An extensive number of individuals and organizations committed to reducing their carbon footprint during Qatar Green Building Council’s (QGBC) fifth edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW), which wrapped up on Saturday.
Through the pledge initiative – new this year – the Qatar Foundation entity aims to create a nationwide movement that sees the local community adopt more sustainable choices and practices.
QSW 2020, which began on 31 October, showcased the innovative and practical solutions of various stakeholders to global environmental challenges, and highlighted Qatar’s contributions and progress towards the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC, said: “Supporting Qatar's sustainability goals, as communicated in Qatar National Vision 2030, is fundamental to QGBC's sustainability campaign and strategies. Our QSW events have always been focused on creating better awareness about sustainability among Qatar's communities and industry and business sectors to help align their methods and sustainability objectives with the national vision. With the number of people and organizations that participated in this year's QSW, I believe we have made a huge step forward towards achieving our objective.”
With a special focus on highlighting and promoting the adaptive strategies that lead to greener cities and communities, QGBC collaborated with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy and Qatar Tourism Authority. The entities hosted a joint conference that explored the impact of carbon neutrality on green hospitality and its importance in hosting world class events, like the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
QGBC also hosted a conference promoting health and wellbeing as key drivers to wider sustainability and climate actions. The second conference was part of WorldGBC's Wellbeing Framework’s MENA launch. The framework was developed to help Green Building Councils (GBC) worldwide and their members prove the benefits of green, sustainable buildings to people’s health and wellbeing and, consequently, influence demand and accelerate a sustainable built environment.
Shireen Obeidat, who leads QGBC’s outreach activities, said that despite the restrictions of COVID-19, the event was a success – holding more 120 events, and bringing together 150 partners and 50,000 participants. The national campaign has also received more than 3 million impressions on the social media platforms this year.”
This year's QSW’s success was driven by the active participation of various stakeholders from the private and public sectors. QSW 2020 Strategic Partners includes the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC), Msheireb Properties, The Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), through its National Programme for Conservation and Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed), Qatar National Bank (QNB), Tadmur Holding, Al Wakrah Municipality and Qatar Museums. In addition to community partners Greener Future and Doha Environmental Actions Group.
The campaign was also supported by a number of media partners, including The Qatar Media Corporation as the official media partner, Marhaba, I Love Qatar, Social Media Solutions, Bigbfotografi, SEAB, Your Onion, and Doha Heat.
Source: Press Release
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