Watch Episode 3 of Urban Green Live, hosted by Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck. This livestreamed interview series features industry experts from NYC and around the globe to talk about solutions for a zero-carbon future.
On May 27, 2020, we welcomed Davina Rooney, CEO of Green Building Council of Australia, to Urban Green Live. Rooney and Mandyck discussed sustainability trends on a global scale, including embodied carbon—the next frontier of the materials space. Rooney also shared critical lessons from her work with WorldGBC’s Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment, where she is partnering with over 16 property groups to achieve operational net zero by 2030.
Chief Executive Officer
John joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation having done business in 53 countries. He’s an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Business and also served as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. John is the founding chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Green Building Council and a former board chair of Urban Green. He is co-author of the book Food Foolish and has published about sustainability in Harvard Business Review.
CEO Green Building Council of Australia
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) is Australia’s authority on sustainable buildings, communities and cities. Rooney has led the GBCA since June 2019 and is a property professional with a broad range of sustainability experience, including working on environmental projects and nonprofit boards. Rooney also has experience with overseas community development work: she spent 8 months working in the Indian Himalayas on the construction of a school that won multiple international awards. Rooney has also received several industry awards including NAWIC NSW Sustainability 2016, PCA 2014 Future Leaders Award, and Sydney University Engineering Young Alumni Award.