The Future Cities Collaborative, with the support of the New South Wales Government and Waverly Council, have undertaken a project to explore best practices in implementing Green Infrastructure projects at precinct scale in developed cities.

Waverley Council, member of the Future Cities Collaborative, is moving to the implementation stage of the Green Infrastructure Masterplan project that was undertaken as part of the 2013 Future Cities Program.

The vision is for the development and delivery of a Green Infrastructure Masterplan to achieve positive environmental change in precinct scale greenhouse emissions, water consumption and waste recovery – creating a sustainable urban precinct that allows environmentally responsible urban growth.

Solving complex environmental problems at a precinct scale requires successful collaboration and a combined effort between all actors who contribute to the problem – from the business sector, government organisations and community groups. A key challenge of Waverley Council is to manage the successful transition of the strategic vision to on the ground implementation. Success will only be possible if all
stakeholders that play a role in the problem coordinate their efforts and work towards a shared vision.

Waverley Council has recently established the Building Futures Partnership in Bondi Junction to oversee the development and future implementation of the Green Infrastructure Masterplan. The group consists of all stakeholders (major landowners, Green Building Council, Property Council of Australia, Westfield, Leightons, Meriton) who contribute to the complex environmental problems of greenhouse, water and waste that we are attempting to solve.

An opportunity exists to undertake research into best practice engagement model for delivering Green Infrastructure through collaboration between the business, commercial property, government and the community. Such a model has significant potential for replicability across other cities not just in the Green Infrastructure space, but any city grappling with attempting to solve complex urban planning problems at a
precinct scale. Therefore, the findings of this research will inform policy developments and capacity building of other city leaders undertaking precinct scale change.

Watch our video interview with Dennis Fotinos on Implementing Green Infrastrucutre in Sydney

Implementing Green Infrastructure Resources

The Future Cities Collaborative has engaged a leading Canadian district energy expert, Dennis Fotinos, to assist our member councils devise policies and strategies to enable them to deliver and implement precinct-scale Green Infrastructure.


Dennis Fotinos – Present and CEO, Enwave Energy Corporation


Dennis Fotinos developed and executed the strategy that privatized the non–profit Toronto District Heating Corporation (“TDHC”) and created Enwave Energy Corporation.

In 2000, Mr. Fotinos joined the newly privatised company’s management team as Executive Vice President, Business Development. In that capacity, he rebranded the business as “Enwave” and developed the sales and marketing strategy that brought the company’s capabilities to market. In March 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer with responsibility for the strategic direction and daily oversight of the company’s business including sales, business development and major construction projects.

As CEO, Mr. Fotinos’ organizational skills and entrepreneurial drive turned-around the company’s fortunes. By implementing a new energy rate structure, signing long-term customer contracts, establishing a new gas buying strategy and aggressively marketing the company, he changed the way business had been done. Under his leadership, the company has enjoyed a period of sustained profitability and strong customer and employee satisfaction. His determination to develop the world-renowned Deep Lake Water Cooling project and improve the performance of aging legacy assets, have established Enwave as a leading corporate citizen and a market leader in the green energy and sustainability sector.

Mr. Fotinos has an MBA from North Western University’s, Kellogg School of Management and York University’s, Schulich School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto. Mr. Fotinos has served as an elected member of regional and local governments in the City of Toronto from 1991 to 1999.