Building a greener Montenegro with the University of Donja Gorica

Yi Wen
April 16, 2020

There are 167 countries and regions across the world that use LEED certification for residential. Tucked onto the coast of the Adriatic Sea, the small country of Montenegro—with 630,000 residents—might be a surprising member of that list. 
However, Montenegro is taking steps to become a green building leader, particularly in the residential space. With a vision to stimulate their economy through education and adoption of sustainable real estate practices, USGBC and the Centre for Climate Change, Natural Resource and Energy (CCCNRE UDG) established a partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding in 2019.
Based at University of Donja Gorica in Podgorica, the capital city of Montenegro, the Centre for Climate Change, Natural Resource and Energy is a nationally and internationally recognized scientific, research and educational institution. Their focus is on providing science-based climate change and natural resource and energy policy advice to national and regional decision makers to help move the country towards a more sustainable future.
And green building is at the heart of that vision. With this MOU, the two organizations will work together to target market transformation for sustainable real estate in Montenegro, building regulations, green education and enhanced international competitiveness.
That change will begin with students at the University of Donja Gorica: USGBC will assist CCCNRE UDG in developing a roadmap for launching their real estate program and providing education, resources and technical support to UDG staff and students through LEED trainings and LEED Lab programs. USGBC will also support UDG in the development of policy proposals that promote the construction of healthy, sustainable and resource-efficient buildings in Montenegro and leveraging LEED as the benchmark for sustainable building principles.
With more and more European cities and companies committing to net-zero emissions for their own buildings, this partnership will support the growth of green building professionals and experts in the region and its goal of net-zero emissions through the adoption of LEED rating systems for its buildings, communities and cities.