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Countries Unite on September 23 for 1st World Green Building Day

Sep 22, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 marks the first World Green Building Day, a series of synchronized global events taking place to raise awareness of  the important role sustainable buildings have in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The inaugural day was established by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) which represents a coalition of fourteen established green building councils, eight emerging councils and over thirty applicant councils developing around the world.  The WorldGBC is transforming the global property market and building industry through its endorsement of green building rating systems, commitment to education and training, and advocacy for the worldwide adoption of sustainable building and construction practices.

"The building sector is responsible for more than one third of total energy use and, in most countries, is the largest greenhouse gas emissions source," said Tony Arnel, Chair, World Green Building Council. "This makes buildings the greatest and most cost-effective opportunity for tackling climate change, especially when technologies exist that can reduce a building's energy consumption by 30-50 per cent.  World Green Building Day is a call to action to ensure green buildings are an international priority, a part of the climate change solution and are   in the forefront of decision makers' minds when the world gathers at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December."

World Green Building Day events include:

WorldGBC: On September 23rd in Toronto, Canada, the WorldGBC will host a Leaders Summit and Reception. WorldGBC will bring together world industry leaders and policy makers to hear from experts about the enormous potential green buildings offer nations as they work to reduce their carbon emissions. Spotlight will also be on Canadian initiatives and will showcase the opportunity for governments to be the leading advocate for green buildings on the international stage. Speakers include Karan Grover, world-renowned architect, Frank Biden, advisor to the Obama Administration, and Andrew Bowerbank, Executive Director, WorldGBC.

Australia: On September 24, the WorldGBC will launch the Asia Pacific Network, which will provide support for countries as they establish their own green building councils, develop rating tools and roll-out education programs.  The Green Building Council of Australia is also hosting green building leaders from China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Singapore and New Zealand for a two-week Asia Pacific Green Building Leadership Forum focused on accelerating the uptake of green buildings in the Asia-Pacific region.

United Kingdom: On September 23, the United Kingdom Green Building Council will host an event, at the House of Commons. The event is hosted by Emily Thornberry MP, with speeches from David Kidney MP, Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Stephen Hale, Director of Green Alliance.
 
New Zealand: On September 24, join New Zealand Green Building Council in The Green Room, focusing on innovation and celebrating World Green Building Day.

Germany: On World Green Building Day, September 23, certified buildings open their doors to the public. Visitors get an inside-view into built examples of sustainability. Guided tours through the buildings will be offered to demonstrate to visitors how sustainable construction can be realized.

Austria:  The emerging Austrian Green Building Council will invite high-school students to attend an information session on "sustainable building" at the University of Economics in Vienna, (WU Wien).

Taiwan: On September 23, more than 300 volunteers will take part in training courses for their Green Tour program.

United States: On September 23, 75 advocates from all over of the United States will be attending the U.S. Green Building Council's "Congressional Advocacy Day" at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Summit attendees, among a range of green building policy topics, will exchange ideas on incorporating green building into long-term climate change mitigation legislation.

World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a union of national councils with a mission to accelerate the transformation of the global built environment towards sustainability. Current member Green Building Councils (GBCs), represent over 50 per cent of global construction activity, and touch more than 10,000 companies and organizations worldwide. GBCs are consensus-based, not-for-profit organizations that are highly effective at engaging leaders across sectors to transform the built environment.  For more information, please visit http://www.worldgbc.org

 

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