BUILD IT GREEN
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%