Maria Atkinson

Sustainability Business Advisor and Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia

Maria Atkinson

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    Board of the Holcim Foundation

    Maria Atkinson AM, Chair of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

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    5th Holcim Forum 2016 “Infrastructure Space”

    Maria Atkinson AM, Chairperson of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, Sustainability Business Advisor, and Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia was a member of the concluding panel at the 5th Holcim Forum held in Detroit in April 2016.

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    Holcim Awards Event - Venice 2021

    Hosting the Global and Regional Holcim Awards ceremony at Teatro Piccolo Arsenale - Maria Atkinson, Chairperson of the Holcim Foundation and Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021.

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    Holcim Awards Event - Venice 2021

    Hosting the introductory session of the Global Holcim Awards celebration event - Maria Atkinson, Chairperson of the Holcim Foundation and Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2021.

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    Global Silver Awards 2015 prize ceremony – Post-War Collective: Community library and social recuperation, Ambepussa, Sri Lanka

    Maria Atkinson, Member of the Global jury and the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation commended the project for creating a skilled and motivated workforce through an educational program and the thoughtful deployment of specific construction techniques.

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    Global Holcim Awards jury meeting 2015

    Maria Atkinson AM, Founding CEO, Green Building Council of Australia, and Sustainability Business Advisor, Australia and was a member of the Global Holcim Awards jury in 2015.

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    Global Holcim Awards jury meeting 2012

    “The Holcim Awards is an amazing opportunity to contribute ideas, but also to learn from others and to celebrate those that win.” Maria Atkinson AM, Co-Founder, Green Building Council of Australia at the Global Holcim Awards jury meeting in Zurich, 2012.

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    Global Holcim Awards jury meeting 2012

    Hans-Rudolf Schalcher, civil engineer, Professor em. for Planning and Management in Construction at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland and Maria Atkinson, administrator, Group Head of Sustainability, Lend Lease and Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions, Australia at the Global Holcim Awards jury meeting 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland.

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    Global Holcim Awards jury meeting 2012

    Maria Atkinson, Member of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2012, following the Global Holcim Awards jury 2012 meeting in Zurich, Switzerland.

Maria Atkinson AM is Chairperson of the Board of the Holcim Foundation, a Sustainability Business Advisor, Founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, and a member of the Global Holcim Awards jury (2012, 2015 & 2021).

Last updated: October 19, 2022

Maria Atkinson AM has been a member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation since 2013. She is a Sustainability Business Advisor, a Co-Founder and Founding CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia, of which she is now a Life Fellow.

She joined the Advisory Board to the Australian Circular Economy Hub (ACE Hub) in 2021. Planet Ark facilitates ACE Hub and aims to support the transition to a circular economy in Australia by providing a platform for sharing information and inspiration, and for celebrating the efforts of all those working towards this vital transition.

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It’s important that we shine a spotlight on projects and solutions that illustrate new ways of thinking in the building sector that lead to a more sustainable tomorrow. Maria Atkinson Chairperson, Holcim Foundation Board

Maria Atkinson was awarded the Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for “service to the construction and real estate sector, particularly as a leader and contributor to environmentally sustainable building development in Australia” in 2012.

She is an impact investor with the intention to generate measurable social or environmental impact alongside revenue growth and profitability.

Maria Atkinson studied Environmental Biology at the University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, Australia. She is also a graduate of the Executive Development Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She was an executive at Lendlease, a global real estate and investment business as the Global Head of Sustainability. More recently, she was the “Eastern City District Commissioner” helping co-create and implement strategic plans for Sydney to be more productive, sustainable, and liveable.

Maria Atkinson has over 20 years’ experience with international corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government authorities. She was the Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings & Climate Initiative until July 2011, and a member of the Singapore Building & Construction Authority’s International Panel of Experts for Sustainability in the Built Environment (2007-09). She also chaired the discussion about the Future of Sustainable Construction at the World Economic Forum Inaugural Summit on the Global Agenda in Dubai (2008).

Holcim Forum 2019 - “Re-materializing Construction”

“How can we move fast enough, and at a scale the planet needs to see?” – Lord Norman Foster (right) responds to questions from Maria Atkinson AM following his keynote address at the Holcim Forum 2019.

Holcim Foundation engagement

Maria Atkinson participated in the concluding panel of the 5th International Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction on “Infrastructure Space” held in Detroit (2016) and was a keynote panel moderator at the 6th International Holcim Forum on “Re-materializing Construction” held in Cairo (2019).

Maria Atkinson was a member of the Global Holcim Awards jury (2012, 2015 & 2021).