29 May 2013 Aurecon has signed up to One Planet Alliance as the movement, with its stringent set of sustainability principles, continues to gather supporters.

Cundall worldwide last year became the first consultancy  to sign up globally to the free One Planet Living set of principles and commitment, joining  residential projects, Westwick and The Commons in Melbourne and Cape Paterson Eco Village near Wonthagggi, south-east of Melbourne.

In Sydney Lend Lease has also signalled it is applying One Planet principles at its Barangaroo project.

See our previous article:

And details of other signatories to One Planet:

Aurecon’s sustainability leader for New South Wales Digby Hall said becoming a founding member was “a logical progression and another way of signalling to staff and clients that we are serious about achieving sustainable design and efficient operational outcomes”.

Digby Hall

Mr Hall said sustainability was about living within the earth’s finite resources and was the philosophy behind One Planet Living.

“Aurecon is already applying many of the One Planet Living principles to our projects through project design, construction and operation phases,” he said.

“We use the framework to help organisations benchmark their ecological performance and to support action to reduce their carbon and energy costs, waste and fleet emissions, and to strengthen their social performance and value.”

Aurecon’s sustainability competency leader Jeff Robinson said One Planet Living provided a world-class framework for sustainable community planning.

“After measuring the environmental performance we can show urban planners and infrastructure providers how reductions can be made on a community scale through clever design.

“Aurecon is pro-active about exploring how the One Planet principles might be further practised in our organisation and applied in all aspects of our projects.”

The One Planet Alliance, established by One Planet Living and BioRegional Australia, is the first stage in what will become an International Network in 2014.

[UPDATED 31 MAY 2013]