World green building week kicks off across the globe

Countries around the world are kicking off World Green Building Week, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is doing its part by helping move the green economy debate forward, locally and globally, through its participation in a series of events this fall. As a whole, the events support USGBC’s efforts to make green cities and buildings pillars of sustainable economic development in all regions of the world.

This October, USGBC will host its Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Toronto. Attendance at the event, taking place Oct. 4-7, is expected to hit 25,000 people.

While in Toronto, USGBC, the United Nations Environment Programme’s Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) will announce a new initiative that will highlight the important role buildings and cities play in ensuring sustainable economic development, entitled the Road to Rio+20. This initiative will engage private sector leaders, civil society and local government officials in highlighting examples of the green economy in action, with a focus on energy efficiency in buildings and sustainable cities. Road to Rio events will take place in locations across North America throughout the coming year.

Also at Greenbuild, USGBC will hold the International Summit with sessions addressing climate change, infrastructure, regionally informed design and ecological natural resources.

Just this week, USGBC was recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative Conference (CGI) as a Commitment Maker for its work underway in Haiti through Project Haiti.


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