Shelley Goldsmith joins our team in Melbourne

Shelley is the Office Manager at Point Advisory’s Melbourne Office, with a focus on productivity and efficiency.

Shelley has over 20 years’ experience in Office, Training and People Management, creating opportunities for positive change and transformation. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Shelley worked at the Holden Campus for General Motors as a Regional Lead for Training, Communications and End User Experience. Her work focused on managing, designing and delivering workplace training to increase the adoption rates of deployed IT products and services. Throughout her career she has lead teams and been an advocate for change and transformation. Shelley has skills in the assessment of End User Experience to hone Service Excellence and follow her passion for increasing productivity and decreasing waste. Experienced in Focus group facilitation, this enables her to respond to needs through the design, development and improvement of systems, processes and innovative solution development.

Shelley holds an Advanced Certificates in Human Resource Operations and Training and Assessment.

In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time photographing local birdlife, travelling and volunteering in the community.

Point Advisory welcomes Rachel Taylor to our Sydney team

Rachel is a consultant at the Point Advisory Sydney office, focusing on climate change adaptation, strategy and risk.

Rachel’s background is in Earth and climate sciences, with First-Class Honours from the Australian National University. She has previously worked in a research role modelling and assessing the future impact of heatwaves on vulnerable communities in the Sydney region. Her love of consulting stems from consulting projects she undertook as part of her university studies, one of which saw her working with a new 6-Star Green Star precinct in Canberra and resulted in a change to the energy supply legislation in the ACT. Rachel enjoys the challenge of employing her technical skills to provide innovative, sustainable solutions while building trust-based relationships and understanding the values of her client.

Rachel’s honours project involved creating a model for long-lead prediction of fire season severity and assessing how the meteorological drivers of fire season severity are changing with climate change. This project and her subsequent research work brought her experience in research, modelling, machine learning, and R programming language. She enjoys combining her technical skills, knowledge in climate science and sustainability and project management and communication skills to add value to clients and have a tangible impact on the global future.

Beyond her work, Rachel enjoys hiking, training in aerial circus, baking and creating typographic art.

Eat Up Australia – Volunteering

Every day, 1 in 8 children in Australia go to school hungry. Hunger greatly impacts a child’s academic performance and behaviour in school. Students struggle to concentrate, and feel tired or lethargic which compromises their learning.

The not-for-profit Eat Up Australia makes and delivers thousands of lunches a month to schools around Australia to support less privileged school children. The initiative started at Shepparton primary school and has expanded to other cities in Victoria. Since 2013, they have supplied schools with 750.000 lunches. In July this year, Point Advisory staff, alongside the VideoMyJob and Forefront Analytics teams from the Cluster, were involved in making around 1,150 sandwiches that were distributed to schools in Melbourne’s outer north.

For more information on this initiative, visit www.eatup.org.au, or email eatup@eatup.org.au to enquire about a volunteer sandwich making event at your workplace.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

Lachie McLean joins Point Advisory’s Melbourne office

Lachie is a Senior Consultant at Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on climate change and energy.

Lachie has over five years’ experience working on sustainability and climate change strategy in government, private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Point Advisory, Lachie worked at the Surf Coast Shire Council developing and delivering a community wide renewable energy program. His work focused on delivering initiatives to transition Council’s operations to 100% renewable, as well as supporting residents and businesses use less energy and make the switch to renewables. Lachie has experience facilitating advisory groups, engaging communities and developing their capacity, and applying his technical knowledge to strategy and program development.

Lachie holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Deakin University. In 2013, Lachie graduated with first class Honours and was the recipient of Deakin Universities Vice-Chancellor’s Award for his research paper on the impacts of sea level rise and storm surges on Australia fur seal colonies.

Lachie is passionate about tackling climate change and ensuring he is actively part of the solution, both personally and professionally. Lachie was trained as a Climate Reality Leader in 2014 and later that year joined a delegation from the World YMCA at the United Nations 20th Conference of Parties in Lima advocating for greater consideration of young and future generations in the discussion. He continues to volunteer with climate focused groups.

Outside of work, Lachie spends most of his time down the coast surfing and running, or up in town enjoying the hustle and bustle.

Point Advisory recognised as ‘Best For The World 2019 (Community)’

Point Advisory has been recognised by BCorp as being a 2019 Best For The World Honoree in Community!

