Media Advisory: NAFTA Environmental group promotes Green Building as promising biggest, easiest cuts in North American CO2

    VANCOUVER, March 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission for Environmental
Cooperation (CEC) - an international organization created in a side accord to
NAFTA - is releasing a major report on the opportunities and challenges facing
Green Building in North America at the GLOBE 2008 conference in Vancouver.
    The report - the result of a two year study - was guided by a 20 member
international advisory group of leading developers and architects,
sustainability and energy experts, real estate appraisers and brokers,
together with local and national government representatives from Canada,
Mexico and the United States. The advisory group was chaired by Canadian green
developer Jonathan Westeinde, CEO of Windmill Developments Group (Dockside
Green - Victoria) and also included prominent Vancouver architect Peter Busby
(Busby Perkins + Will).
    Even with rapid growth projected in the green building market across all
three countries, the report concludes that both the public and private sector
must embrace substantial changes to the planning, development and financing of
commercial and residential buildings to overcome the barriers to widespread
adoption of high-performance buildings throughout North America.
    The report's recommendations will be presented to Environment Minister
John Baird, US EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, and Mexican Environment
Secretary Juan Elvira.

    Who:      CEC Green Building advisors Jonathan Westeinde (Windmill
              Development Group) and Peter Busby (Busby Perkins + Will)

    What:     North American release of two-year study and report: Green
              Building in North America: Opportunities and Challenges

    Where:    Booth 1501, GLOBE 2008 Trade Fair at Vancouver Trade and
              Convention Centre

    When:     1:00 p.m. on Thursday, 13 March 2008

For further information:

For further information: including an embargoed copy of the CEC news
release and report please contact: Jeff Stoub, Cel: (514) 466-5333; Eduardo
Viadas, (514) 350-4331; Jeremy Dunn, Curve Communications Group, (604)
684-3170, Cel: (604) 684-3171

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