Climate Change and You: Is it now or never for India? -Season -2

GBRI and NASA Presents Climate Change and You:

Is it now or never for India?

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From environmental to social impacts, climate change is changing more than the global temperature.  The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with scientists from 67 countries, including nine from India, has painted a bleak picture for India, warning the country could face multiple climate change-induced disasters in the next two decades. While this is serious, there is so much we can do in our power to have a good impact on our planet, its flora and fauna, and the life that surrounds us.

Join us, as we embark on a journey with a panel of diverse speakers to better understand climate change, it’s causes, and impacts, and identify meaningful actions for all of us.

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Earn Your First Climate Change Badge

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GBRI Climate Change Games Season 2 are Here!

GBRI and National Association of Students in Architecture (NASA), India proudly presents GBRI Climate Change Games – Season 2 as we embark on a journey with a panel of diverse speakers from India to better understand climate change, it’s causes, and impacts from the perspective of buildings and communities.

In Feb 2022, GBRI launched its Climate Change Ambassador Program in New York City with a panel of 7 speakers who spoke about Climate Change and Energy, Health, Buildings, Communities, and Biodiversity. The session is available on-demand, and this was telecast as a seminar at the recent NASA Convention in Bangalore, India where more than 4000 students witnessed the kick-off of the program, and more than 300 students earned the Climate Change Trailblazer badge.

What else to expect from this event?

Apart from playing a fun Kahoot game, winning prizes and scholarships, you will learn more about:

  1. The various programs under the GBRI-NASA Partnership
  2. GBRI International Sustainability Program
  3. How to become an Ambassador for your college
  4. GBRI Internships
  5. GBRI Climate Change Badges

Timeline, Objectives & Agenda – GBRI Climate Change Games Season 2

August 12
Registration Open for GBRI Climate Change Games Season 2
August 12
September 11
Event Inauguration – Climate Change & You
September 11
07:00 PM
Welcome Remarks and Logistics
07:00 PM
07:05 PM
Climate Change- Introduction
07:05 PM
07:10 PM
Introduction on role of Architecture
07:10 PM
07:12 PM
Climate adaptive architecture/bio-climatic design
07:12 PM
07:27PM
Example/Spotlight of how Architecture is being part of the solution
07:27PM
07:32 PM
Introduction to Architecture and Academics
07:32 PM
07:34 PM
Architecture and Academics/How the above idealogies can be passed on to future generations?
07:34 PM
07:41 PM
Example/Spotlight of this - Brick School of Architecture - Integrating Climate Change in curiculum
07:41 PM
07:48 PM
What does GBRI-NASA Colab mean for Climate Change Action in India?
07:48 PM
07:51 PM
GBRI-NASA ISP program Testimonial
07:51 PM
07:53 PM
Future of GBRI-NASA ISP - Roadmap
07:53 PM
07:58 PM
Trailblazer Kahoot
07:58 PM
08.03 PM
Climate Change Ambassador Video
08.03 PM
08.06 PM
What's next ..
08.06 PM
08:09 PM
Closing and Open for Q/A
08:09 PM
Attending the event will allow the participant to earn the Climate Change Trailblazer badge. This serves as the first step towards becoming a GBRI certified Climate Change Ambassador.

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FAQ
DOES THIS WEBINAR QUALIFY FOR CE CREDIT?

This webinar is approved for 1 HSW LU & and can be self-reported for 1 general hour towards your LEED & WELL credential.

WILL I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION?
Yes! Certificates of completion will be sent via email to everyone who attended the live session within 72 hours. When completing on-demand a certificate of completion will be available upon successful quiz completion.
HOW CAN I VEIW ON-DEMAND?
The live webinar will be available for on-demand viewing within 72 hours of the live session. All registrants will be proved with on-demand access. The login details needed to view on-demand will be sent via email.
WILL YOU AUTOMATICALLY REPORT MY CE CREDIT?
We are happy to report your credit to AIA (pending approval).The information needed to self-report LEED & WELL credits will be provided after the webinar.

