A statement by the Watchtower Society released this week, is highlighting the achievement of two “major” awards for sustainable development actions.
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has awarded certificates for two new buildings at the United States branch facilities. The awards are achievements for the Watchtower Farms F Residence, completed in late 2012, and the Watchtower Wallkill Office Building, completed in 2014.
....................These Awards may indicate that sustainable management techniques are being applied to ensure the cost effectiveness of the buildings. The Green Globe Awards, of course, stem from a United Nations initiative.
Zeny St. Jean, who coordinates global building projects for Jehovah’s Witnesses from their world headquarters, states: “…….we appreciate these awards as professional recognition of the environmentally conscientious building design and construction that we strive to implement at our facilities around the world.”
According to an article in Owners Perspective Magazine in May 2014,
“The biggest criticism of Green Globes is that it’s designed to skirt LEED’s strict environmental standards by offering a new rating system that’s more friendly to big business interests, such as timber, plastic, and building materials companies. Critics point to the fact that GBI, which oversees Green Globes, was founded by a former timber executive and has a board of directors that includes members of Dow Chemical, American Chemistry Council, the American Wood Council, the Vinyl Institute, and the American Gas Association.”
“U.S. Green Building Council Senior Vice President Scot Horst told Charleston, South Carolina’s, Post and Courier that Green Globes is simply a way for these industry groups to avoid having to deal with LEED’s increasingly stringent regulations.”
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