As countries around the world ramp up ambition toward global climate and development goals, Bogotá’s experience is an example of why they should look to cities for “ground-truthing.” The Colombia Green Building Council, as part of the BEA partnership’s work in Bogota, spearheaded the development of a national policy establishing technical guidelines for the local implementation of the country’s 2015 sustainable construction code. Now local governments nationwide will be able to comply with the code and contribute to the transformation of Colombia’s construction sector. Hear more at TheCityFix.
In partnership with the Emirates Green Building Council, Dubai aims to help schools cut back on water and energy use and associated costs through a benchmarking project. This is the first initiative of its kind in the MENA region. Dubai’s Energy Management Strategy calls for the city to reduce energy and water usage by 30% by 2030, and Emirates GBC hopes schools can play a pivotal role in achieving this goal – in addition to educating children about energy efficiency. At the end of the years, schools that choose to participate will be issues a scorecard and compared against other participants. Learn more about this effort in press coverage by ME Construction News and the Khaleej Times.