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There are so many exciting initiatives and achievements delivered by Green Building Councils and Regional Networks that it can be hard to stay on top of them all! Here you will find the latest news and media related to the Americas Regional Network and its Green Building Councils.

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From Blueprint to Bill: NYC Building Emissions Law - How the groundbreaking climate legislation came into effect

Thu, 20th Jun 2019

Join WorldGBC Americas for a joint webinar with Urban Green Council about how NYC's groundbreaking climate legislation Local Law 97 went from blueprint to bill on Wednesday 17 July at 09:00-10:00 EST

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Americas Green Building Councils scale up green building transformation in cities

Fri, 31st May 2019

Earlier this month in Costa Rica, WorldGBC's Americas Regional Network held the inaugural Regional Workshop 2019: Building Energy Efficiency and Net Zero Roadmaps for Cities - here's a summary on how our GBCs are scaling up sustainable transformation in the Americas.

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The Cities Climate Action Project takes a leading position in Latin America

Fri, 17th May 2019

The WorldGBC Americas Regional Network has taken the Building Efficiency Accelerator (BEA) to more cities and countries in the Americas. New signatories for the program include Belen in Costa Rica, Guatemala City in Guatemala, the State of Campeche in Mexico, and Cali and Monteria in Colombia.

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New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution

Mon, 29th Apr 2019

As part of its Living Standard initiative, the USGBC has released a new U.S. public research report titled Standard Issue that sets out to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the green building community’s mission: sustainability, green buildings and the environment.

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A New Focus for Urban Green: Global Climate Solutions

Thu, 4th Apr 2019

Following the announcement of WorldGBC Americas new partnership with Urban Green Council to accelerate climate action in cities, Urban Green Council CEO John Mandyck explains the importance of this partnership in transforming New York City's built environment towards sustainability and the example NYC can set globally.

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Urban Green Council and WorldGBC Americas launch partnership to scale green building efforts

Wed, 3rd Apr 2019

Urban Green Council and the World Green Building Council Americas Regional Network join forces to accelerate climate action in cities.

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Constructing a greener world can't happen without women

Fri, 8th Mar 2019

Despite construction still being a male-dominated industry, more than 50% of the CEOs running Green Building Councils are women, WorldGBC CEO Cristina tells the Thomson Reuters Foundation on International Women's Day 2019.

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Bogotá and Sonora events kick-off the Americas Cities Climate Action project

Thu, 13th Dec 2018

This week, a series of events in Bogotá, Colombia and Sonora, Mexico signalled the kick-off the WorldGBC's Cities Climate Action project in the Americas supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator.

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Improving Buildings and Lives Across Latin America – with Women as Leaders

Mon, 12th Nov 2018

A green building revolution is under way in Latin America, one that will improve the health and well-being of future generations, and it’s being led by women.  Thanks to a new cash injection, this is a revolution that will spread far and wide, creating resilient communities at the forefront of fighting climate change, blogs WorldGBC's Juanita Alvarez.

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El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council progress to Emerging Members of WorldGBC

Thu, 25th Oct 2018

WorldGBC is pleased to announce that El Salvador Green Building Council and Paraguay Green Building Council have progressed from Prospective to Emerging GBC status within the WorldGBC membership tier.

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Colombia and Mexico set to boost Green Buildings with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programs after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future announced today at the Copenhagen P4G Summit.

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Americas Region gets a boost with P4G Award for Cities Climate Action Project supported by the Building Efficiency Accelerator

Sat, 20th Oct 2018

Buildings in Colombia and Mexico may get a green makeover thanks to expanded support for energy efficiency programmes after winning a $600,000 award that transitions buildings at scale, to save energy and prepare cities for a net zero future.

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Home Green Home – The pathway to transform Brazil’s residential sector

Thu, 27th Sep 2018

With green building increasingly recognised as the best business option in the Brazilian real estate market, GBC Brasil CEO Felipe Faria explains how this market trend led to the creation of GBC CASA & CONDOMÍNIO, a certification rating tool for the residential sector.

