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12th edition of GBC at Hyderabad

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At the recently concluded 12th edition of the Green Building Congress 2014 at Hyderabad, IGBC announced three rating systems to cover schools, metro rail projects and new buildings. Prem C Jain, Chairman of IGBC, said the new building rating system comes in the backdrop of IGBC and USGBC parting ways on the LEED certification programme. A coffee table book capturing 101 green iconic buildings in India was also launched on the occasion.

Highlighting the initiatives taken by the State to enhance the Green Quotient of the State, K. T. Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for Panchayat Raj & IT, Government of Telangana said that in a short span of three months, the government has initiated three new green programmes and is planning to install 1,000 watts of energy through Solar power. Retrofitting in 124 IT parks in Hyderabad is underway and there are plans to plant about 230 crore saplings across the state of Telangana to improve the green quotient from 25% to 35%, he informed.

Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd stated that by shifting the commuting from road transport to metro, there is a potential to eliminate 11 grams of GHG emission per passenger, per kilometer. He said that the Delhi metro and IGBC have been working together in developing green rating system for metros which can become a guideline for all other cities. Andrew McAllister, British Deputy High Commissioner Hyderabad, said India has a massive opportunity for creating low carbon infrastructure and elaborated on UK- India partnership to clean up Ganga. He extended his interest to strengthen the areas where UK and India can work together. C. Shekar Reddy, Chairman, IGBC- Hyderabad Chapter & National President, Credai, expressed the commitment to green, 100 schools under the new IGBC green school rating programme. The event was followed by the distribution of National awards and certificates to winners from schools for Green- 1 contest and Architectural colleges for Architectural Design competition.

With support from United Technologies and Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Ltd and guidance from the IGBC, Young Indians (Yi) an integral part of the CII, had launched 8th edition of the Green Contest- I to create the much needed awareness on environmental responsibility among the school children. (Yi) formed in 2002 has around 1650 direct members in 33 chapters and about 10500 students through student nets, under the brand ‘Yuva’.

The Contest open to all the schools in India had the theme, “One Thought at a Time”. The top five top teams shortlisted included – The Choithram School (Indore), St. Kabir School (Chandigarh), Aashiana Public School (Chandigarh), Sri Venkateshwar International School (New Delhi), Smt. Ramkumar Devi Fomra Vivekananda Vidyalaya (Chennai). They made presentations in front of an elite jury on at the event, post which the winners and the runners-up announced.

The winning school was rewarded at the inaugural session of the Green Building Congress 2014 and received a grant of `7.5 lakhs towards implementation of their green ideas within their school campus. “The theme of this contest is directly related to our company’s goals on sustainability. We are delighted at the prospect of working with young children around the country in the quest to make them more responsible and aware of environmental concerns and to act accordingly,” commented Amit Maheshwari, director – marketing & strategy, Carrier India.

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