Dr Birkeland delivers the opening Keynote for the Sustainability Summit.
“I am excited about this year’s Sustainability Summit because, finally, we appear to be in the midst of a paradigm shift from recycling, restoration, and renewal to net-positive environments for society and nature. Design is becoming recognized as a crucial means of constructing a genuinely sustainable society. Design Awards, by presenting tangible evidence of advances, also engender the hope, optimism, enthusiasm, and critical mass needed to save the planet.”
Currently Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne – Dr Janis Birkeland has devoted her personal, professional, and academic life to socio-ecological sustainability.