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NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent

Jon Dee is the founder and managing director of the Australian advocacy organisation ‘Do Something’. In 1991 he also co-founded Planet Ark with his good friend Pat Cash to show people and businesses how to reduce their impact on the environment.

His award as NSW Australian of the Year 2010 recognised John as one of Australia’s most influential figures on environmental issues. He has been instrumental in creating positive change in the daily habits of millions of Australians which will help to change our planet for the better.

Jon Dee is an award-winning social entrepreneur, broadcaster and campaigner. In total, Jon has written and presented over 700 different business sustainability news stories and interviews. Within Australia and overseas, Jon has given hundreds of keynote speeches. He also MC’s events and consults to companies on efficiency, sustainability and change management.

More about Jon Dee:

Jon is a highly sought-after motivational and environmental speaker. His message appeals to a wide ranging audience, from school children, community groups through to the rural community and CEOs. His multi-media presentations give real-world case studies of companies who have improved their bottom line by ʻdoing more with lessʼ, helping their bank balances and the environment at the same time. By addressing issues such as population growth and resource scarcity, he also outlines the reasons why taking environmental action in business makes sound economic sense and gives practical tips on how to do this.

Jon’s corporate clients include Hewlett-Packard, Commonwealth Bank, McDonald’s, ANZ, Toyota, NAB, BMW, Fosters and many others. His speaking engagements have taken place in Australia, Italy, Taiwan, America, the United Kingdom, France and Singapore.

Jon initiated the lobbying campaign that led to Australia’s three- year phase-out of incandescent light globes — a move that is saving Australians hundreds of millions of dollars and which has been adopted by other countries.

Many businesses in Australia are concerned about the increasing cost of energy and raw materials but are unaware of the ways that they can reduce their day-to-day operational costs. In his best-seller Sustainable Growth, Jon shows what companies can do to improve their bottom line whilst reducing their impact on the environment. It has become the definitive sustainability guidebook for Australian business with 90,000 copies in print.

Together with Olivia Newton-John, Jon also founded National Tree Day, an event that has planted 16 million trees and achieved significant environmental results — food and shelter for Australia’s native wildlife. He has also launched a new international initiative called ‘One Tree Per Child’ co-founded with Olivia Newton-John.

Jon Dee also instigated The 10% Challenge, DoSomethingNearYou.com.au, NationalCalendar.com.au, National Recycling Week, National Leftovers Day, RecyclingNearYou.com.au and FoodWise.com.au. He was also the founder of World Environment News, the world’s leading environmental news service used annually by eight million people.

In Australia, Jon heads up the DoSomething organisation and the RE100 renewable energy initiative. In his RE100 role, Jon has recruited 15 major Australian businesses with a market cap of $580 billion. Together these companies have joined RE100 and have committed to go 100% renewable with their electricity use. Globally, over 260 major business have joined RE100.

In 1989, Jon founded Rock Aid Armenia, a music fundraiser for which he recruited the help of Pink Floyd, Queen, Bon Jovi and other leading rock bands. His all-star version of ‘Smoke on the Water’ was a top 40 UK hit and featured many of the world’s top rock stars.

Jon was a member of the environment committee for the Sydney 2000 bid which oversaw  the development of the Environmental Guidelines for the 2000 Games.

In 2005, Jon initiated the Ban The Bulb campaign that led to Australia phasing out of incandescent globes. This move has saved Australians billions of dollars in energy bills.

Jon is also the Managing Director of The DoSomething Foundation, a registered charity that he co-founded in 2007 with Pat Cash and Tina Jackson. The organisation seeks to bring about positive social and environmental change.

In 2007, Jon was the media spokesperson for the Australian release of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth DVD.

In 2008, Jon presented the Tipping Point TV series on The Weather Channel. Broadcast on the hour, 24 hours a day for a whole year, his three-minute segments showed people what they could do to combat climate change.

In 2009 the President of Armenia awarded Jon ‘The Order of Honor’ —the highest honour that Armenia can bestow on a foreign citizen — to recognise his ongoing work helping the disadvantaged in the Armenian earthquake zone.

John has also opened the new music school that he was building in the Armenian earthquake zone. The school, which was opened by the President of Armenia, caters for 200 children a year.

In 2010–11 he initiated and ran the successful campaign to bring about a voluntary ban on phosphates in laundry detergents. This will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the 1.9 billion laundry washes that Australian households carry out every year. Jon has also been the driving force behind the campaign to ban plastic bags.

In 2011 the Federal Government appointed Jon as the environmental champion for the NBN. His role is to educate the public about the NBN.

In 2012 Jon founded National Op Shop Week, which was run with Salvos Stores, Vinnies and The Red Cross.

In 2014 John completed his new book on energy efficiency for business, a follow-up to his previous best-selling business guide book. The initiative was funded with an $870,000 grant from the Federal Government and is being turned into 25 different websites for 25 different business sectors. It will reinforce John’s position as the leading speaker in Australia on corporate sustainability and corporate efficiency.

In 2014, Jon launched a campaign to phase out plastic microbeads in personal care products. Jon managed to get key companies to agree to phase out their use. This campaign led to the nationally agreed phase out plan for plastic microbeads. As of July 2018, personal care products in Australia no longer contain polluting plastic microbeads.

On Sky News Business channel from July 2015 to November 2017, Jon researched, wrote and presented 115 episodes of ‘Smart Money’ – a live weekly TV program where he showed businesses how to become more innovative, efficient and sustainable.

