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Earth Day, 22 April 2017: Green building saves energy and money while creating jobs and a better future for SA

What if the buildings in which we live, work, play, gather, heal and learn could help save our environment? What if they could also create jobs and economic opportunities? And, what if they could also make people healthier, happier and more productive. They can, if they are green buildings.

Green buildings are an effective way to mitigate climate change with big benefits for people, giving us all a great reason to celebrate this Earth Day, 22 April.

Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working in nearly 195 countries with more than 1 billion people now taking part in Earth Day each year. It is the world’s largest civic observance.

In 2017, Earth Day focuses on environmental and climate literacy. It aims to help more people become fluent in the concepts of climate change and inspire action in defence of environmental protection.

A proud supporter of the global Earth Day movement, Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has made impressive headway recruiting the local property sector – public and private, commercial and residential – to the environmental movement. Part of a larger global network of Green Building Councils, GBCSA champions the movement to design, build and operate properties in an environmentally sustainable way in South Africa. So far, more than 240 formal green building certifications have been achieved with the GBCSA’s Green Star SA rating tool and 4,255 homes have been registered to target EDGE certification.

Dorah Modise, CEO of GBCSA, says that buildings that mitigate climate change are no longer a nice-to-have, but a necessity. Earth Day highlights this with its ‘Green Cities need Green Buildings’ campaign.

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