Sustainable Sydney Highlights Landmark Green Star Buildings

It’s World Green Building Week, and this year, more than 90 countries around the world are hosting events of some sort to mark the occasion. As part of the celebration, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is offering a self-guided ‘Sustainable Sydney’ walking tour in conjunction with the Better Buildings Partnership. The aim is to introduce locals and tourists alike to the many ways the country’s Green Star green building rating system has transformed the city’s footprint, and how Sydney’s infrastructure is getting a green makeover.

Now in its third year, World Green Building Week showcases the central role that green buildings and sustainable communities play in reducing the global carbon footprint, while also creating jobs, boosting productivity, health and learning, and improving lives. Sustainable Sydney is the first of a series of such green building tours that are in the works for other Australian cities in years to come.

Sustainable Sydney, 1 Bligh Street

image via GBCA

Romilly Madew, chief executive of the (GBCA), , said, in a statement, “We have eight million square metres of Green Star-certified space around Australia, we’ve trained 40,000 people in the property and construction industry on sustainable building practices, and our Green Building Council is one of the world’s largest and most influential.” He goes on to note that in ten years, the country has transformed some segments of the property and construction market – such as commercial offices – and is currently making inroads into other markets, such as sustainable schools, hospitals, shopping centers, industrial facilities and apartments.

“World Green Building Week reminds us that sustainable building is not a fad or a fashion – it’s the future, and Australia is at the forefront of this global movement,” Madew said.

If you’re kicking around Sydney this week, check out the Sustainable Sydney Walking Tour site, where you can download the map to the self-guided tour highlighting six of the city’s most iconic green buildings. (The tour takes approximately two hours.)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.