Systems architect and development expert Alexander Karan has join the EdTech ClimateClever team as chief technology officer.
According to the founder of the Western Australia-based start up team, Dr Vanessa Rauland, Mr Karan has helped many startups scale and will help take the platform to its next level.
The Curtin University spin-off provides online tools to help schools measure, monitor, compare and reduce their carbon footprint. It recently received seed funding, allowing Dr Rauland to jump into the endeavor full time.
She’s also hired “carbon guru/brainbox” Samuel Winburn Nelson the “super smart” Ryan Forte, who will together work on the ClimateClever platform 2.0.
Masters student Hannah Fay, who has a teaching background and will be examining how to integrate the app into the classroom so that it meets both STEM and sustainability requirements, has also joined the team in the new Fremantle offices.
Dr Rauland is excited about the platform’s future. Thirty schools have signed up since the app launched last year, and she told The Fifth Estate that the startup is in conversation with many state education departments around the country.
Although most of the schools using the app are in WA at the moment she says the tool is available nationally and the plan is to grow its presence in other states and territories.
Also on the agenda for the startup is developing a community tool that will help people on lower incomes reduce their carbon footprints and bills in their homes. The start up secured funding for this project as part of a consortium.
Elsewhere in jobs movements, David Craven has joined the Cities Power Partnership at the Climate Council as director.
Professor Anthony (Tony) Capon has been appointed as the new director of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.
To start in October, the role will see Professor Capon lead the interdisciplinary research and education institute for sustainable development.
He’s currently at the University of Sydney as the professor of planetary health in the School of Public Health.
Mirvac’s James Harvey has been promoted to the interesting role of senior investment manager, alternative investments.