Update from the Panama GBC

An update from the Panama GBC about their exciting activities and hard work in the green building arena in Panama and the Americas region.

IMG_4254.JPGThe Panama GBC started celebrating World Green Building Week early on 11 September, coordinating the Green Building Regional Forum. They had the participation of Thomas Mueller (CEO CaGBC), Andres Prera (Vice Chair Americas Network), Kristtian Rada (representing the International Finance Corporation) and Sylvia Cesaratto (Canadian Ambassador in Panama). During this event, they signed an agreement with the Guatemala GBC, Costa Rica GBC and El Salvador GBC to promote sustainability in the region. Honduras is currently interested in developing their GBC and they had a representative participating in these activities. Thomas Mueller was the Witness of Honor of this alliance. Also, they held a working session with the GBCs above mentioned to review the objectives and work plan of the alliance. During this session, they also shared their experience running their councils.

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During the evening, the Panama GBC inaugurated the first Green Building Wing in the biggest construction fair in Latin America (CAPAC Expo habitat). They had eight stands from six different companies that were promoting sustainable services and products. The Panama GBC and the Central America GBCs alliance had a stand within the Green Building Wing as well.

On 12 September, a bilateral meeting was held that included the United Nations Environmental 
Program (UNEP), City of Knowledge (a private non-profit organisation that promotes sustainability in their facilities), the GBCs of Central America and the Canadian Embassy. The main objective of this meeting was to share what each of the organisations involved were doing to promote sustainability and to promote the development of synergies between these organisations. Also during the meeting, the organisations proposed specific areas where they could contribute to the Central America GBCs alliance. The meeting was concluded with a green tour to the first LEED Platinum certified building in Central America. This building is located within the City of Knowledge facilities.

Dirt_The_movie_-_Isaac_Rabin_School_Low_Res.jpgThe GBC has also arranged Dirt Movie screenings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9T_nr4q3EI) from 24 September to 4 October at the Isaac Rabin Junior and High School College. This movie centers on topics such as food security, soil deterioration and deforestation.  It also shows the business cases of organic gardens and brownfield restoration in schools around the world.

Learn more about the Panama GBC and their activities: www.panamagbc.org

An update from the Panama GBC about their exciting activities and hard work in the green building arena in Panama and the Americas region.

IMG_4254.JPGThe Panama GBC started celebrating World Green Building Week early on 11 September, coordinating the Green Building Regional Forum. They had the participation of Thomas Mueller (CEO CaGBC), Andres Prera (Vice Chair Americas Network), Kristtian Rada (representing the International Finance Corporation) and Sylvia Cesaratto (Canadian Ambassador in Panama). During this event, they signed an agreement with the Guatemala GBC, Costa Rica GBC and El Salvador GBC to promote sustainability in the region. Honduras is currently interested in developing their GBC and they had a representative participating in these activities. Thomas Mueller was the Witness of Honor of this alliance. Also, they held a working session with the GBCs above mentioned to review the objectives and work plan of the alliance. During this session, they also shared their experience running their councils.

Cortando_Cinta.jpg

During the evening, the Panama GBC inaugurated the first Green Building Wing in the biggest construction fair in Latin America (CAPAC Expo habitat). They had eight stands from six different companies that were promoting sustainable services and products. The Panama GBC and the Central America GBCs alliance had a stand within the Green Building Wing as well.

On 12 September, a bilateral meeting was held that included the United Nations Environmental 
Program (UNEP), City of Knowledge (a private non-profit organisation that promotes sustainability in their facilities), the GBCs of Central America and the Canadian Embassy. The main objective of this meeting was to share what each of the organisations involved were doing to promote sustainability and to promote the development of synergies between these organisations. Also during the meeting, the organisations proposed specific areas where they could contribute to the Central America GBCs alliance. The meeting was concluded with a green tour to the first LEED Platinum certified building in Central America. This building is located within the City of Knowledge facilities.

Dirt_The_movie_-_Isaac_Rabin_School_Low_Res.jpgThe GBC has also arranged Dirt Movie screenings (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9T_nr4q3EI) from 24 September to 4 October at the Isaac Rabin Junior and High School College. This movie centers on topics such as food security, soil deterioration and deforestation.  It also shows the business cases of organic gardens and brownfield restoration in schools around the world.

Learn more about the Panama GBC and their activities: www.panamagbc.org