Arron Wood was a student at UC in 1994.
Growing up on the banks of the Murray River, Arron became aware of the devastating effects of pollution from an early age. He was determined to make a difference and decided to focus his life on environmental education.
In 2000, Arron founded his own business “Firestarter Pty Ltd.”, an environmental communication and education consultancy business. The company connects the environmental management industry with the greater community, such as schools and companies. For his pioneering campaign Arron was named “Young Australian of the Year (Environment)” in 2001 and won the United Nations’ “Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment” in 2006. He also won the “Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award” (Banksia Foundation) in 2007.
Arron received The Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation and the environment, awarded by the Governor-General and in 2008 completed a Churchill Fellowship which took him to New York and Geneva working with the United Nations to research replication of environmental education programs on a global scale. Arron is currently Managing Director of Kids Teaching Kids, an education model that uses local environmental issues as a theme for learning. This program won the prestigious 2010 People’s Choice Banksia Award.
In late 2016, Arron was elected as the Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne. Arron continues to generously give his time to work with UC students who share his passion for the environment.