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Arup’s Roger Swinbourne receives industry award for sustainability leadership

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
16 June 2020

Arup’s Roger Swinbourne has been recognised as one of Australia’s leaders in sustainable built environment practice by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Roger has been named a Green Star Champion for 2020 by the GBCA, a national authority on sustainable buildings and communities.

GBCA CEO Davina Rooney said the award recognises the “vision, passion and commitment of leaders across our industry who work tirelessly in the delivery of a more sustainable built environment through the GBCA’s Green Star certification program”. 

This is the first time the awards have been presented by the GBCA and Davina said they demonstrate the meaningful long-term change that individuals can make by ensuring better outcomes for projects and the community through Green Star.

People like Roger are ambassadors for Australian excellence, for the delivery of world leading projects across our cities and communities. It is their work that helps inspire change across industry by showcasing what is possible. ”

GBCA CEO Davina Rooney Davina Rooney CEO, Green Building Council of Australia

Roger leads Arup's Sustainability Team in Australasia, facilitating improved sustainability, carbon and resilience outcomes from major programmes and projects. He has also worked in Asia, the Middle East and Europe with both industry and governments, setting strategies and delivering improved social, economic and environmental outcomes for clients and their projects.

“It is a great honour to be recognised as a Green Star Champion by the GBCA which has a key role in transforming the Australian property sector through advocacy, education and development of rating tools,” Roger said.

My hope for the built environment is for a system that is incentivised to do ‘better’ and not just achieve minimum compliance. ”

Roger Swinbourne Roger Swinbourne Australasia Sustainability Leader

“This could be realised through a greater appreciation and accountability for the value of the social and environmental benefits embedded in economic and financial worth. I see the GBCA as an instigator unpacking and measuring this value.  I am looking forward to continuing to work with the GBCA and the wider industry as we continue this journey,” he said. 

Arup Australasia Region Chair Peter Chamley congratulated Roger on his award and inspiring leadership on sustainability.

“Arup’s aim is to create a sustainable future with our clients and communities. Roger is at the forefront of the conversation, the strategising and the activity," Peter said.

“Central to all our work is creating a balance between the needs of a growing population and the finite resources and health of our planet."