Tania Del Matto – Co-founder and Managing Director, My Sustainable Canada
Thomas Green – Senior Researcher, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Thomas Mueller – President, Canada Green Building Council
Vanessa Timmer – Executive Director, One Earth
Wayne Trusty – President, Athena Institute on Life Cycle Assessment
William E. Rees – Professor, Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia
This meeting focused on promoting bi-national collaboration on green building, as an important application of advancing international sustainable consumption and production efforts. This 2011 meeting followed a successful North American meeting on sustainable consumption and production in Washington DC (November of 2008).
This meeting was hosted by the Governments of Canada and the United States as well as the United Nations Environment Program. The meeting was designed and delivered by nonprofit partner, the One Earth Initiative Society.
Four background papers were prepared for the workshop: "Sustainable Consumption and Production" (PDF 888 kb); "Green Building Key Topics" (PDF 184 kb); "Existing Canada - U.S. Collaboration on Green Building" (PDF 324 kb); "UNEP Background Paper on International Processes on Sustainable Consumption and Production" (PDF 123 kb). They can be downloaded under "Background / Powerpoints" on this site.
What made this unique?
This meeting was a multi-stakeholder dialogue promoting bi-national collaboration on green building, as an important application of advancing international sustainable consumption and production efforts.
Practitioners, decision-makers and policymakers from Canada and the US as well as internationally worked together on 31 January and 1 February.
Because of the unique range and high level of participants attending as well as the opportunity presented by upcoming international meetings, the workshop focused on collective problem-solving and shared action.
The meeting was interactive, identifying cross-cutting approaches, key emerging issues and solutions for green building challenges by using a sustainable consumption and production (SCP) lens.
Speakers' powerpoint presentations are available online. A report is forthcoming.
The workshop will contribute inputs for consideration into a framework for SCP in North America in preparation for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development meeting in 2011 and Rio +20 – United Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012.