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Mainstreaming Environmentally Sustainable Design in WA: An unaffordable luxury or critical design consideration for achieving net-zero?

14 March 2024 @ 7:15 am - 9:00 am


Date: Thursday 14 March, 2024, 7:15am to 9:00am

(join us for barista coffee, light breakfast and networking at 7.15am, with speakers starting at 8.00am sharp).

Location: City of Vincent Function Room, 244 Vincent Street, Leederville.

Cost: Free! Please register for catering purposes below.

Event details:

Join us for this exciting Perth Design Week event sponsored by LGPA and the City of Vincent.

This is a showcase for property professionals, designers, local government planners and sustainability officers to explore best practice examples in WA around how sustainable design can be embedded in the design process and local planning framework.

From design, to planning policy and processes, all the way through to construction and beyond, this session will highlight case studies to follow and build upon to deliver improvements to the quality of buildings and their liveability.

We will be discussing how we can better incentivise environmentally sustainable design to deliver energy and water efficient homes, to retain mature trees and safeguard deep soil planting in new builds.

We guarantee that you will walk away with a few green ideas that your organisation can implement and build upon!

Speakers include:

David MacLennan, City of Vincent
Speaking about: GreenTrack assessments – An Australian local government first

David MacLennan is the CEO of the City of Vincent.

He has extensive public policy and strategy experience at local, state, federal and international levels.

David was previously Assistant Director General at the Department of Planning.

He is a former diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with overseas posting experience in the UK, Peru, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

David is a graduate of UWA and has a Masters of Management from ANU.

His passions are family and fitness.

Chiara Pacifici, Green Gurus

Speaking about: Selling Sustainability – The value proposition of good design and energy efficient homes.

Chiara is Green Gurus Founder, a Real Estate Agent and Sustainability Consultant.

With a strong and successful background in real estate for over two decades, Chiara decided to complete a Masters in Sustainability Studies at Curtin University and join the two industries to help evolve the residential green building revolution.

She has worked directly with the real estate industry, property development sector, NGO’s and all levels of government to develop and implement sustainability initiatives and programs.

Chiara focuses her efforts on real estate; helping people improve property development, learn how to sell the point of difference and enhance sustainable lifestyles.

Chiara has also completed studies at the Curtin University Business School in Property Valuation (Grad Cert Property Investment) and is an accredited trainer (CERT IV.TAE) and Home Sustainability Assessor (HO50032).

Katie Biggs, Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Speaking about: Sustainability and the Scheme – A cautionary tale

Katie is a Sustainability Planning Officer with the Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

With a passion for combining grassroots sustainability with effective policy, Katie enjoys pushing boundaries on the journey to more resilient and regenerative communities.

She has worked in a variety of roles from private consulting to not for profits and state and local government.

Katie is currently focussing on corporate and community climate action and the role of the planning system in creating thriving local economies, enhancing the natural environment and building connected, resilient and liveable communities.

Katie has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management with honours from the University of Western Australia.  She spends her time with family and friends enjoying the gorgeous Margaret River region.


The above presentations will be followed by a Q & A session where we will be taking questions from the floor.


14 March 2024
7:15 am - 9:00 am


City of Vincent
Perth Design Week


City of Vincent Function Room
244 Vincent Street, Leederville
Perth, Western 6007 Australia
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(08) 9273 6000
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