QSW to raise awareness of Qatar’s sustainability initiatives and promote further action
Doha, Qatar, 19 October 2021: Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), has today opened the sixth edition of its national campaign, Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW), during a press conference held at Msheireb Museums. As part of the extensive agenda, a range of events will take place from 23-30 October 2021, at various locations across Qatar.
In line with Qatar’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), QSW aims to raise awareness among the community through sustainability-oriented activities, as well as showcase the progress Qatar has made in the area of sustainability. It aims to provide individuals and community groups with innovative and practical solutions to the environmental challenges facing Qatar and the region, in order to drive the adoption of more sustainable lifestyles.
QSW is a unique platform for engaging public and private sector stakeholders under an overarching umbrella to link various sustainability practices and transform dialogue into action. It includes conferences, awareness sessions, exhibitions, guided tours, edutainment events, and public interest activities and initiatives.
The week-long campaign will cover more than 200 initiatives across a range of seminars and conferences, including family, sports, and awareness-based activities. Two of the biggest events that are planned to take place are Msheireb’s QSW exhibition and the Talk Green Series at Baraha. QGBC will also be hosting dedicated Focus Days during this year’s QSW, covering Green Hotels and Eco-Events for Qatar, challenges and pathways, in addition to Climate Change and Adaptive Strategies.
Speaking at the press conference, Engineer Meshal Al Shammari, Director of QGBC, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), opened QSW 2021 and highlighted its range of initiatives as well as the partners of this year’s campaign. Strategic partners include Msheireb Properties, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar Museums, Qatar Tourism, Tarsheed/KAHRAMAA, Qatar Rail, Qatar Free Zones Authority, Total Energies, QNB, Education Above All, Al Wakra Municipality and Tadmur Holding.
Commenting on QSW 2021, Engineer Al Shamari said: “The success of any form of sustainability focused initiative is dependent on collaboration, in our case between both public and private sector businesses, as well as individuals and the wider community. We’re proud to be working with such a strong group of strategic partners on this year’s Qatar Sustainability Week, without whom we would not be able to achieve our mission to promote and champion Qatar’s sustainability efforts.
“As we move towards a post-pandemic society, we must take action to once again prioritize sustainability, for the sake of our environment as well as the health of our population. Together, we can make a difference and match our power and passion with action, in order to drive real change.”
QGBC executives were joined at the press conference by representatives from all of the strategic partner organizations, who gave insights on their involvement in this year’s QSW, as well as their partnership with QGBC.
The press conference also introduced this year’s community partners, which include Greener Future, Doha Environmental Actions Project, BigB MeetUp and the International Business Council Qatar- Businesswomen Building a Sustainable Future. Media partners for this year’s QSW include Marhaba, I Love Qatar, QatarLiving.com, Bigbfotografi, Essence of Qatar, What’s up Doha and Doha News.
For more information on QSW 2021 and to register for events, please visit: https://qatargbc.org/outreach/qsw/home
About Qatar Green Building Council
Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) is a non-profit, membership-driven organization providing leadership and encouraging collaboration in conducting environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development in Qatar. QGBC also aims to support the overall health and sustainability of the environment, the people, and economic security in Qatar for generations to come. The council, a member of Qatar Foundation, was formally established in 2009 by a decree signed by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and is helping Qatar on its journey to establish a post-hydrocarbon, knowledge economy and progressive society. Through QGBC, Qatar is part of a network of 80 countries that run active national green building councils under the umbrella of the World Green Building Council.
QGBC’s members include representatives from government, real estate developers, investors, facilities managers, consultants, constructors, manufacturers & suppliers, oil & gas, professional firms, financial services, telecom/technology, academia, NGOs & media.
QGBC is setting up operations from its HQ, organizing awareness events, knowledge seminars, training, forums, and networking sessions with the like-minded. To learn more, please visit www.qatargbc.org.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.
For a complete list of QF’s initiatives and projects, please visit: www.qf.org.qa
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