Centre for Green Cities

Centre for Green Cities

Centre for Green Cities

Centre for Green Cities is helping to turn research into innovative real-world applications for a sustainable future

Urbanisation is changing the shape and composition of our cities on a global scale, putting major pressures on our biodiversity, water resources, human health and wellbeing. By 2050, 70 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. The Centre for Green Cities takes an integrated approach to research on urban transitions, with a focus on developing partnerships between Macquarie University, government and industry to find creative solutions that ensure our cities remain liveable spaces.

The Centre aims to provide a collaborative platform for undertaking interdisciplinary research that maximises the environmental, economic and social returns for our cities. We focus on sustainable energy innovations and urban greening, both of which are emerging areas of research that will provide climate change adaptation and mitigation solutions for cities, their inhabitants and biodiversity.

Our research

Our vision for the centre is to engage with government and industry partners to develop long-term research projects and educational initiatives, building capacity across the University and beyond.

Our key areas

Green cities

Greening our cities is not just about making open spaces aesthetically pleasing. With urbanisation changing the shape and composition of our cities, major pressure on biodiversity, water resources, human health and wellbeing is increasing.

In this changing environment, it is essential that innovative partnerships are utilised to maximise the environmental and social returns of natural assets within cities, including integrating open spaces, verge plantings and green roofs and walls into mainstream urban policy and planning, construction and maintenance. 

With growing public and private investment focused on infrastructure and accelerating urban renewal, the demonstrated environmental, social and economic benefits, ranging from ecosystem services to improving the energy efficiency of buildings, can be captured and utilised.

Urban transitions

The global trend of people moving to cities and surrounding urban areas to live and work continues. This increase in urbanisation has forced Australia, and many other countries, to rethink how we can turn our cities into sustainable and liveable spaces that will accommodate a greater population by integrating nature into the urban environment.

National Green Infrastructure Network

The National Green Infrastructure Network (NGIN) is a multidisciplinary group of passionate individuals from academia, government, private practice and industry striving to enable liveable and sustainable urban landscapes. NGIN enables cross-sector partnerships through research, support and outreach.

NGIN aims to integrate a wide variety of natural assets into the built environment to create a network of green spaces and water systems that improves the health and wellbeing of everyone living in city and urban environments.

NGIN is committed to:

  • carrying out research that generates the practical knowledge and protocols required to establish green spaces and water systems (green infrastructure) tailored to the built environment
  • building strategic cross-institutional partnerships that leverage a diverse range of expertise locally, nationally and internationally, so that green infrastructure becomes an integral part of city planning and building construction
  • collaborating with policymakers in city and urban government agencies, practitioners, industry partners and local communities to undertake research and disseminate the products of our research, thus sharing the benefits of green infrastructure
  • sharing the unique learning and teaching opportunities generated by this research to maximise government, corporate and community participation.

NGIN is a network driven by co-founders Leigh Staas (Macquarie University), Lucy Sharman (Lendlease), Suzanne Dunford (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage), Sara Wilkinson (University of Technology Sydney), Paul Osmond (University of New South Wales) and David Duncan (ASPECT Studios).

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