Director Australian Ecosystems /
Cape Paterson Ecovillage
Brendan has a lifelong commitment to sustainability and believes that designing and building more sustainable housing and communities is important to reduce our exposure to rising energy and water costs, improve our quality of life and tackle the big looming challenges of climate change and peak oil. The Ecovillage project combines Brendan’s keen interest in the important elements of sustainable architecture, clean energy (solar) generation, sustainable water use, ecological restoration and community development. Community food production and active lifestyle are also important considerations.
Apart from the Ecovillage, Brendan is founder and director of a number of successful companies and not for profits working in the sustainability field, including
- Australian Ecosystems, (www.australianecosystems.com.au), Victoria’s largest ecological restoration company. Australian Ecosystems has 70 staff and collects seed, propagates and plants 3 million locally indigenous plants per annum, and restores degraded landscapes.
- Biofilta Stormwater Solutions, (www.biofilta.com.au) a company that designs and builds large, compact, modular, stormwater harvesting systems
Brendan was one of three finalists for the 2010 Banksia Prime Ministers Environmentalist of the Year, and has been visiting Cape Paterson for the past 35 years.