Melbourne-based Engineer Michael Li has been named by collaborative sustainability community 2degrees as one of 25 young professionals under 25 transforming the world of sustainable business.

An Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Engineer, Michael’s passion for innovation and capacity to make a mark in the world of sustainable business were acknowledged in client and peer testimonials, bringing him into the Top 25 group of young professionals, entrepreneurs, analysts, consultants and communications experts from around the world.

2degrees described Michael as ‘the one finding real solutions for sustainable buildings’, citing his work with the Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) new Green Star rating tool for green buildings. Michael’s role in AECOM’s Green Office (GO!) program was also acknowledged by 2degrees. This program identifies ways to make AECOM’s own office operations as sustainable as possible while introducing initiatives to encourage team members to make sustainability a way of life.

Michael explains that having a career in sustainability empowers him to make a contribution to tackling some of the world’s biggest environmental issues. He aims to become an industry leader in sustainability, integrating sustainable principles so they become ‘business-as-usual’ standards for Australian society.

Michael said his position at AECOM allows him to engage a range of project stakeholders with sustainability issues. Passionate about sustainability and concerned about the environmental impacts associated with climate change, he adds that the recognition from 2degrees and the opportunity to network with other young sustainability professionals globally gives him a solid platform to achieve his goals.

2degrees Editor-in-chief Tom Idle said the Top 25 epitomised the new generation of sustainability professionals, who will become the business, community, NGO and political leaders of tomorrow.