Sydney, Australia – Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA’s) chair, Tanya Cox, has been appointed to the board of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).
Ms Cox has more than 20 years’ experience as an executive and non-executive director on a wide range of boards, and was the chief operating officer of the $17.6 billion DEXUS Property Group for more than a decade. The WorldGBC’s CEO Terri Wills said the depth of Ms Cox’s commercial experience, along with her sharp business acumen and strong governance background will add extra depth to an already powerful board.
“As chair of the Green Building Council of Australia, Tanya is driving an ambitious strategy which aims to expand the Council’s influence and impact. Her commitment, expertise and strong leadership, which has contributed to Australia’s status as a world leader in green building, has been recognised with this appointment to our Board of Directors,” said Ms Wills.
Australia’s property industry has been named the ‘global green leader’ for five consecutive years, according to the annual Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), and Australian companies frequently top the table in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. More than 1,070 building projects around Australia have achieved Green Star ratings, and 30 percent of the nation’s office space is Green Star certified. “As momentum for change grows following the COP21 Climate Change pact, the global property and construction sector has an unrivalled opportunity to show leadership and act with purpose,” said Ms Cox.
“Our industry understands this imperative – but it needs a loud voice on the global stage to tell our story, and to bring the hundreds of thousands of individuals and companies together on the journey. I’m honoured and excited to be part of this global movement working together towards a zero carbon future,” she added.