Saturday we celebrate the Earth

March 23, 2013 at 3:43 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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Saturday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 2 billion people celebrate Earth Hour, the largest environmental event in history.

Over 40 cities in Romania symbolically extinguish lights and prepare performances by candlelight, observations of celestial bodies, exhibitions, concerts unplugged supported by local artists, symbolic marches and interactive workshops. Even the most impressive buildings in Romania, will remain in the dark for one hour.

Organization WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) will celebrate the big night in Timisoara, the city has earned the title of Capital of Earth Hour 2013, but representatives of the association mentioned will be present in every corner of the country, through his friends.


Timișoara, Botoșani and Ploiesti compete for the Earth Hour Romania Capital

March 8, 2013 at 11:58 am | Posted in Events, General | Leave a comment
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About the Challenge

The Earth Hour City Challenge is part of the Earth Hour campaign implemented in Romania. Cities and towns compete by expressing ideas, projects and initiatives for environmental protection – including projects started in the last 5-10 years and those set to be implemented in the future. The 2013 Competition is being held between the 7th of February and the 9th of March 2013.

 Who are the organizers?

Earth Hour is a concept initiated and organized by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), one of the biggest international NGOs working on nature conservation which has active campaigns in over 100 countries on all continents.

WWF-Romania, which was created in 2006, oversees projects and campaigns which have as a goal the conservation of the Carpathian and Danube areas.  For more information please visit

 What cities qualified for the Finals?

Timiṣoara participates for the second time in the final. It scored 81.3 points out of 100 due to energy efficiency, education and communication, conservation and biodiversity values present in past projects. Future projects focus on energy efficiency and education, and the municipality’s plan for taking part in Earth Hour on the 23rd of March was marked with 18 points out of 20.

Botosani is in the final for the first time, scoring 75.6 points due to green spaces which are larger than the European regulation – 27.34% m2/person, and due to past education projects, transport plans for the future and reported recycled waste.

Ploiesti is in the final for the first time and scored 59.6 points. The high score comes from assessing education projects, transport, and biodiversity conservation and from having a green City Council.

What is the prize/award?

The winning city will be awarded the Title of Earth Hour Capital Romania 2013; it will be promoted at a national and international level, and will host the official event on the 23rd of March 2013. At the event, the WWF team and national press will participate making the city a landmark on Romania’s map.

 What will differentiate the competitors?

The contribution of the cities is not the only one that matters, but the people living in those cities. They are asked to participate by recycling PETs/plastic bottles. The city which will recycle the largest quantity of PETs/plastic bottles will win the Title of Earth Hour Capital, Romania 2013. The final will take place on March 9th, 2013.


For more details on the campaign please visit the Earth Hour, Romania website at

To find out more about the international campaign please visit


Text: Adriana Potlog, Associate Member RoGBC

WWF and RoGBC are celebrating Earth Hour

March 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Events, News from Members, Upcoming Meetings | Leave a comment
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The Romania Green Building Council joins the WWF in celebrating Earth Hour, the largest event dedicated to raising awareness about the environment.

RoGBC signs position paper “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”

September 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm | Posted in Events, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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Rogbc 1The Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) along with WWF Danube-Carpathian Romania, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Association of Energy Auditors for Buildings (AAEC) signed a shared position paper, regarding the measures that should be taken in order to encourage energy efficiency. The document, entitled “Romania and Climate Change Policies – Economic Stimulus from a Green Economy”, draws the attention on the economic opportunities associated with the implementation of environment policies, especially in the construction field. Some of the opportunities highlighted are the reducing energy costs, ensuring energy safety, raising comfort and creating new jobs.

In addition, the position paper underlines the necessity of immediate action in order to move towards a greener economy and explains that the practical measures to be applied do not represent budgetary costs, but investments towards a sustainable development. .

The position paper is available for reading here.

Impressions from Creating Greener Workspaces (Workshop – April 22, Bucharest)

April 24, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Events, Training | Leave a comment
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On April 22, at the Orange Concept Store in Bucharest, the Romania Green Building Council and WWF organized a half-day training course on “Creating Greener Workspaces”, with the purpose to educate the Romanian marketplace on the advantages of green office policies, design and renovation..

