The Ministry of Sustainable Development is currently in the process of constructing a centralized building for the Ministry and Associated departments. The Ministry’s aim is to construct a building that is self-sufficient on clean energy sources label as the “Green Building”. The CEO in the Ministry Dr. Kenrick Williams spoke about how the ministry sourced funding for the construction and is looking at sourcing environmentally friendly materials.
Dr. Kenrick Williams, CEO, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management: “The Green Building it is a collaborative effort between agencies within the Ministry so Protected Areas Conservation Trust, the Environmental Management Fund of the Department of the Environment, the Ministry as well as with support from the Italian Ministry of Environment through a project being implemented by the 5Cs. The project is around 50% completion or the building is around 50% completion. Currently we’ve put together a building committee , we are still assessing areas where we can ensure that it’s really a green building beyond putting on solar panels and beyond having water cisterns. This building is being built there in Belmopan just across from the FFB field. It’s a building that’s supposed to be about $5 million with $1.5 million from the Environmental Management Fund, $1.5 from PACT and $2 million from the Italian Ministry of the Environment and that is to also include some electrical vehicles as well as solar panels and other key areas. Again we’re looking at how we can maximize those resources to maybe look at additionally include some green mopeds for the government to reduce fuel and vehicle use across Belmopan and Belize City. So we’re looking currently at some other options that we can maximize opportunities from that funding.”
The project is estimated to be completed in April of this year and will house the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management along with the Department of Environment, the National Climate Change office, and the Protected Areas Conservations Trust (PACT).