What does it take to run a business successfully while addressing serious sustainability issues? How can business owners solve environmental challenges?
To celebrate National Science Week in 2021, the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is presenting a series of short films showcasing 11 NSW enterprises which have invested their time and shared their experiences to inspire and encourage the next generation of innovators.
Growing Sustainable Businesses with STEM is a project developed as a partnership between the NSW Department of Education’s STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) Program with funding from the Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) Program.
Filmmaker Jill McCall from Piece Together Productions was commissioned to produce these 35 short films, which look at the visionary work of people committed to making a difference with their business.
SISP is delighted to partner with Inspiring Australia NSW and Investment NSW to launch this initiative as part of National Science Week 2021.
“For several months I was paralysed by fear,” said Jill. “How would the next generation, including my own children, clean up the environmental damage done during my lifetime? Could disaster be averted?”
A turning point for Jill came after watching Damon Gameau’s documentary 2040. “I began discovering and following the progress of people working on extraordinary innovations and felt compelled to share these stories.”
Around the same time, Jill was working on an NSW Department of Education program designed to increase the aspirations, interest and participation of students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). “Surely the most effective way to inspire students to study STEM, would be to tell them stories about how STEM can positively impact the things that really matter to them," said Jill. "I wanted to show students how the application of STEM skills can make a tangible and positive difference in the world.”
In July 2020, Jill established Piece Together Productions and created 35 short films for the NSW secondary school curriculum.
- Macadamia farmer Rex Harris shares his journey transitioning from conventional monoculture to polyculture using regenerative agricultural practices such as cover cropping to increase the soil biology, build soil carbon and increase the water-holding capacity on farm.
- Mineral Carbonation International explain their world-first carbon capture & utilisation process that can transform CO₂ emissions from industrial sources into solid materials that can be used to manufacture cements, mortars, plasterboards, binders and emerging carbon-engineering products.
- Sydney-based coffee roaster and wholesaler Pablo & Rusty’s discuss how they prioritise sustainability by applying a rigorous scientific approach to every level of their operation, utilising the latest technology to maximise efficiencies and minimise impact at farm, factory and café levels.