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New Hires Announced for LEED Hub in India

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GopalaKrishnan.P Selected to Lead the Business Development and LEED Support Hub in India

Chennai, India — (30 July 2014) — The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announces two new hires for its new LEED hub, which is based in Chennai. GopalaKrishnan.P, regional director, responsible for the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions, has been selected to lead the hub along with support from Puneet Mital, regional manager.

“We are committed to providing local and regional support that makes the use of LEED seamless,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “The new LEED hub in India will focus on business development and supporting LEED project teams in India by offering education, technical support and customer service.”

GopalaKrishnan.P, an alumnus of College of Engineering, Guindy and IIM-Kolkata, brings 23 years of experience in corporate strategy, international market expansion, branding and business unit creation.

“Gopal was the perfect choice to lead the LEED hub in India, as he brings extensive experience not only in customer relations but in business and market development,” added Ramanujam.

“I am highly passionate about sustainability, as it is a critical area in India. LEED is a leader in the sustainability domain and I am thrilled to be spearheading the LEED initiatives in India,” said GopalaKrishnan.P. “One of my first initiatives in my new role was to put together a three-city India tour that was held recently in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. We had nearly 600 green building leaders and sustainability practitioners attend, from across the three cities, to learn about the latest developments of LEED in India.”

Also supported by Mital, who is based in New Delhi, the LEED hub will work to enhance the LEED user experience and effectiveness for the green building community in the region. Mital’s primary areas of focus include client service management, development of compliance paths for LEED and addressing local needs and priorities. Mital brings experience working with the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as a green building project assessor. 

The LEED hub will act as an interface with industry stakeholders to inform the continuous improvement of LEED to better address the needs of green building projects in India. This effort follows the international strategy for LEED to emphasize global consistency while allowing for regional solutions in current and future LEED rating system versions.

The LEED hub will help project teams successfully navigate the design, construction and operations of buildings to achieve the requirements of LEED certification. It will also delineate the local strategies for business development and brand advocacy.

India has recently moved up to the No. 2 country in the world for LEED-certified projects outside of the U.S., with 2,715 projects — more than 750 million square feet of building space — participating in LEED.

LEED is the world’s foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of buildings, homes and communities. LEED-certified spaces cost less to operate and reduce energy and water bills by as much as 40 percent. Businesses and organizations across the globe use LEED to increase the efficiency of their buildings, freeing up valuable resources that can be used to create new jobs, attract and retain top talent, expand operations and invest in emerging technologies.

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About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit that is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification system is the world's foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings. Every day, 1.7 million square feet of building space is certified using LEED. By using LEED, leaders across the globe seek to optimize the use of natural resources, maximize the positive and minimize the negative environmental and human health consequences of the construction industry, and provide high-quality indoor environments for building occupants. LEED certification demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility while also improving both building performance and the bottom line. Learn more at usgbc.org/LEED.  

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