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MoU on Green Building initiatives between Salford University & CII
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between University of Salford, United Kingdom and Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for a joint partnership to promote cooperation in the fields of training, research and enterprise in Green Building initiatives.

The MoU was signed during the last day of the 9th edition of Green Building Congress 2011 organised by IGBC of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at New Delhi.

Under this Partnership, both the institutions will seek to encourage direct contact and cooperation between their faculty and administrative staff, including those of relevant internet schools and the Universities' Research Institutes.

They will also conduct joint research activities and explore areas for display of Green Building Materials that industry in India and UK can offer, apart from joint teaching and the development of new Degree and training programmes in the field of Green construction.

Prof Michail Kagioglou, Dean, University of Salford, said that they are looking forward to the "twinning of Energy Hub in Salford University and the IGBC headquarters in Hyderabad" to further this Partnership. "India is well-positioned to lead the way in Green Building norms and hoped that the initiative will help in better B2B interactions on Green Products in India and United Kingdom" he added.

Dr Kath Williams, Past President, World Green Building Council, said "Sustainability is like a three-legged stool standing on environmental, social and economic considerations. "All three facets need to be developed to get a workable sustainable model, she added.

"We need a change in individual thinking if we are to make any headway in this direction," Dr Kath Williams said. "Like Corporate Social Responsibility, we now need to think in terms of Individual Social Responsibility," she added.

Mr Koh Lin Ji, Director, International Development, BCA, Singapore, shared the experience of developing a Green City. Taking Singapore as an example, he spoke about the various approaches taken to make Singapore an 80 per cent Green City by 2030, as envisioned in the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint 2030.

Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, IGBC, said "With 100 new townships coming up between Delhi and Mumbai, the need of the hour is to start building sustainable and green cities right at the inception". "We cannot afford to waste even a day to start planning and working towards building Green homes and Green cities", he added.

New Delhi
22nd October 2011

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