The Total Environment Centre (TEC) believes in a fairer, greener world for all. We’ve worked with you for over 40 years to preserve the ecosystems that support living landscapes and healthy communities across Australia. With over 100 eco victories behind us, and more community-focused campaigns ahead, TEC has the roadmap for our journey into the future. Come with us!
Originally TEC was formed by the save the national park and rainforests movement of the 1970s, which naturally segued into our work to preserve clean air and stop coastal sand mining. Today we still care about trees, supporting communities as they struggle to conserve precious parks and bushland. We also push for recycling infrastructure to protect our waterways and oceans from plastic pollutants, and sturdy legislation around native animals and plants to ensure food and water security for future Australians. WE advocate for renewable energy by encouraging innovation, a more flexible modern energy market, and incentivising government investment. These are the building blocks of a sustainable Australia.
Under the stewardship of our executive director Jeff Angel, TEC has remained a lean, independent and campaign-focused not-for-profit, with a reputation for calm measured policy advice, persistent campaigning and integrity, equal to none. Jeff is also the convenor of the Boomerang Alliance, one of Australia's most successful and popular recycling campaigns.
As NSW MP, Michael Daley, said in Parliament in mid 2016 – "You can’t buy Jeff Angel."
In recent years TEC’s award winning educational communications projects – the documentary film Waste Not, the mobile Ocean Action POD, and the HotHouse event series - have expanded our traditional campaign activities across social media and other platforms into schools, universities, art galleries and public festivals.
Total Environment Centre is an incorporated non-profit association and a registered charity. We rely on donations to keep campaigning for a fairer, greener world. All donations over $2 to TEC are tax deductible. Do you believe in our campaigns? You can make sure that this vital work continues by donating today.
Meet the team
Jeff Angel – Executive Director
Jeff is famous for both his uncompromising integrity and his ability to reconcile people and interest groups with no apparent common ground for the good of us all. Softly spoken, diplomatic and scrupulous, he is also a dogged and fearless campaigner. Jeff has forged alliances between countless factions in government, industry, business, and community, producing one constructive outcome for the environment after the other, since becoming involved in the campaign to protect the rainforests 36 years ago when he was at university studying Economics. Jeff’s achievements range from pushing policy and legislation to protect clean air, restore urban rivers, conserve our coasts, wetlands and wilderness, combat climate change, reform business and government to embrace environmental sustainability, prevent broad-scale land clearing, save our common green spaces, and more. He is also Convenor and CEO of the Boomerang Alliance of 47 groups, which has won the container deposits campaign and is tackling marine plastic pollution. Jeff published 'Green is Good' (ABC Books) in 2008 and is a regular and highly respected media commentator.
Ruth Hessey – Communications Director
Since coming to Total Environment Centre after 20 years as a journalist with media outlets such as SMH, Vogue, and the ABC, Ruth has expanded her skills in all directions. She wrote and directed the award winning documentary film Waste Not for TEC in 2012 (screened in over 30 countries and all over Australia), and has learnt to shoot and edit film and videos despite no previous aptitude for new technologies. She was named one of Sydney’s Most Influential, Creative and Inspiring People in 2012 by Fairfax Media. She also project managed the Waste Not educational website, and wrote the study guides which have been used by hundreds of schools. She says, “TEC attracts bright imaginative people with high ideals, and compassionate hearts. It’s a total pleasure to work here.”
Mark Byrne - Energy Market Advocate
Mark is a former urban planner who also has a Masters in International Law and a PhD in the humanities. He is the author of two books, six booklets, a dozen papers and countless newspaper articles. He is also a former lecturer and has facilitated about a hundred public events including energy conferences. He comes to the TEC after several years as an environmental educator with the NSW Environmental Defenders Office.
Lisa Wriley – Community Campaigner
Lisa has a rare gift for working with communities, and an awesome commitment to recycling which has seen her travel all over Australia dressed as Bev the Bottle. Bev has been dedicated to achieving a container deposit scheme for used bottles and cans for over 5 years, and a big part of the win which has seen CDS legislation sweep across Australia. But Bev is just one way Lisa works to help people take action towards zero waste and greater resource efficiency.
She loves animating the campaign world with characters and creative sculptures, running random refund days, and connecting with other people who are passionate and active on litter and waste issues through countless stalls.
With her background is in Education for Sustainability, Lisa also helps schools to set up Worm Tubs for their organic waste, and teaches composting skills at Kariong Eco Garden, and Central Coast schools.
"Working with great volunteers and carting giant bottles around to MP's offices is great fun!
Justin Bonsey - Waste and Recycling Campaigner
Building on experience on Capitol Hill and in media, Justin joined TEC and Boomerang Alliance in 2014 to help drive the successful container deposit legislation and waste tyres campaigns. He has since worked on Compost Revolution including social media work. Before joining TEC, he founded not-for-profit initiatives Responsible Runners and Responsible Cafes, and has led a number of other forest, marine and urban conservation projects. He has a Masters Degree in Finance and Economic Policy from Columbia University.
Jenn Brewer – Office manager
Where would we be without Jenn? She keeps us all on track, running the office with meticulous care, guarding the recycling bins from error and thoughtlessness, organising our data bases, connecting with donors and supporters, sorting mail, making sure TEC runs smoothly so our campaigns do too. Jenn has been with us for 5 years, multitasking and multiskilled. We really couldn’t get by without her.
Jo Cory – Accounts Manager
Our gentle, hard working accounts manager, Jo joined TEC in 2013 to manage the financial challenges of this lean and clean little team. She says she enjoys supporting “such a passionate group of people who do much good work advocating for our environment.” Jo has completed her CPA and looks forward to a future where accounting for the environment is standard. She enjoys being a mum, volunteering at the school, running, reading and is currently working on her new project – a bee hive. Like everyone at TEC, Jo lives the sustainable ideals so important us, in her day to day life.