The World Green Building Council appoints new CEO
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has announced the appointment of Terri Wills as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Wills will lead WorldGBC’s initiatives to support its members, promote collaboration and innovation, and play what is described as ‘an advocacy and policy role to accelerate global change’.
She will join WorldGBC from her current role as Director of Global Initiatives with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. During her time with C40, she has overseen the restructure of the Clinton Climate Initiative cities technical assistance program, and spearheaded the development, fundraising and implementation of the network strategy. Under her leadership, it is claimed that C40’s networks have had a direct impact on policy in more than half of C40 member cities.
Bruce Kerswill, Chairman of WorldGBC, said, “We’re delighted to welcome Terri as our new CEO. The green building movement is growing apace – we have GBCs in 100 countries across the globe and the WorldGBC continues to grow in size and influence. Terri’s experience and drive will take us to the next level, boosting the services we offer our members, increasing our global impact, and driving the change to sustainability in built environments globally.”
Wills’ previous experiences includes serving as the London City Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative, working with the Mayor of London’s Office to scale up the award-winning RE:FIT retrofit program and laying the groundwork for the city’s Building Energy Challenge. She has also worked with the Government of Ontario on clean technology development; project managed Civic Action’s Greening Greater Toronto initiative which created the Race-to-Reduce building retrofit program; and worked for the BBC.
“Through the power of the 100 Green Building Councils, WorldGBC is one of the only global organisations which can truly achieve worldwide impact through the built environment. I am delighted to lead WorldGBC into its next phase of growth, build on past success and secure even greater resources and influence for the green building movement at a local, regional and global level,” said Wills.
Wills will begin her new role on 1 June. She assumes the position from former CEO Jane Henley, who departed the WorldGBC in March after five years. The World Green Building Council is a network of national green building councils in more than one hundred countries, and the organisation claims to be the world’s largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace.
uPVC pipes, safety glasses and Spetz app launched
This week has seen a range of new product and service launches for the construction trade.
Vinyl Pipes has launched uPVC Column Pipes, which extend the life of pipes. Column Pipes with a power lock (patent pending) will not only to raise the safety standards but improve the efficiency of Borewell installations. This Lock system, a by-product of the in-house R&D team, is designed to bear load making the pipes stress-free, torque resistant and perfect for handling high pressure water.
Conscious that using the correct glasses could prevent 90% of jobsite injuries, Milwaukee's expanded range (pictured) features anti-scratch and fog free styles, new lens colours and magnification features, complementing its 'cut resistant' gloves.
Arriving on the UK app scene, Spetz is billed as a ‘one-stop shop’ for anyone "panicked by household flooding or electricity failure," as it unites tradespeople with consumers.
Spetz founder and CEO Yossi Nevo said urgent needs come in all forms and it’s unlikely that any household has tried and trusted tradespeople to match every possibility.
"The Spetz app rapidly connects them with a suitable ‘rescue service’ in as little as 30 seconds and that rapid reassurance is completely free - it’s the tradespeople who pay for these job leads. Those start at around £6 a time, but the tradesperson can then go on to make thousands from our automated system funnelling the best and most appropriate work their way.”
Spetz is now three years old operating in Israel, Australia and is now beginning a full UK rollout, after a ‘soft’ launch.