Marlon Kobacker is one of the clean energy industry’s most frequently sought-after sustainability advisors and currently serves in a variety of positions in which he is able to provide guidance regarding both financial and sustainability issues to business owners, builders, property managers and asset managers. Marlon currently serves as a director with Sustainable Future Group and as a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia, and he also continues to serve as a sustainability advisor with EarthRights International. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Marlon is a highly respected lecturer, writer and consultant regarding a whole host of subjects associated with the achievement of sustainability performance goals.
What do you do for work?
I am a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia. My main responsibility is to provide guidance regarding sustainable building and design.
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?
This is a critical time in which sweeping changes need to be made to the way we use energy, and I felt that the best way to encourage the necessary changes was to pursue a career in which I could demonstrate how green energy could be implemented without adversely affecting economic goals.
In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?
My work has put me in a position to address what is likely the most critical issue of our time, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that clean energy is the best solution we have available for addressing global climate change.
What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?
I’ve always loved the vibrancy of the city and the fact that it continues to attract so many people from all over the world.
What do you do for recreation?
I love to play Ultimate Frisbee, so we have a group that gets together every so often for a game.
If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?
I’d like to spend more time in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. It seems to be so unique in just about every way imaginable.
Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?
I have nothing against any sport, but surfing is my personal preference.
Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.
Peter Garrett’s environmental activism had a profound influence on me as well as my decision to pursue my master’s degree in sustainable design from UNSW.
What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?
I meet a lot of travelers who only did a minimal amount of research about the country before arriving, so I would advise all of those planning a trip to thoroughly research the areas they’ll be visiting before they finalize their travel plans.
What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?
The funniest things I’ve been asked about Australia are whether or not we have electricity, whether I have a pet kangaroo and if I have ever wrestled a crocodile! Hilarious.