WorldGBC announces its 13th annual World Green Building Week

Taking place from September 12-16, World Green Building Week includes events around the world to drive climate action, thriving communities, and prosperous economies.

The World Green Building Council’s (WorldGBC) 13th annual World Green Building Week event, will take place September 12 – 16, 2022. The WorldGBC campaign — #BuildingforEveryone — calls on the global building and construction sector to accelerate the uptake of solutions for low carbon and highly resilient built environments. 

Throughout the week, the WorldGBC network will host events across the world and share examples of #BuildingforEveryone — built environments that drive climate action and thriving communities and economies. This year’s campaign ties into WorldGBC’s 20 year anniversary and the #BuildingToCOP27 campaign which elevates the role the built environment can play as a critical climate solution. 

#BuildingforEveryone’s three themes highlight how the built environment can support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals:

Building for the planet 

The climate crisis is also a global health crisis. Unless we take urgent action to reduce climate breakdown now, the health of millions of people will be negatively affected by increased temperatures, infectious diseases will spread faster, and it will be harder to grow the food we need to live healthily. 

Building for communities

1.6 billion people will lack access to safe, adequate housing by 2025. To combat the global cost of living crisis, we need to take urgent action now to address inadequate, unaffordable housing and enhance equity, economic productivity and environmental sustainability.

Building for economies

Sustainable built environments bolster our economies’ most important asset — nature. Accelerating a more circular and regenerative economy will create new jobs and savings on energy bills. We need to take urgent action now to advance economies that are more productive and resilient for our communities and our planet.

“As we build on the successes of Cities, Regions and Built Environment Day at the UN Climate Conference COP26 in 2021 and continue to advocate for climate action towards COP27, taking place next November, leaders must leverage the untapped opportunities of the built environment to decarbonise our economies and provide social economic benefits for our most vulnerable communities,” says Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council.