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Jon Dee

NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent

Quick Contact

Jon Dee

NSW Australian of the Year 2010, Planet Ark co-founder, change agent

Jon Dee is the founder and managing director of the Australian advocacy organisation ‘Do Something’. In 1991 he also co-founded Planet Ark with his good friend Pat Cash to show people and businesses how to reduce their impact on the environment.

His award as NSW Australian of the Year 2010 recognised John as one of Australia’s most influential figures on environmental issues. He has been instrumental in creating positive change in the daily habits of millions of Australians which will help to change our planet for the better.

Jon Dee is an award-winning social entrepreneur, broadcaster and campaigner. In total, Jon has written and presented over 700 different business sustainability news stories and interviews. Within Australia and overseas, Jon has given hundreds of keynote speeches. He also MC’s events and consults to companies on efficiency, sustainability and change management.

More about Jon Dee:

Jon is a highly sought-after motivational and environmental speaker. His message appeals to a wide ranging audience, from school children, community groups through to the rural community and CEOs. His multi-media presentations give real-world case studies of companies who have improved their bottom line by ʻdoing more with lessʼ, helping their bank balances and the environment at the same time. By addressing issues such as population growth and resource scarcity, he also outlines the reasons why taking environmental action in business makes sound economic sense and gives practical tips on how to do this.

Jon’s corporate clients include Hewlett-Packard, Commonwealth Bank, McDonald’s, ANZ, Toyota, NAB, BMW, Fosters and many others. His speaking engagements have taken place in Australia, Italy, Taiwan, America, the United Kingdom, France and Singapore.

Jon initiated the lobbying campaign that led to Australia’s three- year phase-out of incandescent light globes — a move that is saving Australians hundreds of millions of dollars and which has been adopted by other countries.

Many businesses in Australia are concerned about the increasing cost of energy and raw materials but are unaware of the ways that they can reduce their day-to-day operational costs. In his best-seller Sustainable Growth, Jon shows what companies can do to improve their bottom line whilst reducing their impact on the environment. It has become the definitive sustainability guidebook for Australian business with 90,000 copies in print.

Together with Olivia Newton-John, Jon also founded National Tree Day, an event that has planted 16 million trees and achieved significant environmental results — food and shelter for Australia’s native wildlife. He has also launched a new international initiative called ‘One Tree Per Child’ co-founded with Olivia Newton-John.

Jon Dee also instigated The 10% Challenge, DoSomethingNearYou.com.au, NationalCalendar.com.au, National Recycling Week, National Leftovers Day, RecyclingNearYou.com.au and FoodWise.com.au. He was also the founder of World Environment News, the world’s leading environmental news service used annually by eight million people.

In Australia, Jon heads up the DoSomething organisation and the RE100 renewable energy initiative. In his RE100 role, Jon has recruited 15 major Australian businesses with a market cap of $580 billion. Together these companies have joined RE100 and have committed to go 100% renewable with their electricity use. Globally, over 260 major business have joined RE100.

In 1989, Jon founded Rock Aid Armenia, a music fundraiser for which he recruited the help of Pink Floyd, Queen, Bon Jovi and other leading rock bands. His all-star version of ‘Smoke on the Water’ was a top 40 UK hit and featured many of the world’s top rock stars.

Jon was a member of the environment committee for the Sydney 2000 bid which oversaw  the development of the Environmental Guidelines for the 2000 Games.

In 2005, Jon initiated the Ban The Bulb campaign that led to Australia phasing out of incandescent globes. This move has saved Australians billions of dollars in energy bills.

Jon is also the Managing Director of The DoSomething Foundation, a registered charity that he co-founded in 2007 with Pat Cash and Tina Jackson. The organisation seeks to bring about positive social and environmental change.

In 2007, Jon was the media spokesperson for the Australian release of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth DVD.

In 2008, Jon presented the Tipping Point TV series on The Weather Channel. Broadcast on the hour, 24 hours a day for a whole year, his three-minute segments showed people what they could do to combat climate change.

In 2009 the President of Armenia awarded Jon ‘The Order of Honor’ —the highest honour that Armenia can bestow on a foreign citizen — to recognise his ongoing work helping the disadvantaged in the Armenian earthquake zone.

John has also opened the new music school that he was building in the Armenian earthquake zone. The school, which was opened by the President of Armenia, caters for 200 children a year.

In 2010–11 he initiated and ran the successful campaign to bring about a voluntary ban on phosphates in laundry detergents. This will significantly reduce the environmental impact of the 1.9 billion laundry washes that Australian households carry out every year. Jon has also been the driving force behind the campaign to ban plastic bags.

In 2011 the Federal Government appointed Jon as the environmental champion for the NBN. His role is to educate the public about the NBN.

In 2012 Jon founded National Op Shop Week, which was run with Salvos Stores, Vinnies and The Red Cross.

In 2014 John completed his new book on energy efficiency for business, a follow-up to his previous best-selling business guide book. The initiative was funded with an $870,000 grant from the Federal Government and is being turned into 25 different websites for 25 different business sectors. It will reinforce John’s position as the leading speaker in Australia on corporate sustainability and corporate efficiency.

In 2014, Jon launched a campaign to phase out plastic microbeads in personal care products. Jon managed to get key companies to agree to phase out their use. This campaign led to the nationally agreed phase out plan for plastic microbeads. As of July 2018, personal care products in Australia no longer contain polluting plastic microbeads.

On Sky News Business channel from July 2015 to November 2017, Jon researched, wrote and presented 115 episodes of ‘Smart Money’ – a live weekly TV program where he showed businesses how to become more innovative, efficient and sustainable.

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