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Green Building Council of Australia appoints new CEO

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has selected a sustainability industry leader to be its next chief executive officer.

Davina Rooney, former General Manager of Sustainability and Corporate Procurement at Stockland has been chosen for the role, which will commence on 11 June 2019.

She is a civil engineer with a variety of sustainability experience from environmental projects, not-for-profit boards and overseas community development works, spending eight months in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of an award-winning school.

Rooney’s contributions in her field have been recognised with multiple awards, including the NAWIC NSW 2016 Sustainability Award, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award.

GBCA Chair Rod Fehring said Rooney’s inspirational leadership capacity together with her deep technical knowledge would enhance the organisation’s industry perspective as it furthered its goals to make communities more productive, liveable and healthy.

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“Davina has led Stockland to be a global leader on sustainability in property, achieving a raft of international accolades from leading organisations DJSI, GRESB and CDP. Davina has also steered industry-leading initiatives at Stockland, including the largest rollout of solar panels in the property industry and the most Green Star Design and As Built rated shopping centres in the country,” Fehring said.

“She worked over 10 years across Stockland’s diverse business to develop and implement strategies for sustainable and efficient buildings and communities.

“Her responsibilities took her from the construction site to the policy table, giving Davina an outstanding insight across the lifecycle of major development projects,” he said.

Fehring said Rooney is a well-known and respected leader in the construction sector and is delighted at her appointment to the role.

“She is the perfect candidate to take forward the GBCA’s impressive legacy in a collaborative way at what is in an exceptionally exciting time as we move towards the implementation of key projects including the next generation of Green Star and our Carbon Positive Roadmap,” he said.

Rooney said she was excited by the opportunity to work across industry at this pivotal time and would focus on achieving real outcomes for low-energy buildings and communities.

“Property provides an unparalleled opportunity to build ongoing sustainable communities that positively impact people, communities and the world environment,” she said.

“I am passionate about developing happier, healthier and more sustainable outcomes, while working collaboratively across the industry. I believe in the power a strategy of shared value can deliver. How we partner with industry, with policymakers and community shapes our success.

“The GBCA, and outgoing CEO Romilly Madew, have had a transformational impact on the Australian market and this is something I look forward to building on in the years ahead. In Australia, we have much to be proud of as a global leader, but we can and will improve to help meet our international obligations,” Rooney said.