Graduates of the program have extensive engagement with industry, government, and private enterprise. This is achieved through interactive seminars, work-integrated internships, applied research projects with partner organisations, and numerous networking events and opportunities.

Our Impact

The OEP is involved in organising a number of sustainability-focused events, including World Environment Day and Science Week, connecting with staff, students, student groups, and external stakeholders, providing a forum to share best practice.  Our award ceremonies bring together high achieving students with high-profile donors and OEP Alumni are vocal ambassadors for the program, participating in expo events and webinars and featuring in our marketing material.

We also compile a list of tips from our staff and students about leading sustainable households, workplaces, and communities.

If you would like to connect with the OEP, please contact us

Our Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB)

We are supported by a highly experienced Community and Industry Advisory Board (CIAB), comprised of representatives from industry, local government and not-for-profit sectors. Several of the board members are OEP alumni. The CIAB offers practical and immediate insights into current workforce trends and needs, as well as facilitating student interaction with their organisations and professional communities.

Community and Industry Advisory Board Members

Ben Furmage

General Manager, Corporate Strategy, Melbourne Water

Prof. John McKenzie, AM

Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the GEP, former Dean of Science at the University of Melbourne.

Stuart McConnell

General Manager - Infrastructure and Development Services, Murrindindi Shire Council

Dr Chris Mitchell

Managing Director at Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd

Prof. Brendan Gleeson

Director, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute

Prof. Aleks Owczarek

Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science

Dr Turlough Guerin

Chair, AG Institute of Australia

Terence Jeyaretnam

Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services & EY Indigenous Reconciliation Leader (Ernst and Young)

Alison Stoakley

EWB Challenge Program Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders Australia

Neil Marshman

Former RIO Tinto Chief Advisor

Kate Fitzherbert

Bush Heritage Australia