Rachael is the Environmental & Sustainability Manager at the University of Waikato, where she has driven sustainability initiatives, student and staff engagement, outreach and successfully managed environmental and sustainability projects for 6 years. Rachael conducts research, benchmarking, and reporting, she is a guest lecturer, project manager and develops engaging initiatives and programmes around sustainability, she makes films, writes children’s books and has created the Going Green and WASTED brands and set up the successful Eco Emporium, the first of its kind in NZ. Many of these initiatives go well beyond her job description. She has presented to over 9,000 people in 15 years, and was the Kudos Science Educator Award winner 2012. She has engaged positively and successfully with thousands of staff, students and externally in industry, the community, schools and councils. Rachael has also been successful in securing $100k over 5 years in funding for sustainability initiatives and collaborations on campus. She is a great networker, driven and strategic.
A bold and passionate operator, Nicks’ commitment to sustainable practices in reuse and recycling has taken Melbourne Universities’ internal reuse program and transformed it into an industry-leading service. He has successfully driven fundamental change in operational practice and ideology, through both idealistic and pragmatic approaches. He continually strives to implement new and innovative practices above and beyond normal job requirements. The efficacy and engagement of his work practices and principles, permeates into both his professional and personal spheres.