Celebrating global leadership: July roundup

Genesee Kortick

Celebrating global leadership in sustainability, resilience, equity, health and wellness. 

Over the last several years, GBCI has grown to administer additional complementary rating systems that cover nearly every facet of the sustainability industry. By investing in new rating systems, GBCI is doubling down on how to augment LEED and promote the climate-related issues that most affect today’s communities — such as waste, power resilience, and sustainable public spaces — and how to protect universal human health and wellbeing for generations to come. Numerous LEED projects have decided to invest in their focus area by achieving second, complementary certification, taking advantage of the synergies between systems in the pursuit of a better future. 


Delhi International Airport Ltd. – Terminal 3 & Main Receiving Substation, New Delhi, India 


Terminal 3 (T3) of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi, is the first campus project to achieve PEER Platinum certification under the PEER v2 rating system in India. IGIA, managed by Delhi International Airport Ltd. (DIAL – a consortium led by GMR Groupis the eighth largest airport terminal in the world. DIAL (T3) already earned LEED Gold to showcase its leadership in environmental management and sustainable development. However, when they wanted to improve the resilience of their power system, they turned to PEER. PEER recognizes industry leaders for improving efficiency, day-to-day reliability and overall resiliency when it comes to severe events, such as flooding and hurricanes. PEER is for all power systems and includes guidance for cities, utilities, campuses and transit. "Our primary focus is developing reliable and resilient infrastructure, adopting energy efficiency and exploring an alternative solution for generating green energy,” explained DIAL’s CEO, Mr. Videh Kumar Jaipuriar“The achievement of  the first [PEER Platinum certified] Airport globally is a testimony to our commitment of ensuring Sustainable Development objectives at Delhi Airport.” 


Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Mills River, North Carolina 

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Mills River facility is LEED Platinum certified.  Established in 1980 with the mission to brew the highest quality beer with the least environmental impact possible, they closely adhered to LEED guidelines from the start of construction to completion of the project resulting in a site that is among the best-in-class for breweries. Project highlights include nearly 2,200 photovoltaic solar panels and microturbine technology that converts methane biogas into electricity. Together, these technologies generate 20% of the facility’s electrical needs. 

Sierra Nevada’s sustainable mission has also led the company to become a leader in waste management and embraces a zero-waste philosophy in every facet of its operations. Shortly after achieving LEED, the Mills River brewery also achieved TRUE Platinum certification for zero waste. In order to achieve TRUE certification, the brewery was able todivert of 98.9 percent of its waste. In 2016, the company saw a net savings of over $392,000 from their zero waste program. But the most important element of Sierra Nevada’s sustainability story is its employees. With constant education, training and encouragement, employees form the backbone of the company’s sustainability efforts and serve as ambassadors for all that they do. 

Health and Wellness 

Mary Elizabeth Branch Park, Austin, Texas 

 In Austin, Texas, the Mueller neighborhood project was one of the first to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development certification. It was built with the goal of creating a sustainable, transit-oriented, mixed-use and mixed-income addition in the heart of the city that would ensure the health and wellness of its residents. And they certainly achieved it. As of mid-2021, Mueller is home to five LEED Platinum certifications, nine LEED Gold certifications, and seven silver LEED certifications with more planned, along with their overarching LEED for Neighborhood Development Gold certification. 

After witnessing the powerful benefits of LEED certification in the neighborhood for several years, the team behind Mueller’s Mary Elizabeth Branch Park pursued SITES certification for sustainable landscape development. Mary Elizabeth Branch Park has something for everyone: a playground, waterscape, dog run, volleyball courts, a hillside viewing area and an expansive open lawn, with care taken to provide enjoyable areas for all age groups. And as the project team attempted to ensure it would also be sustainable, the numerous synergies between LEED ND and SITES made the adoption of the new rating system run more smoothly. This cleverly designed park is a microcosm of Mueller’s overarching mission: one that works with the natural environment rather than against it, providing a safe, healthy, and sustainable neighborhood to call home.  

Photo Courtesy of Brandon Huttenlocher/Design Workshop 


Vivero Parque Residencial, Cali, Colombia 

In Cali, Colombia, USGBC Silver level memberConstructora Bolívar, is developing Vivero Parque Residencial, an urban community development project that is the first in Latin America to achieve LEED for Communities: Plan and Design and is certified LEED Gold. And in 2021, Vivero Parque Residencial earned a 2021 USGBC regional leadership award for its sustainability feats.  

When Vivero Parque Residencial is completed in 2026, it will be home to over 27,000 people, with 9,000 sustainable homes, plus the sustainable infrastructure and systems needed for the highest possible standard of living for all residents. The project creates an inclusive city model, where people of any background can access and use recreational and quality of life services — including a grand central park. The project team hopes that the high standards of the project will make it possible for the Vivero Parque community to become a leader in sustainable and equitable residential communities for Latin America.  

Photo Courtesy of Constructora Bolívar 


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