World Green Building Week 2020

21-25 Maramaiwa

Aotearoa, and the rest of the world, is facing two substantial challenges; We need an effective economic stimulus, and we need to slash our climate pollution.

These challenges will not be solved unless healthy, less polluting places for people are put at the heart of the solutions.

This is the most important time ever for the building and construction sector in Aotearoa. Our sector has a key role to play in tackling era-defining problems. That’s what makes this year’s World Green Building Week so vital.

Join thousands of New Zealanders this September as we celebrate World Green Building Week with a series of thought provoking events.

We’ll be hosting a series of panel discussions tackling the big issues. Can a shovel-ready approach ever truly solve fundamental problems? Can the financial services industry be a catalyst for change? How can we fully realise the enormous potential for social and green procurement?

Join thousands of people in Aotearoa this September for World Green Building Week. More details to come so check back in to find out more!

If you'd like to organise your own activity, feel free to use these creative resources to help liven up your message. And don't forget to tag @NZGBC, and #ActOnClimate #WGBW2020

WGBW 2020 Programme

This is updated regularly. Please email if you would like your event added to the programme. 

Monday 21 September 

Social procurement: a massive untapped green game changer?
Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent by companies and government every year. Why is only a fraction being used wisely, to drive positive change? How can we fully realise the enormous potential for social and green procurement?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Online | More information and register here

Tuesday 22 September 

Green Campus Day
Universities across Australasia will open their doors for Green Campus Day - a day of sustainable events and tours for staff, students, business and industry representatives, visitors and the community.
Any time | Aotearoa & Australia | More information here

Are we on the cusp of a healthy buildings revolution? Wellbeing, workplaces and the new normal
COVID 19 has thrust healthy places for people onto the wellbeing frontline. How can we ensure healthier, less polluting work places become the new normal?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Online | More information and register here

MBIE: Building for Climate Change
Consultation update Whole of Life Embodied Carbon Emissions Framework and the Transforming Operational Efficiency Framework
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Online | More information and register here

Whangārei Green Drinks
A group of locals involved in Green Building will host a discussion on topics and take questions on points of interest.

5:00 pm - 6:30pm | The Orchard | Whangārei | More information here

Wednesday 23 September 

5 million people. 1000 days. One big idea.
Join us for this webinar together with Auckland Conversations where our panel of industry experts will discuss the challenges they are currently facing and what they believe the new governments focus should be for the next three years.
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm | Online | More information and register here

Thursday 24 September 

Is the financial services industry doing enough for a healthy, green Aotearoa?
How can the financial services industry play a significant part in driving sustainable, healthy buildings and communities? Does the industry have an obligation to do so? Tackling climate change makes economic sense, does it also make financial sense?
10:00 am - 11:30 am | Online | More information and register here

Policy for a Green Built Environment (NZGBC Future Thinkers Event)
Join us during World Green Building Week 2020 for a panel discussion on how policy can deliver a green built environment, hosted by Future Thinkers - NZGBC’s young professionals and students network.
5:30pm - 7:00pm | Wellington | The Sustainability Trust | More information and register here

Friday 25 September 

Shovel ready. Can it ever work?
Governments around the world have looked to 'shovel ready' projects as a source of economic stimulus. But shovel ready projects have faced huge criticism for locking in outdated projects, missing massive opportunities to build back better, and for only protecting traditionally male jobs, and driving female unemployment. Can shovel ready as a concept ever deliver an economic stimulus that also delivers a zero carbon, more equitable Aotearoa?
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Online | More information and register here

Wednesday 30 September 

Green Speak Waikato online. How are our communities responding to climate change?  
#ActOnClimate - NZGBC Waikato Forum has invited panellists from the Waikato and further afield to bring their ideas and actions to the table in celebration of #WGBW2020 and SDG Global Goals week.
12:00 pm - 1:00pm | Online | More information and register here

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