Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) named Rory Martin, National Sustainability Manager with dwp Suters as GBCA’s 2014 ‘Future Green Leader’. Announced at the launch of the Future Green Leaders network in Sydney, the award aims to recognise up and coming sustainability specialists in the property and construction sector.

According to GBCA Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, Rory Martin is an emerging leader who is making an impact in the sustainability space, adding that Rory’s passionate commitment to sustainability and exceptional achievements should serve as an inspiration to other young people for embracing sustainable thinking.

As National Sustainability Leader, Rory leads dwp Suters’ sustainability team and is responsible for the holistic delivery of sustainability across project sectors and operations. A Green Star Accredited Professional, Rory is also responsible for policy development and implementation, design reviews, integration of environmental modelling within BIM practices, marketing, reporting and strategic planning.

The Future Green Leader Award was supported and judged by Australand and Interface.

Australand Managing Director Bob Johnston explained that the judging panel was impressed with the depth of Rory’s experience, the sustainable outcomes on a wide range of projects, and his thoughtful articulation of the opportunities presented by embracing sustainable thinking.

Managing Director of Interface Australia Clinton Squires adds that Rory deserves recognition for his commitment to buildings that respond to their climate, and are economic anchors, aesthetically appealing and healthy environments for people.

Rory has solid experience in design, consultancy, project delivery and industry standards, having completed projects across North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.

Describing sustainable design as just good design, Rory believes it is all about finding solutions that ‘minimise environmental impact, provide greater social benefit for building occupants and users, while still meeting economic targets’.

Future Green Leaders was launched as part of the annual World Green Building Week celebrations, which this year brings together 100 green building councils and 25,000 companies to ‘get up, green up’ the built environment.