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How can people follow AGIN and get involved?

If you're passionate about green infrastructure, AGIN is a movement you won't want to miss! Join us as a member or sign up to our newsletter and be part of this transformation toward greener, more sustainable cities!

Thanks Gail, so great for OPO to chat with you, thanks for all you and the team at AGIN are doing!

Thanks for having me!

AGIN does this through active participation of government bodies in New South Wales and Victoria which underscores the organisation's growing influence. Its members hail from leading universities and the GI industry; including construction as along with professionals committed to enhancing urban biodiversity and landscape architecture.

To answer what the benefits are: maintaining and increasing vegetation in our cities has a positive impact on our urban areas. Primarily it helps to cool our cities through shading and evapotranspiration. It can provide adaptation measures to climate shocks by absorbing heavier rain events and heat waves. It also cleans the air and provides community health benefits through exposure to nature.

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'...first we need to develop strong, clear & consistent policy at state or federal level.'

What are the next steps for AGIN in the coming future, and how can people stay tuned to all that your doing at AGIN?

AGIN plans to launch its strategic plan, offering memberships, and developing a comprehensive website with resources to empower its members. Join our mailing list to stay up to date through our website. 

Australia's experience in managing heat and its resilience-building efforts can serve as a valuable lesson for cities worldwide. The Australasian Green Infrastructure Network is a shining example of how collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to sustainable urban development can create a positive impact. 

The organisation plans to represent at the upcoming World Green Infrastructure Congress in New Zealand, to spread its message globally.

OPO uses our in-house AI to extract environmental insights for end users like yourself. How can this help green infrastructure projects in the community?

Nature data from partners like OPO begins to make easily accessible the state of our collective green infrastructure. This can then align to policy and flow through to capital works decisions which designers and construction teams deliver on.

So the ability then to measure and monitor in near real-time how these projects change the state of green infrastructure becomes powerful. Meaning we’re making data driven decisions to ensure long term community benefit and climate adaptation.

Tell us about the goals of AGIN, and why are they so important to achieve?

We're on track to hit 1.5 degrees warming so we know we are already locked in to, quite frankly, an already scary amount of heating that will have a huge impact on us. Australia has also just declared El Nino for 2023/2024. So beyond AGIN's mission is our ‘vision’ where we want to create healthier liveable climate resilient communities through green infrastructure across Australasian cities.

To help achieve this, one of AGIN's core goals is to facilitate collaboration among government, researchers, designers, and the construction industry, breaking down the traditional silos that often hinder progress. The key to achieving this objective lies in quality research, which informs sound policy development, then promoting these policies and standards at national level.  

This supports our collective efforts to drive the green infrastructure movement forward through industry and markets.

Hi Gail, great to be meeting - Let’s dive into Green Infrastructure. What is it exactly, who is involved, and what are the benefits?

Thanks for having me!

Well - Green Infrastructure (GI) is a network of multi-functional green and blue spaces and other natural features, which is capable of delivering a wide range of environmental, economic, health and wellbeing benefits for nature, climate, local and wider communities.

AGIN’s governing team and members are passionate urban greening experts with a focus on strengthening policy and practices for green infrastructure. This is for the purpose of driving meaningful change. So our mission is “bring government, industry and researchers together to achieve high quality green infrastructure.” With a focus on green roofs, walls, facades and other on building or on structure greening in urban areas.

In regards to the supply chain - from policy to construction – how do you see us accelerating impact across Green Infrastructure? And at scale?

AGIN's mission aligns perfectly with the growing urgency to address climate change and its impacts on urban areas.

Every sector needs to play its part. But first we need to develop strong, clear & consistent policy at state or even federal level. To achieve this, we want to connect sectors as there’s so much potential to share knowledge and come together to develop things like national policy and standards.

This would accelerate industry up-take and new market opportunities by 2030, which aligns with the current federal government's proposed Nature Repair Market.

In a world where our cities are getting warmer, The Australasian Green Infrastructure Network (AGIN), led by the president Gail Hall, is championing green infrastructure for its ability to reduce urban heat. Founded in 2022, AGIN is the peak body for Green Infrastructure in Australasia.

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