Chris Bell, Rob Blakers, Cameron Blake, Dan Broun, Bob Brown, Laurie Davison, Arwen Dyer, Francois Fourie, Wolfgang Glowacki, Paul Hoelen, Julian Knysh, Alan Long, Nick Monk, Grant Murray, David Murphy, Kip Nunn, Luana Towney, Hillary Younger.

March Greenups - a meet the candidates evening

Tuesday March 3rd (6-9pm)

Freda's Bar & Canteen
107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale

For this month's event, on the eve of the NSW elections, we're hosting a 'Meet the Candidates' evening.

We've invited candidates from all the major parties and independents, from the key inner city electorates, offering them the opportunity to state their case and sell their vision for the state and take questions from the GreenUps community.

At this stage we have the following candidates confirmed:

This is an open invitation to all candidates. Please get in touch if you'd like to be involved.

Sustainble Seafood - What's the Catch?

Tuesday February 3rd (6pm - 10pm)

107 Projects
107 Redfern Street, Redfern. 2016

It's been excellent to see a renewed interest in the issue of sustainable seafood in Australia recently - in large part thanks to the TV show What's the Catch, that aired on SBS TV late last year

For the first GreenUps of the year we revisit this important topic to discuss the latest issues around sustainable seafood; seafood labelling, stewardship for both wild caught and farmed fish, best practice in Australia and internationally. And what we need to do politically and legislatively to insure we have a sustainable seafood industry both economically, socially & environmentally.

Check out the talks from the night

Greenups - Feb 2015 - What's The Catch from GreenUps on Vimeo.


Mathew Evans and Stephen Oliver - We are delighted to had the host and the writer/director/producer of SBS TV's What's the Catch. Matthew Evens is a well- known chef, writer, critic and TV personality, now based in Tasmania. Stephen and Matthew share some the insights from producing the show and join in the discussions.

Tom Kime - Sydney-based chef and food adventurer Tom Kime has had a long passionate relationship with fish. Author of several cook books and executive chef at Fish and Co. in Annandale, Australia's first Marine Stewardship Council certified sustainable seafood restaurant, Tom will share some of his insights from establishing Fish and Co., we're also delighted to have Tom cook up some tasty sustainable fish fare for us to try on the night.

Charlotte Connell - Marine Stewardship Council. The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent NFP which set and maintains standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability. These standards help make global seafood markets more sustainable. Charlotte will discuss what MSC has achieved and what the next steps are for Sustainable seafood in Australia and Internationally.

Linda Sams - Head of sustainability, Tassal Tasmanian Salmon. Tassal is very pleased to have achieved full Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) certification across its entire operation, a global first for any salmon company. ASC certification is the highest standard for responsibly farmed seafood in the world. Lina will share what ASC certification involved for Tassal and what it means for the business and the Fishery.

Nathaniel Pelle - GreenPeace Label My Fish Campaign - Australia’s labelling laws for seafood are inadequate, especially as they apply to restaurants. The Label My Fish Alliance includes Australian consumers, fishers, chefs, and ocean lovers and are demanding new labelling laws that tell us, whenever we buy seafood _what the species is; where it was caught, and the method used to catch or farm it._

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November GreenUps - Community Empowerment

Tuesday November 4th (6pm - 10pm)

The Commons
32 Burton St, Darlinghurst

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At this month's GreenUps, next Tuesday 4th of November, we talking about Community Empowerment, exploring the ideas around how to develop connection, resilience and strength at a community level.

So please rsvp on the meetup page if you plan to come along to The Commons Bar on Burton St in Darlinghurst, and bring your community building stories to share with other like minded people, and listen to two community leaders as they share their community empowerment experiences.

Lance Leiber - Transition Bondi

Lance is a founding member of Bondi's active and vibrant branch of the global Transition Towns movement. as a tireless leader in his community spreading the sustainability and resilience message, Lance's got plenty to share about how to build and maintain strong community at a grass roots level.

