‘Sustainable Urban Planning and Green Buildings’ the topic of a seminar at the House of Sweden

Reception after the seminar

Reception after the seminar “Living Green – Sustainable Urban Planning and Green Buildings” at the House of Sweden

ON TUESDAY, May 5, a seminar about approaches to sustainable urban planning, including the concept of SymbioCity – Sustainability by Sweden, was held at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., under the title “Living Green – Sustainable Urban Planning and Green Buildings.”

AMONG THE Swedish and American experts who discussed this timely topic were Kristina Hill, associate professor and director of the Graduate Program in Landscape Architecture at University of Virginia School of Architecture; Erik Freudenthal, head of communications, GlashusEtt; Michelle Moore, senior vice president for policy and public affairs, U.S. Green Building Council; Elizabeth Heider, Senior vice president for preconstruction, Skanska; Thomas Almesj?, CEO, ChromoGenics; Gustav Hybbinette, CEO, Swedish Renewable Holdings; Claes Rickeby, CEO, Parans Solar Lighting; and Deputy Mayor of Stockholm Joakim Larsson and the City Manager of the City of Stockholm Irene Svenonius.

AMONG THE TOPICS that were covered were “The Creation of Sustainable Cities,” “SymbioCity: Sustainability by Sweden, the Stockholm Example,” “A Green Building Strategy that Creates Jobs and Saves Energy and Money,” “Cutting Edge Sweden – Stockholm Seaport,” and “LEED Certification and Development of Green Buildings by Skanska.”

CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS also learned about Hammarby Sj?stad, a new city district with emphasis on water and ecology, in Stockholm, and Stockholm Royal Seaport, an area located in the eastern part of the city, neighboring the Royal National City Park and the open waters of the Baltic Sea. This is the area where the new green city district, integrating 10,000 energy efficient dwellings for 25,000 people, will grow over the coming years.

Stockholm - the capital of Scandinavia?

Stockholm – the capital of Scandinavia?

THE SECOND PART of the seminar in the field “Green Building and Swedish Technologies” covered “Chromogenics, Energy efficient windows;” “Swedish Renewable Holdings, Alternative energy supply;” and “Parans, Alternative lighting technology.”
The Stockholm representatives – Mr. Larsson and Ms. Svenonius — were particularly proud that Stockholm’s environmental work has been acknowledged by the European Commission, which has named the city the European Green Capital in 2010. A lively discussion and a reception followed the seminar.
Partners of the event were The Swedish Trade Council, the U.S. Green Building Council, the City of Stockholm and Embassy of Sweden in Washington.

Conference on urban planning and green buildings at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Conference on urban planning and green buildings at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C.

Stockholm named the European Green Capital in 2010

Stockholm’s environmental work was acknowledged by the European Commission, which has named Stockholm the European Green Capital in 2010.

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