About Us

WELCOME to the GRA website.

The concept of creating green cities by synthesizing urban environments with natural ecosystems based on adaptability, sustainability, resilience and interconnectivity began in Babylon around 10BC, hence this is not theoretical fantasy and since Babylon the technology and expertise has vastly improved which is what GRA promotes, disseminates and shows you as a member.. The solution is founded on the genius of NATURE so when we refer to GREEN we mean PLANTS.

Our Vision

To Promote The Incorporation Of Green Infrastructure Into The Urban Fabric with the purpose of Advancing the Natural Environment; reducing Climate Change Impacts; Advancing Education and Health.

Objectives

The Principal objects for which the Company is formed are:-

(a) To advance the inclusion of green infrastructure for sustainability; ecosystem diversity and to mitigate climate change impacts.

(b) To promote alternative energy technology which mitigate climate change impact.

(c) To promote indigenous planting for the purpose of enhancing and protecting the natural environment.

(d) To promote indigenous planting in urban areas for the purpose of carbon sequestration.

(e) To improve the quality of stormwater run-off flowing to catchments, natural waterways and the ocean.

(f) To improve stormwater management in urban areas.

(g) To improve water and air quality.

(h) To reduce carbon emissions from the built environment through enhanced thermal insulation.

(i) To promote the mitigation of Urban Heat Island Effects.

(j) To promote the principles of Ecological Sustainable Development.

(k) To promote the creation of urban green corridors that connect isolated urban natural environments to natural environment hinterlands.

(l) To promote and create new urban habitats for native flora and fauna.

(m) To promote biodiversity and sustainable ecosystem services.

(n) To educate the public about the environment and raise public awareness about green infrastructure benefits through internet services; conferences; seminars and new skills training.

(o) To advocate, promote and educate on the environmental, social and economical benefits of green infrastructure relevant to advancing the natural environment.

(p) To promote sustainable development that enhances urban liveability and the natural environment.

(q) To promote the development of environmental sustainability and the horticultural resources of Australia.

(r) To promote and support professional best practice; policy development and accredited new skills training which protects or enhances the natural environment.

(s) To promote professional and best practice within the industry.

(t) To establish professional and cooperative relationships with government bodies and affiliated associations that promote and protect the natural environment.

(u) To represent the green infrastructure industry as a peak body in Australasia.

(v) To provide industry accreditation for green infrastructure best practice and training.

 (w) To advance public health and well being with an increase in urban planting.

 (x) To advise on green infrastructure policy which benefits the natural environment.

(y) To promote and provide stakeholder support for urban agriculture farming projects.

Our primary aim is to be the peak body for green infrastructure design, practice, education and advocacy which sustains, protects and enhances specific areas of the natural environment; improves sustainability; mitigates climate change impacts by reducing carbon emmissions; improves air and water quality. Our secondary objective is to promote the development of horticultural resources in Australasia.

Green Infrastructure refers to vegetative infrastructure systems which enhance or protect the natural environment through direct or indirect means. It describes the network of green spaces and Water Sensitive Urban Design that deliver multiple environmental, economical and social values to sustainable urban development. Green Infrastructure includes all native urban landscapes wich are based on WSUD principals such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, street canopy trees and landscaping, waterways and wetlands, landscape transport corridors, permeable pathways and plazas, green corridors and urban farming. Green Infrastructure provides a healthy urban water table, improved stormwater quality and connects vital ecosystem services which contribute or enhance urban sustainability and the natural environment.

Green Infrastructure Policy 2017_GRA goals, objectives and principles.pdf

The importance of green roofs & living walls is increasing worldwide, because it is an efficient & effective way to moderate the negative impacts that densely  populated urban areas have on the natural environment. A greater concentration of urban greening is possible by replacing 'Grey Infrastructure' with 'Green Infrastructure' planning.

A significant GRA focus has been to advocate for the inclusion of green roofs and living walls as a primary contributor towards providing more indigenous planting to areas previously overlooked. Urban development has replaced the natural environment with hard surfaces serviced by grey infrastructure storm water systems which are unsustainable. Vegetated systems such as green roofs and living walls are sustainable and have the potential to expand exponentially with urban development. 

Commitments 2017

  • To protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Provide education, skills training and continuing professional development.
  • Provide an informative website linked to world networks.
  • Advocate for the mitigation of climate change impacts.
  • Organise the Annual National Seminar.
  • To provide support for research.
  • To promote indigenous planting and the horticultural resources of Australia.

Ongoing Areas For Development

  • Investigate and collate information on scientific research specific to environmental/health benefits.
  • Explore strategies to promote benefits of green infrastructure. 
  • Develop ongoing education and new skill training programs.
  • To support all tiers Government in developing green infrastructure policy and legislation.
  • Research for Australian Green Infrastructure.

Our members include design and construction professionals, building stakeholders, decision makers, environmental consultants, government officials, students and homeowners passionate about  the Natural Environment; sustainable design and living architecture.

History

Since 2007 our association has been the peak body for promoting the practice of greening the urban environment  to enhance and improve sustainability of the natural environment.. GRA has evolved from being an incorporated association to becoming a public company limited by guarrantee on 29 May 2013. The mission statement has not changed significantly however since 2009 there has been a stronger focus on our National Annual Conference, our members, sponsors and the website service.

National Conferences have always been a primary means of promotion and advocacy starting in Brisbane 2007 - 2008; Melboune in 2009; 2010, in Adelaide. In 2011 the National Conference, "Greening Cities", was held in Sydney and provided four international keynotes and 18 national speakers, with major support from the City of Sydney, this conference was a great success. In 2012 our 'Greening Cities' National Conference was held in Melbourne and presented four international keynotes and 16 national speakers from areas of gov't policy; research; best practice projects and latest technology.

In 2014 we hosted the World Green Infrastructure Congress in Sydney which was an Internally acclaimed event promoting the benefits green infrastructure provides our natural environment.
Since 2009 GRA have provided educational workshops and performed advocacy roles  within the professional and  government sectors to promote awareness about the benefits to air quality; stormwater quality and the reduction of carbon emmissions that this rapidly expanding industry provides. . 

As Founding Members of the World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN) GRA has built strong industry relationships with the UK, Europe; USA; Canada & South America since 2008. Since 2009, our president has represented GRA as a WGIN Board Member at International Congresses in Mexico, USA, China, Scandinavia, Malaysia, Singapore and France, so the GRA network is extensive. Since 2010 Matthew has also established a strong relationship with the industry in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Europe, Middle East and Phillipines to secure a stronger relationship within Asia, based on research sharing, best practice for the industry, policy direction and information on new technology. In 2014 GRAus accepted the role of Vice President for WGIN.
GRA needs your support as a member to continue with industry support & promotion into 2017 & beyond.

Conclusion:

In the 21st Century humanity needs to overcome challenges of population growth, food production and the impacts of climate change in order to restore a sustainable balance with nature. GRA is of the belief that this is achievable, however, it will require innovative, informed and decisive government leadership and planning. Innovative revision of planning codes can promote collaborative, unified efforts from the disciplines of architecture, landscape design, urban planning, engineering, ecology, environmental management, botany, psychology and horticulture which can enhance and protect our environment and improve the quality of life for future generations. GRA believes that NOW is the TIME for a review on urban expansion codes and practice. What has worked in the past does not logically make it correct.

 When we refer to GREEN we mean PLANTS

GREEN ROOFS AUSTRALASIA CONSTITUTION

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WELCOME to our association website.