Frasers Property’s sustainability coordinator Olivia Leal-Walker has been announced as the Green Building Council of Australia’s Future Green Leader for 2016.
The award, which acknowledges rising sustainability professionals in the property and construction sector, was announced as part of World Green Building Week on Wednesday night in Sydney.
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said the GBCA was impressed by Ms Leal-Walker’s hard work, passion and “ability to bring people together on a sustainability journey”.
“She worked on Frasers Property’s Fairwater, the first 6 Star Green Star – Communities development in New South Wales, and also played a significant role in Frasers Property being awarded the global GRESB leader for Diversified Office/Industrial/Non-listed fund,” Ms Madew said.
“In her role with Frasers Property, she also engages staff through organising the company wide EnviroWeek talks, World Green Building Week events and various activities as part of the company’s new sustainability strategy.”
Ms Leal-Walker, who joined Frasers following an internship, also volunteers for a number of environmental organisations, and is developing a social enterprise to tackle food waste on farms.
Frasers Property Australia general manager of sustainability Paolo Bevilacqua said Ms Leal-Walker had a “rare gift” of inspiring people to get on board with sustainability, “whether that’s mobilising our staff for volunteering events or bringing together a project team around a common purpose to enhance the value of sustainability to our customer”.
“She’s worked on industry-leading Green Star projects and has a very bright future ahead of her.”
The Future Green Leader receives a VIP pass to all GBCA events, courses, site tours and online learning for a year; a speaking spot at the annual Green Building Day; three mentoring sessions with an industry leader; and recognition as the Future Green Leader.
Ms Leal-Walker takes over from 2015 winner Lisa Hinde, sustainability analyst with JLL.