GreenCollar offers its clients unmatched expertise in the development of Carbon Farming Projects on their properties.
Reef Credits provide a new opportunity for land managers to generate income through water quality improvements.
Research & Partnerships
GreenCollar leads an innovative environmental research program focusing on improving our capacity to understand, manage and conserve biodiversity and natural resources.
Building on its proven experience in Carbon markets managing large contracts for ACCUs GreenCollar provides innovative contracting solutions to renewable energy market participants.
Overview of Business
Few things better tell the story of our past and present, or connect generations into the future, than our environment.
At GreenCollar we see the environment as fundamental to social well-being and economic prosperity.
GreenCollar is one of Australia’s largest environmental markets investors and project developers. We strive to prove that the best way to achieve lasting environmental benefits is to place value on the environment and allow markets to provide incentives and repayment for sustainable practice and repair.
We are at the forefront of helping farmers, graziers and other landholders identify and create commercial opportunities through projects that enhance their productive enterprise and care for the environment.
As a young company, founded in 2008, GreenCollar developed some of the first projects under the Carbon Farming Initiative (2011) and is now the largest provider of carbon abatement in Australia. We have established over 100 projects across rural and regional areas working alongside private landholders, research organisations, government, natural resource management (NRM) and community groups.
GreenCollar invests in environmental markets including carbon, renewable energy, water quality and biodiversity conservation in some of Australia’s most threatened environments. We are committed to working with institutional investors and the corporate sector to unlock catalytic finance and develop commercially viable projects.
In 2017 GreenCollar created the first, innovative market solution for improving water quality in catchments of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Credit Initiative rewards farmers and other land managers for providing ecosystem services and improving land management practices.
GreenCollar is committed to working with landholders to design appropriate, individual projects which complement existing operations while achieving positive commercial and environmental outcomes. GreenCollar possesses full end-to-end, in-house expertise in the development, management, legal and technical implementation of commercial environmental projects.
We focus on building and maintaining positive relationships with our clients on-site and are dedicated to going above and beyond routine compliance and monitoring.
GreenCollar is a Certified B Corporation®. This certification recognises and verifies GreenCollar’s commitment to social and environmental responsibility.
As a Certified B Corp, GreenCollar joins a global community of over 2,000 corporations who meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.
Our Wonderful, Valued Staff
Dave came to GreenCollar in 2012 with some serious expertise. Dave has 10 years of investment banking experience in Australia and overseas, he holds a Juris Doctor from the University of New South Wales and is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Dave joined GreenCollar to use his skills to work on meaningful projects that he could be proud of, something he has certainly achieved. As part of the Legal and Compliance team he helped the company to grow under the Carbon Farming Initiative working on aspects of Australian climate change law.
Now, Dave is incredibly busy managing the company work program and overall strategy, overseeing project development and new business origination while constructing and developing innovative commercial solutions to address a range of ecosystem services including carbon, biodiversity and watershed management. He still makes time to get out into the field where he builds and maintains relationships with our stakeholders and gets to see the direct results of GreenCollar’s work in regional communities and the land sector.
Mike joined GreenCollar in late 2016 after 15 years in the NRM sector, chairing the Wet Tropics region and the Queensland Collective of 14 regions. His role at GreenCollar is to build partnerships with communities, industry, regional NRM bodies and government. Mike’s science background and history as a green activist, newspaper owner, journalist, farmer and five term Mayor of Douglas Shire have given him a broad insight into the politics and science of the environmental challenges facing urban and rural communities and industry.
Mike has sat on and chaired a variety of ministerial, scientific, agricultural, biodiversity and waste management committees and boards involved in sustainable use and ecosystem function. He was awarded an Order of Australia for his work in the conservation of the Daintree Rainforests and for his contribution to local government. Under Mike’s leadership the Douglas Shire won awards in planning and environment leading to Mike being made an honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.
Mike lives in a modest cabin, on a shared property in the heart of the Daintree forest. Always controversial he is often remembered as the greenie with the sawmill and as a lover of wood, a label he is proud of, making furniture, joinery and his own house from timber he has salvaged or grown himself. Mike has also grown purple mangosteens and taro and farmed fish for 15 years.
Ronald’s role focuses on new project development in Queensland. He lives in Chinchilla and joined GreenCollar mid 2017. Ronald grew up on a property near Roma, Queensland where his early education was at home and by school of the air until leaving for boarding school and university. The call of rural Queensland eventually took him back to cattle and cropping, the mainstay of the family property.
