About Us

WELCOME

Our solution is founded on the genius of NATURE so when we refer to GREEN we mean PLANTS.

Our Vision

GREEN CITIES: The Incorporation Of Green Infrastructure Into The Urban Fabric with the purpose of Advancing the Urban Environment; mitigating impacts of Climate Change; Advancing Social Awareness and improving Health & Wellbeing through Biophilia..

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 specify alternative energy technology which mitigate climate change impact.

(c) To install indigenous planting for the purpose of improving ESG building performance

(d) To use 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 increase 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

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

(m) To improve biodiversity and sustainable ecosystem services.

(n) To raise industry awareness about green infrastructure benefits through internet services; seminars and consultation.

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

(p) To promote sustainable development that enhances urban liveability and the health & wellbeing for building users.

(q) To promote the incorporation of biophilic design.

(r) To provide professional best practice; policy development and accredited new skills training for BIV systems (Building Integrated Vegetation)

(s) To provide professional and best practice within the Design & Construction industry.

Green Infrastructure refers to vegetative infrastructure systems which enhance or protect the urban 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 which are based on WSUD principals such as green roofs, living walls, urban forests, street canopy trees, landscaping, waterways and wetlands, landscape transport corridors, permeable pathways and plazas, green corridors and urban farming. 

The importance of green roofs & living walls is increasing worldwide, because it is an efficient & effective way to moderate the impacts that densely populated urban areas have on the ecology & our society. 

A significant GRA focus is to realise green roofs and living walls. 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 2018

  • To consult on projects which are aligned with our objectives.
  • Provide consultation, skills training and continuing professional development.
  • Provide an informative website linked to world networks.
  • Advocate for the mitigation of climate change impacts.
  • To provide support for research as a stakeholder.
  • To promote Building Integrated Vegatation systems for the built environment.

Ongoing Areas For Development

  • To support all tiers Government in developing green infrastructure policy, planning 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 sustainable design and living architecture.

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