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25 October 2021

People are the key to making green cities work, Qatar Sustainability Week told

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People are the key to making green cities work, Qatar Sustainability Week told

QF member QGBC encourages community to create a movement of change as a series of week-long events begin

The message that sustainability is for everyone has been emphasized to the community of Qatar at the opening of Qatar Sustainability Week 2021 in Msheireb Downtown Doha, which will include 300 events.

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Meshal Al Shamari, Director, Qatar Green Building Council, speaking at the opening of Qatar Sustainability Week.

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Qatar Sustainability Week, an initiative of Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) – is now in its sixth year. The event aims to encourage people to live more sustainable lives and create a movement of change by raising awareness of the impact of climate change, the effects of which are being seen all over the world.

If you have a very sustainable building or a very sustainable city, without having the right behaviors from the users and consumers, you will achieve nothing

Meshal Al Shamari

Speaking at the opening, Engineer Meshal Al Shamari, Director, QGBC, said that with more than seven billion people on this planet – a figure which is expected to top nine billion in 30 years, when around 75 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities – our behavior matters. “They will consume energy, they will consume water, they will produce waste, and they will have a direct impact on the environment,” he said.

“If you have a very sustainable building or a very sustainable city, without having the right behaviors from the users and consumers, you will achieve nothing.”

Throughout the year, QGBC’s awareness programs – which include conferences and technical initiatives, for academia and the hospitality and wellbeing industries – also focus on raising awareness within the community. “All these programs support very important segments of the industry,” Engineer Al Shamari said. “But the most important part is awareness – our knowledge of tools and techniques, and our contribution towards the environment.”

Qatar is hosting the entire world here next year and showcasing its values to the world: its heritage, its culture, the progressive vision for the country

Jason Twill

Jason Twill, Director of the World Cup Master Program at QF, delivered a talk titled Moving beyond Sustainability, highlighting how people should be shifting past the concept of sustainability, and moving towards restorative and regenerative approaches.

Speaking about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, he said: “We have the world’s largest event coming here next year, and we’ve had an incredible 11 years of transformation happening to get ready for this event. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy has embraced sustainability at the core of this tournament, and it will be the most sustainable World Cup in history.

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The Qatar Sustainability Week audience also heard from Jason Twill, Director of the World Cup Master Program at QF.

“Sport is a powerful mechanism – Qatar is hosting the entire world here next year, and showcasing its values to the world: its heritage, its culture, the progressive vision for the country. It’s an incredible platform for change, not just an event to watch football matches.”

Qatar Sustainability Week 2021 will wrap up on October 30. For more information, please visit: www.qatargbc.org

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