Ronald is a Nuffield Scholar, he studied engineering, has qualifications in business and management and travels widely. The use of town effluent at Chinchilla for irrigation continued a life of finding balance, reuse and improvement to the land. Putting in place conservation farming techniques meant that when water did run, it ran clear from the property and erosion was a thing of the past, putting into practice what he advocated in NRM and Landcare. After 7 years working with Origin Energy where he managed 70,000 ha over 23 properties and 26 employees, Ronald is moving easily into negotiating land-sector carbon opportunities in a company with ideals that match his own.
With a busy workload and a love of outdoors, barefoot skiing, running and riding horses in rugged terrain, Ronald still fits in time to be involved in the community. Ronald is leading and helping to run the Chinchilla Melon Festival which he describes as a quirky way to showcase regional Queensland. Ronald enjoys helping others, mentoring young leaders and is currently attempting to get a weekly international running group, Parkrun started in Chinchilla, QLD.
James’ role with GreenCollar is focused on managing new project development in New South Wales. He has a background in natural resource management and is passionate about triple bottom line agricultural management. He understands the complexities of managing rangeland grazing enterprises and enjoys helping land managers to recognise and develop carbon farming opportunities on their properties.
James runs a successful livestock business in partnership with his wife and father on properties located near Wanaaring and Condobolin in NSW. His grazing business is focused on high quality low input lamb production. James believes regenerative agriculture is the key to future food stability and resource protection. He has a passion for the natural environment and change management.
James enjoys sharing life’s experiences, with his wife, Danielle, and three energetic children Ruby, Marcus and Samuel and all sports ‘specially cricket, football, tennis, water skiing, fishing and surfing’.
James is the Chief Executive and co-founder of GreenCollar. James’s interests and expertise lie in exploring how environmental markets can offer innovative solutions that lead to real environmental, economic and social outcomes. He has used his skills all over the world working across a range of organisations including the World Bank, the African Union and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.
James is a highly regarded advisor to government departments and organisations involved in the development and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, environmental markets and natural resource management. He has presented at high profile conferences including the Global Carbon Expo and annual UNFCCC climate talks, as well as at regional events such as the annual Carbon Market Institute and New Zealand Carbon Expo.
Most recently James’s passion for frontier industries has led him to set up Earth Space Robotics, which invests in start-ups focusing on space exploration. He is also adding a Masters in Astronomy to his existing degrees in Anthropology and International Relations.
Lewis is a director and co-founder of GreenCollar. Since 2006 as the founder of Climate Roundtable and later as co founder of Greencollar Group, Lewis has been at the forefront of law and financial innovation in the creation of environmental solutions. He has been a lawyer for 24 years practising in equity, commercial and environmental law.
Lewis has also been a director of several public companies and advised governments and major corporations in SE Asia on emissions and environmental impacts.
Lewis has developed a range of protocols, policies, and strategies for compliance with the Australian Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative and speaks widely in Australia and overseas on environmental markets, the carbon economy and the carbon farming initiative, including at UNFCCC Cop events.
In his heyday, Lewis was a part of the crew that established the Queenscliff Boardriders Club and can still be found hanging ten near his residence in Byron Bay.
Lewis practised at the NSW bar and also holds a Master of Laws with a major in environmental law.
In his role at GreenCollar Raf draws on extensive experience in the finance sector and his background in the mining sector as well as 5 years spent advising the federal government on environmental markets. Raf manages the day to day trading of carbon credits and renewable energy certificates while maintaining commercial, corporate, federal and state relationships. He is also responsible for developing and implementing alternative funding models for carbon projects and hedging the carbon portfolio risk.
Raf’s study reflects his dual interest in finance and science, he holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Graduate Diploma of Financial Services. As a Geologist Raf worked in exploration and mining across a range of commodities including coal, gas, copper and gold. In the finance sector he has worked as a private client Stockbroker in Sydney and as a financial adviser and portfolio manager for a local wealth management company Canberra. A change in career lead Raf to work for the Federal Government as the Environmental Markets Advisor before eventually bringing him to GreenCollar.
Among the huge range of the things that Raf will excitedly discuss are his children, Rugby Union and often both at the same time. He is a massive supporter and assistant coach for two of his kids’ junior rugby union teams.
Jenny’s role is to coordinate research with a number of universities and CSIRO using the extensive data generated by GreenCollar’s monitoring, which goes well beyond routine compliance requirements, to include biodiversity, weeds, pests and water quality. With her knowledge of ecosystem services, carbon accounting methodologies and landscape function, she is responsible for the implementation of GreenCollar’s Project Services.
