Following on from the successful inaugural #SEASummit, SEA is proud to announce the #SEASummit 2017!

Join other catalysts of change in the sport and sustainability sectors for a day at Melbourne’s Mecca of sport, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. SEA’s one-day summit will further raise awareness of how the sporting industry can limit its impact on the environment. The focus of the #SEASummit 2017 will not only be on sport within Australasia, but also the international sporting industry, with a heavy emphasis on how a collective and collaborative approach can lead to change.

When: 14 November 2017

Where: MCG, Melbourne

Time: 9am – 5pm with networking drinks to follow until 7pm, presented by NatureWorks

To purchase tickets and find out more click here.


Who will inspire at the #SEASummit 2017?

Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy Operations Manager - Surfing Victoria

Peter Murphy

Peter Murphy is the Operations Manager at Surfing Victoria. He is tasked with the managing the build and operations of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, the world’s longest running professional surfing event. Mr Murphy has been at Surfing Victoria for 10 years and has overseen the environmental aspects of the event including reduction in waste directed to landfill, preservation of vegetation within the reserve and removal of plastics from the event site. Mr Murphy comes from a background at Fisheries Victoria and has a keen interest in the environment as well as being an avid bird watcher.
Doug Kunnemann
Doug Kunnemann Global Segment Leader - Food Service, NatureWorks

Doug Kunnemann

Doug is the Global Segment Leader for NatureWorks LLC Food Service segment. He has over 20 years experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for twelve (12) years.

Prior to becoming a Global Segment Leader, Doug served as the North America Commercial Manager and the North America Market Development Manager for Film and Sheet market segments. He assumed the role of North America Business Manager for both Food Service and Fresh Food Packaging in 2008. His current responsibilities include management of NatureWorks Global Food Service business segments and respective global commercial and technical teams. Doug and his family reside in Marietta, GA.
Neil Dalrymple
Neil Dalrymple CEO - Bowls Australia

Neil Darymple

Neil has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Bowls Australia (BA) since May 2007.  He has previously held roles with NT Cricket (CEO), Softball Australia (CEO) and Cricket Australia. Neil has strong commitment to engagement with sport for all Australians, regardless of gender, background or ability.
Neil has spearheaded numerous innovative, strategic and operational changes in the organisation, which have impacted positively on the sport of Bowls in Australia. Neil’s focus has been, and continues to be, ensuring the ongoing sustainability and vitality of Bowls, both in Australia and internationally.
Under Neil’s leadership, BA has expertly managed the continued improvement of Australia’s elite bowler squads, culminating in Australia’s Jackeroos’ most successful performance to date at the World Bowls Championships in 2016 - and putting Australia in excellent contention for Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Neil created the Australian Premier League (now known as the Bowls Premier League), secured weekly coverage of the sport of bowls via the Bowls Show screening on SBS and masterminded the relocation of BA’s flagship annual competition, the Australian Open, to the Gold Coast in partnership with Tourism Events Queensland and the Gold Coast City Council. Neil has also worked actively to ensure club sustainability by creating the nationwide network of Regional Bowls Managers. 
Paul Vardy
Paul Vardy Clubs and Facilities Support Manager, Golf Australia and Secretary to Public Golf Facilities Australia

Paul Vardy

Paul Vardy worked in golf club management for 20 years before joining Australian golf’s peak body Golf Australia, in 2014. Paul's is Golf Australia’s Clubs & Facilities Support Manager and Secretary to Public Golf Facilities Australia. Paul is passionate about helping clubs and facilities adapt to changes in their environment so that they can thrive into the future.

Paul was closely involved in Golf Australia development of templates, resources and tools that are freely available on the Clubs & Facilities Support Portal, supported by staff assist across the country.
Paul is witness to the many benefits that golf provides the community but it is the environmental benefits that are often the least promoted by clubs and facilities, despite their impact on everyone in the community.

