Green Building Gains Momentum in Serbia
We are always fans of Ecoist’s ambitious work in the Balkans, and this civil organization’s advocacy in Belgrade and beyond deserves mention once again. Ecoist wrapped up its work helping to organize the International GreenBuild Conference 2011 in Serbia’s capital. The 170 attendees came from construction, government, diplomatic corps and from the sustainability community. As Jelena Lucic, head of Ecoist said during the conference, the first steps, even simple ones, are positive steps:
“What we wanted to create are active attendees, the ones that are always hungry for knowledge and always question the existing - so we just gave them enough time for discussion after each speaker and discussion worked out perfectly - simplest ways are most often the best ones!”With 75 percent of Serbia’s buildings built before 1980, a lot of work on retrofits and energy efficiency remains to be done. But the attendees from around the globe showed how such projects can thrive from collaboration and the sharing of ideas. Southeastern Europe has more going for it than its people realize, and organizations like Ecoist are among the reasons why.
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