Melissa Houghton, Director, Sustainability at Work, presented recently at our 6th Making Cities Liveable Conference was held in conjunction with the Sustainability Conference “SustainableTransformation“ held 17th – 19th June 2013 at Novotel Melbourne St Kilda.
Melissa talks with Eco TV host, Lara Shannon, about the importance of sustainability in the workplace, the gap between performance and intent and how sustainable behaviour can make a difference every day to the health of people and the environment.
Melissa Houghton is an experienced strategic communicator with a passion for sustainability. In her 15 plus years, Melissa has held senior executive positions at News Digital Media (NDM), Telstra, Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and is currently director and co-owner of Sustainability at Work.
Sustainability at Work was born in 2010 out of the desire to bring ‘people’ back into the centre of the sustainability and ‘green’ building movements. Since then Melissa has led and influenced strategic discussions around the economic, social and environmental impacts of those business, with C-level executives and established and implemented strategies to drive positive sustainability behaviours, culture and outcomes for their people, their customers and their partners.
Melissa has co-authored a number of research reports including “Insights into the attitudes and behaviours of Australian Workers towards sustainability at work and at home” and “The Australian Sustainability Manager- the role, the challenges and the Future”.
Melissa is seen as an industry expert on green skills, workplace sustainability, behaviour change in the workplace, stakeholder engagement and marketing sustainability. She has been part of industry task forces including the UWS Bringing Sustainability to Life roundtables providing research information, advice and guidance. She has been a facilitator for CSIRO’s Energymark community engagement research program and is regularly invited to speak at conferences. Melissa is on the Board of Directors for Oxfam Australia and a member of the Marrickville Cooks River environmental committee.