As Australian cities grow event denser and pressure builds on golf course land, it’s an opportune time for golf to engage with the community more widely on the environmental benefits that exist.
Stan Krpan
Stan Krpan CEO, Sustainability Victoria

Stan Krpan

Stan Krpan is CEO of Sustainability Victoria (SV), the Victorian Government’s agency delivering environmental sustainability programs – in the areas of climate change, energy efficiency, waste and recycling. He was appointed CEO in 2012 following a review of the organisation’s strategic direction. Stan has led and delivered significant Government reforms across a diversity of sectors including health, safety and environment, regulation and the law. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

A lawyer by training, Stan has a Masters in Law and has undertaken post-graduate research in regulation. He has undertaken executive education at the Harvard Business School, London School of Economics in Climate Change and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Business Sustainability Leadership Program.

He is Chair of Infoxchange Australia and a Board member of Western BACE – a business accelerator in Melbourne’s West. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for Behaviour Works Australia (part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute).
Peter Wearne
Peter Wearne General Manager Facilities MCC

Peter Wearne

Peter Wearne has been the General Manager – Facilities with the Melbourne Cricket Club since 2006, and as such is responsible for one of the world’s largest sporting stadiums, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Peter’s role extends beyond the MCG to managing external sites which the Melbourne Cricket Club owns or leases, as well as managing Yarra Park; 60 acres of multi-use parkland that surrounds the MCG.

Peter’s role within the Melbourne Cricket Club is to manage and develop all areas of Facilities including a range of diverse administrative and project functions, asset management, venue presentation, turf management, property management, operational and service contracts, and maintenance works; implementing systems and processes to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the operation of the MCG to world class standards.

A key area of focus for Peter is sustainability and the environmental performance of the MCG. Ongoing upgrades and efforts in water conservation, environmental protection, energy efficiency and waste management have significantly improved the stadium’s green credentials, and confirmed the MCG’s standing as one of the most sustainable stadia in the world.


Plus many more to come!

Who will attend #SEASummit 2017?

  • National Sporting Associations
  • State & Community Sporting Associations
  • Federal, State & Local Government
  • Facility Managers
  • Sustainable Service Providers

Throughout the #SEASummit 2017 delegates will also have the option to tour one of two facilities in Melbourne:

MCG Back of House Tour
MCG Back of House Tour
Go behind the scenes of Melbourne's Iconic MCG and be given the exclusive insight into the eco-efforts being made on site. Melbourne Cricket Club is a proud Foundation Members of Sports Environment Alliance.
Victoria Racing Club Tour
Victoria Racing Club Tour
Get an inside eco-tour of Flemington Racecourse, including the BirdCage marquees- learn about the materials diversion success of the Victoria Racing Club.
Melbourne and Olympic Parks Tour
Melbourne and Olympic Parks Tour
Take a tour of Margaret Court and Rod Laver Arena, where you will gain an overview of their water saving measures and get an insight into the design features of a LEED Gold certified arena.


The #SEAChangeSolutions Awards

The #SEAChangeSolutions awards are back again in 2017! To nominate for the 2017 awards please click here.

Last year, the Melbourne Cricket Club was recognised for their commitment to operating the MCG in an environmentally responsible manner This year, we are again celebrating the good work being done across our communities to minimise our impact. Sport is a vehicle for social and environmental good, and your efforts, big or small, to reduce energy, water and material use should be lauded.

This year there will be two categories – one for the best media profile (#SEAthechange) and one for the largest impact (#SEAChanger). The awards will recognise the sustainability efforts demonstrated by sporting clubs, facilities and organising bodies. The #SEAChangeSolutions awards will occur during the #SEASummit 2017.

To find out more about the #SEAChangeSolutions awards click here or contact us at


A big thank you to the following:

Registration Sponsor:

Silver Sponsor:


Bronze Sponsors:

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If you’d like to read the #SEASummit 2016 report click here.