Toronto July 4, 2007 - Toronto will reaffirm its status as one of the world’s most environmentally conscious and committed cities next month when it welcomes delegates from over 30 countries to the seventh international Congress of the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), July 8 to 11.  

The congress, which will feature presentations from around the world and Canadian building industry experts, is open to the media only on Monday, July 9. Presentations topics include the global strategy for cities, the global green industry, presentations by Green Building Councils and more.

“It is predicted that we have only 10 years to implement changes in the way we work and live. After that, we could have to learn to live with the environmental consequences and the associated costs to adapt,” said Andrew Bowerbank, Acting Executive Director of the World Green Building Council. “That’s why Green Building Councils must grow quickly in each country; to be catalysts for change at the local level through the international support of the WorldGBC.”

The Congress will be a catalyst for WorldGBC to create strategies and devise solutions that address carbon emission issues on a global scale. Recent research shows that buildings are the source of 40 per cent of carbon emissions worldwide.

“As Canada's Federal Housing Agency, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation is proud to be involved in the World Green Building Council Congress,” said Peter Friedmann, CMHC’s Ontario General Manager. “A sustainable approach to communities and housing is key to protecting the environment and creating healthy living conditions for Canadians. Canada has considerable expertise in this domain and the WGBC provides a vehicle to share this expertise."

A gala dinner at the Liberty Grand on July 10 will celebrate Toronto’s selection as the new, permanent home of the WGBC Secretariat, which will be located at The Living City Campus of Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA).

Gala dinner attendees will include Hon. Donna Cansfield Minister of Transportation, Hon. Greg Sorbara Minister of Finance (TBC), Toronto Mayor David Miller, East Gwillimbury Mayor James Young, renowned architect and Order of Canada receipient Peter Busby, representatives from foreign consulates and more. The Multicultural theme will include a First Nations welcome ceremony, Japanese Kodo drummers, Brazilian Capoiera dancers and Scottish bagpipers.

Event details:
Congress Media Opportunity: July 9, 8:45am-4:30pm
            Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Pier 4 & 5
             Registration: 8am

Gala Dinner: July 10, 2007 6pm-11pm
Liberty Grand, Governor’s Ballroom at 25 British Columbia Rd., Exhibition Place, Toronto.
Registration: 6pm
           

Sponsors including: Direct Energy, St Lawrence Cement, Metrus Developments, Enbridge, Industry Canada; and partners including: CMHC, the Clinton Foundation, the Province of Ontario, The Region of Peel,  TRCA, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

The World Green Building Council provides a federation "union" of national Green Building Councils whose common goal is the sustainable transformation of the global property industry. Additional info http://www.worldgbc.org/