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Qatar Green Building Council has urged the public to join the country's quest for sustainability at a networking event.
Attended by more than 100 experts and green activists from across various sectors of Qatar’s economy, the Qatar Foundation shared plans and the country's vision for a greener future.
The Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) hosted a 'Welcome to QGBC' public event, to raise awareness about greener initiatives. This is in line with Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development's mission to drive innovation and enhance sustainable development through environmentally-friendly initiatives, outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030).
As one of the main advocates of sustainability and green movement in Qatar, QGBC has developed a relatively large network of members, with 160 individual members and 20 organisational members who work on various projects and programmes of national interest.
QGBC is supporting Qatar Foundation by helping the country to establish an enlightened society and a post-hydrocarbon, knowledge-based economy. With members that includes volunteers and a number of interest groups, such as water, solid waste, energy, healthy building, and facility management interest groups, QGBC’s membership base is growing rapidly.
Addressing participants, QGBC director Eng Meshal Al Shamari welcomed new members and said the networking event was part of an ongoing recruitment drive for volunteers.
“QGBC, as a non-profit organisation, entirely depends on the strength of its members and volunteers to promote and achieve its vision in the best way possible,” he said.
Dr Alex Amato, head of sustainability at QGBC, added: “Experts from the public and private sectors have heavily contributed to formulating and implementing technical projects ranging from devising public awareness campaigns to high-level, innovative energy-modelling programmes.”
Later this year, QGBC members and volunteers will be undertaking the analysis of results from QGBC’s recently launched 'How Green is Your Home?' e-survey and will develop a collection of best practices.
The e-survey aims to gather information from Qatari citizens and expats living in Qatar about electricity, gas and water usage, in addition to behaviours in using regular household appliances such as air conditioners, washing machines and televisions.