A Successful Inaugural NZ IS Summit
On June 7, ISCA held our Inaugural Infrastructure Sustainability Summit in Auckland on Thursday; Enabling sustainability through infrastructure.
We had 25 speakers with an even mix of genders represented and over 100 attendees, 74% of which were new friends who hadn’t previously been to ISCA events. Our keynote address by the Minister for Women, and Associate Minister for Transport and Health spoke about her Government’s vision of a greener more inclusive way of commuting around New Zealand. She even braved the cold Auckland weather to ride her bike to the sustainably minded Cordis venue.
The aim of the summit was to explore issues, challenges and best practice examples for delivering resilient, sustainable infrastructure in New Zealand. We had lively discussions with our panels on;
- How innovation and digital technologies can deliver more sustainable infrastructure
- Opportunities for sustainable investment in regional infrastructure, and how industry can engage local communities
- Climate Change resilience in infrastructure
As a thank you to our speakers generous contributions, we have matched this with a contribution to Love Soup. Based in Auckland, Love Soup’s mission is to feed the hungry in mind, body and spirit, providing free nourishing meals and supportive services without judgement and always with dignity.
The one-day summit was followed by networking drinks and the first official launch of ISv2.0, the next evolution of the IS rating tool developed by industry for industry. More than 100 organisations collaborated to bring ISv2.0 to life which will provide a comprehensive quadruple bottom line reporting framework, aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
This event would not have been as great a success or even possibility without the support and commitment from our partners and invested stakeholders. Our NZ summit committee lead by our Board member, Monique Cornish, helped to shape all the topics, choose the speakers and form an engaging agenda. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Platinum Partner, and founding ISCA member, Arup. As they say ‘real change takes committed partners’; thank you for continuing to build and grow ISCA as global force for good. We’d like to also thank our silver sponsors Downer Soletanche Bachy Joint Venture who are working on the IS rated City Rail Link project and Liberty Onesteel for hosting ISv2.0 launch.