Driving Enduring Change: Lessons from the front-line of sustainability transformation

In this engaging presentation, Alec Tang – a leader in the field of sustainability for approaching two decades – discussed his experience and ideas in the following areas:

  • The current state of play in ‘sustainability’ – where are we now, as well as some key findings from KPMG’s latest research
  • Moving from transition to transformation – key concepts to hold front of mind
  • Lessons from the frontline – the importance of people, organisational structures and shifting behaviours.

Alec’s talk aligns with the key focus area of the Wellington Regional Leadership Committee work programme (WRLC) – these are transport, housing, iwi capacity, and climate. WRLC’s work programme is responsible for regional-level spatial planning and economic development, and it’s vision is to positively shape our region’s future, to build a place where people can live, work and thrive.

When we think about what we mean by a thriving region, we are drawn to a systems-level view, where for any one of the key focus areas to be thriving, they all need to be. The health of the economy depends on healthy people; the health of the people depends on a healthy environment; thus a healthy economy requires a healthy environment. In that nested-systems view – ‘every project is a climate project.’

These webinars are designed to enable us to connect to important ideas that can advance our understanding of the challenges we’re working on.

About Alec Tang

Following completion of his MSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, some of the roles Alec has held include: Environmental Scientist at AECOM, Manager – Environmental Knowledge Transfer Network at Oxford University, Principal Consultant and Global Technical Lead for Integrated Water Management Advisory at Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in the UK, Chief Sustainability Officer at Auckland Council, and Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora. He is now Partner – Sustainable Value at KPMG. 

WRLC Thought Leadership Webinars

Our webinars are designed to enable us to connect with research and ideas that can deepen our understanding of how to collectively shape a thriving region. If you would like to share your reflections on a webinar, or suggest a speaker, please get in touch at: hello@wrlc.org.nz.

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