Sustainable Designer and Director
Emily Ballantyne-Brodie designs sustainable places with developers, communities and government alike. Her work focusses on the design of liveable and sustainable urban environments, communities and businesses. Emily's vision is to inspire places that have community connectedness, social entrepreneurship, vitality and lots of green! She has a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University and studied business and history as an undergraduate. Emily was awarded a finalist position in the United Nations of Australia Sustainability Entrepreneur award 2011. Emily envisions that people can transform communities towards sustainability through design and social enterprise models. She believes design coupled with good business enables us to re-invent, be creative, consider aesthetics, set strategies and connections in place with integral stakeholders to achieve the vision. Emily has carried out research in sustainable design around the world and is currently contributing to her field with a PhD on her sustainable design practice.
Coordinator and Project Director
Yoav comes from a background of sustainable development and urbanism and is a great believer in the human scale and the power of communities. In his opinion, sustainable development is a continuous vision that needs to address a broad range of social and economical issues. Yoav believes that a beneficial balance can be achieved not just by communities bottom-up designs, but also by a top-down approach where governments, councils and organizations take part. Collaboration between the different sectors is essential to form a healthy society and a stable sustainable environment. Yoav has a BA in Urban planning and Environmental studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has worked for the Israeli government as well as the private sector.
SEBASTIAN YEHUDA SAMUELS
Project Manager and Advisor
Sebastian has a project management and facilities management background. He has a passion for creating educational experiences around gardens and sustainable everyday living. He has assisted Urban Reforestation on the development of five gardens and educational spaces. He brings passion and great skills to the team.