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GLOBAL GREEN SUMMIT GLOBAL GREEN SUMMIT Sustainability all the way Global Green Summit is a platform that addresses concerns for green living and a balanced economy and discusses ‘global’ concepts that can further a sustainable world. Launched in the year 2010, the event has been effective and impactful in kicking off a discourse on environmentally sustainable policies among experts, activists and pioneers of the ecological cause. Acknowledging the necessity and power of a sustainable future, in the face of a world grappling with challenges of limited resources, ACETECH, as a platform, acknowledges the precept that sustainability cannot be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropic cause. Rather, that it has to be a design challenge. Taking this premise a notch further, ACETECH launched Global Green Summit, a platform that addresses concerns for green living and a balanced economy and discusses ‘global’ concepts that can further a sustainable world. Launched in the year 2010, when it was called Global Green Forum, the event has been effective and impactful in kicking off a discourse on environmentally sustainable policies amongexperts, activists and pioneers of the ecological cause. On October 31, 2015, at BEC in Goregaon, Mumbai, The Global Green Summit united architects, developers, green practitioners, urban planners, policy makers and influencers to promote and discuss the strategic agendas for a sustainable future. Welspun Renewables joined hands with GGS as the Presenting Partner GGS to bring about effective solutions. This year, Dr. Prem C Jain, Chairman IGBC and Mr. Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman, Welspun Renewables, inaugurated the summit. While Dr. Jain said that he was mighty impressed with the tremendous growth achieved by ACETECH over the years and with the credibility it brings to the Green Building movement through its wide reach, Mr. Mittal added that GGS was unique in every way, especially in getting together the real estate industry under one roof for the cause of sustainable development. Mario Schmidt, Managing Director Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies Pvt. Ltd.–The exclusive Sustainable Windows Partner of the event, said that this year the benchmark set by GGS was surpassed an agenda was created that attracted greater participation from the entire industry, while giving a boost to the green movement in India. Also notable at the event, was the ‘Green Hero’ award by Welspun Renewables, launched in collaboration with The Economic Times ACETECH. The award recognizes outstanding non-institutional initiatives for environment sustainability. The initiate received an overwhelming response from green heroes across the country. A careful and detailed study of various experts on the subject was undertaken and an elite Jury panel comprising four members from diverse backgrounds was chosen. Mr. Narayana Peesapaty won the Green Hero award for the uniqueness of his ideaof edible, eco-friendly cutlery and the applicability and scalability of his innovation. His cutlery idea was such that it was meant to not only eliminate the use of plastic in the segment but also indirectly help the problem of irrigation in the state. The conference was divided into six sessions and the theme of the conference was ‘Transitioning into the Green Economy’. Accordingly key concerns were deliberated based on topics such as Affordable Housing, Role Of Facilities Management Companies In Motivating A Sustainable Culture, Disruptive Grass-Root Innovations For A Sustainable Future, Make In India- The Green Built Environment, Making Renewable Energy Mainstream and Sustainable Smart Cities and expert panels led an interactive discourse in each session. Eminent panelists included, V Suresh (Director, Hirco project companies), Ar. Sanjay Prakash (Principal Consultant, Shift Studio), Gaurav Shorey (PSI Energy), Ar. Jaume Carne (Barcelona), Ar. Ashok Lall (Ashok B. Lall Architects), Ar. Jay Shah (Director, Access Architects) , Ar. Mukesh Mehta (Chairman, MM Project Consultants), Amritha Ballal (Founding Partner, Space Matters Design Studio), Dr. P.C. Jain, Chairman- AECOM India, IGBC. (L-R) Ar. Mukesh Mehta- Chairman , Mm Project Consultants, Prashant Sutaria-Founder, Centre Of Living And Planning For Tomorrow, Amritha Ballal, Founding Partner- Spacematters Design Studio, Mahender Vasandani- President, M Square | Urban Design, Sharad Mahajan- Executive Director , Maharashtra Social Housing And Action League (Mashal) Ngo. energetica INDIA · NOV | DEC15 53


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