TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL PRESIDENT OF THE TRINIDAD & TOBAGO GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL DEVANAND RAGBIR (RIGHT) PRESENTS TTGBC’S CERTIFICATE OF GREEN BUILDING LEADERSHIP, 2017 TO RGM LIMITED ON THE ROOFTOP OF RGM’S SAVANNAH EAST – THE FIRST LEED CERTIFIED BUILDING IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO. TTGBC AWARDED 100MWH OF RENEWABLE ENERGY CERTIFICATES. ACCEPTING THE AWARD ON BEHALF OF RGM LIMITED IS SENIOR MANAGER, FACILITIES SERVICES, RONALD AYOUNG. PHOTO CREDIT: CURTIS KHAN
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GREEN BUILDING A foreword to the ‘Trinidad & Tobago Green Building’ series by Mandilee Newton Founding Member of the Trinidad & Tobago Green Building Council. The Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council (TTGBC) was established in 2010 by a small group of industry professionals seeking to thrust green building into the national agenda. Today the Council’s membership stands at over 100 companies, individuals and student members. Green building and sustainability are particularly relevant to Trinidad & Tobago not just as an island state, but also due to the fact that electricity is immensely subsidized (the cost of electricity being approximately US 4-7 cents per kWh). In addition, the country has a disproportionately high 28 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
rate of CO2 emissions per capita, largely because Trinidad & Tobago is based on an oil and gas export economy (i.e. all the attributes from fossil fuels which are extracted and produced are allocated to Trinidad & Tobago rather than to the importer who actually uses them). At present the TTGBC operates strictly as an NGO and is run by an elected board of directors who serve on a voluntary basis. The board is made up of a President, Secretary, and Treasurer, with Vice Presidents in Marketing and Communications, Advocacy and Awareness, Public Relations, and,
Research and Development. The operation of the Council is driven by (1) membership subscriptions, (2) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate training, and (3) seminars. The mission of the TTGBC is to foster green building practices in Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean through participating in the following activities: • Development of programs to educate professionals and the general public in green building practices. • Cooperating with non-governmental agencies in the promotion of green building practices. • Advising governmental agencies on green building practices.
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