The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has recognised Arup’s Australasia Foresight Leader, Anne Kovachevich for her commitment and contribution to sustainable development by naming her a Green Star Champion for 2022.
With over 20 years’ experience in sustainable building and precinct design Anne has led some of Queensland’s leading sustainability projects including the multi-award-winning Global Change Institute (UQ), the Science and Technology Precinct (QUT) and the Ideas Centre (JCU). As the past Chair of the Society of Sustainability and Environmental Engineers and a member of the WELL Cities Advisory Panel, the Australian Health Design Council sustainability committee and Brisbane City Council’s Independent Design Advisory Panel, Anne is an internationally recognised leader in sustainable development.
Anne is a driving force behind Arup University in Australasia, the firm’s global research and education capability dedicated to harnessing knowledge and insights to explore and identify solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Anne leads a regional team to deliver landmark projects and sustainability strategies, as well as provide thought leadership and policy inputs across key industries including water, energy and waste. Anne has contributed to leading sustainability publications including Designing for Planetary Boundary Cities and Reduce, Restore, Remove.
“The GBCA has been an integral part of my career for over 15 years. From being a Green Star Accredited Professional on 13 projects at once, to technical and industrial committees and now as an assessor, the GBCA have provided support, inspiration and many friendships. Achieving net zero targets and the sustainable transformation of the built environment is vital if we are to tackle the climate crisis and safeguard our planet, but it can only be done with the kind of vision, generosity and radical collaboration shown by the GBCA,” said Anne.
Anne was among 29 professionals chosen by the GBCA as this year’s Green Star Champions – a program that celebrates professionals across a range of industries who are transforming our buildings and communities to be healthy, resilient and positive through the Green Star principles.
“The Green Star Champions are the stars of Green Star. They work tirelessly in their individual roles to ensure our buildings and communities are good for the environment, healthy for people and ready for the future,” said GBCA CEO, Davina Rooney.
Last year Arup designers Alex Rosenthal and Haico Schepers received Green Star Champion awards for their contribution to lowering emissions through world-leading Green Star projects. Newly promoted Principal Roger Swinbourne was an inaugural Green Star Champion award recipient in 2020.