Students From Around The World to Build New Skills in the Art and Science of Green Building Design

    - York University and World Green Building Council Kickoff Pilot Program
    to Train Leaders of Tomorrow -

    TORONTO, June 22 /CNW/ - York University and the World Green Building
Council (WorldGBC) have taken an important step toward a sustainable built
environment by partnering to develop an International Education Program in
Green Building Design. The first program of its kind, its purpose is to create
a new generation of international citizens who can solve problems across
borders and whose common mission is to make building design more sustainable.
    Buildings and communities account for more than 40 per cent of greenhouse
gas emissions in our atmosphere and only a global transformation of the built
environment will reduce that number.
    "By bringing together the next generation of green leaders from a variety
of disciplines and from around the world, we are working to create a new
language for green design; one that is open, inclusive and global in scope,"
said Andrew Bowerbank, Executive Director, World Green Building Council. "We
are extremely proud to launch this course with York University."
    York University and WorldGBC held the official launch of the pilot
program today with the kick-off of the "Design for Sustainability in the Built
Environment: Interactive Workshop" a three-week intensive program. The course
will bring 25 upper-year undergraduate students from different disciplines,
studying at institutions in Ontario and abroad including Brazil, Costa Rica,
Japan, Mexico and India.
    "In this country and around the world, some of our most pressing
challenges are environmental," said York University President and
Vice-Chancellor Mamdouh Shoukri. "Fighting climate change is a complicated
issue, and it requires us to work together. That's exactly what this program
is designed to do."
    Participating in interactive workshops students will explore principles
and best practices in sustainable building design and development in an urban
context, with special attention given to international perspectives on today's
environmental issues. The courses will be based at the Faculty of
Environmental Studies at York University and workshop classes will be held at
the LEED Gold certified Earth Rangers Centre at the Toronto and Region
Conservation's The Living City Campus(TM), where students can take advantage
of the interactive learning opportunities dedicated to environmental education
and energy conservation.
    Industry leading organizations moving this initiative forward include
Toronto and Region Conservation, the Conservation Fund of the Ontario Power
Authority, and Earth Rangers.

    Event information:

    World Green Building Council

    The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a union of national
councils whose mission is to accelerate the transformation of the global built
environment towards sustainability. Current member Green Building Councils,
(GBCs) represent over 50 per cent of global construction activity, and touch
more than 10,000 companies and organizations worldwide. GBCs are
consensus-based, not-for-profit organizations that are highly effective at
engaging leaders across sectors to transform the built environment. For more
information please go to

    York University

    York University is the leading interdisciplinary research and teaching
university in Canada. York offers a modern, academic experience at the
undergraduate and graduate level in Toronto, Canada's most international city.
The third largest university in the country, York is host to a dynamic
academic community of 50,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff, as well as
more than 200,000 alumni worldwide. York's 11 faculties and 26 research
centres conduct ambitious, groundbreaking research that is interdisciplinary,
cutting across traditional academic boundaries. This distinctive and
collaborative approach is preparing students for the future and bringing fresh
insights and solutions to real-world challenges. York University is an
autonomous, not-for-profit corporation.

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For further information: For media information and registration contact:
Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation,
T: (416) 661-6600 ext 5632, C: (416) 358-3446, E:

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