WorldGBC Global Update: September 2013

World Green Building Week is Almost Here!

From 16 to 20 September 2013, Green Building Councils in 98 countries will host events, run campaigns and celebrate World Green Building Week under the theme: 'Greener Buildings, Better Places, Healthier People'.

Celebrate with us! What do greener, better, healthier buildings mean to you?  Visit our World Green Building Week page to download fact sheets and other resources, promote WGBWeek, share your green building story, find events, or submit your event details.

Congress 2013 Members' Day Programme Now Available

Hear the voices of your fellow GBCs, learn how ideas catch fire, and share in our future strategy.  These are just some of the highlights from the WorldGBC Congress Members’ Day programme. You can also check out our GBC University sessions for insight that can help your GBC run campaigns, work with city governments, maximise opportunities in small countries, and so much more.

Join us in Cape Town this October for this value-packed programme and all of the networking, collaboration and learning opportunities that come with the WorldGBC Congress.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday 28 September 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organisations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read last year's highlights and register your 2013 project today!

New Thinking about Non-Profit Funding

“Let's change the way we think about changing the world.” That’s the message from activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta, who says many nonprofits are rewarded for saving money instead of getting things done, and everything we have been taught about giving to charity is wrong. Check out this Ted Talk to hear Dan’s argument for rewarding non-profits for big achievements, even if they don’t come cheap.

World Green Building Week Spotlight

The GBC Australia is getting people out and about in the city this World Green Building Week to discover some of the country’s iconic green buildings. The GBCA’s Sustainable Walking Tours are self-guided, street-level explorations of some of Australia’s greenest constructions. Consisting of maps, directions, and building information, the Walking Tours can either be printed or downloaded to an electronic device.

These tours enable visitors and residents alike to walk the city while learning how green buildings are contributing to the sustainability of the community and leading by green example in the design and construction of our built environment.

Like this idea?  You can create Sustainable Walking Tours for cities in your country, too.  Download maps and directions for free from Google Maps, and add information on your green buildings to quickly and easily create this resource.  Check out the GBCA’s tours to see how they did it, and get your city doing the green walk!

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