Green Cities 2010 will be used by property and environmental industry leaders to tackle the issue of greenhouse gas production in Australian cities, estimated to account for 70 per cent of the country's greenhouse gas output.

Green Cities is a joint initiative of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the Property Council of Australia.

GBCA CEO Romilly Madew says that the development of sustainable buildings is the cornerstone of the renewed push for sustainable cities.

Property Council of Australia CEO, Peter Verwer agrees. "Australia is in a great position to create world-class buildings, urban environments and communities. Green Cities 2010 will establish a common agenda to ensure we capitalise on the huge opportunity facing us and create living environments for future generations to enjoy," he says.

Green Cities 2010 is the largest and most influential green building conference in the Asia Pacific region, and will take place in Melbourne from February 21 to 24.

Now in its fourth year, it will feature panel discussions, case studies and debates on how green buildings will deliver greater productivity and occupant health while using less resources and providing higher returns on investment.

Leading international and Australian experts will speak at Green Cities 2010, including:

  • urban designer Malcolm Smith, who will share his experiences in the creation of green precincts such as Stratford City (UK), Northstowe New Town (UK) and Dongtan Ecocity (China)
  • multiple award winning architect and founder of lngenhoven Architects, Christoph lngenhoven
  • director of Sustainable Development for Battery Park City Authority in New York, Susan Kaplan
  • US green building specialist and expert, Jerry Yudelson
  • Elsa Monteiro, head of sustainability at Sonae-Sierra