Tom Nockolds - Community Power Agency & Pingala

Tom is the director of the Community Power Agency a NFP set up to support groups wanting to set up community renewable energy (CRE) projects. Tom will talk about the community energy movement and also about Pingala a new Sydney-based community renewable project.

Thea Soutar - Youth Food Movement & CSL

Thea leads the Sydney chapter of the The Youth Food Movement, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to growing a generation of young Australians with the capacity and motivation to support a healthy, secure and just food future. Thea is also a current fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, and will speak about CSL and her experience in the 2014 Fellowship program.

So, what is Empowerment?

Empowerment is understood as a multi-dimensional social process that helps people gain control over their own lives. It fosters power in people for use in their own lives, their communities and in their society, by acting on issues they define as important.

Please rsvp on the Meetup page if you are planning to come along, so we know numbers.

October GreenUps - Very Bike-e!

Tuesday October 7nd (6pm - 10pm)

80 George St, Redfern

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Eventbrite - Very Bike-E! - October GreenUps explores electric bicycles

Get along to the October GreenUps and see what happens when you add some electricity to your pedal power!

We will be at WORK-SHOP a warehouse of maker goodness located at 80 George St, Redfern, alongside the cycleway. Park using our bicycle valet and even get a tune-up from the crew at The Rolling Fix. On the night you can ride all kinds of E-Bikes on offer from Sydney Electric Bikes and Glow Worm Bicycles. Create your own electricity on Milk Crate's pedal powered sound system...but don't over do it or your favourite tune will be out of sync!

This month we have teamed up with Alternative Technology Association a not-for-profit organisation that exists to connect, inspire and assist people to make sustainable choices in their homes and communities.

Our speakers on the night include Maurice Wells a veritable electric bike guru and Professsor Chris Rissel a cycle advocate whose goal is developing a non-culture of cycling where hopping on a bike is assumed to be the easy and convenient option for regular trips and becomes the default choice. Expect delicious eats with the stylish folks from trolleyd offering up a tasty selection of drinks and the usual great GreenUps crowd.

Please pre-purchase your ticket on Eventbrite to avoid any disappointment.

September GreenUps - The Psychology of Climate Change

Tuesday September 2nd (6pm - 10pm)

Freda's Bar & Canteen
107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale

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Eventbrite - September GreenUps - The Psychology of Climate Change

Within the recent and turbulent history of climate science and renewable energy technology, it's become utterly clear that emotion, ideology and opinion take precedence over science and engineering, when it comes to the public understanding of climate science, and our response to its implications. Logically this might seem counter intuitive but this isn't as odd as we might expect - in fact, modern research around science communication and psychology suggest good reasons why this might be expected.

As resistance to change and fears persist in the general community, understanding the role of psychology in our comprehension of this most fundamental and uniquely difficult existential challenge is key to developing an effective response.

For our September GreenUps we've gathered a fine group of speakers, from the worlds of clean tech, climate science, psychology and philosophy to help lead the conversation on this most interesting of topics.

Dr Tim Rayner - Tim is a philosopher and disruptive thinker with a focus on the Philosophy of Change. His most recent book is Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide. Tim is also a Film-maker Coalition of the Willing (2010). His current project is One Million Acts of Innovation.

Sally Gillespie - Sally is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney researching psychological responses to climate change engagement. She practiced as a Jungian psychotherapist for over twenty years, and served as the President of the CG Jung Society of Sydney from 2006 to 2010. Sally is the author of Living the Dream and The Book of Dreaming.

Eleanor Glenn - Eleanor is a Values, framing and communication strategist with a background in environmental sciences and government policy. Eleanor is currently doctoral candidate with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS. PhD topic: "Exploring climate change through dialogue"

Ketan Joshi - Ketan is a renewable energy researcher and communications officer, working at Australia's largest specialist renewable energy company. He's written for The Guardian, Climate Spectator and Renew Economy on issues ranging from community engagement through to wind farm output. Ketan studied psychology and neuroscience at university.

