Environmentalist Paul Hawken in Bendigo

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Paul HawkenLa Trobe University’s Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of renowned environmentalist Paul Hawken’s visit to Bendigo.  His visit is part of the Bendigo Sustainability Group’s Business Council Luncheon and the Inaugural Bendigo Community Sustainability Awards.

The visit offers local businesses and the community the chance to discuss environmental issues with one of the worlds leading sustainability experts at a lunch time business forum on the 28 October followed by inaugural 2011 Bendigo Community Sustainability awards.   

‘Paul Hawken is the biggest name in business and the environment globally. He is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has helped countless businesses profit from sustainability,’ event organiser Ian McBurnley said.

La Trobe University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) Professor Carol Adams spoke of the importance of the University supporting community events, ‘La Trobe’s reach is a large one and we are aware of the level of influence the University can have in bringing awareness of sustainability issues to the community.’

In May 20101 University released its inaugural sustainability report Responsible Futures, outlining the University’s social, environmental and economic footprint.

'Our leadership position in sustainability has been acknowledged by winning two national awards for our sustainability reporting, management and governance processes'’ she continued.

For more information on La Trobe University’s sustainability initiatives or to download Responsible Futures, La Trobe’s 2010 Sustainability Report please visit: www.latrobe.edu.au/sustainability

Business Council Luncheon
Where: Bendigo Town Hall
When: 12:30 – 2 October 28
Tickets: $70 or book a table of 8 with a 10% discount.


To book tickets, enter the awards or find our more, please visit http://www.bendigosustainability.org.au or call Ian McBurney on 0408 512 234.

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BACKGROUND – PAUL HAWKEN

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, and author. His work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with CEOs and governments on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

He has appeared on numerous media including the Today Show, Larry King, Talk of the Nation, Charlie Rose, and has been profiled or featured in hundreds of articles including the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Washington Post, Business Week, Esquire, and US News and World Report.

His writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Resurgence, New Statesman, Inc, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Orion, and other publications. He authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written seven books including four national bestsellers The Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), and The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993) and Blessed Unrest (Viking, 2007). The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today.

His books have been published in over 50 countries in 27 languages. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people. Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods.