Canada Green Building Council and Holcim Canada advance urban sustainability in Canada

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As a Gold National Sponsor, Holcim supports CaGBC 2013 National Conference and EcoDistricts workshops across Canada

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is pleased to announce Holcim Canada is its first Gold National Sponsor. The new CaGBC National Sponsorship program is aimed at providing the green building industry with opportunities to demonstrate their commitment to reducing the environmental impact of the built environment. As a long-time supporter of the CaGBC and its conferences since 2009, Holcim’s new commitment is a welcome addition to an ongoing relationship between the two organizations.

As a Gold National Sponsor, Holcim Canada is a lead supporter of our National Conference in Vancouver and is also sponsoring the implementation of EcoDistricts – a multi-year transformative initiative aimed at working with professionals, cities and community groups to transform neighbourhoods. The CaGBC is collaborating with the Portland Sustainability Institute (PoSI) to bring this exciting new initiative to Canada, which will help rejuvenate existing neighbourhoods and build new ones following an integrated set of urban sustainability principles.

“We are extremely happy to be welcoming Holcim as our first-ever Gold National Sponsor. With the help of forward looking corporations like Holcim, we will be able to assist both municipalities and community¬† groups in fostering and advancing urban sustainability initiatives across the country,” says Thomas Mueller, president and CEO of the CaGBC.

“We are truly pleased to be partnering with the CaGBC as a Gold National Sponsor,” said Nick Caccavella, senior vice-president, Holcim (Canada) Inc. “Sustainable development is at the heart of our business strategy and we continuously look for ways to work alongside communities, organizations and government to transform our built environment and create a catalyst for sustainable behaviour change. The CaGBC and EcoDistricts are working toward providing tangible tools that will accelerate this transformation.”

The first EcoDistrict workshop is being held today in Toronto, titled EcoDistrict Practitioners: Accelerating District-Scale Sustainability. This workshop will also be offered in Vancouver as a part of pre-conference activities on June 4 and later in the year in Montreal, Calgary and Ottawa.

The National Conference and Expo 2013 is taking place this year in Vancouver from June 4-6, and will feature numerous sustainability speakers and networking events, including a keynote address by noted environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and prominent urbanist Jeb Brugmann.

For more information on CaGBC national sponsorship, EcoDistricts or green building and sustainability, visit the following websites: EcoDistricts, Canada Green Building Council, and Holcim (Canada) Inc.

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