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Come join us for a screening of Death by Design, a feature length documentary that exposes the international electronics industry and shows how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. Learn how eReuse, a new Arc program, aims to reduce electronic waste at UNSW by refurbishing and recycling unwanted computers.
Before the screening a panel discussion on the environmental impacts of technology and consumerism will be held with Rose Read (CEO, MRI), Mike Ritchie ( Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group) and Carmel Reyes (Zero Waste Coordinator, City of Sydney), three key figures in the waste and environmental management industry. Following the screening, viewers will be able to discuss the film among themselves and the speakers over some free nibbles.
This event is proudly sponsored by the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and MRA Consulting.
Meet the Speakers:
Rose Read – CEO, MRI
With a background in product stewardship, natural resource and environmental management, Rose thrives on delivering practical sustainability solutions in collaboration with industry, government and the community. Rose’s extensive work in electronics product stewardship resulted in the successful development, implementation and government accreditation of MobileMuster – Australia’s leading mobile phone recycling program. Prior to this she was General Manager of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World. In addition to her new role as CEO of MRI PSO Pty Ltd, an approved NTCRS co-regulatory arrangement, Rose also co-chairs the Government’s Battery Industry Working Group, set up to create a national recycling solution for rechargeable batteries.
Mike Ritchie – Managing Director, MRA Consulting Group
Mike is the Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group. He was a senior executive in the waste industry with 25 years of experience in Visy, SITA and Waste Service NSW. He was also a Director of Liverpool Council and senior adviser to the Mayor of Brisbane. Mike was a Sessional Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Council on waste governance. MRA Consulting Group advises governments and business on waste and recycling. They specialise in economics, planning, education and auditing. MRA was voted the best small consultancy in Australia in 2013, 14 ,15 and 16. Mike was Vice President of the Waste Management Association of Australia and NSW President. He was a Director of the Western Sydney Regional Waste Board. Mike's goal is to help make waste management economically rational and environmentally sustainable.
Carmel Reyes – Zero Waste Coordinator, City of Sydney
Carmel Reyes is the Zero Waste Coordinator at the City of Sydney, responsible for running waste education programs to support the City’s residents in making the most of the waste services the City has to offer. She is always keen to learn more about innovative ways to deal with waste and how technologies can support the diversion of waste from landfill. Carmel is an advocate for sustainable lifestyle choices as well as sustainable practices in the development industry. She believes that positive environmental impacts can be made at both an individual and industry scale. Working as a procurement manager at a sustainability retailer and most recently for a number of years at the Green Building Council of Australia, has given her great exposure to a wide scale of initiatives that exhibit innovative thinking and choices that can make a positive difference.
Carmel hopes to continue running sustainability and more specifically waste programs that will be a positive influence on the residents of the city.
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