A new guide for local governments will support the development of communities that are liveable, prosperous and sustainable.
The Green Star – Communities Guide for Local Government has been launched today by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and AECOM at the Green Cities 2014 conference in Melbourne.
The guide explains how councils can use the Green Star – Communities national framework and the Green Star – Communities rating tool to achieve better economic, social and environmental outcomes across the built environment.
“How we plan, design and build our communities has an enormous impact on our economy, our wellbeing and our environment,” says the GBCA’s Chief Operating Officer, Robin Mellon.
“Local governments across Australia will play an integral role in implementing and administering the planning controls, policies and programs that ensure we ‘get it right’ for existing and future communities. This new guide can help local governments to achieve the best outcomes – both now and for future generations,” Mr Mellon adds.
GBCA member organisation AECOM collaborated with the GBCA to develop the guide.
“Local governments are on the frontline in delivering positive, sustainable change in our communities. This guide provides insights into how local government and industry can collaborate around Green Star – Communities to deliver more effective planning and sustainability outcomes,” said AECOM Associate Director, Design + Planning, Roger Swinbourne.
“This guide aligns with AECOM’s appreciation of the challenge of driving more sustainable cities – a challenge that requires effective collaboration and partnership between government, private sector and the community to deliver a more sustainable future.”
City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Robert Doyle, says that the Green Star – Communities rating tool and guide “gives councils the knowledge, resources and benchmarks they need to make sustainability central to what they do.”