Mahesh Ramanujam will present USGBC’s global vision for LEED v4.1, discussing NYC’s historic and future role in informing that vision and exploring new research critical for understanding how best to connect green building to a broader more diverse audience. He will engage in dialogue with New York City’s leading experts on the intersection of green building design and social equity, energy efficiency and zero waste goals.
Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day. A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living. Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI and that is the leading sustainability standard for global real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets. Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, Ramanujam served as both the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.
Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Ramanujam’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.
Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council; President and CEO, Green Business Certification Inc.
Susan Kaplan, President, Building Wrx; Founder & Co-Chair, USGBC Social Equity Working Group
Laurie Kerr, Founder, LK Policy Lab; former Deputy Director for Green Building Policy, Mayor Bloomberg’s Sustainability Office; USGBC Leadership Awardee (2018)
Clare Miflin, Founder, ThinkWoven; Chair, AIANY Committee on the Environment; Co-author, Zero Waste Design Guidelines