Tom Ross

Sustainability Consultant

My Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Spanish) had a large focus on financial modelling, project finance and viability analysis. As part of this degree I undertook courses in environmental economics and environmental modelling, where I acquired knowledge in resource modelling, multi-criteria decision analysis and life cycle analysis. These skills have assisted me in evaluating non-financial goals and reconciling them with the business case. I am extending this knowledge with a Masters of Sustainability at the University of Sydney.

I work across some of Edge’s key resource recovery projects, helping clients to quantify their waste footprint and design strategies that minimise the extraction of natural resources and optimise the highest value treatment of recyclables.

The primary focus of my work as part of the resource recovery stream is to achieve outcomes that marry environmental benefits with economic viability. While these outcomes have traditionally been seen to be at odds with one another, I believe there are countless opportunities.

My favourite projects engage with a wide range of clients to identify innovative, pragmatic solutions that enthuse clients to be ambitious and creative with their approach to waste minimisation. I believe that the best solutions are ones that centre on the principles of the circular economy – matching waste streams with inputs to avoid the linear consumption stream that has traditionally driven economic growth.

I work in sustainability because I have always believed that sustainable business behaviour not only achieves better social and environmental outcomes, but also safeguards long term economic potential.

In my spare time I try to spend as much time as I can outdoors, swimming and surfing. When the weather’s bad, I’ll spend the rest of my time cooking or playing basketball.

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