This means that we have a verified B Impact Assessment score in the top 10% of all B Corps, globally.

Point Advisory’s mission is to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future for people and the planet. We develop innovative, elegant and effective solutions that help embed sustainability principles into our clients’ strategic planning and operations.

To help us achieve a measurable positive difference, not just for our clients, but for society as a whole, we have developed a social impact program. As part of this program we undertake a number of activities each year, and aim to achieve a volunteer target rate of at least 1% of total staff time. Over the past 18 months we have volunteered with some fantastic organisations such as Beach Patrol, OzHarvest, FareShare, the Red Cross, PolishedMan and EatUp.

Further information on BCorp and ‘Best For The World’

 

 

Australian Red Cross – Volunteering

In May this year, Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with the Australian Red Cross. Under the instructions of Red Cross staff, we spent several hours knitting Trauma Teddies.

Sensory toys, in our case Teddies, can be helpful to provide comfort to children under emotional stress or pain. The Trauma Teddy story started in 1990 and since then, Australian Red Cross has been distributing 1 million Trauma Teddies to children that have or are currently experiencing traumas or illness. Teddies are given out to people that are for instance affected by fire, floods and other disasters. All teddies are knitted by volunteers.

The Teddy will be hugged, squeezed and chewed by a child that is distressed or in pain, therefore only a safe and strong Teddy can become an official Red Cross Trauma Teddy. Every knitted Trauma Teddy has to follow the Red Cross standards and pass a quality control by a local Red Cross coordinator. You can see the result of our hard work below.

For more information on how to join the Trauma Teddy knitters community click here.

Since 2016, Point Advisory has proudly been a BCorp organisation. We are committed to going beyond ‘business as usual’ practice in social and environmental performance, and strive to use our work as a force for good. Regular volunteering with organisations that share our values and objectives is a key part of our BCorp commitments.

Beach Patrol – Volunteering

In March this year, several Point Advisory team members had the pleasure of volunteering with Ramona from Beach Patrol down in Port Melbourne. The team spent a couple of hours collecting rubbish along the beach and foreshore, recording the volumes of different types of rubbish. Significant amounts of plastics and other rubbish flows into the bay from the surrounding streets and the Yarra River which enters the bay close to Port Melbourne beach. We collected around 3,000 small pieces of plastic, food wrappers, cups, straws, bottles and cigarette butts weighing more than 10kg. Unfortunately, in a few hours we only scratched the surface, and there was still a lot more rubbish left on the beach and floating in the water.

Beach Patrol Australia addresses the marine litter crisis through direct action, engaging with suburb-based community groups to undertake local clean ups. Starting in 2009 with a couple of residents in Middle Park meeting regularly to clean up their local beach, Beach Patrol has grown to 29 groups across Victoria with over 1500 regular volunteers signed up to help keep our beaches clean.

It was a highly rewarding opportunity for the Point Advisory team and eye-opening experience seeing first-hand the extent of rubbish washing up on our beaches and in the oceans. Point Advisory are planning on participating in Beach Patrol’s annual ‘Spring Clean the City’ event on Saturday September 21, joining hundreds of other volunteers in cleaning up the streets of Melbourne’s CBD.

To find out more about Beach Patrol and their corporate volunteering opportunities, click here.

Point Advisory welcomes Sujata Karandikar to our Melbourne team

Sujata is a Senior Manager in Point Advisory’s Melbourne office, with a focus on sustainable procurement and social impact.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Sujata worked at Origin Energy as Social Responsibility manager within procurement where she designed and managed Origin’s responsible procurement program and supplier diversity program.

Sujata has over 10 years of experience in in-house sustainable procurement, supplier diversity and local economic development roles across a range of sectors, including mining (Rio Tinto, Anglo American), energy (Origin Energy), property (Mirvac) and retail (David Jones). She consulted on projects within utilities, agriculture, and healthcare, as well as local and state government. Her experience working within procurement across a broad range of industries means that she has a keen understanding of both broader ESG materiality and supply chain specific risks across a range of industry sectors.

She also has a background in procurement process improvement and data analytics and reporting roles, and as such, understands the importance of ensuring that social, environmental and ethical considerations are embedded into the procurement process to create long term, sustainable change.