I hope you will join us at Freda's in Chippendale (a short walk from Central Station) next Tuesday 2nd of September for what is shaping up to be a very interesting evening.

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August GreenUps - Sustain the faith

Tuesday August 5th (6pm - 8pm), with drinks to follow after...

Seminar Room F205, Building F - COFA (UNSW Colleage of Fine Arts) / then drinks at The Rose Shamrock and Thistle
Cnr. Green Street and Oxford Street, Paddington
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Greenies. Environmentalism. Sustainability. Pretty regular stuff right?

This month we depart with tradition and invite you to paticipate in a conversation exploring the intersection of spirituality and sustainability.

What is the common ground between environmentalism and various beliefsystems? We've invited a diverce group of thinkers (some might say a 'broad church') to lead our discussion and share their thoughts on what their faith shares with environmentalism.

Rhonda Itaoui - The Islamic Sciences & Research Academy Australia has a wealth of experience in educating diverse audiences about environmental ethics from an Islamic perspective. Rhonda is regularly involved in delivering education to student audiences about the environmental principles that underpin Islam.

Peter Thompson - Peter convenes the DharmaGaia Fellowship and Meetup, Peter is a Zen Buddhist whose practice is informed by an understanding of humanity's place in the ecosphere, one which many of you will share.

Paul Newman - Paul is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, whose research interests include sustainability and cultural and natural landscapes, with particular reference to Aboriginal culture. Paul has both studied and embodied an ethos of sustainability, one which Aboriginal people have been practising for thousands of years.

Thea Ormerod - President of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. Thea brings an activist-informed perspective with years of experience in the field of social justice, and has most recently been involved in interfaith action around Maules Creek coal mine.

Join us for possibly our first non-secular conversation - and Tweet or post questions on our Facebook page.

If you've ever looked at a church and wondered what it means for environmentalism - this night is for you!

If you have specific questions you would like to ask our guests please email me.

Divestment & The Unburnable Carbon Dilemma

Tuesday July 1st (6pm - 10pm)

The Shelbourne Hotel
200 Sussex Street, Sydney
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If we actually dug out of the ground and burned all the known fossil fuel reserves it would spell catastrophe for life on earth – that’s the fundamental premise of the Unburnable Carbon dilemma.

The issue is that a lot of money has been invested on the assumption that the world’s carbon reserves, particularly abundant coal here in Australia, can be commercialised and bought to market, but the risks are now apparent both to the environmentalists who’ve raised the alarm and the asset owners who are financially responsible for these stranded assets.

For July GreenUps we’ve invited some bright financial minds to share their insights on this issue. What is the big banks and other institutional asset owner’s awareness around this issue, and how can we as concerned citizens and engaged stakeholders, make them take responsibility and act on this catastrophic risk?

Speakers on the night include:

Simon O’Connor is the CEO of the Responsible Investment Association Australasia, an industry body that represents 150 investors managing over $500 billion. Simon is an economist, having worked in various roles at the convergence of economics, finance and sustainability, from consulting to industry, investment analyst, to recent work within the NGO sector, before joining RIAA in 2013. RIAA works with its members to help investors better understand how environmental and social factors impact upon investment returns.

Michael Salvatico - Vice President MSCI ESG. MSCI is a leading provider of investment decision support tools. The MSCI Global Sustainability Index competitively ranks companies across a set of ESG (Environmental, Social and corporate Governance) signals to establish best practice and identify exposure.  Michael is an established research analyst specialising in portfolio analysis and investment strategy and was a cofounder in the Climakind initiative to reduce global carbon emissions by promoting a price on carbon.

Simon Sheikh is the founder of Future Super, a soon to be launched fossil fuel free superannuation fund. Having been the National Director of GetUp and a Financial Analyst at the NSW Treasury Simon will talk about practical steps that Australians can take to shift their money out of fossil fuels.

If you have specific questions you would like to ask our guests please email me.

