Christopher Cruz de la Cruz a Filipino architect, advocates sustainability in business and industry. He has actively campaigned for the establishment of the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), an initiative of business, industry, civil society and public sector leaders that promotes sustainable building practices to the property industry. Presently, the PHILGBC is the leading green building movement in the country.
He is one of the main proponents for the development of BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) – the National Green Building Rating System. This system is being developed bearing in mind local contexts – including local climate, best practice in design and construction relevant to emerging economies. A recipient of the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship, Chris cooperated and worked with representatives from national Green Building Councils from the Asia-Pacific Region to develop local green building rating schemes. This activity was held under the auspices of the World Green Building Council and the Green Building Council Australia.
Chris has worked independently with public and private organizations that promote appropriate sustainable practices and strategies to urban and rural settings. His technical expertise includes design, evaluation and project management of environmental management projects. He has also conducted site assessments, evaluations and design preparation for the establishment of solid waste management facilities at the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels in several regions in the Philippines. He has developed and delivered training sessions on environmental management and sustainable building for several organisations.
He actively contributes to several government programs and committees and has provided opinion in the ongoing development of policy in the area of sustainability.
Chris believes that for sustainability to progress, solutions must be holistic. He is presently designing the nationwide campaign for Filipinos to ECOSHIFT. EcoShift is the shift from unsustainable practices to actions that are sensitive to the environment.
Chris is an active member of the Junior Chamber International, United Architects of the Philippines and the Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and President of the Philippine Green Building Council.