Government Leadership Awards Applaud Cities Transforming Built Environments

Wednesday 20th November 2013

Cities working to transform the built environment and realise the vision of a sustainable future are among the winners of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) Government Leadership Awards, announced today in Warsaw.

Held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT, this prestigious international awards program honors local government leadership in green building and highlights policies that maximise the opportunity for buildings to mitigate environmental impact. The biennial awards were first held in 2011, and aim to encourage the uptake of high-quality policies and practices around the world.

“The Government Leadership Awards are an important vehicle to recognise, motivate and promote local governments to advance in their efforts on sustainability,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.  “ICLEI is happy to partner with WorldGBC for these awards and proud to observe its member cities demonstrating their leadership.”

Cities from all regions were considered for the awards under the 2013 theme “Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy.”

Download our publication with full details of all winners and nominees

The overall winner of ‘Best Green Building Policy’ was Vancouver, Canada, for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, an example of excellence in sustainable city policies. The award recognises the City’s leadership on green buildings, and its ambitious targets for all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral and to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20 per cent over 2007 levels by 2020.

Also recognised was Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which received the ‘Regional Leadership Award’ for the Estidama Pearl Rating System – a program that has efficiently and effectively implemented sustainability requirements in the Emirate’s development sector.

Christchurch, New Zealand, was presented the ‘Urban Regeneration Award’ for its policies and initiatives aimed at rebuilding sustainably after a series of devastating earthquakes. Also recognised was Seoul, Korea, with a ‘Climate Action Leadership Award’ for its comprehensive campaign to reduce energy consumption.

Honourable Mentions were also awarded to policies from Cape Town, Shanghai, and the United Kingdom’s Brighton and Hove.

“The winners of this year’s awards demonstrate that promoting integrated low-carbon urban systems is a viable option that yields multiple benefits,” said Raf Tuts, UN-HABITAT Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design. “These examples may inspire other cities to gradually transform sectoral initiatives into more integrated approaches towards achieving a more sustainable built environment.” 

“These awards not only recognise the commendable efforts of local governments to transform their buildings, their communities and their cities,” added Jane Henley, Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council.

“They also acknowledge our challenge to implement sustainability measures on a city-wide scale in our increasingly urbanised world. The efforts of all of our nominees are proving that building industry solutions not only reduce emissions, but also make economic sense.”

The winning cities were chosen by an expert panel of judges comprised of representatives from UN-HABITAT, ICLEI and the WorldGBC. The winners were announced at the Warsaw Dialogue on Scaling-Up Local and Subnational Climate Action, held in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-19) in Warsaw, Poland. More information on the awards and a publication with full details of all winners and nominees can be found at www.worldgbc.org/leadership-awards.

Winners of the 2013 awards were:

  • Best Green Building Policy: Vancouver, Canada, for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan – a suite of policies and initiatives that aim to make the city the world’s greenest by 2020 – and its specific goals and strategies around green buildings.
  • Regional Leadership Award: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the Estidama Pearl Rating System – a comprehensive program that has implemented mandatory sustainability regulations in a city that previously had none.
  • Urban Regeneration Award: Christchurch, New Zealand, for various policies and initiatives effecting a sustainable rebuild in a city devastated by earthquake damage.
  • Climate Action Leadership Award: Seoul, Korea, for its One Less Nuclear Power Plant initiative – a three-year initiative that aims to reduce energy consumption in the city.
  • Honourable Mentions: Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom, for its Food Growing and Development Planning Advice Note; Cape Town, South Africa, for its Municipal Energy Efficiency Buildings Program; Shanghai, China, for its Green Building and Eco-City Campaign.

WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of more than 100 national Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies with a single mission: to transform the building industry and ensure our buildings and cities are healthy, efficient, productive and sustainable.

ICLEI

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small- and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infra­structure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.

UN-HABITAT

The United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT helps countries to transform their cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone, including the urban poor, can live in dignity.

UN-HABITAT works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.

MEDIA CONTACT

Kim Surtees

Communications

World Green Building Council

Cities working to transform the built environment and realise the vision of a sustainable future are among the winners of the World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC’s) Government Leadership Awards, announced today in Warsaw.

Held in partnership with ICLEI and UN-HABITAT, this prestigious international awards program honors local government leadership in green building and highlights policies that maximise the opportunity for buildings to mitigate environmental impact. The biennial awards were first held in 2011, and aim to encourage the uptake of high-quality policies and practices around the world.

