Marlon Kobacker made a conscious choice to pursue a professional career in which he could make a profoundly positive impact on the environment as well as society at large. This unyielding desire to contribute something meaningful through his professional work served as the initial inspiration to study photovoltaic engineering as an undergraduate before earning his Master of the Built Environment in Sustainable Design from the University of New South Wales.
After remaining at UNSW as a lecturer for several years, Marlon embarked on a career focusing on sustainability advisory. Working as a consultant on major international projects, Marlon’s work proved to be instrumental in ensuring each project’s design yielded cost-efficient operations along with significant reductions in terms of environmental impact. Marlon’s consulting work also led to a number of speaking engagements at conferences held all over the world, most of which focused on whole-of-life optimization, cost-efficient sustainable design, and clean energy finance.
Now a director at Sustainable Future Group, Marlon continues to assist clients in achieving similar goals with regard to sustainable design, operational cost reduction, and clean energy finance. Along with Sustainable Future Group, Marlon lends his expertise in varying capacities to EarthRights International and Clean Energy Corporation Australia, also known as CECA.
Do you know what steez is? If so, how do you express your steez?
As a matter of fact I am quite familiar with the term and its origin, so I can confidently declare that I have consistently expressed my steez in every professional endeavor I have taken on.
When you were younger what was your dream occupation?
Although I had multiple dream occupations during my youth, my desire to be an architect endured longer than any of the others.
Who/What inspired you to get into your current field?
As I learned more and more about the manner in which the global climate was being negatively affected by carbon emissions — along with a host of other issues — I became increasingly interested in using my professional career to take meaningful and immediate action.
What is one current trend that excites you?
I see that more and more people are realizing the seriousness of the issue we are facing and are thus resolving to do something positive in response.
What would you consider your biggest accomplishment?
I’m immensely proud of the course I created at UNSW (Solar Architectural Technologies) as well as all the articles and books I have written on sustainable design and clean energy finance, particularly due to the fact that these accomplishments will ensure more and more people have the tools they need to help address this global issue.
What do you think of social media? Has it made an impact on your professional career?
One’s perception of social media has everything to do with the manner in which it is utilized, so my view is that it is an exceptional tool for raising awareness of critical issues and sharing information on new developments.
If you were ever to start again, would you do anything differently?
I’m sure there are several things I would do differently, but I am quite content with what I have achieved and feel confident about the future.
What do you see for the future?
I see a greater global commitment to sustainable building practices and clean energy use.
What’s one piece of advice you can tell our readers?
You’ll never regret pursuing a career in which you are granted the opportunity to do something meaningful and universally valuable.