Tanya Cox elected Vice-Chair of World Green Building Council’s Board of Directors

02 Jul 2018

2 JUL 2018

Tanya Cox of the Green Building Council of Australia has been elected Vice-Chair of the World Green Building Council’s Board of Directors. A highly influential group, the Board is made up of global leaders on green building in the building and construction industry.

Tanya was elected Vice-Chair for her leadership in the green building movement and dedication to improving the sustainability of buildings, both in Australia and at the global level. 

Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, said: “Tanya has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the field of sustainability, and has championed green building as one of the most effective solutions to climate change. 

“Our Board of Directors is an influential group of global leaders which oversees WorldGBC’s delivery of its mission of green buildings for everyone, everywhere. As WorldGBC prepares to develop a new three-year strategy, Tanya’s role as Vice-Chair will be essential to fulfil the full potential of the WorldGBC globally. I look forward to working with her and our fellow Directors to make our mission a reality.”

Tanya was first appointed to the WorldGBC’s Board on 1 July 2016 and has served as Treasurer since 1 July 2017. This is the first time an Australian has been appointed to the position of Vice-Chair.

“I am honoured to have been elected to this important position and to have this opportunity to help lead the WorldGBC’s transformational work,” Ms Cox said.

“Australia is a recognised world leader on sustainability in the built environment and the WorldGBC offers a platform to share lessons learned and collectively build our capacity to respond to a broadening scope of sustainability challenges.

“Sustainability is no longer confined to environmental issues and our response must address social and economic sustainability pillars as well.

“The new WorldGBC three-year strategy will enable us to develop a strategic approach to the best ways to address these challenges and make progress against our shared international commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Tanya Cox is a former chair and current director of the Green Building Council of Australia Board and a non-executive director of various ASX listed and unlisted boards. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of DEXUS Property Group for 11 years. Tanya holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The WorldGBC Board of Directors is comprised of senior leaders from 15 Green Building Councils around the world. The Board’s role is to advise and oversee WorldGBC’s organisational strategy and governance, and to ensure it is operating effectively as a not for profit organisation and delivering on its mission.


Notes to Editors

About WorldGBC

The World Green Building Council is a global network of Green Building Councils that is transforming the places where we live, work, play, heal and learn. Our goal is to help reduce the building and construction sector’s CO2 emissions by 84 gigatonnes and ensure all buildings have net zero emissions by 2050. We believe green buildings can and must be at the centre of our lives. Our changing climate means we must reshape the way we grow and build, enabling people to thrive both today and tomorrow. We take action – championing local and global leadership and empowering our community to drive change. Together, we are greater than the sum of our parts, and commit to green buildings for everyone, everywhere.

From 1 July 2018 the Board of Directors of the WorldGBC will comprise:

  1. Lisa Bate, Canada Green Building Council (Chair) 
  2. Tanya Cox, Green Building Council of Australia (Vice-Chair)
  3. Peter Templeton, U.S. Green Building Council (Treasurer)
  4. Ilari Aho, Green Building Council Finland (Secretary)
  5. Saeed Al Abbar, Emirates Green Building Council
  6. John Alker, UK Green Building Council
  7. Sebastian Dañino Beck, Peru Green Building Council
  8. Felipe Faria, Green Building Council Brasil
  9. Ada Fung, Hong Kong Green Building Council
  10. Christine Lemaitre, DGNB / German Sustainable Building Council
  11. Rudolf Pienaar, Green Building Council of South Africa
  12. Sunderesan Raghupathy, India Green Building Council
  13. Bruno Sauer, GBC España 
  14. Tan Swee Yiow, Singapore Green Building Council
  15. Snježana Turalija, Croatia Green Building Council

About the Green Building Council of Australia

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings and communities. The GBCA’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable. The GBCA works with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support its mission. The Council educates thousands of people each year on how to design and deliver sustainable outcomes for Australia’s buildings and communities. And it operates Australia’s only national, voluntary, holistic rating system for sustainable buildings and communities – Green Star. See: www.gbca.org.au