Starting today, through to 27 September 2015, Green Building Councils in more than 100 countries, representing more than 27,000 organisations, will host more than 200 events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: ‘Powering Positive Change.’ The World Green Building Council also launches resources today to support global leaders in accelerating green building for everyone, everywhere.
“Around the world, companies, cities, countries and consumers are embracing green building to improve our lives both today and tomorrow,” says the World Green Building Council’s CEO, Terri Wills. “Green building today generates significant economic, social, health and wellbeing benefits – for example, simply improving a building’s air quality can increase employee productivity by 11%. Also, as buildings comprise 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, green building can dramatically improve our lives in the future by reducing emissions and the related risks from climate change, enabling people and planet to thrive together.”
GLOBAL EVENTS TO CELEBRATE GREEN BUILDING
Green Building Councils and their members and partners will be arranging hundreds of activities around the world over the week, from conferences and site tours, to award ceremonies and twitter chats. The Asia Pacific Roadshow will bring together winners from WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Leadership Awards, sharing best green building practice and helping to build local capacity in sustainability. The Green Apple Day of Service will see 300,000 volunteers complete more than 3,000 service projects to make schools around the world greener, and the UK-GBC’s COP21 event will generate member commitments on climate action. Multiple educational seminars around the world, such as Australia’s Science behind Indoor Plants, will show the public how to make their buildings greener, and many green buildings will open their doors for public tours. In 2014, the campaign saw 240 events held in more than 40 countries, and we expect this number to increase in 2015.
NEWLY COMPILED DATA AND TOOLKITS ON HEALTH AND WELLBEING
WorldGBC today launches new tools and resources for its “Better Places for People” campaign, including its new Retail Metrics Framework. For the first time, retailers and retail building owners will have a set of common indicators to gauge the impact of their buildings on their customer experience and bottom line. This campaign aims to accelerate uptake of green building for the benefit of people, and interested companies can learn how this initiative can help them implement and measure the impact of health and wellbeing strategies into the design and operation of offices and retail buildings at the project’s introductory webinars on 23 and 24 September. http://betterplacesforpeople.org/index.php/resources/.
LAUNCH OF SITE TO CO-CREATE NATIONAL GREEN RENOVATION STRATEGIES
WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network today launches www.buildupon.eu, a collaborative platform of tools and resources to support actors across the public sector, private sector and civil society in co-creating long-term strategies for the sustainable retrofit of buildings. This EU funded Horizon 2020 innovation project will facilitate a large participatory dialogue process involving some 80 events across 2016-17, led by 13 GBCs and their partners. Tools being beta tested in the launch phase of the project include dynamic stakeholder maps to track cross-sector collaboration, a community wiki to map key renovation initiatives and explore their collective impact, and an interactive library of best practice resources on cross-sector initiatives.
This year, World Green Building Week will be held during the same week as Climate Week NYC, further highlighting green building as one of the most important solutions to combat climate change. The week also marks the 70-day countdown to the inaugural Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris, December 3. www.unep.org/climatechange/buildingsday
Visit the World Green Building Week events calendar: www.worldgreenbuildingweek.org/events.
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About the World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council is a global member network of Green Building Councils enabling green building and sustainable communities through leadership and market transformation. Visit: www.worldgbc.org
About Better Places for People
Better Places for People is a global campaign that aims to raise awareness of how buildings impact upon health and wellbeing, and encourage those who design, build, own, occupy, operate or sell them, to shape buildings for the benefit of people. The campaign is sponsored by Arup, B+H Architects, International Well Building Institute, Land Securities, Lendlease, Marks and Spencer, Saint-Gobain, Skanska, and Uponor. Visit: www.betterplacesforpeople.org.
About BUILD UPON
BUILD UPON is an innovative two year Horizon 2020 project, aimed at helping European countries design and implement strong, long-term national strategies for the renovation of their existing buildings. Participating countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey. Visit www.buildupon.eu.