USGBC’s Mahesh Ramanujam: The future of the human race is intertwined with the planet

Mahesh Ramanujam

President and CEO

We are thrilled to be celebrating USGBC’s 25th anniversary! For a quarter-century, we’ve come together to make our planet healthier, greener, and more sustainable. And thanks to the partnership and support of this community, we’ve been able to make history together.

During our first generation, we’ve had a lot to celebrate. Today, there are more than 7 billion square feet of LEED-certified space on our planet, and our community of LEED professionals is more than 200,000 strong. And we’ve witnessed the green building market transform into a trillion-dollar global industry.

But this is only the beginning. And as we write the next chapter of our story, the stakes have never been higher.

Over the next 25 years, climate change will continue to impact millions of lives. As a result, our environment—our forests, our oceans, our public lands—will be under siege. Many cities will become overpopulated. Millions of people and trillions of dollars in assets will be at risk. And our quality of life, as we know it, could come to an end.

But this community of green builders has been preparing for the challenges ahead—and throughout our history, we have always managed to transform obstacles into opportunities.

Behind every project and company are extraordinarily inspiring people deciding to lead by example—individuals who believe that it is not only our passion, but our privilege and our purpose to go ALL IN together to improve our world.

All across the globe, thousands of ordinary people are coming together, a community committed not only to sustainable building but also to improving the health and wellness of every human being. And by pursuing and implementing LEED, they are championing green building and aspiring to a higher standard of living for generations to come.

This year, we launched LEED v4.1 in an effort to continue making improvements to our rating system, and we are launching a new Net Zero certification that gives the green building community a new goal to pursue and achieve.

As we continue to evolve, and push the bar even higher, our community of leaders are working to make sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone.

Reflecting that mission, the theme of this year’s Greenbuild is Human x Nature—celebrating the intersection of humanity and the built environment. Together, we are helping enhance human health and well-being, ensure climate resiliency, mitigate climate change, promote community and social equity, restore and protect our ecosystems, improve building efficiency and performance, and champion sustainable design.

The future of the human race is intertwined with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate in USGBC+ and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability leaders, practitioners, and professionals is more than a calling, it is a solemn responsibility. And each of you are helping us write the next chapter of our extraordinary story.

We are honored to call you a member of our family and we look forward to building a better, greener future together!


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