Urban Development Institute Australia’s sustainability manager Ricki Herburgh has left after more than six years to join Tribus, the creators of a new purpose-built platform for local communities.

The new digital platform centralises relevant tools and resources to help communities, businesses and councils keep track of projects.

Ms Hersburgh said that the Tribus platform is “the first digital ‘community marketplace’” and will “transform the way council, business and community connect to make stuff happen”.

Tribus is about to launch its first pilot.

I’m really excited to be involved with the Tribus platform which will definitely impact the way councils, the community and businesses connect in the future,” she said.

“For anyone choosing to select the community element when applying for their EnviroDevelopment certification; they will find this to be an additional ‘value add’ for their project.”

The company is led by Dean Landy, who is a partner, urban designer and architect at Melbourne architectural practice Clarke Hopkins Clarke.

Ms Hersburgh joined UDIA as sustainability manager in 2011. She’s been closely involved with the EnviroDevelopment tool, a tool that the UDIA says a “scientifically-based assessment scheme” that reviews development projects based on six elements –ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.

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