Arnel was also the WorldGBC’s chair between 2008 and 2011. During this time, the World GBC experienced extraordinary growth in member countries, which now exceed 100. This period also saw the establishment of regional green building council networks, with the GBCA supporting the development of the Asia Pacific GBC Network, and the establishment of an international policy task group.
Announcing the award, WorldGBC Chairman Bruce Kerswill said, ‘Tony’s contribution to the growth of the WorldGBC had been outstanding.
‘The WorldGBC has emerged as a globally influential champion of sustainable building. Tony’s guidance as a director and chairman laid the foundations for the WorldGBC’s success today.
He won wide support for his global work, particularly from developing countries, and helped establish the Asia Pacific Network.’
Arnel said he was humbled to be recognised. ‘It was a great team effort during those years – and a lot of hard work – but very satisfying to make a contribution to the WorldGBC and to what has become a global movement.’