About us - our staff, our story

Lucinda Flynn

Lucinda Flynn

  • Accredited Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessor
  • Facilitator, trainer and presenter
  • Member of the Residential Efficiency Scorecard Quality Assurance Panel
  • Cert 4 in Residential Efficiency Assessing
  • Cert 4 in Training & Assessing

Lucinda has a long history in sustainability, as co-founder of Going Green Solutions almost 20 years ago. She has a huge passion for practicing sustainable living in every aspect of her life and loves to teach others about energy efficiency, electrification, Circular Economy and Permaculture principles and how to incorporate them into everyday home and work life, waste management and green purchasing.

Lucinda is a highly experienced Scorecard assessor, having completed well over 800 assessments for private clients as well as government and council supported programmes,  projects and tenders. Her approach is that there is no right or wrong way to improve a home, rather it’s about finding the options that work best for each unique home and family, their goals, capabilities and budget.

She has run workshops and presentations for a wide range of people including primary and high school age kids, business owners, Clean Energy groups, staff of various organisations, as part of speaker panels at Expo’s and events, and to the general public.

She is also a member of the Residential Scorecard Quality Assurance Panel, whose responsibility it is to maintain the quality and integrity of the Scorecard programme through training and examining new applicants and auditing existing assessors.

Sean Flynn

Sean Flynn

  • Catering ware and warehouse manager
  • Wholesale ordering and sales

Sean is passionate about sustainability and waste issues in particular. He is a co-founder of Going Green Solutions.

Sean is our catering ware and wholesale specialist, handling all customer orders for Biopak products and other compostable items, stock keeping and logistical matters.
Sean is our resident wholesale specialist, warehouse manager and humour doctor, and co-founder of Going Green Solutions. From handling orders to logistical matters, Sean keeps things ticking over so that our customers get what they want when they want it and can be counted on to hound couriers and sort out problems all day if need be.

Jules Jay

Jules Jay

  • Workshop Facilitator & Presenter
  • Diploma Professional Writing and Editing
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Jules is a writer, editor and positive psychology practitioner. She is also a dedicated follower of permaculture ethics and principles with a long-held commitment to ethical and sustainable living. For the past eight years, her research and professional practice have been focused on exploring the links between human wellbeing, sustainable living, and connection to nature. 

Jules is an active facilitator with a particular passion for creating workshops and community initiatives that can help people live more happily, healthily, and sustainably. Her programs are designed to encourage optimism and self-efficacy, promote resilience, and protect communities and ecosystems. Her work is evidence-based, grounded in theory, and underpinned by the science of positive psychology.

For three years starting in July 2024 Jules will be collaborating with Going Green Solutions to present the REthink Nillumbik project. Together, Jules and Lucinda will facilitate a series of programs to help Nillumbik’s community members, organisations and volunteer groups incorporate circular economy and net zero emissions changes into their everyday decisions and activities.

To read more about Jules: http://positiveseeds.com.au/about-us/

Danielle King

Danielle King

  • Accredited Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessor
  • Business Energy Auditor
  • Carbon Accountant
  • Energy efficiency trainer and presenter
  • Cert 4 in Residential Efficiency Assessing
  • Cert 4 in Training & Assessing

Danielle is highly experienced at efficiency in homes and commercial buildings. She is an accredited Scorecard assessor, as well as offering Business Energy Audits and Carbon Accounting.

Danielle is an educator in the field and often provides community information and education sessions on energy efficiency in the home, getting off gas and efficient building. She has also contributed to articles and journals in the media. Danielle’s focus is on providing cost effective, practical and customised advice and guidance for each client.

Cal Forsyth

Cal Forsyth

  • Accredited Residential Efficiency Scorecard Assessor
  • Professional Draught Proofing

Cal is an accredited residential energy efficiency consultant specializing in Scorecard assessments, draught proofing and thermal imaging. He has a key focus on building fabric, heating, cooling, hot water, and renewable energy upgrades and is a valued member of DEECA’s Scorecard Quality Assurance Panel and NatHERS Technical Advisory Committee.

Our story…

Going Green Solutions is a team of people passionate about sustainability, reducing carbon emissions and waste, and helping Melbourne householders live more comfortable, without spending a fortune on energy bills.

By helping our customers understand and reduce their energy consumption, we are helping to reduce carbon emissions and contributing in a positive way to the climate energency.

We are committed to waste reduction and Going Green Solutions have been proud partners of Biopak compostable catering ware products to food and beverage traders for 17 years.

We believe in and are dedicated to operating ethically and thoughtfully in all our interactions with customers, employees, suppliers and our precious planet.

Where have we come from?

Going Green Solutions (GGS) began as a supplier of ‘all things green’ – a business committed to sourcing and verifying genuinely sustainable products. Over the years GGS established a reputation for integrity and service. Customers knew that any product they purchased was genuinely ethical and sustainable – the team at GGS had done the research for them.

After operating out of a shopfront for 15 years in Hurstbridge, Lucinda Flynn, one of the founders of GGS moved into the area of home eergy efficiency assessments, and has not looked back. So much so, that GGS closed its retail shopfront in late 2022 to focus on home energy efficiency assessments and advice, along with the continuation of provision of Biopak products to food and beverage traders.

