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Energy + Education Forum | Melbourne

19 June 2019 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

$40 – $120

Explore campus development, living labs & research in the tertiary sector through the lens of energy.

The tertiary education sector plays a vital role in creating a Living Future. It is politically neutral, trusted and is literally creating the future through research and education. Added to this, many campuses across Australia are currently embarking on large capital projects which create opportunities to affect their legacy in a very material way.
Using energy as our frame, we will explore how this sector is financing and building in innovative ways, the campus as a living lab, emerging research and balancing their critical role as both leader and steward.
Four speakers will present their experiences and research and pose unanswered questions for participants to explore in roundtable discussions. The event will be facilitated in collaboration with the Living Future Melbourne Collaborative, as part of their '7 Petals, 7 Seasons' series.
This forum is for anyone involved in the energy and/or education sectors, from design and building through to research or management.



Rob Brimblecombe manages the Engineering and Sustainability team at Monash University overseeing the University’s Net Zero Emissions Initiative and Circular Economy Strategy. He lectures in energy efficiency and renewables, supervises a range of applied research projects in sustainable development, co-authored the book 'Positive Energy Homes' and has a PhD in Solar Energy.

Usha is a Professor in the School of property & Construction Management at RMIT University, with a background in architecture. Her passion in sustainability commenced through energy efficiency and conservation, which has now broadened to triple bottom line sustainability for buildings and the built environment.

Usha is currently co-leading the United Nations One Planet Network’s Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme, under the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

An experienced leader of change in the electricity and property industry, Iain works to optimise energy operation in property assets to increase the adoption of sustainable technologies as Managing Director of 1circle.

His projects include Australia’s largest school solar PV system at Camberwell Grammar Victoria, organisation wide energy management framework, and planning and infrastructure for 141 schools of Brisbane Catholic Education.

Previously Iain established (post de-regulation) and re-engineered retail electricity businesses in the UK, and in Australia, Iain led the business transformation of our highest performing electricity distribution network (Citipower and Powercor) to enable Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

Leslie is a researcher and lecturer in environmental economics, energy economics, and industrial organisation. Her research currently focuses on consumer preferences for environmentally-friendly products, environmental and welfare impacts of access to used durable goods in developing countries, energy efficiency gains from trade liberalisation, and how power cuts affect investment decisions in industrialising countries.


19 June 2019
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
$40 – $120
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Living Future Institute of Australia
Living Future Melbourne Collaborative


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696 Bourke Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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