31 May 2013 - Aurecon has joined the One Planet Alliance as Founding Members.
Using 10 guiding principles as a framework One Planet Living will help guide communities, governments, and organisations to address a range of sustainability issues to ultimately enable a high quality life within a fair share of the earth’s resources.
Digby Hall, Aurecon’s Sustainability Leader New South Wales said: “Becoming Founding Members was a logical progression for Aurecon, and another way of signalling to our staff and clients that we are serious about achieving sustainable design and efficient operational outcomes. We see this as a terrific opportunity to support One Planet Living throughout our region.”
Sustainability is about living within the earth’s finite resources and is the philosophy behind One Planet Living. Applying the One Planet Living principles to new and existing developments result in sustainable communities which are vibrant, affordable and attractive places to live and work.
“Aurecon is already applying many of the One Planet Living principles to our projects through project design, construction and operation phases. 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,” added Hall.
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.
Pooran Desai, Co–Founder BioRegional and One Planet Living said, “BioRegional is proud to welcome Aurecon as a Founding Member of the One Planet Alliance. This demonstrates Aurecon's commitment to addressing sustainability issues on everything they do, from the projects that they work on to the way the organisation is run. They really are industry leaders.”
The initiative uses 10 guiding principles as a framework to help partners examine the sustainability challenges they face and to develop appropriate solutions. These can be applied on an organisational and precinct level.
Jeff Robinson Aurecon’s Sustainability Competency Leader said: “One Planet Living provides 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 involved in the design and development of many new and existing communities in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Africa providing integrated consultancy services, for sustainable buildings, infrastructure and transport services.
Robinson added: “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.”