Jenny is an experienced ecologist with an extensive portfolio of research behind her. She holds an Honours Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, a PhD from Macquarie University and has many years experience as a Senior Research Associate at the University of New South Wales. She has conducted research in terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments on a diverse range of projects covering conservation, ecology, genetics, population demography, behaviour and evolution. Jenny specialises in research and management of ecology projects in remote locations such as Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic territories, Eastern Mexican ranges, central Australian rangelands and remote Western Australia.
Based in Tasmania, Jenny and her family run an award-winning winery overlooking Marion Bay where they have been know to trade a case of two of chardonnay for some local cheese or delicious Tasmanian produce.
Jonathan has been with GreenCollar since 2011 and is involved in all aspects of the company. He has over 10 years experience in business operations and a background as an Outdoor Adventure Guide.
Jonathan is saddled with the mammoth task of marshalling the GreenCollar field teams who work in remote areas all over the country. He is responsible for coordinating project scheduling and logistics, providing technical support and ensuring the field teams’ safety through WHS compliance.
Jonathan often works out in the field himself and is prone to getting into (and sometimes out of) sticky situations where his four wheel driving skills are put to the test. Luckily, he is well equipped with practical outdoor experience as a lover of rock climbing, canyoning and camping.
Leigh first joined GreenCollar as a part-time Field Technician while completing her Bachelor of Environment in Fluvial Geomorphology. Leigh worked in the field during the early stages of surveying where she helped to develop the GreenCollar field manual.
After 18 months Leigh left GreenCollar to pursue a job in her area of study, as a Sampling Technician with Sydney Water. But Leigh couldn’t stay away and returned to work with GreenCollar 7 months later.
Leigh is now the Senior Monitoring Manager, regularly reporting to landholders and the Clean Energy Regulator while managing movement of field staff and equipment. Leigh is still heavily involved in data collection herself and spends a lot of time in the field fostering great relationships with our landholders.
Leigh can often been found at regional watering holes sporting an injury from mountain biking or rock climbing, swapping tales of adventure and tips on craft beer brewing or the best way to serve quandong jams, pies and preserves.
Rach has progressed through various roles at GreenCollar, first joining the company as a member of the field team. Now a Senior Project Manager, Rach is responsible for maintaining workflow, quality assurance and delivering offset reports across GreenCollar projects. Her experience as part of the field team has helped her to develop new surveying methods and data management systems. Thankfully, Rach passed on her amazing cake baking skills to other team members before leaving the field team. The Sydney office is lucky enough to enjoy those skills and you can usually expect something delicious for a birthday or special occasion.
Rach has an Honours degree in Biological Sciences from UNSW where she specialised in reproductive ecology. Before joining GreenCollar she worked as a graduate data analyst for an environmental monitoring company in the wastewater industry. Rach has used her skills to volunteer for ecological research projects overseas in Costa Rica and South Africa.
Elissa has been with the GreenCollar team since April 2014. Prior to this Elissa spent 10 years travelling and working around the globe in a wide variety of fields ranging from deck handing on sport-fishing vessels off the coast of Panama to selling tickets to Barcelona FC games on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. In 2013 her passion for conservation and the environment saw her return home to pursue her environmental career. As a previous member of the Monitoring Team, Elissa has a strong understanding of what is required for effective communication and developing long-term relationships in rural Australia. Elissa studied a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Zoology & Conservation Biology at Monash University, Melbourne. During this time she worked in Veterinary and Biomedical Pathology, later using these skills to work as a Biomedical Scientist in London.
Emily’s primary responsibility is to keep GreenCollar staff members out of trouble. As our (Legal) Corporate Counsel, she coordinates and manages all legal issues across GreenCollar. Emily oversees preparation and negotiation of our legal documentation and provides advice on issues covering corporate, contractual, workplace, land law, climate law and other legislation affecting the business.
Emily comes to GreenCollar with an interesting career portfolio that has beginnings in hospitality and sunglass wholesales to working as a paralegal for a mid-tier, commercial law firm. Once admitted as a solicitor she eventually moved on to a small, boutique law firm where she remained for the next 7 years.
Emily is always willing to share her favourite recipes and dining spots from around the globe. Other non-official duties include skiing in winter, beaching in summer or reading trashy airport novels
As our resident accountant Jess looks after everything finance. She has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Western Sydney University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand. Jess worked in a private practice for three years focusing on small businesses, family trusts and self-managed superannuation funds before moving to London where she spent five years as a Finance/Management Accountant for a Venture Capitalist firm.
When Jess isn’t tracking our spending habits and preparing budgets you will find her walking her labrador on the beach before enjoying a delicious drop from her extensive wine collection.