Recycling - the pathway to sustainability

Tuesday June 3rd (6pm - 10pm)

Freda's Bar & Canteen
107-109 Regent Street, Chippendale
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For the June GreenUps we're heading to the fabulous Freda's in Chippendale, where we'll be talking all things Recycling and the Circular Economy.

To share their knowledge, experience and stories, we've three great guests.  


Alex Serpo - Publisher of, Australia’s only dedicated website serving the recycling industry. Alex will give us an understanding of the Circular Economy, and explore the premise that 'Recycling is Sustainability'.

JP Williams - Compost Revolution Commander-in-Chief Three Council Project. JP will tell us all about the wonders of organic recycling, the compost revolution and the potential of our 'city of soil'.

Anna Minns - CEO Terracycle Australia. TerraCycle is a highly-awarded, international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. Anna will share the Teracycle story and all about creating recycling markets.

The 3 lighting talks will be followed by a Q&A conversation. Talks will commence at 7pm. then stick around for more talking, dinner and drinks. 

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NOTE: We will be asking for a donation on the door to cover costs, and if you have specific questions you would like to ask our guests please email me.

Beyond Green - The Blue Economy, what is it?

Tuesday April 1st (6pm - 10pm)

The Carbon Reduction Institute
Level 12, 100 Miller Street, North Sydney
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For our April event GreenUps is collaborating with the Carbon Reduction Institute, to host a night exploring the concept of The Blue Economy.

The “Blue Economy”, a term coined by author and entrepreneurGunter Pauli in 2004, is seen as a progressive metamorphosis from the Green Economy, that sees the task ahead as one in which we need to create more good, instead of less bad, using a strategic, opportunity-driven rationale to connect the environmental, social and financial. Inspired by Nature (In nature there is no waste or inefficiency) fundamentally the Blue Economy is a business response to a changing economic landscape in which resource depletion and social costs are unsustainable, and therefore uneconomic and unacceptable.

To help us better understand the vision of the Blue Economy we got three distinguished speakers; Ian DunlopDr Martin A Blake and Rob Cawthorne, who will explain why ‘sustainability’ and ‘green’ have become taboo words among Australian corporates, the significance of the Blue Economy to the Australian landscape, and why they feel there is a need for a new business speak.

The event will also announce the NSW launch of Blue Australasia.

This carbon neutral event will be hosted by Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI), at their headquarters in North Sydney.

CRI will kindly supply carbon neutral wine, beer and nibbles for the evening.


Dr. Martin A. Blake - Sustainability Expert

Dr. Martin A. Blake is the founder of Blue Australasia. He is named one of the Top 100 Global Sustainability Leaders of 2011 - 2013, is a global sustainability visionary and strategist, an expert in Blue Economy and integrative design, chairman, company director, speaker and mentor. He holds a working portfolio of board directorships and advisory roles encompassing Asia, Australia, Canada, the USA and Europe. 

In addition to being the Founder of Blue Australasia, he is the owner of Blake Advisory, the Co-founder and Director of the “be sustainable” group of companies, the Founder and Chair of Carbon Zero Solutions, a Non-Executive Director of Sabien Technology, Ecologic Transportation, and Amida Recruitment, a Patron of Eradicating Ecocide, as well as a Strategic Advisor to the Boards of CarbonSystems, MOSS (Models of Success and Sustainability), and The Upcycle the Gyres Society. 

Dr Blake chairs and advises a multitude of strategic groups, all focused on the development and deployment of energy efficient infrastructure. He is an Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Business Development at both Griffith University and the University of Southern Queensland, and is also a Visiting Fellow at the Business School of the University of Hull in the UK. 

Throughout the course of his career, Dr Blake has been involved in sustainability practices on the islands of Bahrain, Singapore, Bali, Guam and Dominica. 

Dr Blake is internationally recognised as having designed and deployed one of the most successful energy conservation programmes in the world, saving millions of pounds annually and winning multiple National and International awards. 

