Tuesday, March 18, 2008

What's next in driving green building | Cleantech.com

What's next in driving green building | Cleantech.com

A new trinational report gives green building a green light, but who should drive? The industry weighs in.

'We're trying to elevate the importance of buildings as it relates to an overall climate change plan; right now it's not high on the radar.'

That was how Jonathan Westeinde, managing partner of The Windmill Development Group in Ottawa, summarized a new report, released yesterday, from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Westeinde chaired an advisory group behind the report, which calls green building the fastest, cheapest and most effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America."

I listened to Jonathan Westeinde speak at an event at OttawaU in January, 08. He is a mover and shaker in his field, with his company already responsible for several innovative green projects, including the recently completed GCTC building in Ottawa located at the corner of Holland and Wellington.

In 2006 he was selected as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Ottawa Business Journal. His profile is refreshing!

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