Bipul joined GreenCollar in 2017, seizing the opportunity to work for an organisation whose values aligned with his own. As part of the geospatial team Bipul works on the spatial aspects of GreenCollar’s project design, mapping, database management, monitoring and auditing. Bipul has a background in environmental science and began his studies and career in Nepal, working on natural resource management projects and community-based microfinancing. Bipul has also worked alongside farmers in the Himalayas providing technical support in the domestication and cultivation of medicinal herbs.
Bipul completed further study in Australia gaining a Masters in GIS and Remote Sensing from Charles Sturt University. Along with his geospatial expertise Bipul brings his language skills to the GreenCollar office providing informal, Nepali vocabulary lessons in the lunchroom. Bipul also has a longstanding love for cricket and soccer, through fitness sessions at GreenCollar he has also discovered a new passion and talent for boxing.
Laura is our mapping guru, helping the field team navigate around our projects where google maps just won’t cut it. She uses GIS and remote sensing analysis to design Native Forest Protection and Human Induced Regeneration projects and is involved in the spatial aspects of the monitoring program.
Laura has a background in spatial science and physical geography, and holds an Honours degree in Geography from The University of New South Wales. Prior to joining GreenCollar Laura worked as a research assistant and tutor in GIS, remote sensing and statistics. She is interested in using spatial tools to monitor the effects of climate change.
Laura is a super fit member of the company and was a star player in the GreenCollar futsal team. Now she focuses her sporting skills on ultimate frisbee and boxing.
Elyce began working at GreenCollar as a member of the field team where she remained for two years using her skills in flora identification, ecological survey techniques and data collection. Now the Reporting and Verification Manager, Elyce coordinates development and maintenance of reporting protocols and systems for our Human Induced Regeneration projects.
Elyce holds a Bachelor of Science (Biology and Environmental Studies) with Honours in Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sydney. She has recently undertaken further study to get ‘lawyered up’ beginning a Juris Doctor at the University of New South Wales in 2017 with a focus on environmental law.
With a hectic schedule Elyce is always eager to let loose between study and work when she can and is a great coordinator of social events and after work drinks. A sucker for all things cute and cuddly, Elyce is passionate about animal welfare and her home is full of rescue waifs and strays
Bevan initially joined GreenCollar as a member of the field team and still spends a substantial amount of time in the field collecting monitoring data and communicating with landholders. As Monitoring Manager Bevan coordinates ongoing monitoring of all GreenCollar projects contracted under the Carbon Farming Initiative. Bevan also manages the enormous monitoring database and maintains regular data flow from the field to the technical team.
Bevan has research and field experience in both terrestrial and marine systems and is a keen, qualified Scientific Diver. With a Bachelor of Science and Honours in trophic ecology and population dynamics Bevan is very knowledgeable about human impacts on biodiversity. He strongly supports the sustainable seafood movement and is famous for his legendary thai-style carp curry in the field team.
Zoë is originally from New Zealand and joined Green Collar as a member of the field team in 2015 shortly after she moved to Sydney. She managed to survive and adapt to working in the remote environments of regional Australia, the furthest she had ever been from the coast. Zoë is now a Field Team Leader supervising other field staff while conducting biomass and monitoring surveys. Zoë is also responsible for managing data flow from the field to office.
Zoë has a Masters of Conservation Biology and Bachelor of Science with majors in Ecology & Biodiversity and Spanish. Outside of GreenCollar Zoë combines her interests in language and science as a freelance Science Writer. She has created and edited a range of media content including educational resources for school textbooks, science exhibitions and information centres.
Alex first joined GreenCollar in 2013 though he’s had a couple of breaks. During his hiatuses Alex has travelled the world and most recently worked as an English teacher in Spain. At GreenCollar Alex has worked on an array of Carbon Farming projects, initially as a member of the field team and now as a Field Team Leader.
Alex has a background in remote field work and is no stranger to the difficulties that come with conducting surveys in regional Australia. Before joining GreenCollar Alex worked as a Research Assistant for an organisation specialising in arid-area field studies. Alex has a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and after graduating he worked for a state government agency conducting domestic energy efficiency audits.
Alex has an interest in carpentry and renovation, with a keen eye for a bargain he is often found exploring sale sections and charity stores while out in the field. His finds make valuable additions to the field team equipment inventory.
Saul’s primary role is Field Team Leader where he supervises field teams performing biomass and monitoring surveys across our projects in regional Australia. Saul is a skilled field ecologist with extensive experience in flora and fauna identification and surveying techniques. Saul has also provided training to new field staff and has been a patient driving instructor to those learning to drive the fleet of manual field vehicles. A country boy at heart, Saul also brings many practical skills to the field team and spends his days off building and working on his house in Taree.