Rob Cawthorne - Carbon Expert

Rob is the Managing Director of the Carbon Reduction Institute (CRI) which has the mission and vision of creating a low carbon economy whereby consumers can support products and services which have reduced climate change impacts.

CRI administers the NoCO2 certification program, which has become and remains Australia’s most heavily subscribed climate change certification program.

Of the many professionals that entered the carbon market in its embryonic stages, not many were better placed than Rob. From 2000 Rob was involved in the development of Australia's first emissions trading scheme: The Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme. This undertaking is often considered to be one of the first working models of an environmental / emissions trading scheme in the world. Rob continues to manage this scheme today. 

Rob's practical understanding of emissions trading has him present and consult to corporations which have both significant risks and opportunities in a carbon constrained future.

Ian T. Dunlop - Energy Expert

A Cambridge educated engineer, with a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability.

Ian Dunlop was formerly a senior international oil, gas and coal industry executive. He chaired the Australian Coal Association in 1987-88, chaired the Australian Greenhouse Office Experts Group on Emissions Trading from 1998-2000 and was CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001.

He is a member of the Club of Rome and a member of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Climate Change Task Force.

Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and Chair of Safe Climate Australia he advises internationally on climate, energy and sustainability.

Exploring the Future of Renewables

Tuesday March 11th (6pm - 10pm)

The Shelbourne Hotel
200 Sussex Street, Sydney
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The federal government recently launched a formal review of Australia's 20% Renewable Energy Target (The RET), headed by a well know climate change sceptic - Dick Warburton.

Given that the RET and its associated instruments have been the single biggest driver of renewable energy uptake in Australia, any reduction or modification to the RET will dramatically effect the fragile and battered domestic renewable industry and significantly hamper our national approach to addressing climate change.

With this very real existential threat to the RET at hand we thought it would be timely to have a discussion about the current renewables landscape and the potential consequences of any reduction to the existing targets.

To shed some light on this we invited Dr Mark Diesendorf of the Institute of Environmental Studies at UNSW and Lindsay Soutar, National Director of Solar Citizens and 100% Renewable, to attempt to enlighten us and guide us through some of the murky and confusing issues around our national energy policy and the future of renewables in Australia.


Mark Diesendorf is the Deputy Director of Institute of Environmental Studies at University of New South Wales. He teaches and researches on ecologically sustainable and socially just development and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. He is the author of 'Greenhouse Solutions with Sustainable Energy' (2007) and 'Climate Action: A Campaign Manual for Greenhouse Solutions' ( 2009). His new book, 'Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change', has just been published by UNSW Press in Australia and New Zealand, and will be published for the rest of the world by Earthscan in April 2014.

Lindsay Soutar is the National Director of Solar Citizens - Lindsay became familiar with the hopes and challenges of households (and community groups) going solar through her work at renewable energy organisation 100% Renewable of which Solar Citizens is an offshoot. There she experienced first hand the continual solar-coaster of changes to solar programs to Australia, and the efforts of the big power companies trying to stop the further expansion of solar. She recently started the process to install solar on her Sydney home and thinks it just makes sense that Australia puts a panel on every rooftop!


Tuesday December 3th (5pm - 8pm)

The Meadow Cafe - Prince Alfred Park Pool
105 Chalmers Street · Surry Hills, New South Wales
Eventbrite - Biodiver<em>city</em> - GreenUps End of Year Party.

For our final event of the year we're throwing a bit of a christmas cocktail shindig at the forecourt of the Prince Alfred Park Pool complex. So frock up an and enjoy sustainably sourced fare by Meadow Cafe and local winemakers Cake Wines, with help from the team at Real Food Projects who've also put together a wonderful local artisan produce hamper as a lucky door prize for us to give away on the night.

The theme for the event will be Biodovercity - and we'll be celebrating the wonderful new park + pool in all it's biodiverse summer glory - so bring your swimmers too if you want to have a dip (as the pool will be open).

