Formed by a coalition of 30 organizations around the world, The Global Leadership in Our Built Environment (GLOBE) Alliance issued a call for partners at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The group aims to unite organizations that share a commitment to advocating sustainable building practices as a key strategy for combating climate change.
The USGBC and the World Green Building Council lead the GLOBE partnership, which seeks to raise awareness and generate support from policymakers and financial institutions from around the world, as well as from United Nations bodies, for cost-effective investment in sustainable building practices. According to the USGBC, the organization will push for policies and measures that support technical, regulatory, and financial resources for green communities and efficient buildings. Partner organizations include the American Institute of Architects; the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the Earth Day Network; Global Green; ICLEI USA; the National Institute of Building Sciences; the Natural Resources Defense Council; and the Urban Land Institute. Manufacturers who have joined the alliance include Ingersoll Rand and Johnson Controls.
“Buildings are a fundamental solution to mitigating global climate change. We are calling for urgent action from the public and private sectors to spur sustainable building practices that reduce carbon dioxide emissions around the world,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chairman of the USGBC. Lynn Bellenger, president of ASHRAE adds, “Buildings represent a tremendous opportunity for energy savings and environmental conservation. By focusing world leaders on the economic and environmental benefits that can be achieved by improving the efficiency of new and existing buildings, the GLOBE Alliance will help find solutions to the world’s energy challenges.”
The organization will focus onf supporting green building initiatives in both developed and developing nations. “Forty-six green building councils, representing over half of our membership, are in developing nations,” says Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council. “We believe the inclusion of the built environment in financial tools geared toward lowering emissions, like carbon trading, will support local economic development in these countries while helping solve this important global issue.” Ashok Gupta, senior energy economist and director of energy policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council adds, “Through GLOBE, we are shifting the dialogue on green, energy-efficient buildings to include all regions of the world, not just wealthy nations. World leaders must begin fusing economic development with low- emission solutions in all countries and begin breaking down the barriers to more sustainable communities and buildings.”
For more information on the alliance, visit globealliance.org.