In his role as Geospatial Technician Saul maintains geospatial data for the monitoring team. Prior to joining GreenCollar, Saul worked in the United States for community and government organisations where he became familiar with the mapping application of Geographical Information Systems.
Louise first joined GreenCollar in 2014 as a member of the field team and is now a Team Leader and Data Manager. She supervises staff on field trips during biomass and monitoring surveys and assists in development of Human Induced Regeneration and Avoided Clearing projects. Louise is also responsible for coordinating data entry and database management of these projects and is a whiz at data entry herself.
Louise’s field experience inspired a particular interest in floristics and plant identification helping Louise to create the GreenCollar vegetation bible, our in-house plant ID guide. Louise is a keen traveller and manages to juggle her time in the field and office with expeditions across Australia and overseas. When travelling she’s always on the lookout for wildlife photography opportunities and seeks out all sorts of creatures including her favourite, the quokka.
Casey is a dedicated member of the field team, as a Cobar local he is based in the field full time. Casey is ‘on the ground’ almost 24-7 and has collected more biomass data than any other GreenCollar employee. He is experienced in remote field surveying and is always well equipped to deal with whatever comes his way including variable weather, difficult and hazardous terrain and physically demanding conditions.
Casey came to GreenCollar after completing a two year School-based Mechanics Apprenticeship and now uses these skills to oversee maintenance of GreenCollar vehicles. Casey also completes important administrative tasks in the field and regularly calibrates and maintains all field equipment ensuring trips run as smoothly as possible.
Rhes is a seasoned field officer, as one of the original field team members he has been part of the change and improvement of field survey methods over several years. Rhes has had a few breaks from working in the field to raise his two young kids and fulfill his true calling as master of the “Dad joke”, a skill he was working on well before becoming a father.
In the field Rhes oversees destructive sampling and completes monitoring and biomass surveys. Rhes is also a qualified electronics technician with a Certificate III in Electronics and Communications. He has extensive experience repairing electronic equipment, communication systems setup and providing clients with audiovisual installations. Rhes brings these technical skills to field team as well as an enthusiasm for the outdoors, he enjoys camping and bushwalking which are a large part of the job.
Marta is our resident Spaniard with a penchant for scat identification and collection. She once smuggled home 6 echidna poops from Western NSW in the lining of her backpack and delivered them safely to a research colleague at the University of New South Wales.
Marta is an Environmental Science graduate with a PhD in soil science. Her research focuses on the assessment of soil surface conditions, erosion and runoff and understanding how interactions between soil and plants affect water balance and soil physical parameters. Marta has extensive field experience in semi-arid areas and is interested in the impact of human use of soil, and the assessment of different land management strategies to promote sustainable land use.
As Data Manager at GreenCollar, Marta is heavily involved in the manipulation and assessment of project survey data and the use of complex algorithmic models to predict carbon abatement stores across the country. She is also the go to for some of our more technically challenged team members and can perform any task in excel in under 0.2 seconds.
Ehren is the ‘foody’ of the field team, working in a cooking school in his spare team, he uses his culinary expertise to create delicious, morale-boosting meals out in the field. When Ehren isn’t cooking up a storm he carries out biomass surveys and project monitoring in the field and assists with data flow, data entry and administration in the Sydney office. Ehren holds a bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science and joined GreenCollar to further a career in natural resource management and environmental markets.
Ehren brings valuable outdoor skills to the field team. He enjoys canyoning and sailing and holds a Certificate 3 in Adventurous Activities. Ehren is also an experienced volunteer Scout Leader where he helps young people to gain outdoor and life skills.
In his many years as part of the GreenCollar field team Evan has honed his data collection skills to a fine art. He has perfected small handwriting to fit inside data sheet cells, identifies countless species of Australian flora and can perform impressive feats with a plastic bag and a clipboard to fend off the elements and record data regardless of the weather. In his time at GreenCollar Evan has also acquired a level 2 chainsaw operators ticket, used for destructive sampling methods, and boasts an (almost) entirely clean record for avoiding wildlife collisions on hazardous rural roads.
Evan brings a longstanding enthusiasm for working in the outdoors to the field team. Before joining GreenCollar Evan was an outdoor adventure guide in the Blue Mountains with various local companies. During his breaks from the field Evan is located in the Blue Mountains where he takes advantage of his surroundings by rock climbing, gardening and hiking.
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