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Romilly Madew: World Green Building Week

When we launched World Green Building week three years ago we never imagined it would grow so rapidly.

And yet, this year 89 GBCs representing 30,000 companies have joined forces to highlight the important role that buildings play in reducing the global carbon footprint and saving money, while also creating jobs, reducing poverty and improving lives.

It was most fitting to commence the week's activities at Lend Lease's Darling Quarter, as our host is a truly global organisation. Lend Lease thinks global and acts local, working closely with each GBC in which it is located around the world.

World Green Building Week is an opportunity for our industry to reflect on our achievements in sustainable building.

Today, we have more than 4.2 million square metres of Green Star certified space around Australia.

Today, our GBC is the second largest out of 89 around the world.

Today, we have trained more than 21,000 people in the industry on sustainable building practices.

And today, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is overrun with Australian companies, with seven out of 21 being Australian. GBCA member company, Stockland, came in at Number One.

Of course, there is much more work to be done. But as Australia moves towards a price on pollution, we can expect green buildings to move 'front and centre'. The companies collaborating with the GBCA are certainly our green building leaders, and are well-positioned to capitalise on the opportunities in our new green economy.

Leading by example is one of the most powerful ways to affect change. While Australia's green building movement was in its infancy, it was the brave and the bold companies that embraced Green Star.

They did not wait for government intervention. They did not wait for other companies to have a go first. They took a leadership position.

This week, as part of World Green Building Week, I encourage all our member companies to continue that bold, visionary leadership.

Work with us to roll out the Green Star - Communities project, to develop the Green Star - Performance rating tool and to ensure Green Star continues to evolve and improve.

As Mahatma Gandhi once said: "we must be the change we wish to see in the world."