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Mediterranean Region Receives New International and Greek Partners for Sustainable Development


Bellingham, Washington, USA – March 7, 2007 – A World Institute for Sustainable Humanity--International (A W.I.S.H) located in Bellingham, Washington, and its Athens, Greece, based affiliate A W.I.S.H Hellas, announced today a partnership with the Athens based SD-Med Association to collaborate on sustainable development and green building practices in the Mediterranean region.

The organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that outlines plans for cooperation on a variety of areas, including development and sharing of best management practices, co-promotion of educational events, creation of educational products and services, and encouragement of the entrepreneurial green building and sustainable development industry.

“The partnership between A W.I.S.H. International, AWISH Hellas, and SD-Med brings together a powerful combination of resources, experiences, and expertise from international organizations in Greece, the United States, France, the Mediterranean region, and the Balkan states dedicated to the far reaching goal of global sustainability,” said A W.I.S.H. Hellas President Dr. Nicholas Zaferatos. “Achieving sustainability is dependent upon the ever increasing networking of local and regional organizations. We look forward to this new avenue of collaboration for moving the sustainability agenda forward and to join the efforts of our colleagues worldwide toward the pursuit for global community well-being,” he added.

“A W.I.S.H International, SD-Med, and A W.I.S.H.Hellas share a common vision – to help communities, companies, and organizations work together to create healthy, vibrant, and sustainable environments,” said Michael Karp, A W.I.S.H. International President and Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership provides all the organizations involved with exciting new opportunities to meet the sustainability challenge,” he added.

“SD-Med is excited to join forces with A W.I.S.H. International and A.W.I.S.H Hellas toward our shared sustainable development vision for the Mediterranean,” said Dr. Stella Kyvelou, President of the SD-Med Association. “This partnership provides excellent opportunities to combine our resources and increase our ability to ensure that sustainable construction makes positive impacts on communities and the natural environment in the Mediterranean,” she added.

About the Organizations

A World Institute for Sustainable Humanity—International is based in Bellingham, Washington, and has a global network of social entrepreneurs, technical professionals, and community leaders working for the vision of global sustainability with an emphasis on addressing issues related to poverty. For more information, see

A World Institute for Sustainable Humanity—Hellas is based in Athens, Greece, administers a U.S. sponsored university program on Kefalonia, emphasizing applied research in sustainable development practices. AWISH Hellas’ goal is to promote understanding and education in community sustainable development. For more information, see

SD-Med is a joint Greek, French, and international non-profit enterprise with an aim to strengthen cooperation for Mediterranean sustainable development and construction. For more information, see


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