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Finance expert Philipp Koecke has become the new chief financial officer of commerce and industry energy storage provider Tesvolt. He previously held the role at Solarworld.

“Actively contributing to the global energy transition is very appealing to me,” Mr Koecke said.

Sustainable finance professional Camille Wynter has moved from Commbank over to investment bank and financial services company UBS for a role heading Australian ESG research. 

Ms Wynter  previously advised on sustainable finance transactions at the Commonwealth Bank. Prior to that she worked on AMP Capital’s sustainable finance team, analysing ESG issues and sustainability drivers on Australian and global equities. She will now be working under ESG global head Vicki Kalb, reporting to local head of investment research Simon Mitchell. 

Speaking of banks, Siobhan Toohill has started a new role as chief sustainability officer at Westpac. She was previously group head of sustainability at the bank for the past nine years. She is currently also co-chair of the banking board of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, and non-executive director of the Greater Sydney Parklands Board for the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.

Arup has scooped a sustainability award for excellence from Consult Australia at Melbourne Connect. Arup sustainable buildings team leader Richard Stokes took home the prize.

Jefa Greenaway and Alison Page have been appointed honorary fellows of design at Deakin University. Their appointment will strengthen Indigenous knowledge systems and design thinking, and create collaborative opportunities with the school of architecture and built environment. 

Ms Page is an award-winning designer, director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman. Mr Greenaway is an award-winning Melbourne architect, director of Greenaway Architects, senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and a Wailwan and Kamilaroi man. 

This opportunity is “an affirmation of the importance of how we are starting to embed design equity in design education. There’s been an uptick in interest, appetite and engagement with indigenous design thinking,” Greenaway told The Fifth Estate.

“Alison Page is an amazing practitioner, so between the two of us we can provide more perspectives in the industry. It’s been a long journey over the past 25 years to embed indigenous knowledge systems into design thinking. It’s an exciting proposition.” 

Matt Gold has joined architectural studio Gensler, after previously working at DesignInc Sydney, Koichi Takada Architects, and HASSELL. 

He told The Fifth Estate that he is excited to be working on a prefabricated Blue Mountains ski resort project that will feature cross laminated timber, glu-lam, and recycled roadside crash-barriers. 

Gensler is also planning to open a new office in Melbourne, in addition to its existing offices in Sydney and overseas. Mr Gold said the international nature of the company allows for real-time cross-border sharing of expertise and data to influence local projects. 

Landscape architect and urban design firm ASPECT Studios has announced two new shareholders in Rowan D’Arcy and Matthew Mackay. Mr Mackay is studio director of the Melbourne studio and is interested in sustainable development of Australian cities, while Mr D’Arcy is studio director of the Dubai studio with focus on the Middle East. 

Steven Cassells and Tim Hill founded a new startup company last year that aims to solve the “jigsaw puzzle” that is decision-making when engineering on a large scale. Neuron utilises cloud-based technology to provide users with real-time engineering solutions to drive efficient, innovative and sustainable design. “The typical building has around 70 to 140 engineering items to fix,” said Mr Cassells. 

The company has now completed 78 projects since last year with clients including CBUS, Mirvac, Turner Design, Bates Smart, and Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp. 

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The aforementioned tech start-up Neuron currently employs six staff, but is looking to employ more. They have been sourcing their talent in the aerospace and mechanical engineering fields at the Sydney University of Technology, where Mr Cassells teaches building services engineering as a guest lecturer. 

“It’s hard to find good people,” Mr Cassells said. 

Are you “passionate about sustainability and improving building design, and… have an understanding of technology”? Then reach out to Neuron. 

Mr Cassells also said that he is beginning to see an improvement in gender and cultural diversity in the space. 

Charles Sturt University is studying CVs for its growing sustainability at Charles Sturt team.

The university is looking for a sustainability partnerships coordinator based out of its Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Bathurst or Port Macquarie campuses. The sustainability principles into all aspects of the university’s activities, with a special focus on engaging students and stakeholders.

A CSU representative told The Fifth Estate: “Sustainability at Charles Sturt (formerly CSU Green) was established in 2008 and has operated continuously since this time. It has evolved from a single position to a team of 4.5 full time equivalent staff and six student sustainability advisers.

“Sustainability is an identified area of focus under the social responsibility pillar of our university strategy. We currently have a range of defined targets established focussing on the built environment and are reviewing our broader targets relating to student/staff/community engagement, research and curriculum.”

Speaking of roles outside the big cities, here’s the perfect sustainability role for anyone who loves having picnics in scenic places – like Hanging Rock.

The Macedon Ranges Shire Council, located halfway between Melbourne and Bendigo, is looking for a passionate and experienced Sustainability Officer. The successful candidate will help to craft the council’s Zero Net Emissions Plan and shire-wide Climate Emergency Response Plan.

Along with working with a small team within council, the role involves engaging with the broader community in towns like Woodend, Kyneton and Gisborne – a great excuse for a picnic perhaps? 

Do you have a passion for education, and want to teach the next generation about sustainability? Environment Education Victoria is looking for an education officer to visit Victorian primary and secondary schools to help them to minimise waste, save energy and water, improve biodiversity in their school grounds and cut their carbon emissions.

EEV told The Fifth Estate: “if you have a deep passion for sustainability, a love for systems and collaboration, and want to work with a team that values people and creative problem solving, we’d love to talk to you about this role.”

Are you looking for a change of pace and thinking of migrating down to the Apple Isle? City of Hobart is looking for a project architect to work on a range of building types across Hobart. 

Want a job to help you buy your next property? Here’s a listing for you: Domain Group is growing its sustainability team by hiring a new Sustainability Officer. The role reports into the chief people and sustainability officer on environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. 

Finally, planning to build a career in sustainable architecture? Sydney-based boutique practice Koichi Takada Architects is in the search for an experienced ambitious graduate to join its team in Brisbane. 

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