Tom started a solar energy social enterprise dedicated to providing free up front solar systems to communities in need, and supports similar startups in Asia and Africa. Tom is currently writing a chapter on Permaculture and Holistic Management for a United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) publication and will launch an aquaponics system for home production in late 2014.
Tom holds a Permaculture Design Certificate, Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) – Trainer Certificate, Biodynamics Masterclass Certificate, Masters in Environmental and Urban Planning, Bachelor of Media and Communications, Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training.
Tom chaired a committee for two years in the Green Building Council of Australia, Public Building Rating Tool, whilst working as a Sustainability Planner with a local government in Melbourne, completing a sustainable energy masterplan and water sensitive urban design masterplan for a green civic precinct called MC2, including a $40m sustainability hub. The design included sustainable housing, permaculture food forest and kitchen gardens, integrated with a primary school, child care, community health clinic, pottery studio, dance studio, art gallery, regional library, organic cafe and sustainability education hub for Box Hill TAFE Bachelor of Sustainable Built Environment.