Welcome to Charlotte Wang, joining Edge as a Sustainability Consultant

We’d like to wish a warm welcome to Edge Environment’s newest team member, Charlotte Wang.

I join Edge as an environmental engineer with a strong background in resource and impact modelling, commercial projects and strategy development in the sustainability space. At Edge, my role as a Sustainability Consultant will sit within Edge’s suite of sustainability services for the infrastructure and property sectors.

Prior to joining Edge, I worked as a waste and resource recovery consultant, leading and delivering projects in waste strategy, education, tender preparation, and modelling. Highlights include: modelling waste feedstock for the proposed energy from waste (EfW) facility at Eastern Creek, waste infrastructure feasibility study for the Bondi Pavilion Upgrade and Conservation Project, and tender preparation and management, including a whole of life costing and detailed scheme design, for the deployment of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) in the Northern Rivers region.

I have also held roles as a sustainability engineer at Laing O’Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group, research assistant at the Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI), various guest lecture, educational developer and workshop demonstrator positions at UNSW and settlement support worker under the Federal Government’s settlement program for newly arrived refugees and migrants.

In 2014 I founded the social enterprise, eReuse, with a group of friends to try to improve waste management outcomes for electronic waste, particularly personal computers and peripherals. We built the organisation and operations from scratch and embedded it as a program within UNSW Australia. Today, the eReuse program at UNSW refurbishes and redistributes hundreds of computers each semester. The computers are sourced from UNSW faculties and departments, or donated by businesses, staff and students, and are redistributed to individuals or groups facing social or economic disadvantage. To learn more about eReuse, check out the official program webpage.

My experience with eReuse led me to a career in sustainability. It also shaped my understanding of and attitude toward ‘sustainability’ as a concept, issue, and imperative. Together with my other roles, I’ve come to appreciate the social and institutional factors, and competing commercial drivers, that affect the implementation of sustainability innovation across our society and economy.

For me, ‘sustainability’ is not just a profession or sector. As an engineer by nature and training, I’m moved to identify, define and solve practical problems. I enjoy exploring both the nature of our sustainability challenges (mass consumption, large scale environmental degradation and forced migration, to name a few) and the types of solutions and methods that have been suggested to address them.

I’m excited to be given a fantastic platform to engage with these issues at Edge. I consider Edge a leader in sustainability in Australia, and I’m looking forward to working with interesting people, with a diverse range of professional backgrounds, toward this common goal and interest

I’m always happy to have a chat! You can email me at charlotte@edgeenvironment.com.

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