Mandaue official cited for green building advocacy

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A MANDAUE City official who was recognized for her green building advocacy vows to educate more people about the importance of conserving natural resources while adapting to the fast-paced development.

Araceli Barlam, Mandaue City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) head, told reporters on Thursday, July 21, 2022, that she aims to help more people realize the importance of conserving nature while being receptive to developments, particularly with infrastructure.

Barlam was recently recognized by the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC), a non-government organization established on March 22, 2007 that promotes holistic and market-based green building practices and a green building rating system in the Philippines.

Green building is an infrastructure designed to reduce or eliminate the negative impacts of a certain establishment on climate and the natural environment.

It should have a well-planned waste management system, energy consumption, and value for the comfort of the occupants.

Barlam was granted the "Women in Green Building Leadership Award," which recognizes female leaders who advocate the importance of green buildings within the business sectors and the local government units (LGUs).

She was the sole representative coming from an LGU, as most of the finalists came from private firms.

The award was given through a virtual announcement on July 15.

Barlam will also represent the Philippines at the World Green Building Council Asia Pacific Regional Network Leadership in Green Building Awards in Bali, Indonesia, in November this year. (HIC)

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