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CSU Green staff

Edward Maher

Ed Maher

Manager, CSU Green

Ed Maher has over eight years experience in the sustainability field, with qualifications in Environmental Science and Carbon Management. Ed is an active participant in local natural resource management groups and gets a buzz about finding ways to do the same things using fewer resources.

Ed is passionate about making a real change for the future by assisting students and staff to understand what they can do to act sustainably at CSU, at home and in their future careers. You will most likely see Ed pedalling around Wagga campus!


Contact Ed for questions relating to:

  • Energy and water use reduction
  • Sustainability on the Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga campuses

Peter Harris

Peter Harris 

Peter Harris is passionate about reducing energy usage for the cost and carbon savings it offers the university. 

Peter has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Commerce and has worked in energy efficiency for over eight years at a variety of large energy using companies and as a consultant advising other firms.


Contact Peter for questions relating to:

  • Energy and water use reduction
  • Sustainability on the Orange and Dubbo campuses

Nicola Smith

Nicola Smith

Coordinator Partnerships

Nicola Smith has over two years of experience in the area of Environmental Sustainability. Nicola completed a science degree in 2006 and continued on to complete a Masters of Philosophy in fluvial geomorphology. Nicola's passion for ecosystem services drives her passion for sustainable living. 

Nicola has previously worked for Wagga Wagga City Council as the project officer of the Great Green Challenge 2011, introducing sustainability into the wider Wagga Wagga Community. Nicola is responsible for the communication and engagement aspects of sustainability initiatives implemented on campus and is currently working on developing a staff sustainability network.


Contact Nicola for questions relating to:

  • CSU Sustainability Grants
  • The Green Steps @ CSU program
  • Green Notes (the CSU Green newsletter)
  • Staff sustainability network
  • Engagement opportunities 

Kym Witney-Soanes 

Kym Witney-SoanesSustainability Project Officer

Kym has previously worked in a diversity of positions as a project manager, evaluator, researcher and natural resource management professional in Wagga Wagga, South Coast WA, Western District Victoria and the Queensland section of the Murray-Darling Basin.  She has a small consultancy, KWS Research, and undertakes oral history work.  She is very keen on sustainability and environmental issues as well as the challenges rural women face.  She strongly believes in the power of connecting people to create change.

Kym has a Bachelor of Science from ANU and a Master of Science degree from Griffith University in Environmental Management.  Kym's role at CSU Green is to assist with the implementation of the Learning in Future Environments (LiFE) Strategy.


Contact Kym for questions relating to:

  • The LiFE Strategy priorities and activities

Kerri-Anne Chin

Kerri-Anne Chin

Graphic Designer   

Kerri has previously worked as a graphic designer at advertising agency Jam Media in Wagga Wagga. She has a passion for visual communication and strongly believes in the benefits of how good design can engage audiences and communicate information in a visual form to the audience. Kerri has a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design from CSU and works on promotional material for the various sustainability initiatives that are part of CSU Green.

Kerri enjoys sustainability initiatives such as: Ride 2 Work Day, Tree Planting Day and is an active recycler.


Contact Kerri for questions relating to:

  • Promotional material for new sustainability initiatives
  • Designs related to existing sustainability initiatives 

Alesha Elbourne

Alesha Elbourne 

Sustainability Officer 

Alesha Elbourne does her best to live by the motto 'always leave a place better than you found it' and is passionate about sustainable living and environmental education.

Having completed a degree in Communications – Theatre and Media at CSU Bathurst in 2006, Alesha has a passion for eco arts having participated in Waste 2 Art Bathurst, created events with an eco design focus and used theatre and performance for environmental education since graduating university.

Alesha is excited to bring some creativity to spreading the sustainability message for CSU Green projects.


Contact Alesha for questions relating to:

  • CSU Organics
  • Battery recycling
  • CSU Green website and social media
  • CSU Green engagement activities
  • Sustainability on the Bathurst and Port Macquarie campuses

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