Edward Fernandez

Environmental Officer, Marrickville Council2015 Sydney Fellowship


I learned to be my best - true to self, effective in my endeavors, and in it for sustainability.

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

I learned to be my best - true to self, effective in my endeavors, and in it for sustainability.

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'm passionate about sustainability because it makes so much sense - it stacks up as a philosophy. Beyond that, as a collection of values, (rather than a hard and fast set of rules) it guides a way of living that I see as beneficial.

The moment that made me want to become a change maker was while at uni, being presented with the chance to attend a conference about empowering people to act on climate change. I decided to take it, as I was looking to join a community, and keen to develop my skills. Equally - something still with me today - was a desire to be on the right side of history!

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

Through CSL - the people, the reflective learning along the way, the coaching and the workshop content - I've been enriched by a stronger sense of who I am, what work I enjoy, and how I'm perceived within my spheres of influence.

I've realised how critical it is to align myself to what I have identified as my purpose. This is something I'm keeping in mind as I direct myself to finding new avenues for organisations to embed sustainability into their practice.

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

Our lifestyles create social and environmental injustice. This cannot be resolved without winning the hearts of the masses. Leadership for sustainability helps win hearts.

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

I'm planning on entering bigger and nominally 'badder' stages and getting people on board my vision. The field of corporate sustainability has many avenues that I am eager to explore.

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

Awareness-raising. Enabling. Integrative.

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