World Environment Day – History

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World Environment Day (WED) has been celebrated as an annual event on every 5th June since 1973 in order to raise the global awareness about the importance of the healthy & green environment in the human lives, to solve the environmental issues by implementing some positive environmental actions

World environment day was first established to be celebrated every year by running some effective campaigns by the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) during Human Environment Conference which was held between 5th to 16th June 1972, at United Nations. It was first time celebrated in 1973 with the particular theme “Only one Earth”. Since 1974, the celebration campaign of the world environment day is hosted in different cities of the world.

WHY WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY IS CELEBRATED

It is celebrated to successfully get carbon neutrality, focusing on the forest management, reducing greenhouse effects, promoting bio-fuels production by planting on degraded lands, use of hydro-power to enhance electricity production, encourage common public to use solar water heaters, energy production through solar sources, developing new drainage systems, promoting coral reefs and mangroves restoration in order to get prevented from flooding and erosion including other ways of environmental preservation.

Some of the objectives of the world environment day campaign are mentioned below:

  • To make common public aware about the environmental issues.
  • Let them know that community people are very essential to inhibit negative changes towards the environmental issues.
  • Encourage people to make their nearby surroundings safe and clean to enjoy safer, cleaner and more prosperous future.

India’s Real Estate & Green Buildings

Despite rampant violations of its housing laws and rules, its slums and unauthorised colonies, India holds promise when it comes to green buildings. India secured third position this year in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ), a green building rating system. China, currently battling red-level hazardous smog, led the rankings, followed by Canada.

Buildings account for an estimated one third of global emissions and a green certification provides cost-effective solutions to climate change as such structures generate significant environmental, economic and societal benefits.

Click Here for a complete list of green buildings in India. Below are top 10 such commercial buildings

  1. ITC Green Centre, Gurgaon
  2. Suzlon One Earth, Pune
  3. Patni Knowledge Center, Noida
  4. Olympia Tech Park, Chennai
  5. Infinity Benchmark, Kolkata
  6. CRISIL House, Mumbai
  7. Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, Delhi
  8. ITC Maurya, Delhi
  9. Infosys, Hyderabad
  10. Cisco Building, Bangalore

In the residential space some key projects include BCIL T-Zed Homes in Bangalore & Avani Residencies in Hyderabad while Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai is one of the large educational institute to have received the Green Certificate