Costa Rica Officially Goes Green

Costa Rica Officially Goes Green LIBERIA, COSTA RICA, The Costa Rica chapter of the Green Building Council www.crgbc.org was notified of induction into the World Green Building Council www.worldgbc.org. Environmental sustainability in Costa Rica is a major social concern as the country covers 0.01% of the world's land surface yet contains over 5% of the world's biodiversity.

In 2007, officials of the Costa Rican government stated that they aim to be the first carbon-neutral country in the world by 2021. In 2008, Yale University ranked Costa Rica as 5th in Environmental Performance among 149 countries sampled. The chairman of the Costa Rica chapter, Craig Williamson, stated, "The establishment of this chapter marks a historic point in Costa Rican history. It provides Costa Rica Real Estate developers the tools and information needed to make sustainability and carbon neutrality an attainable goal. It is important that there is a solid, measurable certification for Green Building, there has been far too much speculation, misleading labeling of projects, and pure green-washing in the past"

Few countries in Latin America have established chapters beneath the World Green Building Council. Currently, the only established chapters are in Brazil, Mexico, and now Costa Rica. "There has been an overwhelming response from people wanting to join this chapter," Mr. Williamson said. "We can provide LEED education and certification to the developers and help them make this happen." First steps include assembling board members from inside Costa Rica and some from outside that can bring networking and vision. To this end, the inclusion of Frank Biden, Brother of US Vice President Joe Biden, as a Board Member has now been achieved. "I have spent much of my life in the public arena. The last several years I have worked as the director of a major philanthropy in Central America. The health and well-being of employees, members of the local community and protecting the breathtaking beauty that is Costa Rica are my priories with my involvement in this wonderful organization..

LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green-rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It establishes standards and practices for developers to create sustainable properties and provides accredited inspectors to guide and certify a development. The certifications can range from simply "Certified" all the way up to "Platinum", which is the highest level of sustainability and resource conservation.

"We want a new wave of sustainability to spark in Costa Rica, and we want to spread that fire throughout Latin America—a new chapter in every country, LEED a household name," Mr. Williamson said. "Green building is the future of Real Estate across the world, and we're going to keep pushing until that future is a reality."

The Costa Rica Green Building Council is a non-profit organization providing education and resources to developers and individuals interested in sustainable building practices. The future of green building is shaped by GBCCR members who join committees, the core of the consensus-based process that develops LEED, educational offerings, Greenbuild, and other programs. Our commitment to preserving the wildlife and natural beauty of Costa Rica is what drives us to create a more beautiful, healthier world.
Source: Costa Rica Green Building Council

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