John Gert­sakis

Alpine Observer - - News -

What is your job/what do you do?

I’m a sus­tain­abil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant which means I get to work with com­pa­nies and gov­ern­ment on projects that help to avoid waste and max­imise re­cy­cling. Much of my work over the last decade has fo­cused on gov­ern­ment re­la­tions and de­sign­ing the Na­tional Tele­vi­sion and Com­puter Re­cy­cling Scheme. I also man­age so­cial me­dia for sev­eral clients in­volved in sus­tain­able prod­ucts and ser­vices. Is it some­thing you’ve al­ways wanted to do? I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment and mak­ing sure that we re­duce our eco­log­i­cal foot­print in a prac­ti­cal way. I stud­ied en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­icy and de­sign at uni­ver­sity so it’s been a long-term pas­sion. Mak­ing greener prod­ucts and ser­vices a vi­able com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity is part of cre­at­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture. What do you love about the job?

It’s al­ways sat­is­fy­ing be­ing able to bring about pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal change, es­pe­cially when it means work­ing with com­pa­nies and com­mu­ni­ties to cut waste, use re­new­ables and think more care­fully about how we con­sume prod­ucts.

It was es­pe­cially great help­ing the ABC War on Waste team with their re­cent episodes on mo­bile phone re­cy­cling. How did you come to live in the Ovens Val­ley? I’ve been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to North East Vic­to­ria for over 30 years, mostly for walk­ing and ski-tour­ing trips but also on mo­tor­bikes more re­cently. I al­ways thought Har­ri­etville was the per­fect gate­way to the Alpine Na­tional Park so I moved up per­ma­nently in the last cou­ple of years. The op­por­tu­ni­ties in Har­ri­etville for na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties are end­less. What else do you do in your spare time?

To­gether with some other lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers we’ve just es­tab­lished Sus­tain­able Up­per Ovens. It’s a new group that will help pro­vide prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion to res­i­dents, visi­tors and busi­nesses about waste min­imi­sa­tion, re­use and re­cy­cling as well as in­crease the up­take of re­new­ables. I’m a keen pho­tog­ra­pher so liv­ing in the Ovens Val­ley is the ideal base for chas­ing light and in­ter­est­ing land­scapes.

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