Naomi Martin

The Green Building Council of Australia has snared the driving force behind the Sydney Opera House’s sustainability program,

, appointing her to the role of senior manager – strategic products and services.

Ms Martin has been manager of sustainability and energy for the Opera House since December 2008. Prior to that, she worked for the NSW Minerals Council, Sinclair Knight Merz, RPS Group and the Victorian EPA sustainability and environmental consulting roles.

GBCA’s head of market transformation Jorge Chapa said Ms Martin was “instrumental” in the Opera House achieving its 4 Star Green Star performance rating. She also laid out the roadmap announced in the 2016 Sustainability Plan for achieving a 5 Star Green Star Performance rating.

“Achieving a 4 Star Green Star rating for the Sydney Opera House made me realise the power of Green Star ratings to engage an organisation and the general public around the value of sustainability in buildings,” Ms Martin says.

Mr Chapa said her work “has caught the attention of people around the world, as Naomi has proven that, through hard work and commitment, an iconic, historic and complex building is capable of meeting best practice benchmarks for sustainability.”

He said that as a member of the GBCA Industry Advisory Group, Ms Martin has made an “invaluable contribution” to the organisation and the green building movement over a number of years, and that GBCA is delighted to have her on board.

In her new role, Ms Martin will be responsible for delivering critical strategic projects and engaging with industry.

“One of my proudest moments of working with the GBCA has been developing an ‘Innovation Challenge’ for Reconciliation Action Plans and then seeing other projects developing their own RAPs. I’m looking forward to helping foster transformation across the Australian property industry, as we work towards more liveable, sustainable communities and cities,” Ms Martin said.

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