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UNIC Beirut, JCI complete project to Greening Beirut, developing sustainable public spaces

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07 February 2019
UNIC Beirut, JCI complete project to Greening Beirut, developing sustainable public spaces
Under the patronage of the Municipality of Beirut, and in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre in Beirut (UNIC Beirut), Junior Chamber International- Lebanon had organized an award-winning ceremony of “I Green Beirut-Phase II” competition in downtown Beirut. The event is a culmination of a green landscape and art competition in Beirut, launched in August 2018 by JCI Lebanon and UNIC Beirut that consists of a call for creative design and artistic solutions that contribute to the development of Beirut’s Green public spaces.

The event featured a live presentation of nine short-listed projects showcasing project ideas for greener and healthier Beirut across three categories for best Students, Professionals and Artists Green projects. A jury panel of professional architects, environmental engineers, university professors and UNIC officials, critically commented on the nine exhibited projects, then selected the winners under each of the three categories.

The event was well-regarded by all attendees, including the competing students, professionals, artists and other young people attending the event. “This competition was a very interesting and useful opportunity as it helped me provide innovative and interactive ideas to preserve nature and make positive change in communities,” said one of the unsuccessful candidates.

On the outcome of this initiative, I-Green Beirut Project Director Jessica Haber commended UNIC Beirut’s role in making this landmark initiative a reality, and pledged to “execute one of the winning projects to expand green public spaces in Beirut and raise further environmental awareness among citizens.”

The event concluded with the distribution of certificates of appreciation to all short-listed candidates in addition to honorary awards to the three winners of best three-category Green projects. The ceremony was followed by a group photo and a cocktail reception.

I-Green Beirut Phase II is a continuation of Phase I held on November 4, 2017 in Beirut where around 250 people, including families and children, engaged in environmental knowledge-based activities, planting sessions and other recreational activities.