Romania GBC at International Green Building SummitFebruary 23, 2012 at 11:43 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
I just returned from Istanbul from presenting the progress of the Romania Green Building Council at the invitation
of the organizers; the Turkish Green Building Council. The two day summit included presentations from nearly 50 green building experts from around the world. The opening panel included Romania and the leaders of the Green Building Councils from the U.S., Turkey, Jordan, Sweden, and Tunisia; each bringing different approaches to the topic but a common and exciting theme of rapidly growing interest for sustainable construction.
I had a chance to speak with Rick Fedrizzi, who is both the Chairman of the World Green Building Council and President and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council. He shared my desire to ensure all of the Green Building Councils work together to share knowledge and build capacities to be successful in their respective local, regional and global missions. I also met Dr. Nils Kok, one of the world’s top experts on the valuation of green buildings. I was very interested in bringing his expertise and body of research to the discussion of green building finance in
Romania. He was very interested in the work of the Green Building Councils including the RoGBC Green Mortgage product.
I also had the good fortune to have great conversations with Mark James, Founder of Urban Green, a developer focused on affordable, green housing. Dr. Michael Braungart – renown co-author of the influential deep green book “Cradle to Cradle”, and Greg Katz, an entrepreneur and green venture capital partner with major accomplishments in green finance and energy performance standards. Both Dr. Braungart and Mr. Katz shared my very positive experience working in Romania while Mr. James is looking forward to his first visit.
While, as you can imagine, the team from the Turkish GBC was quite busy, I still managed to find time to speak with Yenal Guller, Executive Director, Dr. Duygu Erten, Vice President and co-founder, Haluk Sur, Chairman and Ali Nihat Gokyigit, Honorary Chairman and co-founder. It is clear their Council is off to a very strong start and with a great team in place.