Fiona joined the Institute for Sustainable Futures in 2012 and brings a passion for building communities through urban agriculture, community gardening, permaculture and local food systems. She also brings experience in sustainable urban development, corporate sustainability, carbon mitigation and alternative energy in Australia and overseas.
Fiona’s studied Environmental Management at UQ which included a student exchange to Canada’s University of British Columbia and a graduate thesis on organisational change to sustainability. Fiona worked for global design consultancy Arup in Australia and the United States for six years delivering corporate sustainability strategy, sustainable built environment and alternative energy projects. Fiona then worked as a climate change analyst with consultancy SAIC in California for two years, training in greenhouse gas accounting and reporting, developing carbon offset methodologies for the California Climate Action Reserve and attending the UNFCCC 2009 Conference of Parties in Copenhagen.
Fiona joined ISF in 2012 and has researched demand management and carbon intensity disclosure in the Australian electricity sector, identified carbon accounting and mitigation opportunities for the Australian music industry, reviewed the Australian GreenPower Program and managed evaluation of a three year low income household energy efficiency program.
In 2013 Fiona was selected as a fellow for the eight month Centre for Sustainability Leadership Sydney fellowship program in Sydney. The program reinforced Fiona’s personal passion for building communities through backyard and community gardening and strengthening local sustainable food systems and she completed a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014. In 2015 Fiona moved to northern NSW. In 2016 she managed the development of a toolkit to assist farmers markets and festivals to avoid food waste and a project analysing metrics for green spaces in Australia’s urban centres.
Fiona has been invited to form and facilitate a Business Advisory Panel for the City of San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan, assisted ClimateWorks and the Carbon Disclosure Project with carbon mitigation and reporting endeavours, volunteered for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and currently serves on the steering committee for Byron Fair Food (previously Byron Region Food Sovereignty Alliance).
• Community Stakeholder Engagement & Facilitation
• Local Urban Agriculture and Local Food Systems
• Permaculture Design
• Sustainability Strategy (conceptual, strategic, operational)
• Project Management, Program Review and Monitoring & Evaluation
• Carbon Offset Standards and Greenhouse Gas Accounting
• Carbon Mitigation Strategy and Marginal Abatement Cost Analysis
• Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Strategy development
• Corporate Sustainability (reporting, strategy, business case for sustainability)
• Sustainable Urban Development, ESD Guidelines, Green Building Certification
Berry, F. 2013, 'Do you know how clean your electricity is?', The Conversation, vol. 12 March.
Downes, J & Berry, F Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2016, Food Waste at Festivals & Markets: Yamba 'Surfing the Coldstream' Festival Trial, pp. 1-36, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
The Love Food Hate Waste: Food Festivals and Farmers' Markets project aims to reduce the amount of avoidable food waste currently being discarded at festivals and markets in NSW. The project set out to achieve this by first engaging organisers and stallholders of farmers markets to understand the opportunities and challenges to reducing avoidable food waste and producing a suite of education resources. These resources were then piloted at Pyrmont Festival, revised and trialled again at the Yamba 'Surfing the Coldstream' Festival. The Yamba Festival Trial documented in this report follows an earlier Pyrmont Festival pilot and background research at Farmers Markets. Results of the background research and pilot are available as separate reports.
Riedy, CJ, Jackson, M, Berry, F, Downes, J, Harris, B, Matyus Flynn, S, Saintilan, C & Levine, D Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney 2015, GreenPower Program Review: Final Report, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Berry, F, Wynne, LE & Riedy, C Institute for Sustainable Futures 2014, Changing our Tune: Scoping the potential of the Australian music industry to address climate change, pp. 1-57, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This report summarises the results of a Climate Action and Engagement Scoping Study conducted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures for Green Music Australia. The research provides a snapshot of the Australian music industry's impact, level of awareness and opportunities for improvement with regards to sustainability and climate action.
Downes, J., Berry, F. & Rutovitz, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2013, Electricity retailer disclosure study: Briefing notes for the Total Environment Centre, pp. 1-26, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Riedy, C, Daly, JG, Berry, F & Brennan, T Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2012, NSW Sustainable Households Program 2012: Literature Review, pp. 1-109, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Berry, F., Keneipp, F., Jensen, T. & Reed, J.H. California Public Utilities Commission 2010, California local government strategic energy action report, pp. 1-167, California, USA.
Berry, F., Gillhespy, S. & Rogers, J. Arup North America Ltd 2008, Airport sustainability practices: A synthesis of airport practice (ACRP Synthesis 10), pp. 1-124, San Francisco, California, USA.
Berry, F., Skikne, S., Reid, D. & Fricke, C. The Climate Group and Arup 2008, The business guide to a low carbon economy: California, pp. 1-56, California, USA.