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Building Lasting Change 2019, May 28-30

June 13, 2019

Building Lasting Change 2019, hosted by the Canada Green Building Council, took place from May 28-30 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. At the event, industry professionals were brought together to create partnerships, discuss Canada’s low-carbon future and exhibit green products and services.

The three-day conference revolved around a key challenge for our country: “striking a balance between carbon reduction, health and resilience.” As Canadians face the reality of climate change, we must respond with positive actions that achieve the social, economic, and environmental objectives that are necessary as we move forward into a new climate reality. The Canada Green Building Council sees low carbon green buildings as part of the solution to this challenge.

On Wednesday morning, keynote speaker, Chris Turner, shared his insight on the challenge to harmonize carbon reduction, health and resilience. He described the emerging global shift towards a low-carbon economy and detailed how the construction of urban environments is essential in the battle against climate change. Turner encouraged green building professionals to design the most durable communities possible. Further, he highlighted the importance of smart communication when seeking to accelerate the energy transition in Canada, while convincing the public on the merits of a low-carbon lifestyle.

The green building industry’s primary focus is to achieve a resilient low-carbon future. We must take action now to reduce emissions and endeavour to improve our health and well-being within the environments we inhabit. Attendees left the event with a prominent message in their minds: long-lasting healthy environments are dependent upon low-carbon urban environments.

Building Lasting Change 2019 connected the change-makers of the green building industry to collectively propel the technological and environmental advancements that will create a successful low-carbon world.

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