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Meet the NAC: Mark Thomson of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF)

GreenTag’s commitment to supporting a healthier built environment is long established in Australia and globally.  We have regular contact with eminent industry exponents of sustainable building design and one of those professionals is Mark Thomson, President of the Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) a non-profit coalition endorsed by industry and environmental bodies.

Mark is a valued member of GreenTag’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) for Building Products with a passion for creating healthy working and living environments.  He is an Ecological Architect and Sustainability Consultant, with a national reputation for the practical implementation of Ecologically Sustainable Development.

In 2016 Mark judged the Queensland Premiers Sustainability Awards and since 2015 been a judge of the Australian Banksia Sustainability Awards. He was an Expert Panel member in the international Katerva Awards in 2013, recognised as the Nobel Prize in Sustainability. In 2007, he co-authored the book “The Environmental Brief – Pathways to Green Design”, which was published in London.

In addition to his roles with the Australian Green Development Forum and his advisory role with GreenTag, Mark is also a faculty member of the Green Building Council of Australia, the Queensland Representative of the Banksia Foundation and an Earthcheck Accredited Professional.

GreenTag shall continue to introduce you to members of our National Advisory Committee. Other representatives on the committee for Building Products are:

Professional Associations

Scott Bagnell –Design Institute of Australia (DIA)

Stephen Claridge – Building Designers Association QLD

Industry Associations

Sophi MacMillan  – Vinyl Institute

Meriel Chamberlin – Apparel & Textiles Industries Group

Narelle Chenerry – Australian Certified Organic

University

Dr Dominique Hes  – University of Melbourne

Community/Env NGO

Jo Immig   – Australian Toxics Network

GreenTag Sponsors Seminar on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney 2016

Global GreenTag is proudly sponsoring and leading a seminar and panel discussion on Certification at Sustainable Brands Sydney on June 28.

Certification: Transparency Is Crucial For Building Trust And Credibility is the title of the segment and GreenTag’s Chief Executive Officer and Program Director David Baggs will be leading off a round of talks to explore the current issues of applications and perceptions of certifications within organisations.

The session will focus on why sustainability certifications should have clearly defined goals and should continually work towards achieving them with demonstrable, measurable outcomes.

Improving standards and scheme design should be an ongoing process, where standards are regularly reviewed and audited, where necessary, in order to incorporate new research and experience, claim MCI the Sustainable Brands Sydney event organisers.

These two measures ensure that everyone – whether it’s the buying public, the sustainable product manufacturer, or the certification itself – is on the same page, knowing exactly what the ecolabel represents and best practice is being upheld.

The big questions to be asked during the overall session will be: HOW valid are certifications for organisations and products? Are we over-certifying, and HOW does industry cope with the sheer number of them?

In the session, delegates will discover HOW brands can align themselves with a certification most valid for their business and their consumer and HOW to use them to access existing and new markets.

Global GreenTag and David Baggs will be joined in this session by:

  • Terence Jeyaretnam (moderating the session) of Climate Change and Sustainability Services
  • Kate Harris – Chief Executive Officer of Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
  • Trudy-Ann King – Executive Director, Market Engagement and Communications of GBCA (Green Building Council of Australia)
  • Adam Beaumont – Chief Executive Officer of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
To register and join Sustainable Brands Sydney (June 27-29) click here: http://events.sustainablebrands.com/sb16syd/

GreenTag’s Sustainable Metrics To Feature At SUSTAINABLE BRANDS SYDNEY

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It’s time to learn HOW to successfully innovate your brand for sustainability NOW … SUSTAINABLE BRANDS SYDNEY invites you to learn HOW for the first time in Australia, Sydney 27-29 June 2016

It’s time Australian brands learn how to leverage off each other.  The knowledge sharing that Sustainable Brands offers is crucial in building a greater sustainable business community and in implementing successful sustainable business practices in Australia.

SB16 Sydney proudly announce the support from Global GreenTag as a Partner for the inaugural Australian iteration of the event. Given that Global GreenTag provides independent indicators of sustainable metrics and quality they are the perfect supporter for this type of conference –GreenTag has become the trusted certification standard  behind some of the world’s most successful brands.

Sustainable Brands is also collaborating with pre-eminent Australian sustainability organisations; Banksia Foundation and Sustainable Business Australia.

Sustainable Business Australia CEO, Andrew Petersen said: ‘Sustainability continues to evolve as a corporate value, business imperative, and brand promise. It is a fact that the investment community is waking up to the value to consumer brands of managing environmental and social issues effectively, and in our increasingly transparent world, the risk of not tackling sustainability is extremely high for business.’