GGS has won a number of awards over the years, including:

Winner ‘Champion Assessor of the Year‘ award – Scorecard awards, 2019

Winner ‘Industry Education Award‘, Northern Business Achievers Awards 2016 (NBAA)

Winner ‘Practically Green Environmental Business Award‘ 2013 and 2011, Nillumbik Shire Council

Finalist ‘EcoBuy supplier of the year‘ award, 2011

Winner ‘EcoBuy supplier of the year‘ award 2010

 

 

Our own Green Solutions

Sustainability really matters to us, and we consider our impact on people, the community and the environment in everything we do. Here are some of the ways we do that.

Energy, water & waste management

  • We are an all electric business
  • Our electricity supplier is Diamond Energy, who scored 5 stars in the most recent Green Electricity Guide. Diamond Energy owns only renewable assets, with zero emissions intensity, has a strong public position against investing in fossil fuels, and does not have contracts to buy energy from fossil fuel power stations
  • Even though our electricity is already Carbon Neutral, we purchase 100% Green Power
  • We continually monitor our energy use and look for ways to reduce it – it is already very low
  • We use only energy efficient lighting, laptops instead of desktops, we have heat pump hot water and reverse cycle units for heating and cooling and solar PV
  • We have started recording our carbon emissions so that we can offset them
  • We recycle all our paper and hard plastic office waste, and our printer uses refillable inkwells
  • We use only 100% post-consumer recycled fibre paper for printing, print double sided and re-use single side printed paper for note books
  • Our landfill waste and recycling waste is so low that we bring it home and add it to our home kerbside bins (landfill and recycling bins are collected on alternate fortnights). We also have continuous waste reduction targets.

Staff, services & being aware of what our money supports

  • All our staff live locally so that we continue to support the vitality and sustainability of our local community
  • We use local and small businesses and services wherever possible to support the economic vitality of our community
  • We buy Australian made wherever possible – where a product is made elsewhere, it is because there is no comparable Australian made product
  • We do our banking with Bank Australia, who are member owned. Bank Australia exists to create mutual prosperity in the form of positive economic, social, environmental and cultural impact. Their aim is to benefit their customers, their communities and the planet, they are B Corp certified and they offer lower mortage rates for people who are either making or can show they have made energy efficiency upgrades to their homes.

Giving back

We have a long history of being active involved in our own community, as well as supporting community organisations who are promoting sustainability, trying to become greener, and teaching others about eco-friendly living. We’re all in this together, and we are proud to be able to work with such passionate organisations. Here are some of the ways we give back our community:

Staff volunteering

After one year of employment, each of our staff are encouraged and supported to do 16 hours of volunteer work every year within their normal paid working hours, for an organisation of their choice that is creating a positive impact for people and the environment.

Our staff offer one free remote home energy efficiency advice session per month for a person in need (let us know if you know someone in need)

Our staff participate in events promoting sustainability and energy efficiency, such as Sustainable House Day (both national and local programmes), and Speed Date a Sustainability Expert (national and local).

1% annual profit to charity

Starting from the 2020/2021 financial year, we have committeed to donating 1% of our profit to a local organisation that creates a positive social and environmental impact.

Our current chosen recipient is Oz Harvest. Oz Harvest are finalists for the Premiers Sustainabiity Awards in the category of ‘Waste reduction and the circular economy’, both of which are very important concepts to us and that we are proud to support.

Supporting community groups, social enterprises and not-for-profits

  • Open Farms day: Promoting local growers and farmers in the community by inviting guests to visit open farms
  • ANU Intrepid Landcare raffle donation: Raising funds for a student run volunteer group
  • Films For Change: Screening of the impactful Australian doco BLUE at the St Kilda town hall for 800 people
  • Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group: Dinner to raise money for Asylum Seeker support
  • Briar Hill Primary School Spring Fair: Annual spring fair, always with sustainability as a focus
  • Fairs fair: Catering ware for the Karen Women’s food stall to serve food at Annual Fair Trade market
  • Watsonia Heights Primary School: Trivia night to raise money for sustainability projects in the school
  • Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast: Cleaning up the coast community event
  • Port Philip Eco-Centre Sustainable Schools Festival – we donate every year
  • Early Education for Sustainability South Australia Inc (EESSA Inc) www.eessa.org.au – Mini conference around sustainable procurement
  • Transition Warringal: Film Screening evenings
  • The Social Studio https://www.facebook.com/thesocialstudiomelbourne – Ethical clothing label Gala Fashion Event
  • Doctor’s for the Environment, Australia: 2015 iDEA Conference
  • Holmesglen Tafe: Enviro Week events
  • Friends of Alieu (East Timor): Trivia Night fundraiser
  • St Michaels Social Justice Group: Fundraiser for Asylum Seekers
  • Clean Energy Nillumbik – our local volunteer clean energy group

Helping Aussie businesses reduce their environmental impact

As a Biopak partner, we’ve been able to help businesses across Australia reduce their carbon footprint by switching to biodegradable food service and catering products.

Our expert knowledge aids businesses in selecting the eco-friendly alternatives that meet their needs, so we can all collectively reduce our environmental impact.