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Peter Gutwein, Tasmania’s newly appointed premier, has wasted no time taking a stand on climate – appointing himself the state’s first Liberal minister for climate change.

The former Treasurer has taken over from Tasmania’s premier of six years, Will Hodgman, after he resigned a couple of weeks ago citing family reasons.

Gutwein took the opportunity to throw his support behind climate action in his first press conference, pointing out that Tasmania has “a very positive story to tell” as a state largely reliant on hydro and other renewable energy sources such as wind.

He’s not the only Liberal minister backing climate change action – in the wake of the bush fire crisis NSW energy and environment minister Matt Kean and NSW science minister Karen Andrews have both come out as supporters of climate action, much to the federal government’s dismay.

Angus Kell will leverage his eight years of experience at Australian building product manufacturer, CSR, in his new role as board member of GECA, an ecolabel for building products.

Kell is a registered architect who has juried many awards and participated in many committees, such as the AIA NSW Chapter Practice Committee and Archicentre Mervyn Willoughby-Thomas Renovation Award, AIA ACT Chapter Awards.

Finland’s southern capital, Helsinki, has a new chief design officer, Hanna Harris. Harris is a social sciences and urban researcher, and has worked as programme director for Helsinki Design Week and the Finnish Institute in London.

Helsinki is on a mission to become the “Most Functional City in the World”, and is targeting carbon neutrality by 2035.

Our pick of the jobs

B Corp certified impact investment group SEFA needs to fill two roles – a social finance relationship manager and a head of portfolio management.

SEFA was among the first financial institutions to back the famed Nightingale model, which relies on the triple bottom line approach to sustainability. 

Veolia Environmental Services, French transnational company with activities in three main service and utility areas – water management, waste management and energy services – is looking for a sustainability manager to be based in Sydney.

The City of Yarra, one of the first local governments in the world to declare a climate emergency, is on the hunt for a new sustainability officer.

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