Sustainable Brands delivers a world class line-up of thought leaders and practitioners who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide through leading-edge technology, innovative brand strategies, sustainability initiatives, and more. Join them and learn HOW to successfully innovate your brand for sustainability NOW.

Connect with today’s leading brands, impactful organisations, and social entrepreneurs as you immerse yourself in the fresh new ideas, case studies, tools and partners you need to successfully align your brand and purpose.

Learn from 80+ speakers, including keynotes; Sally Uren Forum for the Future, Bert van Son MUD Jeans, Simon Mainwaring We First, Tom Szaky TerraCycle plus… Republic of Everyone, RACV, Climate Friendly, WWF, H&R Block, IAG, Oz Harvest, Vivid Sydney, NAB, Global GreenTag + more!

Sustainable Brands Sydney
~ 27-29 June 2016
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BCI Media and Global GreenTag Join Forces To Serve The Building and Design Industry

MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Australia’s most advanced third party green product certification program, Global GreenTag – has joined forces with the region’s leading construction information provider, BCI Media Group, in a strategic collaboration to better serve the building and design industry.

GreenTag will be providing greater awareness amongst the expansive community of BCI members of building materials intelligence and specifically certified green products, offering exclusive discounts on GreenTag certification fees.

BCI Media Australia will be offering GreenTag’s certified product suppliers the opportunity to upgrade their business to business knowledge with exclusive discounts for its products and services.

Global GreenTagCertTM is an ISO compliant Type 1 ecolabel that supports building professionals make informed green product decisions and manufacturers with certified products to access the Green Star® certified projects marketplace. Some of world’s most iconic brands are GreenTag certified, including Interface, CSR, Polyflor, Laminex, Knauf, Armstrong, Tarkett, Herman Miller and more.

Global GreenTag CEO and Program Director David Baggs says: “We value this partnership, it is an opportunity to help BCI and AIS members better understand the importance and long term benefits of building product certification – as distinct from business as usual products. Conversely, our product manufacturers have much to gain from accessing BCI’s project database especially those committed to working with the Green Star® rating tools. We look forward to helping BCI’s clients to understand how to maximise the business benefits of Green Star® while better serving the needs of the built environment and improving environmental outcomes.”

BCI Media Group serves the region’s construction market under its BCI Australia, BCI New Zealand and BCI Asia brands. By assisting suppliers secure timely specifications with architects BCI plays a critical role as a conduit for collaboration in the design and development process, helping achieve optimal design and construction outcomes.

BCI Media Australia CEO Dr Matthias Krups says: “Since the launch of our progressive architectural journal FuturArc over a decade ago BCI has been a vocal advocate for sustainable design and green building. We are excited to welcome our new strategic alliance with GreenTag as a new avenue to furthering the green building message in the industry.”

For more information about Global GreenTag Pty Ltd, please contact: David Baggs –  1300 669 997

For more information about BCI Media Pty Ltd, please contact: Cathryn Zhao, Marketing Manager BCI Media Group, 02 9432 4154.

GreenTag Partners With 1st Australian Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress

The Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance are proud to announce Global GreenTag as a Green Partner for the inaugural Australian iteration of the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress.

GreenTag looks forward to partnering and building with the Congress sustainability approaches for the Australian event in September in Adelaide.

The Congress will provide delegates with the opportunity to network with their contemporaries in the region, provide a forum for alliance members and congress attendees to be able to showcase their work, and a unique learning environment focussed on all design disciplines featuring in the region.

The Congress aims to explore the theme of ‘Home’, stating:

“Extrapolating on this theme we recognise that everyone has some kind of a relationship to home and what it means in terms of belonging, family, comfort, nurture, tradition, familiarity and gathering. Memories of home are also deeply ingrained in our memory. “Home” brings together the real and the ordinary from which, through design, the imaginative and the extraordinary transpires and resonates.

“Within the congress theme of “Home” we acknowledge that sustainable design is a fundamental element of professional design practice and integral to this relationship of human/home interaction.

Given that the application and employment of sustainable principles in design projects are a pillar of ethical design practice, we are glad to welcome Global Green Tag as a Green Partner; providers of independent indicators of sustainable metrics and quality.”

“We look forward to Global Green Tag’s support and involvement in this important focal area within our design community as we convene the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance Congress in Adelaide this 24-26 September this year.”

For more information, visit the Asia Pacific Space Designers Alliance website HERE