Tony Arnel, former Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia has been presented with a World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) Chairman’s Award for 2014. 

Arnel chaired the WorldGBC between 2008 and 2011, during which time the Council experienced extraordinary growth in member countries now exceeding 100 in number. His stint also saw the establishment of regional Green Building Council networks, with GBCA supporting the development of the Asia Pacific GBC Network, and the establishment of an international policy task group.

Announcing the award at the WorldGBC Congress in São Paulo, Brazil, WorldGBC Chairman Bruce Kerswill said the honour recognised Tony’s outstanding contribution to the growth of the WorldGBC.

According to Mr Kerswill, Tony’s guidance as a director and chairman laid the foundation for the WorldGBC’s success, winning wide support for his global work, particularly from developing countries, and helping establish the Asia Pacific Network. Thanks to his efforts, the WorldGBC has emerged as a globally influential champion of sustainable building.

Arnel said he was humbled with the global recognition and attributed the successes to the great team effort and a lot of hard work in transforming the WorldGBC into a global movement.

Daniel Grollo, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia commented that Arnel’s award was a reflection on Australia’s internationally recognised green leadership. Tony not only headed the Green Building Council of Australia for five years, but also simultaneously chaired the WorldGBC, contributing immensely to the growth of both organisations.

The São Paulo event also recognised the contributions of former Executive Vice Minister with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Qiu Bao Xing, who made energy-efficient building a focus of his government’s strategy to mitigate greenhouse emissions, and Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean architect and leader in sustainable social housing.