“The Government Leadership Awards are an important vehicle to recognise, motivate and promote local governments to advance in their efforts on sustainability,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability.  “ICLEI is happy to partner with WorldGBC for these awards and proud to observe its member cities demonstrating their leadership.”

Cities from all regions were considered for the awards under the 2013 theme “Global Excellence in Local Green Building Policy.”

Download our publication with full details of all winners and nominees

The overall winner of ‘Best Green Building Policy’ was Vancouver, Canada, for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan, an example of excellence in sustainable city policies. The award recognises the City’s leadership on green buildings, and its ambitious targets for all new buildings constructed from 2020 onward to be carbon neutral and to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in existing buildings by 20 per cent over 2007 levels by 2020.

Also recognised was Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which received the ‘Regional Leadership Award’ for the Estidama Pearl Rating System – a program that has efficiently and effectively implemented sustainability requirements in the Emirate’s development sector.

Christchurch, New Zealand, was presented the ‘Urban Regeneration Award’ for its policies and initiatives aimed at rebuilding sustainably after a series of devastating earthquakes. Also recognised was Seoul, Korea, with a ‘Climate Action Leadership Award’ for its comprehensive campaign to reduce energy consumption.

Honourable Mentions were also awarded to policies from Cape Town, Shanghai, and the United Kingdom’s Brighton and Hove.

“The winners of this year’s awards demonstrate that promoting integrated low-carbon urban systems is a viable option that yields multiple benefits,” said Raf Tuts, UN-HABITAT Coordinator, Urban Planning and Design. “These examples may inspire other cities to gradually transform sectoral initiatives into more integrated approaches towards achieving a more sustainable built environment.” 

“These awards not only recognise the commendable efforts of local governments to transform their buildings, their communities and their cities,” added Jane Henley, Chief Executive Officer of the World Green Building Council.

“They also acknowledge our challenge to implement sustainability measures on a city-wide scale in our increasingly urbanised world. The efforts of all of our nominees are proving that building industry solutions not only reduce emissions, but also make economic sense.”

The winning cities were chosen by an expert panel of judges comprised of representatives from UN-HABITAT, ICLEI and the WorldGBC. The winners were announced at the Warsaw Dialogue on Scaling-Up Local and Subnational Climate Action, held in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference (COP-19) in Warsaw, Poland. More information on the awards and a publication with full details of all winners and nominees can be found at www.worldgbc.org/leadership-awards.

Winners of the 2013 awards were:

  • Best Green Building Policy: Vancouver, Canada, for its Greenest City 2020 Action Plan – a suite of policies and initiatives that aim to make the city the world’s greenest by 2020 – and its specific goals and strategies around green buildings.
  • Regional Leadership Award: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the Estidama Pearl Rating System – a comprehensive program that has implemented mandatory sustainability regulations in a city that previously had none.
  • Urban Regeneration Award: Christchurch, New Zealand, for various policies and initiatives effecting a sustainable rebuild in a city devastated by earthquake damage.
  • Climate Action Leadership Award: Seoul, Korea, for its One Less Nuclear Power Plant initiative – a three-year initiative that aims to reduce energy consumption in the city.
  • Honourable Mentions: Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom, for its Food Growing and Development Planning Advice Note; Cape Town, South Africa, for its Municipal Energy Efficiency Buildings Program; Shanghai, China, for its Green Building and Eco-City Campaign.

WORLD GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL

The World Green Building Council connects a global coalition of more than 100 national Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies with a single mission: to transform the building industry and ensure our buildings and cities are healthy, efficient, productive and sustainable.

ICLEI

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. ICLEI is a powerful movement of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large cities and urban regions as well as 450 small- and medium-sized cities and towns in 83 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infra­structure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim to achieve healthy and happy communities.

UN-HABITAT

The United Nations Human Settlements Program, UN-HABITAT, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-HABITAT helps countries to transform their cities into safer, healthier, greener places with better opportunities where everyone, including the urban poor, can live in dignity.

UN-HABITAT works with organizations at every level, including all spheres of government, civil society and the private sector to help build, manage, plan and finance sustainable urban development.

MEDIA CONTACT

Kim Surtees

Communications

World Green Building Council