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Building for the future


4 July 2011

The University of Sydney's Colin Rockliff (fifth from left) and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore (centre) with Better Building Partnership members and associate members.
The University of Sydney's Colin Rockliff (fifth from left) and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore (centre) with Better Building Partnership members and associate members.

The University of Sydney has joined forces with the City of Sydney Council and big business in a bid to cut carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of buildings in the nation's largest city.

The Sydney Better Buildings Partnership is an alliance of 14 major commercial and public sector organisations, which collectively own nearly 60 percent of Sydney's CBD office space.

The partners aim to increase the sustainability of Sydney's commercial and public sector buildings - such as through improving energy, water and waste efficiency - and thereby contribute to the City of Sydney's ambitious Sustainable Sydney 2030 initiative, which aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent from their 2006 levels over the next two decades.

"The University is excited to be a part of this initiative. It is great to see big city landowners in a collaborative partnership," said Colin Rockliff, Director of Campus Infrastructure Services at the University.

"As a major research-intensive university, we know we have a large part to play in improving sustainability."

Each founding member of the Better Building Partnership is driving positive change through the implementation of a range of showcase green initiatives.

The University's 'showcase initiative' is a new building, due for completion in late 2013, which will house a groundbreaking centre that aims to significantly reduce the personal and social burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The centre will draw together a diverse community of academics who have the capability to consider everything from food production to the economics of grocery shopping, the physiology of metabolic disorders, clinical translational research, public policy, health economics, law and regulation, behavioural sciences and cultural studies.

They new building will encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, while also delivering important sustainability features - a hallmark of other recent capital works projects at the University.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said the Sydney Better Buildings Partnership was the first time major property owners in Australia had come together to develop energy, water and waste systems to improve environmental performance precinct-wide.

"This historic partnership will help Sydney businesses reduce their overheads, create opportunities for new businesses and make our city a better place to live and work," she said.

The 14 founding member companies and organisations are:

  • AMP Capital Investors
  • Brookfield Office Properties Australia
  • Charter Hall
  • Colonial First State Property Global Asset Management
  • DEXUS
  • GPT Group
  • Investa Property Group
  • Lend Lease
  • Mirvac
  • Stockland
  • Frasers Property
  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • City of Sydney Council

Media enquiries: Joanna Linehan, 9351 4614, 0409 714 825, joanna.linehan@sydney.edu.au