Communities across the globe celebrate World Green Building Week
19 Sep 2012
As you may have seen on the web or in the news; this week is World Green Building Week. During this week, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is uniting with communities from across the globe to shine a spotlight on the central role that green buildings and communities play in reducing the global carbon footprint and saving money, while also creating jobs, reducing poverty and improving lives.
Here in the UK there is lots going on. UK-GBC members have come together in full force to host a wide variety of interesting events to celebrate, including building tours and panel discussions to networking events and product launched. To find out more and attend an event visit the full calendar here.
The UK-GBC itself is hosting an ‘In conversation with Gary Neville’ event which will bring the well-known former Manchester United football player together with UK-GBC’s CEO Paul King to discuss his attempts to build an eco-home and the launch of his recent ‘Sustainability in Sport’ initiative. UK-GBC member organisations will also be hosting their own events to celebrate the week, from building tours and panel discussions to networking events and product launches.
And across the rest of the world...
This year, Green Building Councils in more than 90 countries representing over 30,000 organisations are involved in World Green Building Week – hosting events, running campaigns and more. Collectively they are emphasising the importance of this year’s theme: ‘green buildings for great communities’.
The Dutch GBC is hosting more than 100 events and activities throughout the country. The children’s program is particularly prominent, with children aged 9-12 using the ‘BREEAM Junior’ environmental rating tool to judge the ‘greenness’ of the World Trade Centre in Amsterdam. BREEAM Junior is a program developed by the DutchGBC to help primary school pupils to assess the sustainability of their schools.
France GBC is hosting or co-hosting more than a dozen events, including site tours, seminars, green skills training and an awards ceremony. Highlights include a seminar on buildings and biodiversity being held at the ‘Made for People’ project. Other highlights include a site tour of the ‘Terra Natura’ sustainable housing project and the “Carrefour de l’Excellence” awards, in which French Minister for Territories and Housing will present awards for the nation’s outstanding sustainability initiatives.
The Green Building Council of Indonesia is holding a ‘community festival’ for the general public in Jakarta. A range of educative workshops and panel discussions, green building exhibits and a competition aims to spread the word that green building can not only improve the local environment, but also job opportunities, health and wellbeing of the community.
Green Building Council of Australia is hosting walking tours of Sydney. Participants will see for themselves how the Green Star environmental rating system has transformed the city’s landscape, and how the city’s infrastructure is getting a green makeover.
Morocco GBC is co-hosting the ECOMEDA Think Green event for the first time in the south of the Mediterranean. The event will bring together the region’s green building councils, governments and private sector representatives to explore how green buildings can support local economies while driving better outcomes for the health of humans and the environment.
World Green Building Council’s Chief Executive Officer, Jane Henley, commented:
“We currently have more than 1 billion square metres of registered green buildings around the world – but a building-by-building approach to sustainability will only take us so far. We must take the lessons learned from delivering greener, healthier buildings and scale those to districts, neighborhoods and entire communities. World Green Building Week is about demonstrating to governments, industry and the community that this is achievable.”