Highlights from the India Town Hall series

Sumner Byrne

USGBC convened the sustainability community for its inaugural India Town Hall to celebrate regional accomplishments and reaffirm strategies for moving toward a healthier, more resilient future in July 2020.

Over the past decade, India has been a rising star on the world scene. In 2019, India ranked #3 on the list of Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside of the U.S. As an emerging leader on the global scene, India has certified 3,369 LEED Projects to date, totaling over 167 million gross square meters of certified space.

Home to many LEED hotspots, including the megacities of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata, India’s large size, rapid growth, and innovative outlook make it an international center for sustainable buildings. India has produced several groundbreaking projects in recent years, such as Metro Bhawan, the first project in the world to achieve certification via the Arc platform. The LEED Gold Metro Bhawan project was headed by DMRC, a USGBC Platinum member. As the home of international tech capitals like Bengaluru, Chennai, and Hyderabad, India also offers many opportunities to grow and advance the presence of sustainable building within the technology sector.

Further north is the city of Surat, India’s first to receive LEED for Cities certification at the Platinum level. Using the Arc platform, Surat was able to benchmark itself against other cities across 14 metrics including their energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience performance. As a result, Surat has been successful in providing quality water to 96% of its population and treating millions of gallons of wastewater to meet water demand in industries and landscaping. 

Read the full Town Hall report to learn more about India’s green building trends and the key cities, projects and players moving the market forward. Gopalakrishnan P., Managing Director, GBCI – South East Asia & Middle East Markets, highlighted achievements within the country; David Bluestone, of ClearPath Strategies, reviewed findings from the India Living Standard research, and Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, shared his reimagined vision for the next generation of USGBC.

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