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Professor John Thwaites' contributions to sustainability recognised

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Congratulations to Professor John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), who recently received the Climate Alliance (Special Recognition) Business Leader of the Year Award 2017.

John Thwaites accepting awardThe Climate Alliance Business Leadership Awards recognise Australian business executives and organisations that have demonstrated leadership by addressing the opportunities or risks presented by climate change.

The awards celebrate the achievements of Australia’s Boards, Directors, Executives and Company Secretaries through a range of award categories. Professor Ross Garnaut was awarded Business Leader of  the Year award for 2017.

Professor Thwaites said he was honoured to be considered for the award alongside Professor Garnaut.

“No one in Australia has done as much as Ross Garnaut for positive action on climate change, including his latest role as Chair of renewable company Zen Energy,” Professor Thwaites said.

The award was presented by Alan Pears AM, who highlighted the work of ClimateWorks Australia and MSDI in climate action and sustainability.

The awards selection panel said Professor Thwaites has a remarkable track record in the reform of environmental policy in Victoria.

"His action on climate change includes the work he has done in the Victorian Parliament which has led to the state setting one of the most challenging renewable energy targets in Australia.

“He has also championed Climate leadership on the Australian Building Codes Board, the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, the Australian Green Building Council, and as Chair of Melbourne Water.

“He is also a Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the global Sustainable Development Solutions Network, highlighting his international influence in climate leadership and sustainability.”

Professor Thwaites said there was much more work to be done.

“Despite the toxic politics of climate, there are lots of opportunities for progress as ClimateWorks Australia has shown with the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project, and Melbourne Water's practical initiatives like 11 mini-hydro plants,” Professor Thwaites said.

For more information about the awards visit the Climate Alliance website.