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How Costa Rica is Transforming its Homes into Green Buildings

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

With an ever growing demand for residential buildings in Costa Rica, Arch. Esteban Cervantes outlines the measures that Green Building Council Costa Rica is taking to successfully transform the country's homes into green - and affordable - buildings.

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How Guatemala is turning a catastrophe into an opportunity for green building

Wed, 26th Sep 2018

After a recent volcano eruption destroyed alomost 200 homes across the centre-south of Guatemala leaving 180 families homeless, Guatemala GBC seized the opportunity to build new sustainable and climate-resilient housing, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

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Why Green Homes are Critical for Socioeconomic Development in Perú

Mon, 17th Sep 2018

Although Perú may be one of Latin America's most thriving economies, an alarming 70% of the country's construction remains informal - most of it informal housing projects. In the third blog in the #HomeGreenHome series for World Green Building Week 2018, Francesca Mayer Martinelli explains how Perú GBC is working to overcome this challenge.

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Notes from the Network: How Buildings Connect People to the Planet

Tue, 19th Jun 2018

94% of people living in the Americas can be impacted by the 16 Green Building Councils that work across the region, therefore, the importance of working as a network comes as a top priority, blogs Juanita Alvarez following the Americas Regional Network meeting in Toronto.

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Make Us Greener: A Sustainable Relocation Collaboration

Thu, 1st Mar 2018

Roberto Forte blogs about how Panama GBC's green office renovation collaboration project has helped improve the building's energy efficiency, reduce operating costs and improve occupants' health and wellbeing.

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Building a better Bogotá

Thu, 9th Nov 2017

Bogotá is the biggest city in Colombia and it’s growing fast. Colombia Green Building Council explains how it is rising to the challenges associated with this growth through the BEA programme. 

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Nationwide retrofit strategy could cut over half of emissions from Canada’s large buildings, finds report

Thu, 21st Sep 2017

Large buildings in Canada such as office towers, hospitals and arenas could cut their emissions by up to 51 per cent, according to a new report published by the Canada Green Building Council.

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Notes from the Networks – Americas, a thriving region taking steps into the future

Tue, 5th Sep 2017

Our recent meeting of Americas Green Building Councils in Lima, Peru highlighted that countries from a seemingly diverse region face similar challenges, blogs Juanita Alvarez, Regional Manager of the Americas Network.

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GBC Brasil launches net zero building certification through WorldGBC project

Mon, 14th Aug 2017

GBC Brasil has launched a new net zero building certification scheme, which aims to reduce carbon emissions from new and existing buildings to meet the Paris Agreement and supports WorldGBC’s goal to ensure all buildings are net zero carbon by 2050.

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Johnson Controls becomes first Partner of WorldGBC's Americas Regional Network

Wed, 10th May 2017

Johnson Controls has been announced as the first Partner of the World Green Building Council's Americas Regional Network.

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WorldGBC membership exceeds 75 countries as two new Councils join

Thu, 30th Mar 2017

Membership of the World Green Building Council has surpassed 75 countries, as two new Green Building Councils have joined the organisation.

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WorldGBC welcomes three new member Green Building Councils

Thu, 15th Dec 2016

The World Green Building Council is delighted that three new Green Building Councils have joined the organisation – taking our total number of member Green Building Councils up to 74.

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The New Urban Agenda and the green building movement

Wed, 26th Oct 2016

As I made my journey home from Habitat 3, leaving behind the beautiful city of Quito in Ecuador, I reflected on what exactly the New Urban Agenda means to our Green Building Council movement

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Events

Wednesday 02nd October 2019 to Thursday 03rd October 2019

Now in its tenth year, CONSTRUVERDE is the annual green building conference hosted by Colombia Green Building Council.

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Join WorldGBC Americas for a joint webinar with Urban Green Council about how NYC's groundbreaking climate legislation Local Law 97 went from blueprint to bill on Wednesday 17 July at 09:00-10:00 EST