16 June 2017
Kate Harris, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA), will be one of our judges for this year’s Sustainability Awards. Harris brings to the expert jury panel an extensive background in leadership, capacity-building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future.
Prior to GECA, Harris spent six years at the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, the last two of which were in the capacity of CEO. She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready.
In the lead-up to the 2017 Sustainability Awards, Harris spoke to A&D about going beyond the low-hanging fruit of sustainability, moving beyond tokenism and where sustainability is heading in the new few years.
Stand-out leadership and the courage to go beyond BAU [business as usual] and the ‘low-hanging fruit’ [of sustainable solutions]. It’s time to create real significant sustainable change.
I think there has been significant change, particularly in the commercial sector. But it’s a good time [to] leapfrog into true, future paradigms of built design and infrastructure projects
Easier integration for the use of best-practice emerging materials and [the] real operational performance of a building within building modelling systems (BIM). Also, longer term horizons to the return on investment through operational performance and natural capital. Social cost to environment and society [should also] be quantified and be [considered as] cost considerations [for] projects and ROI calculations.
I think we still see both. The standout projects and designers incorporate it holistically, [but it’s] time for all [of us] to move beyond tokenism. We have significant challenges ahead and [the] 2050 road map will come up quicker than we think. The time for radical implementation is now.
The growth of truly sustainable and beautiful materials from nature, [incorporated] into the future of full design stages.