USGBC Names Indian Infrastructure Expert as Senior Adviser for Green Building Hub
Dr. M Ramachandran Brings Decades of Program Planning Experience at State, Central Level
New Delhi, India — (20 August 2014) — Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that Dr. M Ramachandran has joined the Council as a senior adviser for its LEED hub in India, bolstering its presence in the nation as it offers continued support for the growing market for healthy, high-performing LEED green buildings in India.
An accomplished expert on Indian infrastructure, Ramachandran previously served as secretary in the Ministry of Urban Development, retiring in 2010 following four decades of service in the government of India at both the state and national level.
“Dr. Ramachandran’s illustrious academic record and his outstanding career in the coveted and prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS) uniquely qualifies him for this influential role,” said USGBC President, CEO and Founding Chair Rick Fedrizzi. “I am honored that someone of his stature and influence has joined forces with us to accelerate the adoption of LEED and green building practices in India. His influence across the Indian government as an advocate for urban renewal and reform-based infrastructure improvement is widely known, and he will be instrumental in helping us move faster and further in the market transformation of India’s built environment.”
“Dr. Ramachandran is widely recognized as one of the foremost minds in India’s push toward building sustainable infrastructure that benefits all citizens of India,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, USGBC. “His expertise and insights will be of extraordinary value as USGBC positions itself to facilitate continued uptake of LEED green buildings across the nation.”
Ramachandran holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Kerala, a master’s degree in economic planning from the University of Glasgow and a doctorate in project planning from the University of Lucknow.
In his role at the Ministry of Urban Development, Ramachandran was responsible for formulating policies, supporting and monitoring programs, and coordinating the activities of various federal and state departments and other authorities in relation to all urban development issues in the country.
Ramachandran has also worked in project formulation and monitoring for the United Nations Development Program; functioned at the policy and higher management levels in the Ministry of Shipping; and served as chief secretary for the state of Uttaranchal, the highest ranking civil servant at the state government level.
“I do believe there is considerable scope in our country to spread the message of the need for green buildings and the particular importance of energy efficiency,” said Ramachandran. “India's expanding urban segment, presently consisting of close to 8,000 cities and towns, and policy pronouncement of developing 'smart cities' offer various challenges which can be converted into opportunities.”
Ramachandran will work alongside the LEED hub in India, which was established earlier this year, to enhance the LEED user experience and effectiveness for the green building community in the region.
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.
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 Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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.