Sustainability Trust chief executive Philip Squire is one of four inspiring people to be shortlisted for the Vector Energy Leadership Award in this year's EECA Awards.
The annual awards recognise excellence in energy efficiency and renewable energy, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on May 18.
Squire has been with the Trust since the beginning. He was one of the Trust's first staff, which set up shop at the Trash Palace education centre in 2003.
More than a decade later, Sustainability Trust is at home in an award-winning EcoCentre in central Wellington, employs more than 25 staff and contractors (and as many volunteers) to run a suite of community programmes and services aimed at making sustainable living easy.
Squire spent the first six years with the Trust leading energy efficiency projects and the last six as chief executive. He is a founding member of Community Energy Network, a nationwide network for the country’s energy efficiency social enterprises, and has chaired it for the last four years.
An engineer by trade and an idealist by nature, Squire is known within the organisation for his unwavering commitment to environmental and social change, and calm and optimism in a challenging and often uncertain funding environment.
He also walks the talk – cycling to work most days from his home in Hataitai and always first to put up his hand to test out the new ideas the Trust is always coming up with. A few things the Trust has achieved under Squire’s leadership:
Last financial year, we provided the highest number of free, lined curtains ever to families with Community Services Cards. To be exact, we gave 2462 sets of curtains to 604 households! But we want to give out even more this year before our Wellington Curtain Bank closes on 30 November.
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