2021 U.S. Green Building Council Latin America Leadership Award Recipients Announced

Deisy Verdinez
June 10, 2021

Regional leaders Falabella Retail, Universidad de Monterrey, Vivero Parque Residencial, and Maraey recognized for contributions to sustainable, healthy, equitable and resilient buildings and communities

10 June, 2021 (Mexico City, Mexico) – Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients in Latin America during its USGBC Live virtual conference. The USGBC Leadership Awards recognize the exemplary leadership of individuals and organizations contributing to the creation of sustainable, healthier, equitable and resilient buildings, cities and communities.

“At USGBC, we believe that healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy and it is only because of the leadership of organizations and individuals like our award recipients that this vision can become a global reality,” said Nicolette Bohnett, Director, Global Market Development, Latin America Region. “In what has been a very challenging year for everyone around the world, the green building industry has continued to carry on. Across Latin America, organizations, governments and private industry are continuing to think about innovative ways to create green projects that lower carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier society. USGBC is proud to partner with them to advance our collective mission of a sustainable future for all.”

The 2021 USGBC Leadership Award recipients for Latin America are:

  • Falabella Retail - One of the biggest department stores and e-commerce companies in Latin America, Falabella Retail SA is a founding member of Chile Green Building Council and focused on achieving a sustainable and equitable business model for its stores across South America.

  • De Paola & Panasolo Sociedade de Advogados - The Brazil-based law firm has used LEED certification to guide its sustainable goals, achieving LEED Platinum certification for existing buildings, as well as LEED Zero Energy and LEED Zero Carbon certifications;

  • Colegio Rochester – This school in Chia, Colombia, is committed to sustainable practices, providing lifelong sustainability lessons for its students and becoming one of the first schools in Latin America to recertify to LEED standards;

  • Universidad de Monterrey – With multiple LEED certified buildings across their campus, UDEM’s Estoa building is the latest space designed and built using the university’s sustainability policies;

  • Vivero Parque Residencial – Vivero Parque Residencial is an urban community development project in Cali, Colombia, from Constructora Bolivar that is the first in Latin America to achieve LEED for Communities Plan and Design and is certified LEED Gold;

  • GRUPO MADERO – The Brazilian company is committed to LEED certification for their entire chain of restaurants and is responsible for more than half of the LEED registrations in Brazil;

  • MARAEY - The mixed-use development project in Maricá, Brazil, was the first to achieve SITES Gold level precertification, administered by GBCI, in South America;

  • Juan Francisco Sifontes – The Chair of the El Salvador Green Building Council is growing the green building industry in El Salvador to create new opportunities for professional experience and grow capacity.

The USGBC Leadership Awards featured at USGBC Live recognize these notable green building projects, companies and individuals in the region over the last year and recognize the hard work put forth to create healthy, sustainable spaces.

USGBC Live is a new event that combines the expertise of the largest community of green building leaders with the data, insights, stories and leadership from the thousands of LEED and green building projects around the globe to produce insightful and engaging conversations about the future of buildings, cities and communities. Held virtually, the three-day event features localized content channels across different regions in the U.S. and abroad, offering sessions on topics that provide innovative ways to push the industry.