The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the creators of the LEED green building program, have announced Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Molina as a keynote speaker for the inaugural Greenbuild Mexico conference. He will join USGBC and GBCI President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam on the plenary stage. Director General for the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources in the Undersecretary for Environmental Regulation and Promotion of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Edda Fernandez Luiselli will also offer opening remarks. Greenbuild Mexico will be held in conjunction with Sustentabilidad para Mexico A.C. (SUMe) at the Camino Real Polanco Mexico hotel in Mexico City June 19-21.
“The power of Greenbuild lies in its ability to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to share experiences in an effort to help us collectively work to solve some our most pressing environmental challenges,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). “Dr. Molina and Ms. Fernandez Luiselli have powerful stories to share and we are grateful for their participation in and support of Greenbuild Mexico.”
Dr. Molina is one of the world’s leading researchers in atmospheric chemistry and has been involved in developing a scientific understanding of the human impact on the ozone. He co-authored an article predicting the thinning of the ozone layer that won him and his partner the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. His research and publications on the topic also led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations, the first international treaty that has effectively faced an environmental problem of global scale and human origin.
Luiselli’s work with the Mexican Federal Government has been focused on designing regulatory and promotional resources that support the country’s green and sustainable growth. She also serves as co-chair of the Board for the UN Environment 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Production and Consumption.