Our staff

Staff

Todd Houstein

Executive Officer

Todd is a humanitarian engineer turned sustainable community development leader. He's passionate about helping people to live happy, healthy and sustainable lives.

After working as a lightning protection engineer for Tassie business Novaris Pty Ltd, Todd did three years postgraduate engineering research into renewable energy systems with UTAS in Hobart and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.

Todd also founded the Tasmanian Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and was president of it for 2 years before moving to Melbourne to take on a paid staff role in their national office. He became fascinated by the intersection between appropriate technology and participatory, strengths-based community development.

In 2010, Todd moved back to his beloved homeland to work towards creating happy, healthy and sustainable Tasmanian communities.

 

Lissa Villeneuve

Festival Director/Event Manager

LissaAfter 9 years working for SLT Lissa decided to move on.  Thanks Lissa for all your hard work over the years.  Here's what she has to say has about her time with us.

"Well, what a glorious pedal-powered ride it’s been! After 9 years working for Sustainable Living Tasmania, sadly, it is time for me to move on. I actually started volunteering with SLT about 11 years ago, just after moving to Tassie with a new baby…it was my way to engage with the world outside of nappies and nap time and work with people who shared my passions for living sustainably and community engagement.

Over the last 9 years, I’ve seen our annual sustainability event, grow into a true celebration of sustainability. We’ve established a food program and run successful initiatives such as the Glenorchy Family food Alliance, Clarence Plains Healthy Food Program and the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge.  We’ve worked with individuals and community groups across the State to lead the transition to more connected, resilient and sustainable communities. I’ve hosted Prince Charles, met with Premiers & Government Ministers and presented to all sorts of groups.

The organisation has shrunk and grown and shrunk again over the years, changed names, moved locations and the financial position has often been perilous (a phenomenon common throughout out 45 year history, it seems). One thing has remained constant though – Sustainable Living Tasmania is an organisation of amazing people, dedicated to creating a happy, healthy and resilient Tasmania, which can lead the rest of the world to a more sustainable and just future.

Driven by a collection of thought leaders and change makers, our staff, volunteers, members and supporters consistently prove that humans can be kind, generous, visionary and effective. They give me hope for the future and I look forward to continuing with you all on this journey! Thanks so much for having me!

I feel like I’ve spend most of my time at SLT, asking people for stuff – from donated food, to media coverage to cash and volunteer time!  Amazingly people often said yes, and we were able to do some pretty special things because of it! So, to all of the amazingly supportive businesses, generous volunteers and pro-active community groups – it has been such an incredible privilege to work with you!! THANK YOU!!"

Until we meet again

Xx, Lissa

 

Anton Vikstrom

Energy Program Manager

AntonAnton is a sustainability expert (and a self-confessed renaissance man) with over 15 years’ experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development, energy efficiency and sustainability. Anton completed his Environmental Science degree at the ANU in Canberra and GDip at the University of Sydney. His areas of study included Human Ecology, Geography and Agro-ecology. His research Thesis was on understanding energy flows through urban agricultural systems.

Since then he has worked with nationally recognised not-for-profit organisations such as The Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Tasmania’s very own Sustainable Living Tasmania. In addition to his deep professional experience he has a wealth of knowledge of practical sustainability, from off-grid solar power, carpentry, and landscaping to brewing, fermenting, kite making and sewing.

 

Janine Cooke

Finance & Administration Officer

JanineJanine is Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Finance and Administration Officer. Janine has a range of administrative experience and has worked in a variety of organisations in Tassie, South Australia and London. Janine started working one day a week with SLT in 2007. For a change of pace, Janine also works 2 days a week as a Teacher Assistant at a local school, and in her spare time enjoys reading and bushwalking.

 

Michele Mathews

Partnerships Manager

MicheleMichele is a passionate advocate for the environment and is inspired by the natural world. She manages partnerships for Ecohomeguide and sponsorship and exhibitors for the Sustainable Living Festival. Her strong belief is that we can all make a difference. Michele has helped build community capacity through the delivery of sustainability leadership programs.  She has worked for businesses delivering sustainability workshops and environment advocates for over 20 years. She has worked on marketing and campaigns such as the Australian Conservation Foundation Greenhome train the trainer program. She specialises in event, project and relationship management, business management and campaign planning.

 

Energy Assessors

Alister Mackinnon, Andrew Watson, Ian Turnbull, Julie Hargreaves, Lori Puster, Mike Wilson, Rebecca Boyle, Shayn Harkness.