Sustainable Sites, Ecology and Land-use

Sustainable Sites, Ecology and Land-use

Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods

Maya Karkour

Maya Karkour is an Environmental Consultant and the Managing Director of EcoConsulting which she co-founded in 2003 in the UK, and established herself in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008. EcoConsulting offers, amongst other services, sustainability advice to the construction sector, including BREEAM and LEED certifications, energy-efficiency advice, dynamic thermal modeling, and eco-building guidance. Maya oversees or has directly worked on numerous projects aiming at reducing their environmental footprint –including the eco-renovation of Casa Batroun, the first project in the Middle-East to achieve the British BREEAM “Excellent” certificate in February 2014. Maya is currently the President of the Lebanon Mountain Trail Association, and is heading its environmental Education Committee. She is also actively involved in different NGOs focusing on environmental awareness and activities, has been a keynote speaker at various sustainability conferences, conducts eco-building and circular economy seminars on a regular basis. Maya holds an MSc (hons) in Environment from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a LEED Accredited Professional, a BREEAM Licensed Assessor, a Low Carbon Energy Assessor, and holds certificates in the Circular Economy and Permaculture.

Seminar Content


This seminar covers both theoretical concepts and practical applications on ways to minimize and mitigate the impacts of design and buildings on the natural environment, as well as enhance the health & well-being of buildings' occupants.

We will provide an overview of what constitutes sustainable sites (including the criteria in both BREEAM & LEED) & measures to reduce site pollution. The following topics will be specifically described:

------• Site Selection

------• Low-impact Transportation

------• Mitigating the Heat Island Effect

------• Erosion and Sedimentation Control

------• Reduction of Storm Water Runoff

The seminar will also cover how to protect & enhance the ecological value of a site and its biodiversity, and why it is important.

The presentation will end with an introduction to the different types of green roofs (extensive versus intensive), their various benefits and applications.

Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for Sustainable Neighborhoods will also be addressed.

July 21, 2021
11:00 am - 01:00 pm


1 Unit GB




Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods


Green Buildings & Sustainable Neighborhoods

Sustainable Development Goals

Life Below Water
Sustainable Cities & Communities
Climate Action
Reduced Inequalities
Life On Land

Who is it for?

Architects & engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, building & construction professionals, students or environmental enthusiasts.