Climate Leaders: Insights from Terri Wills and Felipe Faria [videos]
In this episode of Climate Leaders, we continue our interviews from the World Green Building Council Congress with Terri Wills, CEO of the World Green Building Council, and Felipe Faria, managing director for Green Building Brasil.
Terri Wills, CEO, World Green Building Council
The World Green Building Council is a nonprofit organization and coalition of more than 80 national green building councils throughout the world. Terri Wills, CEO, has a deep background in policy and media, with previous leadership roles in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; the Clinton Climate Initiative; the government of Ontario, Canada; and the BBC. She believes that buildings represent a key part of the solution to climate change, which includes drastically cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Here, she discusses some of her organization’s main priorities, including new building and renovation/retrofit of existing buildings to get as close to net zero as possible and the development of sustainable communities and cities.
Felipe Faria, Managing Director, Green Building Council Brazil
Since joining the council in 2007, Faria has worked to make sustainability—and by extension, LEED—more relatable and accessible to Brazil’s private and public sectors. Today, Brazil ranks as one of the top five markets in the world for LEED, and Faria’s influence extends to the greening of venues for international events such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games. Faria is confident that the government recognizes the potential of LEED to make huge contributions in economic, social and environmental sustainability. Here, he shares his take on Brazil’s efforts to transform the construction industry, which are spurred in part by the larger worldwide movement to address and mitigate climate change.