Creating healthy, liveable, climate resilient communities through Green Infrastructure
Roche HQ Green Roof,Sydney
We are a group of passionate urban-greeners that support the regeneration of nature in our cities through Green Infrastructure, fostering the creation of healthier, liveable, climate-resilient communities in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Collaborating with industry, government and researchers, we advocate, educate, and share knowledge to drive excellence in urban greening, delivering positive environmental and community outcomes.
As a new organisation, we are continuing to evolve to meet the needs of our community.We are currently developing our membership options and a new website.Watch this space!
We acknowledge the First Nations people of the lands and waters across which our members are spread. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We acknowledge the important cultural role water, flora and fauna have in our urban landscapes and the benefits for our cities when these elements are allowed to perform their cultural functions as well as their environmental functions.
AGIN evolved out of an informal community of practice group that enabled professionals in green infrastructure to come together and share their experiences.In 2022, recognising the need for a peak body to continue the work, AGIN became an Incorporated Association dedicated to advancing the sector, particularly for green roofs, walls and facades.
2021Community of practice established in September with 45 members.
2022Members vote to establish a peak body for Green Infrastructure in Australasia.AGIN formed and incorporated as an Association in December.
2023Inaugural General Meeting held in June and first committee appointed.
What We Do
Challenges to implementing Green Infrastructure in Australasia include a lack of legislation requiring its inclusion in developments, limited funding for Green Infrastructure projects, the absence of clear guidance and standards for high-quality design and delivery and lack of skills recognition for professionals.To address these challenges, AGIN has established four strategic pillars (Advocate, Educate, Accredit and Certify) that support our vision of creating healthy, liveable, climate resilient communities through Green Infrastructure.
Provide guidance towards a certification system to ensure good quality Green Infrastructure is delivered
Connect individuals and organisations with the knowledge and skills to develop capability
Advocate to government and industry for Green Infrastructure to be included at the earliest stages of development design
Accredit Green Infrastructure professionals and provide ongoing professional development opportunities.
Get to Know Our Team
President & Co-Founder
Gail is well known in the urban greening sector in Australia and has extensive experience in green infrastructure policy including; authoring the award winning Growing Green Guide, theRoadmap for greener cities, developing multiple strategic plans and policy, the Melbourne Green Factor tool and convening Canopy - Melbourne’s Green roof forum .
Deputy President & Co-Founder
Ben is a pioneer, educator and passionate advocate of Green Infrastructure. He established the Urban Greener consultancy in 2008, is a Churchill Fellow, and has authored and led local government strategy. Ben has been associated with RMIT, La Trobe, Swinburne TAFE and the University of Melbourne. He has also written and presented widely on Green Infrastructure best practice.
Suzy has over 20 years’ project management experience in the built environment and a Master of Property Development from the University of Technology, Sydney.She is the Green Infrastructure Lead at JLL and a Cert IV qualified horticulturalist.
Jua is the Head of the School of Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney.She is the Co-chair of the Climate Action Group of the Commonwealth Association of Planners,Jua's research and publications focus on the planning of sustainable cities, Green Infrastructure and enhancing quality of life.
Zoe is Director at The Urbanist and Associate Director of Design (Urban Planning), School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.She is also Chair of Design for Nature and developed New Zealand’s award winning Living Roof Guide (Pukapuka tataki ki te mataora tuanui).
Mitchell is a horticulture and landscape design professional specialising in Green Infrastructure.He has a Bachelor of Design, a Master of Landscape Architecture, and extensive experience leading projects at Fytogreen Australia for both commercial and residential applications of Green Infrastructure.
Laura is an urban sustainability professional who specialises in Climate Change Adaptation.She has over 15 years experience in local government sustainability and has worked in Australia, the UK and Aotearoa/New Zealand.Laura has a strong passion for nature and believes greener cities are essential for building resilience to the impacts of climate change.
Luli is passionate about achieving greener more resilient cities.She trained as an Architect in her native Argentina and completed an MSc in Building Energy and Environmental Performance in the UK.Working with Junglefy in Sydney Luli developed Nature Based Solutions for clients, provided technical advice and managed Green Infrastructure product R&D.
Sara is Research Director at the School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney and has worked in the public and private sectors. Her research focuses on preparing our built environment for climate change and she has published widely on Green Infrastructure including authoring a best practice guidance note for RICS on Green Roofs.
Whether you want more information about our work, have ideas to contribute, or are interested in collaborating on our efforts, we would be delighted to hear from you.