GBCA and EcoDistricts to Help Create Communities of the Future

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has established a new partnership with US-based EcoDistricts to accelerate district-scale sustainable development in Australia.

The GBCA and EcoDistricts have signed a memorandum of understanding which outlines their intent to explore joint research opportunities, collaborate on industry education programs and share information on best practice.

“We are excited to be collaborating with EcoDistricts to create the communities of the future – communities that are resilient, vibrant, equitable and resource-efficient,” says the GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

Rob Bennett, CEO of EcoDistricts, says: “The synergies between the EcoDistricts Framework and Green Star – Communities rating tool create an opportunity to support industry and cities in their efforts to green development and, ultimately, cities in Australia”.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, holistic national rating tool developed by the GBCA to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities.

The EcoDistricts Framework is a process management tool that helps cities and urban development practitioners to work together to assess district potential, secure finance, engage communities, and deliver integrated sustainability strategies that deliver green buildings, infrastructure and communities. 

The Green Star – Communities rating tool tells project teams ‘how high to jump’ by setting best practice benchmarks.  The EcoDistricts Framework then helps project teams reach those benchmarks by using a practical four-step framework that builds collaborative governance.

“We’re committed to working together to provide city governments, planners, designers and developers with a complementary set of tools that establish effective best practice benchmarks and a framework for implementation,” Ms Madew says.

The GBCA joins other organisations such as the US and Canadian Green Building Councils, Google, Arup and the Integral Group as a founding member of the EcoDistricts movement.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the GBCA, as we can bring district and neighbourhood-focused resources to the GBCA’s members and partners, assisting the many large-scale development projects underway in Australia,” Mr Bennett adds.

The GBCA is co-hosting EcoDistricts workshops in cities around Australia during March 2014.  These are a combination of practical case studies, an overview of the EcoDistricts business case and an outline of the four-step approach.  More information is available on the GBCA website: www.gbca.org.au

About the Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au

About EcoDistricts

EcoDistricts is a fast-paced and entrepreneurial non-profit working towards a big idea to create a global movement and marketplace for revitalizing every city from the neighborhood up. We are creating a convening, advocacy, technical assistance and research platform that bring together leading city builders and urban innovators to promote district-scale sustainable development best practices. Prior to May 2013, EcoDistricts was operating as the Portland Sustainability Institute. For more information, visit www.ecodistricts.org

Media Contact

Karen Jamal
Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has established a new partnership with US-based EcoDistricts to accelerate district-scale sustainable development in Australia.

The GBCA and EcoDistricts have signed a memorandum of understanding which outlines their intent to explore joint research opportunities, collaborate on industry education programs and share information on best practice.

“We are excited to be collaborating with EcoDistricts to create the communities of the future – communities that are resilient, vibrant, equitable and resource-efficient,” says the GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew.

Rob Bennett, CEO of EcoDistricts, says: “The synergies between the EcoDistricts Framework and Green Star – Communities rating tool create an opportunity to support industry and cities in their efforts to green development and, ultimately, cities in Australia”.

Green Star – Communities is an independent, holistic national rating tool developed by the GBCA to support the design and delivery of more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable communities.

The EcoDistricts Framework is a process management tool that helps cities and urban development practitioners to work together to assess district potential, secure finance, engage communities, and deliver integrated sustainability strategies that deliver green buildings, infrastructure and communities. 

The Green Star – Communities rating tool tells project teams ‘how high to jump’ by setting best practice benchmarks.  The EcoDistricts Framework then helps project teams reach those benchmarks by using a practical four-step framework that builds collaborative governance.

“We’re committed to working together to provide city governments, planners, designers and developers with a complementary set of tools that establish effective best practice benchmarks and a framework for implementation,” Ms Madew says.

The GBCA joins other organisations such as the US and Canadian Green Building Councils, Google, Arup and the Integral Group as a founding member of the EcoDistricts movement.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the GBCA, as we can bring district and neighbourhood-focused resources to the GBCA’s members and partners, assisting the many large-scale development projects underway in Australia,” Mr Bennett adds.

The GBCA is co-hosting EcoDistricts workshops in cities around Australia during March 2014.  These are a combination of practical case studies, an overview of the EcoDistricts business case and an outline of the four-step approach.  More information is available on the GBCA website: www.gbca.org.au

About the Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au

About EcoDistricts

EcoDistricts is a fast-paced and entrepreneurial non-profit working towards a big idea to create a global movement and marketplace for revitalizing every city from the neighborhood up. We are creating a convening, advocacy, technical assistance and research platform that bring together leading city builders and urban innovators to promote district-scale sustainable development best practices. Prior to May 2013, EcoDistricts was operating as the Portland Sustainability Institute. For more information, visit www.ecodistricts.org

Media Contact

Karen Jamal
Green Building Council of Australia