Forum Program

The Forum program has been designed to provide delegates with a dynamic, interactive and stimulating experience with many opportunities for seeing EMS in practice and discussing innovative approaches. The Forum runs across four days, with the main sessions and awards dinner being held in the middle two days.

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Monday 19 May

12noon Meet for transport to EcoMapping Workshops
City Hall
290 King Street
Newcastle NSW
Tel: 02 4974 2996
EcoMapping Workshops
  1. Intensive Land-use with Genevieve Carruthers
    Tailor Made Fish Farms
    476C Marsh Rd
    Bobs Farm
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  2. Business & Manufacturing with Roger Carthew
    Fairfax Regional Printers
    7 Enterprise Drive
5:45pm Registration & Welcome Reception
City Hall, Newcastle

Tuesday 20 May

8:30am Plenary Session - The Current State of Play in EMS
  • Genevieve Carruthers
    President EMSA
  • Mary Colreavy
    Assistant Secretary Natural Resource Management Programs Division
    Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
    An insight into the Australian Government's new environment and land management program.
  • Graham Brown
    Graham Brown & Associates
    How is the business sector using EMS?
  • Mick Dawes
    Environment Manager, Medicare Australia
    What are significant developments that will influence EMS use in the Federal bureaucracy?
Concurrent Paper Presentations and Case Studies
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EMS Workshops

  • Fitting EMS reporting into a sustainability reporting framework.
    John Collins
    Centre for public agency reporting
  • Measuring energy use in a large Australian multi-site agency.
    Mick Dawes
    Environment Manager, Medicare Australia
  • Aspects and Impacts.
    Aaron Westwood
    Graham Brown & Associates
Tools Expo
A 60 minute showcase of the latest tools for EMS development, support and implementation. What is out there to help you achieve the best outcomes from your EMS?
6:00pm Awards Dinner

Wednesday 21 May

8:30am Plenary Session - EMS Innovations for the Future
  • Matthias Gelber
    Director International Network of Environmental Management, Malaysia
    The role of EMS in Climate Change
  • Susan Sakaki
    PEER Center Manager, California USA
    Regulatory innovations in EMS in the USA.
  • Petar Johnson
    President, Australian Eco-labelling Association
    Moving beyond greenwash to real eco-labelling.

Concurrent Paper Presentations and Case Studies
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EMS Workshops

  • My Green Audit - how can a green audit deliver business outcomes.
    Paul Cheal
    NCS International
  • Avoiding greenwash – the true value of labels and how this is achieved.
    Petar Johnson
    Australian Eco-labelling Association
  • Adding Value in the Market Chain
    Matthias Gelber
    International Network of Environmental Management

Thursday 22 May

Field Trip
9am - 11am

A tour of the CSIRO Sustainable Energy Centre. Opened in 2003, the CSIRO Energy Centre sets a new benchmark in ecologically sustainable design, and showcases technology that enables buildings to use up to 60 percent less energy while integrating onsite generation of power to match the building's demands. Energy is generated on-site from integrated renewable systems and other sources, including photovoltaic arrays (solar panels) and a gas-fired microturbine cogeneration plant.
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