Jeslin Varghese, Director of Sustainability, GBRI

Jeslin Varghese is Director of Sustainability at GBRI and Project Controls in the program controls division of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Construction & Development (MTACD), overseeing multiple mega-projects in New York City with a combined value of $50bn.

Mr. Varghese has over 17 years of professional experience in sustainability and project controls. His experience spans planning, problem solving, strategy development, risk assessment, CPM scheduling, performance monitoring, building & managing teams, and project management.

An avid believer in sustainability and social equity, Jeslin brings enormous talent and engineering experience from the many green residential and commercial building projects he has worked on both in the US and overseas.

Chitra Vishwanath

Chitra Vishwanath Architect and Managing Director of BIOME Environment Solutions

Chitra Vishwanath is currently the Principal Architect and Managing Director of BIOME Environment Solutions. She is an Indian architect based in Bengaluru who works on themes related to ecology and architecture. She has been running her own architectural firm since 1991, working with other architects on many projects in India and Africa. She has been involved in more than 500 projects encompassing construction of buildings of all sizes and water harvesting and sanitation structures with specific relevance to the ecology of the sites.

With earth as a basic material input in construction she has designed and built many structures. Vishwanath studied for diploma in civil engineering from Nigeria and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the CEPT University in Ahmedabad. She started her practice in 1990. Her approach in evolving architectural designs has placed emphasis on indigenous natural resources, in both an active and passive manner. Mud forms the basic element in her architectural designs in view of its easy availability, labour intensiveness, and ease of construction, incorporating water, energy and land-use processes. In order to promote her theme of mud architecture of buildings as an environmentally sound proposition, Vishwanath built her own mud house in an area of 135 square metres (1,450 sq ft) in Bengaluru.

Poorva Keskar

Dr. Poorva Ujwal Keskar Principal at the Brick School of Architecture (BSOA) at Pune.

Dr. Poorva Ujwal Keskar is the Principal at the Brick School of Architecture (BSOA) at Pune. She is an architect, environment designer, quality manager, educator and author of numerous articles on the practice of environment design and environment management.She is also Director at VK:e environmental, a consultancy firm with a mandate to consult on energy conservation, green buildings and environmental planning. Her practice has won the HUDCO national award for outstanding green rated office building and the AESA award for her LEED project for skf bearings in the year 2015.
She serves as a member on various boards and committees at national and local level in the areas of energy efficient buildings, green buildings and sustainable urban planning.
Dr. Poorva is an empanelled expert with bureau of energy efficiency, ministry of power, has served as a member of GRIHA technical advisory committee and is the co-chair of IGBC Pune chapter. With a view to contribute towards urban sustainable development, she along with likeminded professionals formed an NGO “sustainability initiatives”. Dr. Poorva headed the department for environmental planning and architecture at Dr. B.n. college of architecture, till June 2012. She spearheaded the structuring of syllabus for master’s program in environment architecture; Pune university. She was the team member for structuring “computer aided interior design program” at mksss, BNCA.

She has delivered expert lectures at Mejan arc university, Sweden, IIT powai, cept, Ahmedabad, Rachana sansad Mumbai and many architecture colleges in Maharashtra, on architecture, energy conservation in buildings and environment planning.
Dr. Poorva was given citation and recognition for her contribution to academics and profession by Indian Institute of Architects in the year 2015.

Seetha-Reghupathy

Seetha Reghupathy Principal Urban Designer at Seagull Studio and senior Urban development consultant

Principal Urban Designer at Seagull Studio and senior Urban development consultant , World Bank and ADB works on diverse projects related to public infrastructure, housing, open spaces, mixed use developments, at the confluence of Architecture and Sustainability. She did her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture (B. Arch.) from the School of Architecture and Planning (SAP) at Anna University in Chennai. After completing this 5-year course and doing a 6-month internship she joined the Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD) program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) in Cambridge, USA.

Over 15 years of extensive design and project delivery experience in the fields of master planning, urban design and architecture across Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, India, USA. Expertise in townships, mixed use, airports, infill and urban revitalization, TOD, urban waterfronts, public housing and detailed urban design guidelines. Visiting lecturer (past and current) at the National University of Singapore, CEPT University, India, and Anna University, India. Certified LEED professional.

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