Andrew Burford

Venue Manager, Cafe Del Mar, Sydney2015 Sydney Fellowship

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I discovered my core values and people who support and inspire me to create positive change in our world.



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

I discovered my core values and people who support and inspire me to create positive change in our world

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 am passionate about working towards a more sustainable world as it is a pressing concern for all inhabitants and the key to a brighter future. Both my subconscious and active mind has felt the need for a shift in priorities and the opportunity to complete the Sustainability Leadership Fellowship provided to opportunity to define my role as a change maker. I am particularly interested in the use of industrial hemp in New South Wales and Australia in general as a sustainable crop which enriches our economy and the environment.

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

The course provided me with the tools to self-evaluate and discover my interest in sustainable design and alternative materials. During the course I was given the opportunity to make connections within the Industrial Hemp and Sustainable Design fields which have galvanized my future project ideas. These connections, along with my alumni and CSL community, embolden me to continue to pursue my ideas into the future.

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

The world needs leaders who understand the importance of a global shift towards sustainable practices and can inspire others to support positive change.

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

I plan to find employment which allows me to contribute to a more sustainable society and make a positive impact on my community. Sustainable design has surfaced as a key personal interest which will allow me to utilise my education in Architecture to re-think the design of dwellings and public space. My interest in industrial hemp has let me to become involved with the Industrial Hemp Society and I will continue to research the field and seek out people already involved with its advocacy.

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

Inspiring, trans-formative, exceptional

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