More than 6000 Green Building Professionals Gathered for Greenbuild India 2018

Sets the benchmark for a powerful global movement to ensure a sustainable future for everyone

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MUMBAI, India – (20 November 2018) – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
concluded its second Greenbuild India conference & expo, which focused on the
intersection of humanity and the built environment. The two-day conference featured
the latest technological innovations, new products, 18 education tracks and was
attended by more than 6000 green building industry professionals. Greenbuild India is
presented by USGBC and ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences Pvt. Ltd.
The inspiring keynote speakers this year were Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of the
International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and Elora Hardy, founder and creative
director at Ibuku. ‘Human x Nature’ was the core theme and represented how the green
building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and
environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural
environment around us.

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan, Managing Director – APAC & Middle East, Green
Business Certificate Institute (GBCI) said, “Today I am inspired by what I’ve seen
and experienced at Greenbuild India 2018. It is clear, India’s green building community
is passionately pursuing a higher level of performance and shows no signs of slowing
down. I hope that this innovative spirit, combined with new technologies and ideas will
help define the path forward and the next generation of green building and business.”

Greenbuild India also hosted the Women in Green power luncheon, an all-female
congregation that celebrates pioneering women in the field of sustainability in
construction. This year, ‘Leading with Purpose’ as the theme, Women in Green
celebrated the power of purpose to shape our lives, our careers and our changing
world.

Mili Majumdar, Managing Director of GBCI India and Senior Vice President,
USGBC said, “Women in Green is one of my favourite events at Greenbuild and I
always look forward to this platform that is represented by women’s voices. Taking off
with the theme, ‘Leading With Purpose’ it is a journey that starts from within, it is about
self-expression and being true to ourselves, standing up for what we know is right and
helping others along the way. In times of uncertainty we turn to our inner sense of purpose to sustain our energy and commitment, to bolster our resilience and push us
forward.”

Discussions were primarily centred on the way women can lead with purpose to inspire
others and drive continued creativity and progress. The panel discussion was chaired
by Sonali Rastogi, Founder Partner of Morphogenesis; and included participants Mili
Majumdar, GBCI India; Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Metro Rail Corporation;
Teenaa Kaur Pasricha, Independent Director and Film Producer, Green Earth
Pictures; and Anita Arjundas, Business Leader.

A closed door Executive Luncheon, where C-level executives who are leading the
transformation of the green building industry discussed how one can assess the value
of green buildings with respect to Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)
performance; tools & resources available to manage portfolio data and benchmarking;
preparing for increasingly rigorous sustainability issues at the forefront of business
decision making and engage with investors and IOT platforms. It was attended by top
100 thought leaders from India and saw an elite panel comprising of Gopalakrishnan
Padmanabhan, Managing Director, GBCI APAC & ME Markets; Sangeeta Prasad,
Managing Director & CEO, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd; Hari Krishna V,
Director – Real Estate Investments, CPPIB India Investment Advisors Pvt Ltd.;
Chaitanya Kalia, Partner, EY Climate Change & Sustainability Services; Ragnar
Martens Director, GRESB. In addition, a Facilities Leaders Conclave deliberated on
the role played by the building performance in terms of resource efficiency.
Following the closing keynote, USGBC, recognised five organizations for their
outstanding leadership and achievement in the green building space.

Greenbuild Leadership awards:

  • Hemant Rathod, National Head Structural Glass Solutions, Saint- Gobain India Pvt Ltd
  • Dr. Padmakali Banerjee, Pro Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, Amity University

Certificate awardees:

  • Dr. Jagdish Patel, Mayor, Surat Municipal Corporation
  • Mr. Thirumal Govindraj, Managing Director – Executive Board, RMZ
    Corp
  • Girish Kapur, Vice President Operations – India, USP India

About Greenbuild

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The
ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild.
Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals
dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is
sparked. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast
exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn
about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas
with other professionals. Greenbuild is a multi-year recipient of IMEX Green Meetings
Award and the 2018 show will be held on Nov. 15-18, Mumbai, India. For more
information, visit http://greenbuild.usgbc.org/india and follow @GBCI_India and
@USGBC on Twitter and tweet hashtag #GreenbuildIndia to join the conversation

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and
sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC’s
mission is “to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and
operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and
prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.”
USGBC builds on this vision through the development and improvement of the LEED
rating system, the LEED professional credentials, robust educational offerings, an
international network of local community leaders and USGBC member organizations,
the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green
Schools and other USGBC initiatives, as well as through advocacy and outreach that
encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information:
USGBC.org.

About GBCI
GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green
business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI
exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and
certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems, as well as
the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable
SITES Initiative (SITES), Parksmart, EDGE (Excellence in Design for Greater
Efficiencies), TRUE Zero Waste certification, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for
energy efficiency retrofits and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional
investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector. GBCI
was established as an on the ground arm to help provide local support and outreach.
For more information, please visit www.gbci.org/india and follow @GBCI_India on
Twitter and #GreenbuildIndia on social media.

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