Qatar Green Building Council Wraps Up 5th Edition of Qatar Sustainability Week
Week-long initiative hosted over 120 sustainability-focused activities and engaged 50,000 participants
An extensive number of individuals and organisations committed to reducing their carbon footprint to mark their participation to the fifth edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW) – a week-long campaign organised by Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC).
Through the new pledge initiative 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 Sustainable Development Goals.
QGBC Director Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, said that 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 organisations 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 and Legacy and Qatar National Tourism Council. 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 well-being as key drivers to wider sustainability and climate actions. The second conference was part of WorldGBC’s Well-being Framework 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 well-being 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 has been successful – holding more than 120 events, and bringing together 150 partners and 50,000 participants. The national campaign also received over 3 million impressions on social media.
This year’s QSW success was driven by the active participation of various stakeholders from the private and public sectors. The campaign was also supported by a number of media partners, including Marhaba. For more information about QSW 2020, visit qatargbc.org.
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