Among the music and entertainment planned, we're delighted to have the Architect and Landscaping team behind Prince Alfred's award winning facelift, Sue Barnsley + Rachel Neeson, as guest speakers. They'll be sharing some of the design and biodiversity secrets and challenges of the project, and for those who come early Sue and her team will guide you on a tour of the Wildflower Meadow.

Also hear from Lucy Sharman, City of Sydney's Green Roofs and Walls Senior Project Officer, about some other great green surfaces both old and new and the many social, climatic and biodiversity benefits green roofs and walls bring to the city, and we'll also hear about the 202020 Vision Project ,which is a great new campaign advocating for 20% more green spaces in urban areas by 2020 from 202020 Vision advocate Sacha Coles Director of ASPECT Studios - landscape architect lead for The Goods Line in Ultimo - a future green space within the city.

We'll also have a live music performance from pop duo Divine Union. Luke Dixon and Lindsay Drummond bring together messages of wisdom, hope and inspiration through music that crosses geographical and stylistic borders. The husband and wife duo merge radio friendly Western Pop Music with Eastern Philosophy, Spirituality and New Age themes. You will be taken on a musical and spiritual journey that will lead you back home…to you.


Live Music:

Food, Drinks & Prizes:

202020 Vision explained from 202020 Vision on Vimeo.

Sustaining Change - exploring personal sustainability

Tuesday November 5th (6pm - late)

The Hub Sydney
Level 2, 101 William St. Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
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GreenUps is delighted to hold our November event in conjunction with the inaugural national Change Makers Festival running across the country.

As a social-networking evening that has run for almost 5 years GreenUps has showcased, inspired, facilitated, connected and supported change-makers passionate about making the world around them more sustainable.

Every GreenUps we pick a theme drawn from the sustainability movement, framed by the context of 'change making', this month we thought it might be interesting to explore the concept of personal sustainability - the set of tools practices and rituals needed in ones life to nurture the personal wellbeing required to sustain a committed and flourishing life able to creating positive change in the world.

You can PRE-PURCHASE Tickets here on the Change Makers Website if you'd like.

To nurture your mind we've invited three leaders in their respective fields to share what the concept of personal sustainability means to them and what they do to nurture their own lives.

To sustain your belly we'll have some wholesome and nutritious food thanks to Iku Wholefoods (MLC Centre) and organic coconut water thanks to Nakula Organics .

November Speakers:

Giselle has practised wholistic & integrative medicine since graduating in Medicine from the UNSW in 1979. After training in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, Nutrition and Ayurveda. Giselle is the author of two books and innumerable health articles, she appeared regularly on national radio, has lectured at universities and naturopathic colleges and international conferences. Giselle is currently doing research in nutrition and gynaecology.

Mike is the founder of Evolution to Wellbeing a holistic fitness program that promotes community, accountability and commitment as part of a daily group exercise regime. Mike is also a co-founder of a community dedicated to promoting real conversations amongst men enabling them to talk about life's challenges, purpose, direction and fulfillment. Mike is also a proud father of two boys, with another baby on the way!

Urban Permaculture Permaculture design is for much more than gardens. "I share design tricks that help us get more out of our ‘inner’ life - inside our homes, our relationships, and our thinking". Cecilia is bilingual and integrates Japanese Zen practices into her permaculture design thinking, which she then applies to enable "people to become pro-active, and overcome those obstacles to taking good care of ourselves and our world".

Daragh started Guerrilla Mindfulness to raise awareness of the value of putting mindfulness practice into everyday life. "I can see the relationship between mindfulness and personal sustainability - mindfulness is a tool I use to help me direct my attention and energy in a more considered and therefore sustainable manner!" Daragh will take the group through a mindfulness meditation exercise.

Wholesome and nutritious food thanks to Iku Wholefoods (MLC Centre) and Nakula Organics.


