Naomi Martin, the sustainability manager who has driven the Sydney Opera House’s ambitious green agenda over many years, has been appointed to a key role with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Ms Martin is the GBCA’s new Senior Manager – Strategic Products and Services, with responsibility for delivering critical strategic projects and engaging with industry.
“Naomi was instrumental in the industry-leading 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating achieved by the Sydney Opera House,” says the GBCA’s Head of Market Transformation, Jorge Chapa.
“Her work has caught the attention of people around the world, as Naomi has proven that, through hard work and commitment, an iconic, historic and complex building is capable of meeting best practice benchmarks for sustainability.
“Naomi has made an invaluable contribution to the GBCA and the green building movement over a number of years as a member of our Industry Advisory Group, and we are delighted to have her on board to contribute her expertise to our growing team,” Mr Chapa adds.
Ms Martin has 15 years’ experience as a sustainability specialist within the government, consulting and not-for profit-sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has spent seven years working with the Sydney Opera House as Environmental Sustainability Manager.
Previous experience includes time with EPA Victoria, coordinating environmental assessments for windfarms in Scotland, and environmental studies and consulting for major construction projects with SKM and the NSW mining industry.
“Achieving a 4 Star Green Star rating for the Sydney Opera House made me realise the power of Green Star ratings to engage an organisation and the general public around the value of sustainability in buildings,” Ms Martin says.
“One of my proudest moments of working with the GBCA has been developing an ‘Innovation Challenge’ for Reconciliation Action Plans and then seeing other projects developing their own RAPs. I'm looking forward to helping foster transformation across the Australian property industry, as we work towards more liveable, sustainable communities and cities,” Ms Martin concludes.
Ms Martin commences her role with the GBCA on 7 November.