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?

Dr Jill Spargo
Dr Jill Spargo Golf Australia Board Member

Jill Spargo

Jill Spargo has had a life-long love affair with the game of golf. Growing up in a
family of golf tragics her passion developed from an early age. As an active member
at Peninsula Kingswood Golf Club for over forty years, Jill has enjoyed being
involved in many aspects of the Club's affairs. She has served as the Women's
Captain and been a member of the Club's General Committee and the Greens Committee. In recent years Jill has continued her involvement in golf administration.
She has served on the Women's Golf Victoria Board, the Golf Victoria Board, and
has been a Board member of Golf Australia since 2012. Jill has also worked for
several years with Ogilvy, Clayton, Cocking Mead Golf Design as a consultant on
women's golf. Jill's other passions are the Melbourne Football Club, her work as a General Practitioner and winemaking at the family property in Red Hill.
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.
Paul Cammack
Paul Cammack Director of Participation - Tennis Australia

Paul Cammack

Paul is a sports management professional with a passion for community and social development. Starting professional life as a project manager in the engineering sector, he turned his lifelong involvement in tennis, as a volunteer, coach and (average) player, into a profession. Managing community tennis in Queensland was followed by a focus on improving tennis infrastructure nationally, including managing Tennis Australia's involvement in the Melbourne Park redevelopment. He now leads Participation, working with state bodies, clubs, coaches and schools to develop the sport and get more people active. 
Amy Munro
Amy Munro Sustainability Officer, Land Rover BAR

Amy Munro

Amy Munro is an Oceanography graduate from the University of Southampton. She has experience from a range of campaigns that include running a World Record-Breaking Transatlantic Solo Row through to Offshore Research Assistant for EcoOcean and Environmental Ocean Team. She has also been involved in workshops to promote public awareness of environmental issues and ocean conservation and been lucky enough to be part of dive teams researching health of coral reefs in Fiji. This is Amy’s second America’s Cup campaign with Land Rover BAR, where as the Sustainability Manage she works with the team to embed sustainability through three target areas: Driving Innovation, Inspiring Excellence and Smarter Futures.
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. 
Sheila Nguyen
Sheila Nguyen Executive Director, Sports Environment Alliance

Sheila Nguyen

Dr Sheila Nguyen, LEED Green Associate, is the Executive Director of the Sports Environment Alliance. She is committed to research evidencing the influence sport has as a change agent for social and environmental good. In her experience working with licensing/marketing (PGA Tour, USA), corporate consulting (William Morris Agency, Beverly Hills, USA), broadcasting (2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou, China) and in her role as a Director for Baseball Victoria, she has seen the potential and actual power of sport to effectively empower social change, and ecological consciousness is yet another frontier ready to be tackled.

“The sport industry needs the environment, and right now, the environment needs a loud, sexy, high profile voice and I believe sport holds the megaphone”
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).
Tiffany Cherry
Tiffany Cherry Presenter / Producer

Tiffany Cherry

Tiffany is one of Australia’s leading sports presenters and producers, with a media career spanning two decades and three continents across television, film, radio, print and digital. Having started her television career at channel Seven, Tiffany worked for CNN in both Australia and Atlanta as a presenter, producer and reporter, before setting up ESPN’s Melbourne bureau and moving to the US in 2008 as the network’s, Australian SportsCenter anchor. She co-hosted the Logie and Astra award winning London Summer & Winter Olympic games for Foxtel, was the AFL’s first female boundary rider and one of the original faces of Fox Footy channel, as well as Sky News national week nightly sports presenter.

Passionate about diversity and helping drive social inclusion and equality, Tiffany launched her own company, Cherry Picked Productions and has created television content, as well as produced her own sports radio show, The Hen House for SEN. She also created a corporate/charity golf day, Token Blokes, designed to foster workplace gender equality.
Brad Mohr
Brad Mohr Director of Stadium Operations, Cleveland Browns, National Football League, USA

Brad Mohr

As director of stadium operations for the Cleveland Browns, Brad Mohr is responsible for First Energy Stadium front of house operations including guest services and security, large-scale event execution such as concerts and international soccer and works closely with a wide array of government entities.
Mohr began his operations career 22 years ago with the Cleveland Indians and has also worked in Chicago at United Center, home of the Bulls and Blackhawks, and at Comiskey Park, home of the White Sox. He is a member of the Green Sports Alliance and Stadium Managers Association.
Viviane Fraisse
Viviane Fraisse Head of Sustainability, French Tennis Federation

Viviane Fraisse

After a long experience within the Fédération Française de Tennis communication department, Viviane became FFT Sustainability Project manager in 2012, with the aim to integrate sustainability inside FFT at all levels in the federation: headquarters, regional leagues and events.  
She is also Manager of the ISO 20121 certification of the Roland-Garros international tennis tournament, and of the Yellow Balls Operation, that recycles millions of tennis balls into sports grounds offered to institutes for disabled children.
Shes owns a double master degree in public and international law (Paris II) and is graduated from the French Press Institute.
Simon Gorr
Simon Gorr National Venues Manager - AFL

Simon Gorr

Simon Gorr is the AFL’s National Venues Manager and is responsible for managing all the league’s venue relationships, agreements and stadium developments. Simon has been intimately involved in the transformation of the AFL’s stadium footprint over the past decade, including overall responsibility for the delivery of Metricon Stadium, Skoda Stadium and the forthcoming Etihad Stadium Redevelopment. Simon has also been a key stakeholder in many other projects including Adelaide Oval, the new Perth Stadium and Simonds Stadium. Simon has expertise in venue funding strategies, revenue-based design and the use of sporting facilities as precinct catalysts.
Taylor Burchett
Taylor Burchett Research Manager, Sports Environment Alliance

Taylor Burchett

A native of rural Ohio, USA, Taylor Burchett first found herself in Australia in May 2017 as an intern for SEA and has been SEA’s Research Manager ever since.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown College (Kentucky, USA), and is currently a graduate student at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs pursuing a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies degree.

