Ross Harding

Ross is a creative sustainability professional with an academic background in engineering and finance. He provides sustainability advice and cost/benefit analysis on architectural projects ranging from houses to city wide masterplans and ski resorts. Architecture firms include internationally recognised firms such as Foster + Partners, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Adjaye Associates and Grimshaw Architects. Ross has lived and worked as a consultant in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Stockholm, Mexico and Berlin. Acknowledging that the barriers to transform cities to become self-sufficient are as much about technology and finance as they are people, Ross started to focus on the creative and cultural aspects of sustainability. Since then, Ross and his team have worked on creative sustainability initiatives ranging from solar powered events with Vivienne Westwood in London to sustainability road trips and film making with Design Hotels in Germany. Ross is also a cofounder of Off the Grid Festival, a cultural intervention dedicated to transforming our cities.

Wominjeka (Welcome). We acknowledge the Yaluk-ut Weelam as the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet. Yaluk-ut Weelam means ‘people of the river camp’ and is connected with the coastal land at the head of Port Phillip Bay, extending from the Werribee River to Mordialloc. The Yaluk-ut Weelam are part of the Boon Wurrung, one of the five major language groups of the greater Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the land, their ancestors and their elders—past, present and to the future.