Mahesh Ramanujam

Every story about a green building is a story about people. LEED buildings have a direct impact on the people who eat, live, work and play in them: these high-performing buildings boost the health, productivity and happiness of millions of people across the globe.

Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool that works. Every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. These leaders recognize that LEED enhances a company’s triple-bottom line, helps organizations manage their business operations and creates a more sustainable, energy-efficient built environment.

They also recognize that in addition to the economic value these buildings present, LEED is a tool for improving the health, comfort and wellbeing of a company’s employees, visitors, customers and larger community. By certifying their buildings to LEED, leaders across the world are committing to building healthier, more sustainable communities where buildings perform at a higher level and human health is prioritized and enhanced.

Through my international trips, I have met a variety of leaders who understand the value of LEED and whose exceptional vision is transforming the market. Recently, I had the privilege to meet with Mr. Tingyue Wang of Jiaming Investment Co Ltd. at USGBC’s headquarters. Created over 20 years ago, Jiaming Investment has flourished in the real estate industry in Beijing under Mr. Wang’s leadership.

Mr. Wang is a true market leader who continually raises the bar when it comes to better, sustainable buildings. He has thought about and understands the power of sustainable building. He is actively enhancing and transforming the built environment through an unrelenting focus on innovation and a vision for classic cities with lasting value. Jiaming Center is one example of a building that is transforming the built environment in China. In 2014, the Center became one of the first existing buildings in China to receive Platinum certification.

Mr. Wang is constructing buildings with longevity in mind—building not just for the present, but for the future, as well. He is anticipating what the people of China will eventually need, and ultimately demand, so we can build a stronger, healthier China and, by extension, a stronger and healthier world.

One example of this is in his preparation for the future of electric vehicles in China. China will soon have nearly as many drivers as the U.S. has people. To meet this new demand, Mr. Wang is establishing power-charging stations for electric cars in his properties.

Mr. Wang is also improving the relationships between buildings and human performance to create endurance and longevity in our built environment with plans to transform rural areas in China into places of beauty, with integrated services for tourism, education and senior housing. Mr. Wang is raising the bar for the global market, positively impacting the quality of our built space. Developing more sustainable cities—and by extension our planet and its people.