The Knowledge: Issue 6, September 2016
This edition of The Knowledge is even more jam packed than usual, as it’s released to coincide with World Green Building Week. This international movement is marked across all five continents, by over 70 Green Building Councils and their 27,000 members. It feels great to add our own unique contribution to such an essential cause!
This year’s World Green Building Week theme is ‘Change Your Perspective’. So this edition contains articles from our team and from our members designed to help you do just that. Here at UK-GBC, we are championing Science Based Targets – a rigorous way for businesses to set meaningful carbon reduction targets that would hold us to the 2 degrees of global warming target. Our aim is to inspire more of our members to change their perspective on how far they can go with their own ambitions, and to stretch them even further.
But changing our perspective also requires us to think beyond current paradigms, and to challenge business as usual. So it feels very apt to be publishing the six fantastic business ideas of our latest cohort of Future Leaders. Launched only last week at our sell-out “Disrupt to Construct” event, these will give a flavour of the disruptive ideas emerging from our increasingly high-profile Future Leaders programme. It’s these sort of ideas that the industry will need to adopt if it’s to achieve a zero carbon future.
We include a handful of examples of UK-GBC members making changes in their own businesses to achieve greater impact: Balfour Beatty with its focus on innovation; Land Securities’ with its sustainability training programmes for staff; and Ikea with its ambitious 100% renewables goal.
Finally, we’re hoping our own office refurb will change the industry’s perspective on what’s possible in a small space. We’re very excited to be moving back into it during World Green Building Week, and extremely proud of the outstanding contribution of so many of our members who have donated their time, expertise, and products towards this hugely ambitious project.
Happy World Green Building Week!