Better Blocks & Better Planning

Tuesday October 1st (6pm - late)

The East Sydney Hotel
Cnr of Crown & Cathedral St Woolloomooloo, Sydney
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This month GreenUps heads to the East Sydney Hotel, a wonderful heritage establishment in the heart of Woolloomooloo tucked in behind William Street on the city fringe, opened in 1856 the East Sydney also known as "the pub with no pokies" is the oldest continually licensed drinking hole in Sydney, and has steadfastly held out against the pressures of gambling machines.

Harald and Trish who ran the pub for over 30 years until this year saw pokies as a "moral issue" believing there was "enough gaming in NSW with the TABs and the dogs, without turning the pubs into mini casinos to rip off working people." We've invited the new licensees to share their thoughts on the future of the 'the pub with no pokies'.

Also joining us on the night are Corrine Fisher from the Better Planning Network who will explain the current situation with the NSW State parliaments recently proposed plans to aggressively wind back essential environmental protection laws.

The Clovelly Road Better Block team will also be making an appearance to share a few project stories and drum up some more interest for their transformative day of direct action at the end of the month.

September GreenUps

Tuesday September 3rd (6pm - late)

Assembly Bar
488 Kent St, Sydney, Australia 2000
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Connect with Sydney creatives and sustainability professionals at the monthly GreenUps networking evening.

This September well be down in the funky industrial basement of the Assembly Bar in the CBD exchanging creative juices, sharing tall stories and radical strategies for how we can repair our broken world.

So if you'd rather spend your tuesday evening meeting & mingling with folks immersed-in or curious about making what they do more sustainable then please come along an join us for what is always a memorable evening.

GreenUps, always on the first tuesday of the month, is an informal drinks night that is fun, diverse, inclusive, creative and lively. See you there!

Sustaining the political climate

Tuesday August 6th (6pm - 10pm)

Altitude Bar - Shelbourne Hotel
200 Sussex Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
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An election is looming. The nation has mandated they want action on climate change but the recently enacted Greens-led price on carbon is a political hot potato and both Rudd’s newly re-formed Government and Abbott’s poll-leading Opposition are positioning themselves to ‘tax the axe’ if they form government. This message does seem to have traction with electorate, and yet would be expensive, regressive and reactionary. So is the hollow rhetoric of the politics drowning out the vision and purpose of the policy?

For this month’s Greenup’s we invited the three major parties (ALP, The Libs and The Greens) to come and share their party’s environmental and climate change platforms and their personal sustainability vision.

Some of our guests are still being finalised (actually we are just waiting to hear back from the ALP as to whether that can have a candidate present) there are also some ongoing discussions about the the format but regardless this is going to be a memorable GreenUps! So please make sure you RSVP and make sure you tell your friends.


  • Cate Faehrmann – Greens NSW candidate for the Senate.
  • Sean O'Connor – Liberal candidate for federal seat of Sydney
  • Di Smith - ALP candidate for the federal seat of Wentworth (unconfirmed)
  • Felicity Wade - co-convenor of the Labor Environment Activist Network (Felicity will represent Labor if they cannot field a candidate)

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NOTE: We will be asking for a small donation (optional) on the door to cover costs (with any remaining proceeds going to charity), and if you have specific questions you would like to ask our guests please email me.

We've Done The Maths, now how do we divest?

The Beauchamp Hotel

267 Oxford St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
6pm Tuesday 2th July 2013 (ends 10pm)
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With Abbott sending clear signals that he intends to fast-track approval for large scale coal mines if elected to power later in the year and with Rudd’s position on the Carbon Tax still unclear it’s vital that Australia’s coal export industry and domestic coal based Energy industry be put on the political centre stage in the lead up to this election.

Big Coal knows the writing‘s on the wall, and that they only have a limited time-frame in which to lock in investment in future coal production before it is no longer cost competitive.

The finance and investment sector are at a tipping point too. Forward thinking investors are beginning to realise investing in coal long-term does not make economic sense (let alone equate an act of environmental suicide).

