Two built environment sustainability leaders have been awarded an Order of Australia.
Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), has been awarded for her “distinguished service to the construction sector as a change agent and advocate for sustainable building practices”.
Ms Madew was appointed the CEO of Infrastructure Australia in January 2018, and was previously Deputy President of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).
Peter Verwer, former head of the Property Council of Australia, ASBEC’s co-founder and founding board member of the GBCA, has been awarded for his “distinguished service to the property sector, to sustainable development and construction, and to professional bodies”.
President of ASBEC, Professor Ken Maher AO, said, “Romilly is an extraordinary champion of sustainable, liveable and resilient buildings, communities and cities, who has helped to catalyse an enormous effect on Australia’s built environment.
“As CEO of the GBCA, Romilly has grown the market for sustainable buildings and precincts, which are not only energy and water efficient and environmentally-friendly, but also deliver great health, comfort and wellbeing outcomes for occupants.”
Professor Maher also praised Mr Verwer’s achievements.
“Peter has made a remarkable contribution to the property industry and built environment sector with his relentless dedication to bringing a focus on sustainability, through cross sector collaboration,” he said.
“Peter led the delivery of policy initiatives that have spurred a step change in the environmental performance of commercial buildings within our cities.
“Peter and Romilly are exception individuals whose passion, commitment and boundless energy has helped to foster an expansive, high level and impactful collaborative movement advancing a sustainable built environment.”