Her involvement at the intersection of sport and sustainability began with undergraduate thesis research into the history of sustainability in the Olympic Games. Her research has since expanded to encompass energy, water, and waste matters in the wider global sports industry.

She is excited about all the opportunities within the sports industry to address environmental issues and make the world a better place for future generations. Taylor is looking forward to returning to Melbourne for the #SEASummit.

Growing up in a rural Ohio town, she was immersed in the environment from early on. One of her fondest memories is growing watermelons with her great-grandparents. She would write her name on a melon with a permanent marker and as the watermelon grew, so would her name. She hopes she can also leave her mark on the growing field of sustainability in sport.
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.
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.
Sam Peart
Sam Peart Associate, Arup

Sam Peart

Sam leads the Vic/SA buildings group ESD team at Arup and over her career, has implemented a wide range of sustainability initiatives to projects both locally and internationally.

As a Sustainable Design Leader, she is a strong advocate for human centric and contextually relevant design. Sam is dedicated to paying close attention to the needs of users at every level. She strives to facilitate a clear understanding of the context in which project teams are designing to create positive outcomes for end users, while integrating strong environmental principles.

Sam’s work includes building physics and optimisation, micro-climate design, climate change, corporate sustainability initiatives, Life Cycle Assessment, sustainable materials strategies, master planning and sustainability frameworks. She has a deep understanding of international building rating systems including Green Star, Green Mark, LEED, Envisions, EcoDistricts, the WELL Building Standard, and the Living Building Challenge having previously been based in Singapore, Los Angeles and Sydney.
Kate Torgersen
Kate Torgersen Owner/Senior Consultant - Environmental Golf Solutions

Kate Torgersen

In 2013  EGSA was established by Kate, where her passion for the environment and extensive knowledge on golf courses led to the development of EGSA. Kate’s desire is to provide specialised advice and services to golf courses looking to enhance their environmental management systems. Kate has over 13 years of practical and academic experience in the golf course and conservation industries  working on several highly ranked  Australian golf courses.
Gaining extensive experience in the conservation industry Kate is currently the Vegetation Manager on one of Victoria’s highly ranked golf courses. In this position Kate is responsible for member education, liaising with internal and external stakeholders including Board Members, Sub-committees, local Shire council representatives and the Catchment Management Authority. Kate has implemented flora and fauna management plans and E-par environmental systems whilst also applying for funding through State and Federal government grants.  Kate has developed EGSA to share her extensive knowledge and experience that will assist the broader golf course industry in sustainable enironmental management.
David Berry
David Berry General Manager, Eco Guardians

David Berry

David joined Eco Guardians in 2011; he holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the Queensland University of Technology. Initially acting as the Technical Director, David has recently been appointed as General Manager.
David is an experienced Oil and Gas industry professional having worked in a variety of engineering and management roles over 20 years with Shell Oil in Australia, Asia Pacific and Mesa regions. His broad experience in delivering projects combined with his engineering background means David can add real value to the clients when implementing our various solutions.
Gary Smith
Gary Smith CEO BioPak

Gary Smith

Gary started BioPak with business partner Richard Fine in 2006. Their mission was to reduce the environmental impact of single use foodservice disposables by producing packaging from rapidly renewable sustainably sourced compostable materials instead of using plastics derived from finite fossil resources. 
BioPak is the most recognized and trusted supplier of compostable single-use foodservice disposable packaging in Australia and New Zealand.
In the span of a decade BioPak has disrupted the industry and continues to lead by developing innovate packaging solutions based on the principles of a circular economy.
As a serial entrepreneur, with experience in logistics and information technology Gary has been  instrumental for the rapid growth of BioPak from startup into a lean and efficient operation that continues to lead the industry.
Tony Seers
Tony Seers Managing Director, Seeplas Pty Ltd

Tony Seers

Having worked in Polymer sales and trading for more than 20 years, Tony formed Seeplas in 2009 to concentrate on Biopolymers and their potential in sustainable packaging and zero-waste. During this time, he has become involved in many groups, committees and advisory boards. Tony is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Australian Institute of Packaging, and is a founding member of the Australasian Bioplastics Association.
Jason Twill
Jason Twill Founder/Director Urban Apostles
With a career spanning over 18 years in sustainable property development, Jason has been at the forefront of built environment transformation. His development experience includes delivery of green mixed-income housing projects throughout New York City, execution of Vulcan Inc.'s South Lake Union Innovation District in Seattle, Washington and serving as Head of Sustainability and Innovation for Lendlease Property, Australia.

Jason is founder and Director of Urban Apostles, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace & housing models for cities. Its work focuses on the intersection of the sharing economy and art of city making.

In 2016, Jason was appointed as an Innovation Fellow within the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology Sydney and leads research into regenerative urbanism, housing affordability, and green building economics. He is a co-founder of both the International Living Future Institute and Green Sports Alliance and originator of the Economics of Change project. Jason was designated a LEED Fellow by the United States Green Building Council in 2014, was named a 2015 and 2017 Next City Global Urban Vanguard and is an appointed Champion and advisor to Nightingale Housing in Australia.


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 three 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:


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Bronze Sponsors:

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SEA Partners:

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Official Photographer:

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