The Natural Edge Project The Natural Advantage of Nations Whole System Design Factor 5 Cents and Sustainability Higher Education and Sustainable Development

"I strongly support the concept, outlined in this project, of a "natural capitalism"-style publication (The Natural Advantage of Nations). In particular, I feel the use of such a book as a resource text in the secondary and tertiary education arenas would be extremely valuable."
Elizabeth Heij, Facilitator, CSIRO Sustainability Network

The Natural Advantage of Nations (Vol I) - Complete

FOUNDATION PARTNERS ($20,000AUD of funding or in-kind support)


The Institution of Engineers, Australia

Engineers Australia is the national forum for the advancement of engineering and the professional development of our members. Its role includes activities that advance the science and practice of engineering, cultivate lifelong learning by our members and promote the contribution of the profession as widely as possible.


The Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO)

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world with 57 sites throughout Australia and overseas. The role of CSIRO is to deliver science and innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment.


Global Sustainability Institute at RMIT University

GS@RMIT is a Research and Innovation Institute at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. The Institute is dedicated to the intellectual and material development of the key emerging and multi-disciplinary field of knowledge around sustainability, inside and outside the University.


Environment Business Australia

EBA's mission is to develop the full commercial potential of the Australian environment and sustainability industry in domestic and export markets. Our objective is always to provide strong and effective representation for our members and a portfolio of cutting-edge services.  

The Barton Group

An alliance of industry CEOs overseeing the strategy and programs under the Environment Industry Action Agenda, to position the Australian environment management industry as the commercial cornerstone from which Australian business can build a sustainable future. Collex, SA Water and Coffey provide support to TNEP thorugh The Barton Group.


Izilla Pty Ltd is one of Australia's fastest growing technology companies based in Sydney, Australia with more than 5 years experience in providing internet based solutions to industries such as health, government, wine production, mining, petroleum, financial services, retail and education.


 PRINCIPAL PARTNERS ($10,000AUD of funding or in-kind support)


Council for the Encouragement of Philanthropy in Australia

Through the support of Ron Clarke, Founder and President, the Council provided a grant of $10,000 to provide seed funding to allow TNEP to focus on the development of the book and online companion. CEPA is no longer active, board members included Lisa Curry Kenny and Graeme John AO.

Australian National University Institute for Environment

The ANU Institute for Environment facilitates research and education on interdisciplinary topics in resources, environment, society and sustainability. In addition, the Institute connects and supports ANU staff and students who work in environment and sustainability through campus events, a newsletter, and by supporting cross-campus programs and initiatives.

The Environmental Engineering College of Engineers Australia and The Society of Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (Australia)


PROJECT PARTNERS ($5,000AUD of funding or in-kind support)



Working in partnership with industry, government and other organisations, we have developed assessment methods and tools that enable our clients' to incorporate sustainability into their business strategies, planning and operations.


Hatch supplies process and business consulting, information technology, engineering, and project and construction management to the mining, metallurgical, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure industries.

Queensland Environment Protection Agency
– Sustainable Industries Division

The EPA seeks to help industries achieve competitive advantage by moving beyond compliance levels of environmental performance to new standards of eco-efficiency and eco-marketing. Through its Sustainable Industries Division, the EPA offers help and advice, a consumer information service and training support services.


PROJECT SUPPORTERS (Less than $5,000AUD of funding or in-kind support)

AtKisson Inc

Australian Association of Environmental Education (AAEE)

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)

Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

Australian Virtual Engineering Library (AVEL)

Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED)

Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)

Commonwealth Engineers Council


Eco-Industrial Development Council of North America


Environs Australia

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)

Environmental Engineering College of Engineers Australia

Forum for the Future (UK)

Green Innovations

The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)

International Council for Local Environment Initiatives (ICLEI)

International Young Professionals Foundation (IYPF)

Monash University Centre for Green Chemistry

Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS)

Nature and Society Forum

New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development (NZBCSD)


(The Council of) Professions Australia

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)

The Australian Collaboration

Triple Bottom Line Australia

University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (ULSF)

UN International Environment Technology Centre (IETC)

Waalitj Environment Technology Centre, Murdoch University

World Federation of Engineering Organisations - ComTech (WFEO)

Young Engineers Australia (YEA)



Numerous individuals formally support TNEP, many of whom have offered invaluable advice, peer review and assistance. Thank you to the following people:

Alex Fearnside
Alexandra de Blas
Alexis Karolides
Andrew Donovan
Andrew Thiele
Anne Harvey
Barbara Hardy
Barry Jones
Bernard Amadei
Bob and Chris Cameron
Bolle Borkowsky
Brendan Smyth
Bruce Roff
Bruce Thomas
Cameron Burns
Cameron Hoffmann
Cameron Neil
Cameron Tonkinwise
Catherine Greener
Cathy Zoi
Cecilia Hilder
Chris Page
Chris Strauss
Christine Loh
David Kemp
David Kimber
David Singleton
David Suzuki
David Yencken
Dennis O’Neill
Dick Smith
Don Henry
Fiona Waterhouse
Gary Codner
Graeme Pearman
Greg Bourne
Heather Lloyd
Heather Tallent
Ian Lowe

Istemi Demirag

James Porteous
Jane Moran Alspach
Janis Birkeland
Jenny Boshier
Jim McKnoulty
Jo Baker
Jo Hume
Joe Herbertson
John Gardiner
John White
Jonathan Sinclair Wilson
Josephine Lang
Julia Birch
Julie Johnson
Junko Edahiro

Karen Alexander
Karen Cameron
Kasey Arnold-Ince
Kate MacMasters
Kathryn Smith
Katherine Wells
Keith Daniel
Maggie Hine
Maria Simonelli
Margaret Metz
Mark Coffey
Mark Mills
Martine Griffiths
Masayoshi Takahashi
Mathis Wackernagel
Mei Ng
Michael Buxton
Michael Lunn
Michael Mobbs
Mike Young
Monica Vandenberg
Moss Cass

Nathan Fabian
Nathan Malin
Neal A. Donahue
Nick Moraitis
Nicolette Boele
Odd-Even Bustnes
Peter Brain
Peter David Pederson
Peter Greenwood
Peter Lowitt
Peter May
Peter Ottesen
Ric Brazzale
Rick Belt
Roger and Jean Venables
Ronnie Harding
Rupert Posner
Sara Parkin
Sasha Courville
Simon Molesworth
Steve Halls
Steven Boyden
Steven Dilli
Sue Lennox
Suzanne Benn
Takashi Matsumura
Terry Hills
Thomas Brinsmead
Thorsten Schuetze
Tony Marjoram
Tony Ridley
Trevor Daniell
Tricia Caswell
Walter Leal Filho
Wayne Smith
William Scully-Power