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Interior ministry launches tours of ‘green’ structures

HIPPIE HOLIDAY:The ministry’s program offers visitors seven itineraries showcasing some of the nation’s 4,577 eco-friendly buildings to promote conservation practices

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Ministry of the Interior yesterday launched the Green Structure Educational Package Tour, which features seven itineraries across the nation aimed at showing tourists a range of eco-friendly buildings.

“Green” structures are those that promote biodiversity, electricity conservation, waste reduction, health and low carbon emissions, Deputy Minister of the Interior Lin Tzu-ling (林慈玲) said.

Citing the Taipei Public Library Beitou (北投) branch as an example, she said the building’s design incorporates natural lighting, solar power panels and rainwater recycling basins, features that reduce water and electricity consumption by 30 and 40 percent respectively compared with the library’s other branches.

Lin said that a list of 4,577 buildings recognized by the ministry as green or nominated to be designated as such altogether save up to 1.29 billion kilowatt-hours, 59.98 tonnes of water and NT$4.36 billion (US$145 million) by being eco-friendly.

In a bid to enable the public to thoroughly understand green buildings, the ministry and the Tourism Bureau devised seven itineraries featuring renowned green structures such as the Kuo Yuan-ye Green Lable Life building in Taoyuan County, the Magic School of Green Technologies in Greater Tainan and the Kaohsiung City National Museum, she said.

Lin encouraged the public to visit these places via public transportation or on foot, and bring their own utensils to enjoy the organic food offered during the tours to put the ideas of cutting carbon emissions and waste espoused by the structures into practice.

Saying that the tour program was launched as a pilot project, Lin expressed hope that local governments would follow up on the program, adding that admissions to one of the seven itineraries has been fully booked since registration was made available yesterday.

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