Mini Diesel – Australia’s most fuel efficient car

A subsidiaryof the BMW Group Australia, Mini were sponsors of Storm Sustainability’s NSSP Tasmania campaign launch. 

Mini provided three vehicles: the Mini Clubman, Mini Cabrio and the new Mini Diesel. The Mini Diesel has just been released in Australia and with a CO2 figure of 104g/km it rival’s the Toyota Prius hybrid and the Fourtwo from Mercedes as Australia’s greenest car.

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Olympian launches environmental initiative

Storm Sustainability launched their National Solar Schools Program Tasmanian campaign by hosting an information evening for local schools. Held at the recently-opened Launceston Aquatic Centre, the event was attended by local school teachers and principals who share a common understanding about the importance of environmental awaremness in their school community.

The following special guest speakers relayed insightful and inspiring messages about their active roles as leaders in the community, schools and business:

Rosemary Armitage – Deputy Lord Mayor, Launceston

Rob Banfield – President, Tasmanian Principals Association

Andrew Barr – Principal, Scotch Oakburn College Launceston

Jerry Gross – CEO Storm Sustainability

Ian Thorpe OAM

David Jones OAM, FCA – National Coordinator 100 year water grants project, Scouts Australia

The Examiner May 27th

Thorpe gets kick out of acquatic centre
Olympian launches environmental initiative

Thorpe backs solar schools program

Ian Thorpe made an appearance at the Launceston Aquatic Centre to film an advertisement for Storm Sustainability.

Thorpe is talking to Tasmanian schools about the benefits available under the National Solar Schools Program and in particular, Storm Sustainability’s Sunskool monitoring portal – which is a complimentary product for all of their customers. ‘…it means students, teachers and the community can log on in real time and monitor how much energy the school is generating. It enables a real understanding rather than just facts and figures.’ says Thorpe.

The Examiner May 28th

TheExaminer_May28th  Thorpe teaching kids about Sunskool

  Thorpe at Launceston Aquatic Centre

Sunskool lesson

Making waves with a green tinge

Ian Thorpe is passionate about the environment and has chosen to work with Storm Sustainability to deliver his  messages about renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and monitoring to the school community in Australia.

Thorpe is travelling throughout Tasmania with Storm Sustainability to educate schools about the National Solar Schools Program. He was one of several speakers at a recently-held information evening for school principals at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart. 

‘It is about providing sustainable, renewable energies and using government grants to do that.’ Thorpe adds.

The Mercury May 28th


Storm Sustainability appoints new CEO

Storm Sustainability Ltd Chairman, Grant Griffiths, today announced the appointment of Jeremy (Jerry) V Gross to the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Currently CEO, North America and Group Manager Sales, Marketing & IT, and based in California, USA, Gross will return from the US to lead Storm’s global business commencing in the role on 22 May 2009.

“This is an important appointment given Storm’s recent expansion in the US and our leadership with environmental monitoring technologies,” Griffiths said.

“I am very pleased to make this appointment that brings a wealth of knowledge, particularly in global leadership, strategic marketing and technology, to Storm.

 “Jerry will be responsible for steering Storm as a global entity, and positioning Storm as a thought leader in critical environmental and sustainability solutions.

Prior to joining Storm, Gross 51, was Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development at Intuit Corporation in Silicon Valley, California. Gross had responsibility for the customer experience design, engineering, architecture and quality assurance of TurboTax as well as all financial institution products. He also previously served as Group Executive IT & Operations at Westpac Banking Corporation in Sydney, where he was responsible for the transformation of Westpac’s online businesses and back-office operations.

An Australian originally from Melbourne, Gross has over 25 years of business leadership, technology and e-commerce experience having been both a CIO, executive general manager and consultant in global Fortune 100 corporations.

Gross will be based in Melbourne and will divide his time between Australia and the United States.

Outgoing CEO Stephen Webster has led the business from infancy and its specialisation on rainwater harvesting to its current broader strategic focus on water, solar and monitoring as well as extending its geographic reach to the United States.

“The Company expresses its appreciation to Stephen for his efforts and wishes him success in his new venture,” Griffiths said.

Webster will join the company’s advisory group and provide strategic advice.

Big Blue is starting to live up to it’s name

[ibm.jpg]So why would IBM get into water?

“There is a lot of money that is going to go into water solutions. “IBM” said stimulus spending in the U.S. and China is likely to help build the market for water management. “They” estimated that in the U.S. between $15 billion and $20 billion of the new stimulus package is aimed at water projects.” Read more

Pricing can be effective in managing demand

Pricing, along with restictions has been proven to be a very effective lever in managing the demand for water. Australia has tested this for over 10 years. Here in the US, the debate continues. Read more.

CA water deliveries to increase, at a price


Allocations to water agencies will be increased by 5% thanks to storms in late February and March. But officials caution that deliveries will still be far less than normal. At the same time, price increases, which will go into effect June 1 unless blocked by the City Council, will raise second-tier rates by 44%. Read more.

California’s water system at risk from a major Bay Area earthquake

A 6.7 or larger quake could flood islands in the delta, cost billions and take years to fix, a new report says. Read more

Water restrictions will be devastating to California

The effects this time probably will be more widespread, damaging not just lifestyles but livelihoods, said Timothy Quinn, executive director of the Association of California Water Agencies.” Read more