Ekaruna - - Events In Review -

On the 4th March, 2015, Wa­ter­front City an­nounced its third con­sec­u­tive year of sup­port for the Build It Green (BIG) fo­rum in Le­banon at a press con­fer­ence held at the com­pany’s sales of­fices in the pres­ence of key part­ners and mem­bers of the press.

Mr. Samer Bsat, Se­nior De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor at Wa­ter­front City, said on the oc­ca­sion, “it is at the core of our val­ues at Wa­ter­front City to en­sure a sus­tain­able city for the gen­er­a­tions to come, we have the po­ten­tial, ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and the ex­pe­ri­ence, and we have unique op­por­tu­nity to prove that the finest level pos­si­ble of sus­tain­able ur­ban­ism can be car­ried out in Le­banon, and Wa­ter­front City makes a dis­tinc­tive ex­am­ple of the pos­si­bil­ity to de­velop our cities in Le­banon.” Wa­ter­front City’s Busi­ness Park in Dbayeh is be­ing de­signed with the en­vi­ron­ment in mind and built us­ing sus­tain­able meth­ods of con­struc­tion.

The con­fer­ence it­self was held on Wed­nes­day the 18th of March, 2015, at the Monroe Ho­tel in Beirut. Hosted by e-EcoSo­lu­tions and held in part­ner­ship with EcoCon­sult­ing and un­der the pa­tron­age of the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, the event is now in its sixth con­sec­u­tive year.

This year’s theme was ‘Re­veal­ing Eco-Dis­tricts,’ and in keep­ing with its on­go­ing suc­cess over past years, more than seven hun­dred visi­tors were in at­ten­dance, in­clud­ing a range of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Mr. Gil­bert Tegho, the CEO of e-EcoSo­lu­tions ad­dressed the at­ten­dees, ask­ing “why Eco-dis­tricts? And why now?” be­fore ex­plain­ing, “in a coun­try like Le­banon seek­ing im­proved sus­tain­abil­ity so­lu­tions and reg­u­la­tions de­spite the dif­fer­ent eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal, and so­cial ob­sta­cles, Eco-dis­tricts are just the right scale to ad­dress: small enough to in­no­vate quickly, and large enough to have a mean­ing­ful im­pact.” Mr. Tegho went on to show ac­knowl­edge­ment and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port of the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Beirut as it con­tin­ues to show con­tin­u­ous in­volve­ment within Green ini­tia­tives across the city.

One of the piv­otal mo­ments of the con­fer­ence was the an­nounc­ing of the first health care in Le­banon and in the world to re­ceive the EDGE cer­ti­fi­ca­tion – an all-new Green Build­ings Rat­ing Sys­tem that ac­com­mo­dates more to the Le­banese mar­ket. The In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion (IFC) and World Bank Group pre­sented the EDGE Rat­ing Sys­tem, be­fore a pre­sen­ta­tion re­gard­ing the case study of Ke­ser­wan Med­i­cal Cen­tre, which – with the sup­port of e-EcoSo­lu­tions – was able to achieve this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The event also saw the launch of the 2nd Eco-Quartier Univer­sity Stu­dents com­pe­ti­tion in sus­tain­able de­sign. Each year the com­pe­ti­tion has a dif­fer­ent sub­ject, and this year’s was an­nounced as the Medawar area, a prob­lem­atic zone that is of great im­por­tance and wealth to Beirut. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from an ar­ray of univer­si­ties in Le­banon at­tended the launch in the hope that this year’s Eco-quartier con­test will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the stud­ies of their se­nior stu­dents. This was not the only launch at the event, how­ever. The Green Schools Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram in­tro­duced to Le­banon by e-EcoSo­lu­tions was also pre­sented at the con­fer­ence. The pro­gram it­self is of­fered free of charge to the first one hun­dred pri­vate and public el­i­gi­ble schools in the coun­try. The aim of this ini­tia­tive is to place ev­ery stu­dent of this gen­er­a­tion in Le­banon within a green en­vi­ron­ment at school. The sixth BIG con­fer­ence in Le­banon also launched the 202030 plan – the 2020 Na­tional Plan to bring Mu­nic­i­pal Do­mes­tic Waste down to 30%. Mr. Tegho said, “when ap­ply­ing Ecodis­tricts to Le­banon, the first prob­lem faced is the mu­nic­i­pal waste and land­fills man­age­ment. For that rea­son and since the Build It Green, we have de­cided to launch an ini­tia­tive to solve this prob­lem through join­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the dif­fer­ent gov­ern­men­tal, pri­vate, and in­dus­trial sec­tors in a de­bate to­wards cre­at­ing a 202030 waste re­duc­tion na­tional plan.”

The Build It Green con­fer­ence con­cluded with the Le­banon team ex­press­ing their thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the main event spon­sors; Wa­ter­front City, (the ti­tle spon­sor), the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Beirut, (the of­fi­cial mu­nic­i­pal­ity part­ner), Sch­nei­der Elec­tric, Ti­nol Pains and Acemco & Sol­stice, (the gold spon­sors), Douaihy Pour Le Bois and Waste, (the sil­ver spon­sors), MEA and all other sup­port­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and media part­ners. Over seven hun­dred visi­tors were in at­ten­dance in the sixth con­sec­u­tive Build It Green con­fer­ence. The event saw the launch of: The 2nd Eco-Quartier Univer­sity Stu­dents com­pe­ti­tion in sus­tain­able de­sign The Green Schools Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram in­tro­duced to Le­banon by e-EcoSo­lu­tions The 202030 plan – the 2020 Na­tional Plan to bring Mu­nic­i­pal Do­mes­tic Waste down to 30%

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