Inspired by the recent Bill McKibben Do The Maths tour there’s a grassroots momentum growing across Australia calling for financial institutions to divest from coal in the name of economic risk management and in the cause of Environmental Responsibility - Greenup’s invites you to join this growing crowd calling for their Banks, Superannuation and Investment Funds to divest from coal.

At this month's GreenUps we will be discussing the Maths, the Politics and Divestment Strategies. We will also be engaging in some Digital Activism so bring your smart phones, tablets and other socially connected devices so you can help get your message out.

If you can’t make it along tonight I encourage you to show your support and do your bit to Divest.

Please sign this open letter to the heads of the big four banks urging them to adopt critical change in their investment policies.

Send a message to your banks putting them on notice that they must end loans to new coal and gas mining, transport and export projects or you will withdraw your business.

For more info on this campaign

Market Forces
Go Fossil Free Australia
The Conversation – Do the Maths: Bill McKibben argues for divestment
Renew Economy - Will financial markets veto Australia’s mega coal mines?


Last Month: GreenUps at VIVID

Sustainably Creating through re-use & re-purposing

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Circular Quay
7pm Tueday 4th June 2013 (ends 10pm)


GreenUps is doing Vivid for June. Come and hear from some leading creatives as they talk about how they incorporate re-use, re-purposing and sustainability principles into their work.

Guest Speakers:

Zev Bianchi is an industrial product designer who has spent much of his professional career living and working in New York City, Berlin Germany and of course Sydney. He is passionate about creating the best living environments in the least space, focusing on sustainable materials and compact design.

At Vivid GreenUps Zev will talk about how sustainability and smart design influences his practice as well as his Protohub concept, a community project to encourage like-minded designers to design, create & collaborate in a shared workshop and show case their fruits of labor, designs and prototypes in Protohub’s ever changing showroom.

Belle Flaneur and two of her collaborators will talk about the changing consumer attitudes to waste. Natalie Coulter, principal of the visual merchandising and education group Belle Flaneur, uses unlikely urban treasures for her window displays, art installations and more. Two of her frequent collaborators are Milk Crate Events, who will present their astounding work involving recycled milk cartons and crates, and architect Sophie Hoppe, who will discuss her architecture and jewellery crafted from construction waste.

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Last Months Event: GreenUps at The Windmill

The Rocks Windmill, Prospect Place, The Rocks
6pm Tueday 7th May 2013 (ends 10pm)


As part of the Rocks Windmill project, May GreenUps is co-curated by Rekindle Projects. We will present an intimate evening where GreenUppers will learn about the Rekindle Project. We will be encouraged to think about the types of skills we would like to learn or share to provide us with sustainable cross-cultural and cross-generational solutions that are practical and effective.

So think about what Grannies and our elders from around the world have done to be ‘sustainable’ without meaning to be, i.e. preserving, pickling, jamming, knitting, seed saving, gardening, fixing things. We hope to celebrate these connections and think about applying them to our current sustainable practices and life.

Guests speakers on the night include:

  • Kirstin Proft (Rekindle Projects)
  • Michelle Heldon (Hammond Aged Care)
  • Dr Grainne Cleary (conservation ecologist with National Parks Association of NSW)

Refreshments care of The Apple Thief Cidre and Wok on Inn.

Ticket price Includes & a tasty glass of Apple Thief Cider.

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About GreenUps

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.

What happens?

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.

Does it cost anything?

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.

Who should come?

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.

You can RSVP via Facebook or MeetUps but unless otherwise indicated, just feel free to rock-up.

What we’re not that into…

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.

The nitty gritty

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.

What time?

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.

Who’s behind this thing?

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:

  • Ben Ward
  • Jess Miller
  • Liane Rossler
  • Pete Dowson
  • Alastair Walton
  • Saskia Howard

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,

What’s the plan?

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.

Get in touch

You can contact us via email: Join the GreenUps facebook group. Follow GreenUps updates on twitter. The GreenUps on the International Green Drinks: See you at GreenUps!