WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) to engage the largest cities in the world through the Large Cities Climate Leadership Group and provide them with the tools to become leaders in energy efficiency and green building strategies, which will result in the reduction of carbon emissions.
CCI is focusing on three key deliverables: improving green purchasing power; mobilizing and deploying technical expertise; and implementing common measurement tools in the areas of buildings, power and water; and transportation. CCI, a program of the Clinton Foundation, launched last week in Los Angeles.
As a partner in the CCI’s effort, USGBC will provide technical assistance and expertise in green building practices, engaging the World Green Building Council (WGBC), and mobilizing leading green building experts from around the globe with the goal of increasing the inventory of green buildings around the world. Other partners in the Clinton Climate Initiative include the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Alliance to Save Energy, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.
The initiative was launched last week at a news conference in Los Angeles, where Former President Clinton was joined by London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and British Prime Minister Tony Blair. USGBC’s President, Rick Fedrizzi, was also in attendance.
“Green building is a local activity that delivers global solutions,” says Fedrizzi, who also is c.e.o. and founding chair of USGBC. “Our partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative is an unprecedented opportunity to work collaboratively with the World Green Building Council and share what we’ve learned with other communities around the world.
“Buildings that use the council’s LEED green building rating system as their benchmark for green building deliver immediate and measurable results through energy, water, and material efficiency; stronger financial performance; and better health and productivity for the people who live and work in them,” Fedrizzi says. “Cities that embrace and encourage green building practices reap the same immediate and measurable results, including a healthier balance sheet, a healthier environment, and healthier people.”
The USGBC’s LEED green building rating system has been cited by many as the catalyst for the explosive growth in green building over the past six years, and is already in use in every state in the United States and more than 20 countries around the world.
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