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News – Interview with Environmentalist of the Year, Prof Rob Adams!

Posted in Events, Models by Ferne Edwards on July 23rd, 2008

Find an excerpt below of an interview with the winner of the very recent Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Banksia Awards, Professor Rob Adams. Rob Adams has also spoken at the Sustainable Cities Round Tables. To view footage of his presentation click here. To read the entire interview visit

Environmentalist of the year
AM – Saturday, 19 July , 2008 08:21:00
Reporter: Jane Cowan

BRENDAN TREMBATH: He’s not your typical environmentalist. But last night in Melbourne, Professor Rob Adams was crowned the Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year at the prestigious Banksia Awards.

The trained architect and urban designer is credited with bringing residents back to Melbourne’s central business district, by establishing the greenest building in Australia, the CH2.

The Director of Design and Urban Environment at the City of Melbourne spoke to Saturday AM’s Jane Cowan.

ROB ADAMS: I suppose the biggest achievement has been something called Postcode 3000, which was designed to bring back the residential population to the central city. If you went back to 1985 you would have found that there were about 750 dwelling units in the Central Business District.

By the time we got to the year 2000 there were 10,000 dwelling units in the central city. And that’s gone on to close to 15,000 today which is a dramatic increase in a city population.

And in doing that, we’ve obviously reduced the footprint of those people and the amount they have to travel to get to work and get to their entertainment and leisure.

JANE COWAN: Which of your other achievements would you single out as your greatest?

ROB ADAMS: I think the one that is most well known is the Council House 2 Project. It’s a building that uses a very low energy consumption. 20 per cent of the energy is saved simply by opening the windows late at night.

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