The U.S. Green Building Council announced the recipients of the 2018 Greenbuild Leadership Awards in Mexico. César Ulises Treviño, Carrier and FINSA were honored at the inaugural Greenbuild Mexico conference in Mexico City during the Closing Plenary on June 21, 2018. The Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement.
“Mr. Treviño, Carrier and Finsa have helped paved the way for green building across Mexico and their work inspires others to discover the power of green building in helping to improve lives and support local economies,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. “Around the world, Greenbuild is recognizing extraordinary leaders, like them, who are driving the green building movement forward in their market. Their work and the work of others across the country is helping to position Latin America as a new hub for green activity.”
This year’s Leadership Award recipients have made significant strides supporting the transformation of the built environment in Mexico:
César Ulises Treviño, CEO of Bioconstruccion & Energia Alternativa (BEA), is the founder and former CEO of the original Mexico Green Building Council (GBC). Treviño was also the first Latin American representative on the World GBC Board of Directors and first LEED Fellow in Latin America. His company has more than 50 sustainable projects that have been certified through programs, including LEED, EDGE and WELL.
Carrier was the first member of USGBC and a founding member of SUMe. With four LEED Gold projects, Carrier has more than 1.5 million gross square feet of certified space in Mexico. Carrier is one of the few product manufactures in Mexico to produce products in a LEED-certified factory that can be part of LEED a building.
FINSA has been part of the LEED Volume program since 2016 and has 17 certified projects in Mexico, making them one of the largest national developers to adopt LEED. The company is working to design new LEED-certified building inventory to reduce over 50 percent of total water consumption, reduce energy between 20 and 30 percent and use lower chemical contaminants to improve indoor air quality.
Mexico’s green building activity has been growing and in 2017 the country made USGBC’s list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED for the first time. Currently, there are nearly 1,000 LEED-certified projects in the country, totaling 31 million square feet of space. The growing support for green building made Mexico an ideal location for Greenbuild. Founded in 2002, Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference experience and brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building. It offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address issues, such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change. The conference is the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. Industry professionals can follow conference activity on social media using #GreenbuildMexico. Registration for Greenbuild Mexico is open. For additional details and to register, visit: greenbuild.usgbc.org/mexico.