University of Canberra
CURF Seminar | Green Growth | Kate Auty Catherine Carter Shannon Battisson
Posted 16 August 2018 1:42pm

ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment Prof Kate Auty led panel discussion on "Green Growth".  

Monday 17 September 2018


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Download a copy of each presenter's PowerPoint presentation here:

Shannon Battisson PowerPoint

Catherine Carter PowerPoint

Kate Auty PowerPoint

Professor Kate Auty has also supplied the following links to websites referred to in her presentation:

Todd Litman, The New Climate Economy, “Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl”

Coalition for Urban Transitions, “A major global initiative to support national governments to accelerate economic development and tackle dangerous climate change by transforming cities”

The economic and social benefits of low carbon cities: a systematic review of the evidence 

Urban Land Institute - Supporting Smart Urban Development: Successful Investing in Density 

Urban Land Institute - Supporting Smart Urban Development: Successful Investing in Density(2)

The New Climate Economy - Cities report 2018

Grattan Institute  Jane-Frances Kelly - The housing we want

Grattan Institute  Jane-Frances Kelly - The housing we want(2)


Professor Kate Auty

Kate Auty is the Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment with the Australian Capital Territory Government and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at MSSI. Prior to this, she was the Victorian Government Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability.

Kate holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science, law and history, having graduated from University of Melbourne (Arts Hons/Law), Monash University (Masters in Environmental Science), and La Trobe University (PhD in Law & Legal Studies). She also holds a Dip of International Environmental Law from UNITAR. Kate is member of the Environment Institute of Australia and NZ and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was a senior lawyer for the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia where she worked to incorporate an understanding of the underlying issues across a very broad spectrum of sectors. Her career has seen her undertake a number of consultancies, including the development of curriculum and reports on natural resource management, native title, Indigenous issues, and the choices facing local government in regard to a rapidly changing climate.

In 2008, Kate was appointed a Charles Joseph LaTrobe Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities at LaTrobe University. In 2008 and 2009, she was the Chair of the Victorian Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation and also a member of the Premier's Reference Committee on Climate Change.

Catherine Carter

Head of the Property Council of Australia’s Canberra office for more than a decade, Catherine Carter now provides specialist advisory services with a focus on urban environments, city building, stakeholder engagement, new forms of collaboration and diversity.

A sought-after media commentator and columnist, Catherine is a tertiary qualified and extensively networked professional with deep experience in planning policy, advocacy and strategy, with a deep passion for Canberra.

Catherine sits in a number of public and private sector boards. She was the recipient of the Telstra ACT Business Women’s Community and Government Award in 2010 and the National Association of Women in Construction Crystal Vision Award in 2017 for her work to improve the career opportunities for women in the property and construction industry.

Shannon Battisson

Shannon Battisson is the founding director and lead architect at The Mill: Architecture + Design.  She graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2006 and has since returned to Canberra to develop her career with a strong environmental focus, with high performing low energy use housing her specialty.  Shannon has designed and delivered projects across Australia, Hong Kong and the USA.  Projects include educational facilities (ANU, Burgmann Anglican School, School of Signals(ADF)), commercial office fitouts (Civil Aviation and Safety Authority, Ray White, ADF Remuneration Tribunal), retail/hospitality fitouts (Canberra Centre, Gungahlin Town Centre), and multiple award winning, high performance solar passive housing projects. 

Shannon is currently Chair for the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Sustainability Committee, and holds a seat on the ACT Chapter Council.  She has held roles as Juror for the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter Awards, and the Housing Institute of Australia Southern Region and National Awards.  She has presented several workshops on environmental design and construction for the ACT Government’s ACTSmart program.  Shannon was the recipient of the 2018 Australian Institute of Architects, ACT Emerging Architect Prize.

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