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

Eventbrite - June Greenups - Ocean Health

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

Eventbrite - May Greenups - the Tarkine in Motion

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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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!