Josh Byrne

How cities can be good for the planet

TEDxPerth 2017
November 2017

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How cities can be good for the planet | Josh Byrne | TEDxPerth

Josh Byrne, environmental scientist and TV presenter, challenges our basic preconceptions about how we live. Who says cities can't be net positive contributors to the planet? Josh is here to challenge our preconceptions of what sustainability looks like.

Josh Byrne
Environmental Researcher and Broadcaster

Josh is an environmental scientist, author, television presenter and research academic.

He regularly consults to West Australian Government agencies such as Water Corporation and LandCorp on matters relating to urban water management and environmental design, and contributes to projects around Australia.

Josh is a Research Fellow with Curtin University and the CRC for Low Carbon Living, and an Adjunct Associate Professor with School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. His research activities span high performance housing, water sensitive design and sustainable urban developments.

Over the past 15 years Josh has showcased the benefits of sustainable gardening as a television presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia. Josh has four consecutive National Horticulture Media Association television awards for excellence in communication. In 2014 Josh also became a Business News ‘40 under 40’ recipient. In 2013 he received the Australian Water Association’s WA Water Professional of the Year Award, and Murdoch University’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Science and Engineering.

Josh is Patron for the Conservation Council of WA, Sustainable Gardening Australia and the Living Smart household sustainability program. He is also an Ambassador for Nature Play WA.