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Ghana Green Building Council (GHGBC) has adopted the La Bawalashie Presbyterian School Complex in Accra to rehabilitate and model it as a green school, using the green buildings principles.

Green In this direction, the Council has launched a five-year strategic development plan to guide the project.

Mr Foster Osae-Akonnor, Chief Executive Officer of GHGBC, said at the launch of the Green School Advocacy, in Accra, on Wednesday that the task ahead was to design a sustainable future that mutually achieves environmental protection, prosperity and improved quality of life through innovative science, technology and policy.

He explained that the mission of the Council was also to transform the built environment towards sustainability through the way buildings and communities were planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained.

He said: ?This is what we are starting with the La Bawaleshie Presby School Complex in making sure that we audit water, energy, and ecology of the school, as well as clean up and plant trees and greening of the school by introducing natural light into classrooms and re-roofing with roof insulation the school buildings within the five year period.?

Mr Osae-Akonnor, consequently, he urged well meaning individuals and institutions to support the cause while they dedicated themselves to the sustainable built environment concept as being championed by GHGBC.

He also appealed to citizenry to help save the built environment in Ghana by way of sustainable development ?as we conserve, recycle and reuse our natural resources?.

Mr Magnus Quarshie, President of the Ghana Institution of Engineers, said some studies have revealed that Ghanaians had degraded more than 26 per cent of the forest cover (green cover) and so there was the need for all to support the green school project as a way of helping recover our green environment.

Mr Kofi Agyarko, Head of the Energy Efficiency Promotion Unit at the Energy Commission, said promoting green environment and green buildings would help in conserving energy thereby preserving the environment that we live.

He said: ?The earth is the only planet that humans can survive on and so we need to preserve and protect it through our actions?.

Thwala Fanie, First Secretary, Political, of the South Africa High Commission in Ghana, said the Commission was ready to partner the GHGBC in negotiating with other interested companies in South Africa to partner and help green more schools in Ghana.

Ms Dorinda Swanzy Winful, Headmistress of the La Bawaleshie Presbyterian Primary ?B? School, welcomed the project and said the greening of the school compound would help control dust on the compound and also provide comfort for the pupils as they engaged in extra curriculum activities, like games.

?The Children would also know what greening is all about and will in turn sell the idea to their peers at other schools and at homes,? she said.

GNA

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