Graduate profile

Lindsay Soutar

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VIDEO: Watch Lindsay talk about her progression from uni to her current role as a Sustainabiltiy Campaign Manager

  • Studied: Honours in Geography
  • Now works as: Sustainability Campaign Manager, 100% Renewable Community Campaign

Imagine knowing that you have helped establish a $10 billion fund for renewable energy in Australia. For Lindsay Soutar, the experience has been one of the highlights of her career.

“It was pretty amazing when I got to travel to Canberra to submit a report documenting 15,000 conversations with community groups, then finding out a few weeks later that our efforts had helped establish a multibillion-dollar renewable energy fund,” says the former geography honours student who is now the National Campaign Coordinator for the 100% Renewable Community Campaign.

Lindsay’s passion for environmental sustainability started at university where she completed honours and worked at the Australian Mekong Resource Centre in Thailand. After university, Lindsay initiated a volunteer community organisation in her local area – Climate Action Newtown. This ultimately led her to start up her own organisation, the 100% Renewable Community Campaign, for which Lindsay was awarded the 2011 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year Award.

Despite the “full time plus” working conditions that comes with starting up an organisation, Lindsay’s job give her enormous satisfaction from “working on one of the most challenging and fast changing areas of public decision making and on a really important global issue that I care deeply about.”