In the past, people knew very little about sustainability and green building, however, EnviroCitizen.org has found that through the use of the Internet, the information about the need to protect our environment has spread all over the world in the blink of an eye. Aside from the websites offering valuable information about green building, one of the most popular tools used to spread information is through webinars. Organizations and associations promoting green building make use of webinars to hold green building and sustainability conferences as well as seminars online. This way, people from all over the world can attend and take part in these seminars or conferences.
A lot of companies, groups, organizations and associations now use the computer and the Internet as the primary delivery vehicle of information for their products, services and even new inventions. Likewise, sustainable development and green building stems from the efficient use of the Internet and computer technology to promote the real need for green building as well as reduce the burden on energy consumption. If Internet publications and home offices can contribute to the decrease in demand for paper production, how much more can Web conferencing greatly decrease the use of fuel for transport and commuting?
Web conferencing is used to conduct live meetings, training or presentations via the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits in his or her own computer and is easily connected to other participants via the Internet. This can either be downloaded application on each of the attendees' computers or a web-based application. Through this, the attendees can access the meeting by just clicking on a link distributed via e-mail (meeting invitation) in order to enter the conference.
A webinar describes a specific type of web conference. It is typically a one-way feature from the speaker to the audience but with limited audience interaction such as in a webcast. A webinar can be collaborative and can include polling as well as question and answer sessions. This way, there is a full participation between the audience and the presenter.
The Internet can be used as a great resource for professionals as well as for those who are just interested in green building. The U.S. Green Building Council hosts webinars to help educate people about what they stand for. Aside from the U.S. Green Building Council, there are a lot of organizations and other groups that use Webinars to promote green building awareness. EnviroCitizen.org encourages you to learn about green building, whether through online resources such as EnviroCitizen.org and webinars or green building professionals in your area, to learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint when building!