Sujata has a keen interest in technology and the start-up space, having previously co-founded a tech startup after raising seed capital, and is an alumni member of Springboard Enterprises, a network of high growth female startup founders. She believes technology has an important role to in addressing the complex social and environmental issues we face globally and is often scanning the market for new and innovative solutions.

Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, baking, travel and hiking.

Amélie Uhrig joins Point Advisory’s Melbourne office

Point Advisory is pleased to welcome Amélie to our growing team in Melbourne! She has recently joined as Consultant in our Climate Change and Environment team.

Amélie holds a Master in Environmental Sciences, focusing on climate policies and politics as well as the role of forests in climate mitigation. As part of her studies, she conducted a qualitative social research project on community-based forest management and REDD+ in Indonesia. She also holds a Bachelor in Geography and Ethnology. This academic background makes her an interdisciplinary thinker, positioning herself in-between the natural and social sciences.

Amélie is particularly interested in power relations between stakeholders in a natural resource management context and is passionate about community-based strategies and approaches.

Prior to joining Point Advisory, Amelie worked as consultant for international development agency GIZ GmbH in Indonesia, where she was working in a project on climate and environmental awareness. As part of her role, she travelled to high schools and educational facilities throughout Java, facilitating educational activities and workshops to support climate action and improve climate literacy.

Amélie is an advocate for environmental/climate education and how complex scientific topics can be made digestible for a non-technical audience. She has been volunteering with the ICLEI Oceania Young Writers Network that aims to empower students and young researchers to become impactful science communicators.

Outside of work, Amélie enjoys art and sculpture exhibitions, music concerts and outdoor adventures.

 

 

Free energy management diagnostic workshops for NSW manufacturers

For the past 18 months, Point Advisory has been working with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to develop and pilot an Energy Management Assessment Tool for energy intensive businesses. Once the pilots are completed, the tool is scheduled for public release in the second half of 2019. The tool helps businesses understand how their approach to energy management compares to ‘best practice’, and then provides an action plan to help them make necessary improvements to remedy any deficiencies.

When it is publicly released, OEH will be offering up to $30,000 in funding to eligible businesses in NSW to implement the recommended improvements.

How does the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop work?

The Energy Management Assessment Tool is used as part of a facilitated 2-hour workshop with an energy expert. During the workshop, client representatives are asked a series of questions about their energy management practices. After the workshop an action plan is produced to help your organisation move towards best practice energy management.

OEH is providing free workshops and up to $30,000 in implementation funding to eligible businesses.

Who will be eligible for OEH support?

The free workshops and $30,000 implementation funding are available to energy-intensive businesses with manufacturing operations in NSW.

A few other key points:

  • The workshop itself is completely free and there is no obligation to undertake implementation activities.
  • Businesses wishing to proceed with implementation will be offered an incentive whereby the government would provide up to $30,000 in funding to implement key actions.
  • The funding is provided on an 80:20 basis, so the energy user would need to fund up to $6,000
  • The money cannot be used for capital expenditure and is intended to be used for improving energy management practices (e.g. by developing an energy policy, monitoring and analysing energy data, developing energy efficiency procurement guidelines, etc.).
  • Workshops are held at one of the business’ NSW facilities and take around 2 hours. Staff from energy and related roles are encouraged to attend – e.g. finance, procurement, operations, safety, health, environment and quality.
  • The workshop would involve your team collaboratively answering several questions about energy management practices in place. They would not need to prepare for the session.

*Note that this program is subject to change prior to its official launch.

How can the Energy Management Diagnostic Tool and workshop help?

The diagnostic tool will help you develop a self-sustaining Energy Management System (EnMS) that will help your business energy and money over time. It will also be useful in comparing your energy management performance relative to other businesses in the same sector.

Many companies already track energy usage on some level, and undertake projects intermittently to improve energy efficiency, however there is no unifying strategy. Development of an effective EnMS is a bespoke affair, with some companies needing to start from scratch, while other companies have existing environmental policies and systems requiring integration. Regardless, integrating an energy management system into an organisation is extremely beneficial because it requires the development of suitable systems to identify, capture, and verify energy savings and crucially, to drive continual improvement in energy performance.

 

This article was written by Ross Tunmer, Senior Manager in Energy & Climate Change at Point Advisory.

For further information you can contact Ross via email.