Activities lined up for 2nd Qatar Sustainability Week

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Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) has announced the second edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW). The week-long event, to be held under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, will take place from October 28 to November 4.

Qatar Sustainability Week is designed to actively engage Qatar’s public and private sector organizations in a wide range of sustainability-oriented activities. The event aims to foster a culture of sustainability among residents and visitors, as well as promote engagement from members of the community. This is in line with ultimately achieving the global sustainability goals outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Announcing QSW 2017 at the press conference today was Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC, an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development; Ali Al Kuwari, Chief Officer of Design and Delivery, Msheireb Properties, Platinum Sponsor of QSW Rashed Al Nasa'a, Senior Sustainability Consultant of Arab Engineering Bureau (AEB), QGBC Conference Sponsor; Mustafa Dafer Hallawa, General Manager, Roots Energy & Engineering Services of Tadmur Holding, Qatar Sustainability Awards 2017 Sponsor; Michael Javier, Head of Operations, Atelier 101, Technology Sponsor; Tracey Kohinga, Managing Director, Intelligence Qatar, Knowledge Sponsor; Asterios Chalkias, Strategic Planning Director, Frame Qatar, Report Sponsor; and Hamad Al Hammadi, Head of Government Relations, Vodafone Qatar, Communications Partner.

Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, QGBC Director, said: “With less than a week to go, we’re excited about the second edition of QSW and look forward to welcoming a wide range of stakeholders showcasing their activities that contribute towards our nation’s environmental protection and sustainable development goals. We’re honored to have our esteemed sponsors join us at this press conference. We anticipate a very successful week filled with events and it is not too late for organizations to register their planned activities with QGBC.”

Mr. Abdulla Hassan Al Mehshadi, Chief Executive Officer at Msheireb Properties said: “Incorporating sustainability and green building practices within new developments is now an integral part of all future urban planning. Green Buildings act as long-term environmental solutions, helping to reduce the negative impact of society on our planet and excessive consumption of energy resources. This is achieved through utilising renewable resources efficiently and through smart technologies.” 

Al Mehshadi continues; “At our flagship project Msheireb Downtown Doha, Msheireb Properties adopted the highest standards of green and sustainable buildings from its inception, along with advanced technologies that aim to save energy and water; two key elements identified as contributors towards global warming. These standards have enabled Msheireb Downtown Doha to achieve the world’s largest number of LEED accreditation buildings in energy efficiency and environment. Our participation in the annual Qatar Green Building Council Conference this year and our platinum sponsorship to Qatar Sustainability Week’s activations and events, reflect our ongoing commitment to enforcing industry standards, by encouraging their adoption across Qatar’s flourishing construction pipeline.  Achieving this will lead to a collaborative approach to achieving Qatar’s National Vision 2030 environmental pillar and most importantly, to create a better living experience for Qatar’s future generations.”

Commenting on behalf of AEB, GCEO and Chief Architect Ibrahim Al Jaidah said: “Working in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and toward sustainable environments, it is paramount that we engage the community in which we live and practice. As one of the founding organizations of QGBC, we at AEB are always willing to offer assistance and share our knowledge with the wider audience through our strategic partnership with QGBC. For us it is important to note that there is plenty to be learned from our ancestry. Taking from our vernacular architectural elements and methods and implementing those into a contemporary approach offers not only more sustainable developments, but also a better understanding of our national identity in the modern times.”

Tadmur Holding CEO, Dafer Hallawa, said: “We are proud to partner with QGBC on the 2017 Qatar Sustainability Week and present Evergreen, our LEED Gold-certified building in Lusail, as a testimony of Tadmur Holding’s commitment to establishing a benchmark on sustainable practices in the construction industry aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030. We firmly stand for taking a leap on sustainable actions today as the best legacy for future generations. As a pioneer of green practices in the private sector in Qatar, it is an honor for us to sponsor the Sustainability Awards Ceremony along with QGBC to reward and encourage local companies to join these endeavors.”

Managing Partner at Atelier 101 (A101), Charles Vincent, commented on their participation as technology sponsor, saying: “The world is driven by change enabling new opportunities and new challenges. As we believe in innovation, A101 brings the benefits of technology to businesses of all sizes that wish to perform and operate in a more efficient and sustainable way, embracing transformation and servicing a better tomorrow.”

Tracey Kohinga, Managing Director of Intelligence Qatar, commented on the occasion by saying: “Intelligence Qatar is proud to be the knowledge sponsor of Qatar Sustainability Week 2017 and the Green Building Conference. By better understanding attitudes and perceptions towards sustainability, we can develop effective strategies to achieve greater sustainability in all aspects of our life, which is critical to our success, both individually and as a nation.”

Elaborating on their collaboration for Qatar Sustainability Week, Asterios Chalkias, Strategic Planning Director at Frame Communications said, “Frame believes in sustainable and practical living. So, when we were approached by the organizers, we were keen to take up their request to design the QSW report. The designs that we have produced for the initiative reflect both QSW’s and Frame’s commitment to the community we live and work in. We are proud to be associated with an event that not only promotes green, sustainable lifestyles, but also enhances the growth and development of Qatar in a way that preserves the country’s natural resources and energy reserves for the coming generations.”

Hamad Al Hammadi, Head of Government Relations, Vodafone Qatar said: “The ICT industry plays a crucial role in achieving sustainable living and improving livelihoods and it is this belief that drives us at Vodafone Qatar to deepen our understanding of sustainability and its impact on Qatar’s future. We are proud to support the Qatar Sustainability Week for the second year in a row and thank everyone involved for I am certain that their efforts will be transformational for Qatar.”

The week-long event will host a number of activities, including a bridge building competition, a photography competition, a beach and desert cleanup, as well as the renowned Qatar Green Building Conference and Qatar Sustainability Awards.

To join or register for Qatar Sustainability Week 2017, please visit the QGBC website: www.qatarsustainabilityweek.com/outreach/qsw

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