San Jose/St. Gallen, 8 December 2016 The official WRF Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and the International Sustainable Building Congress (ISBC) 2016 meeting report is now available online. The publication includes the chairman’s summary, selected session highlights, an overview of scientific sessions, photo gallery, participants survey, and other background information. Moreover, the report includes the Carbon Neutral Certificate of South Pole Group, which was awarded in June 2016, to offset the conference’s green gashouse emissions.
The conference was organized under coordinated efforts of WRF Secretariat, UNEP, the International Resource Panel (IRP) Secretariat and the Green Building Council Costa Rica (GBC-CR). The event drew over 260 participants coming from about 30 countries and international organizations attended and actively contributed to this conference, held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on 17 – 20 May 2016.
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Participants, representing governments, businesses, think tanks, scientific communities and civil societies, as well as students and young researchers, debated and exchanged their views on how to build sustainable cities and lifestyles in the LAC region, invest in sustainable businesses, ensure education and decrease the socio-environmental footprint of current consumption and production patterns in the region. Participants actively proposed strategies for action taking and presented recommendations to achieve the much-needed transition.
Several trainings and back-to-back meetings were organized in conjunction with the WRF LAC & ISBC 2016, including:
- Sustainable Social Housing (SUSHI) Session
- Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Global Net (RECPnet) LAC Chapter meetings
- SuRe®: Assessing sustainable infrastructure to promote efficient use of resources and social responsibility (training by Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation)
- Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE): Basic Concepts (training by GBC-CR and International Finance Corporation (IFC))
- Life Cycle Thinking – Urban Metabolism (training by IRP, UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and WRF)
- Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) (training by U.S. Green Building Council)
- Creating Green Districts and Cities: tools and solutions (training by World Green Building Council and M.Malanca Consulting)
The meeting report was drafted by Bas de Leeuw, Xaver Edelmann, María Lucía Híjar, Cecilia Matasci, Mathias Schluep, Sonia Valdivia, Angel Versetti and Adriana Zacarías, based upon inputs from workshop reporters, speakers and participants.
Photos by Mathias Schluep (WRF).
Editing, design and layout by María Lucía Híjar (WRF).
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