Peter Gringinger

Principal Hydrogeologist, Cardno2015 Melbourne Fellowship Project

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CSL had a profound impact in not only creating much deeper self-awareness, skills and tools for leadership, but they were able to tap into an amazing network and community of like-minded people.

What was the most valuable thing you got out of CSL? 

Clearly defining my vision as sustainability leader & people

Why are you passionate about sustainability? What was the moment or event that made you decide to become a ‘change maker’ in your field?

I had an interest in sustainability particularly ecological sustainability for a number of years and have been working on improving our environmental performance for many years. However, I increasingly got frustrated and disillusioned about the lack of substantial and systemic change, which is needed also within the social justice aspects of sustainability. Therefore I came to the conclusion a few years ago that only if I am and lead the change I want to happen will there be any prospect for us to get there.

How did CSL play a role in directing your current path or project?

CSL had a profound impact in not only creating much deeper self-awareness, skills and tools for leadership as well as able to tap into an amazing network and community of like-minded people, but more so magnified and channeled as well as supported my inquiries into deep philosophical, psychological and social aspects of our unsustainable trajectory, from its past, present and future directions. This brought me along my journey of exploring alternatives to our current economic, political and social systems and how these alternatives could be implemented and lived in the "real" world. My CSL project provides for the development of personal skills and resilience on my and others journey to become effective and powerful change makers to implement our shared vision for an ecologically sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, and socially just human presence on this planet and for the well-being of all sentinel beings on it indefinitely.

In 25 words or less, tell us why leadership for sustainability is important.

Sustainability or the current lack thereof is the existential challenge for humanity and empowered and powerful sustainability leaders are our only hope to rise to this challenge so we can thrive into a desirable future.

What do you plan to do next on your sustainability journey?

Develop a pathway to map out steps for the implementation of my sustainability vision and then to access the best leverage points for me to intervene for creating systemic but also tangible change of how we live, through the implementation of sustainable demonstration projects, including aspects of sustainable communities and one planet living.

What are three words you would use to describe the Fellowship Program?

Passion - Purpose - People

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