World Council of Churches development project will have special ‘green’ label

The World Council of Churches’ Green Village is the first development project in Geneva to qualify for the One Planet Living label. The WCC project, developed in partnership with the Swiss arm of the World Wildlife Fund and the Swiss construction giant Implenia, is part of an effort to promote sustainable neighborhoods in Switzerland.

In order to qualify as a One Planet Living project, a planned development must have buildings powered by renewable energy, conserve and nurture biodiversity, and improve the quality of life for the surrounding community. These qualifications are based on the One Planet Living framework put forth by the environmental charity BioRegional in 2003.

“The World Council of Churches is committed to protecting the environment locally and internationally alongside all its member churches,” said WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit in a press release. “By applying the standards of One Planet Living to our Green Village property development, we are fulfilling our undertaking to fight global warming right where we live and work each day.”