With around 50 participants, the event was a great success.  Executives responsible for office operations, architects and designers, engineers and real estate consultants, suppliers of products and services, professors and students attended the event.

The event had a design module and an environmental management system module that includes implementing green office polices. Explaining the business case for implementing these programs will be an important component of the workshop.  “Green office design and operation is backed by a strong business case when conducting activities in a resource and energy constrained world” emphasized Steven Borncamp, President of the Romania Green Building Council.

Moreover, “creating greener workspaces is about thinking and planning more, saving money, and increasing employee health and productivity. There are very short payback periods and minimal differences in upfront investments and significant competitive advantages if green initiatives are done wisely”, continued Steve.

No matter if it’s a larger or smaller office, there are ways in which it can become more efficient, more environmentally friendly, healthier for the employees and less costly to operate. There are several aspects that need to be considered in order to have a green office: from the architects and engineers teams, to the flexible use of space, the efficient consumption of water and energy, materials and resources, the inside air quality, transportation, the sustainable behavior of the employees, etc.

Creating Greener Workspaces

The trainers also offered the simple measures that can be implemented in any office, including:

  • Paper consumption: avoid printing or print double-sided, more pages per sheet; use of recycled or environmental certified paper
  • Heating & cooling energy consumption: lowering the temperature in a room by 1ºC saves 5% of heating energy; avoid placing furniture in front of the radiators; use of air conditioning with timer
  • Electric energy consumption: use of energy saving bulbs; switching lights off when possible;use of energy saving settings for appliances; avoid using the “stand by” mode
  • Purchases: careful selection of the products and services suppliers, appliances, office utensils, equipment, furniture, gifts, materials, accommodation, trips, etc.
  • Waste sorting and recycling – defining and giving good instructions is an essential component
  • Transportation: reduce the environmental impact of transport by using long distance communication techniques, favoring public transportation, driving in an economic way, driving cars with low fuel consumption, etc.
  • The attendance of representatives from companies activating in various sectors, as well as the discussions among participants illustrated the involvement and the preoccupations of the industry in sustainability and ecology.

The event ended with a networking cocktail meant to facilitate the interaction and the collaboration among the workshop participants and the RoGBC members.

Steven Borncamp – President, Romania Green Building Council
Helka Julkunen – Green Office Manager, WWF Finland

Romania Green Building Council (RoGBC) is a non-profit, non-political association of businesses encouraging the market, educational, and legislative conditions necessary to promote high performance construction that is both environmentally responsible and profitable. The RoGBC is accredited as an “Emerging Council” with the World Green Building Council.
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most effective environmental organizations, whose mission is to stop the degradation of the natural environment, by conserving the biological diversity, by promoting sustainable use of renewable natural resources, reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. In 1997, WWF Finland developed the Green Office, a simple and light environmental management system. More than 20,200 office employees are currently involved in the program.

Event organized with additional support from:
Amcham Romania
Orange Concept Store

a WWF press release on the recent gas crisis…

January 11, 2009 at 11:14 am | Posted in Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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WWF published this recent press release on the gas crisis of the region and the need for a rapid move towards clean energy and energy efficiency. RoGBC will continue to work with WWF Romania to promote creation and implementation of effective energy efficiency in buildings legislation.

– Steve

You can read the press release here.

News from WWF’s Climate Caravan

October 13, 2008 at 12:06 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
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The RoGBC team particpated in the Climate Caravan event organized by  WWF and Toyota.   Pictures will follow in a few days.    Here is an article (in Romanian) from the WWF site.

The Climate Caravan is on Tour in September!

August 21, 2008 at 11:31 am | Posted in Events | Leave a comment
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The Romania Green Building Council is partnering with the World Wildlife Fund and Toyota on their multi-city “Climate Caravan” campaign to build awareness about climate change and to discuss actions citizens can take in order to be more environmentally responsible. The RoGBC will supply information on greener homes and construction methods that will save both money and the planet. The campaign targets young and middle aged people and households, including young professionals, all from urban areas and with access to internet/media. More information will be available on a dedicated webpage that is to be launched on September 1 at .

The tour starts in Constanta (September 17), then stops to Bucharest (September 19&20), Brasov (September 22) and Cluj-Napoca (September 24).


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