Stephen has 20 years experience working in the sustainability, waste and resource recovery sectors. Stephen is a leading sustainability specialist and has worked extensively to support the construction, demolition and timber industry to improve environmental outcomes. He has extensive relationships across industry, State and Commonwealth Government.
In 2015, Stephen set up his own business, Stephen Mitchell and Associates. Previous to this, he was the Sustainability Program Manager for the Timber Development Association between 2006 and 2015. This national role saw Stephen managing and delivering a range of sustainability programs for the timber industry, including co-authoring five Green Star compliant Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Australian produced timber products; due diligence templates and guidance for timber importers and processors with responsibility under Commonwealth Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012; and compliance training to more than 150 timber, paper and wood furniture importers in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
In this role he also researched due diligence practices of timber, paper and furniture importers in Australia, USA, Europe; Green Star building materials compliance guide for Boral Timber; Coordinated timber industry technical input to the Building Products Innovation Council’s development of life cycle assessment (LCA) guide for LCA practitioners; and an East-coast market survey to inform a feasibility study for new timber panel product.
Prior to this role, Steve was Project Officer for the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation between 2003 and 2006, responsible for developing and delivering market development programs for increasing the recycling of timber, concrete, brick, glass and paper. And between 2001 and 2003, Steve was Waste Advisor, Construction and Demolition for the Inner Sydney Waste Board.
Steve has a Certificate in Management and Leadership and a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales.More Info