Ed Cotter, Program Manager for Better Building Finance in Victoria and South Australia, pictured with Shristi Koirala, National Administration Support Officer

Q: So, Ed, tell us about yourself and how you ended up here

Ed: I’ve worked closely with local governments for last 16 years and have come to this role after 5 years at the City of Greater Dandenong, where I led its approach to tackling sustainability issues such as climate change.
 
Prior to that I worked on a broad range of projects focused that delivered sustainable built environment, from working with Lend Lease and the Olympic Delivery Authority on the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympics, through to working closely with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Enliven on their Urban Heat Island program.  
 
Some of the things that I’m passionate about, include protecting our planet and its environment, reducing the impacts of climate change and helping unlock investment in clean and green technology, such as solar panels and green roofs.
 
When I’m not working, I can be found battling my way up Arthurs Seat on my road bike or searching for a wave at one of the many great surf spots close to home on the Mornington Peninsula.
 

Q: What does BBF do?

Ed: Great question! Although I’m new to the Better Building Finance (BBF) team, I think I have a pretty good understanding, having worked at Great Dandenong and been involved in establishing the Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) process there.
 
From my perspective, I recognise that while EUAs offer a great way for councils to support local businesses reduce emissions and improve environmental outcomes, it has the potential to require a decent amount of time and resources from councils to administer.
 
As a third-party administrator for EUAs, BBF takes a large amount of that administrative burden off councils. We also help councils ensure they’re compliant with the legislation, onboard them into the program and guide them on promoting it to the business community.
 

Q: What are your plans over the next year or so?

Ed: One of my top priorities is to support those councils we are currently working with in Victoria. I’m keen to chat with each of my new colleagues to ensure we’re supporting you in the best way we can. If you want to talk over the phone you can book a chat with me at this link.
 
We’re also looking to grow the program and welcome new council partners in Victoria and South Australia, as well as supporting the rest of the BBF team in New South Wales.
 
And we have some exciting things coming up that will help to further reduce the administration requirements for councils and digitise the EUA process to make it more streamlined for all parties to navigate. There are some other really big things on the horizon that I can’t really talk about yet but stand by for that!
 

Q: What are you excited about?

Ed: Joining the Better Building Finance team and helping councils support local businesses save money and the environment. It’s a truly innovative sustainability model that can make a big difference.

One of the best parts of the role is hearing about the fantastic projects that we can make possible, like a small business ensuring that their renovation includes best practice sustainability measures, or an incredibly ambitious water treatment plant that’s having an enormously positive environmental impact already. That’s what excites me and what I want to work with our council partners to help make happen.