About Us, Biography & Ethos
About Progressive SustainabilityProgressive Sustainability specialises in home and small business energy assessments, energy saving and green building workshops, and sustainability-related education services for households, businesses, governments, schools, clubs and community groups. It is managed by Matthew Ruffin, an experienced university and TAFE lecturer, qualified trainer, science communicator, and energy assessor, who is committed to sustainability as an ethos, a lifestyle and a business. Are you an individual or household in need of an energy audit? Or are you committed to lowering the impact of your lifestyle but need help understanding the issues and how you can act on them? Are you a small business looking for ideas on how to cut your energy consumption, or to train your staff in sustainability awareness and sustainable behaviours? Are you an energy utility keen to train your call centre or general staff in energy concepts? Or seeking to run energy efficiency workshops for your customers? Are you a government department looking to hold office sustainability or general sustainability issue awareness training for your staff? Are you a school wanting to hold a series of seminars engaging your students in sustainability topics like energy, water, biodiversity, climate, sustainable building, transport, agriculture, etc? Or would you like to provide training and support for your teachers on sustainability issues? Are you a local council needing consultation on sustainability issues, or training for staff about what sustainability means, why it's important and what they can do about it? Are you a local club or community group seeking to train your staff in energy awareness, or run seminars for your members about issues like household and lifestyle sustainability? If you are looking for anything even distantly related to what has been described above, please contact Progressive Sustainability here: Contact us today If we cannot help you, we will do our very best to refer you on to someone who can!
EthosThe ethos of Progressive Sustainability boils down to one self-evident truth: a civilisation that is unsustainable will at some point collapse. Obviously, collapse is highly undesirable, so it is in the interests of all who care about their own future and the future of those yet to come to rapidly re-imagine and re-design how we do things along sustainable principles such as:
There are myriad benefits to sustainability within organisations including financial savings, reduction of future regulatory risk, improved staff morale, and reduced environmental impact.
- efficient resource use, no matter what the resource
- renewable, non-polluting generation of energy
- closed-loop production and consumption systems where waste is anathema