The Chinese Spring Festival is coming soon, and on behalf of USGBC, I send our warmest wishes to everyone around the world celebrating the Chinese New Year.
Over the past five years, I have witnessed firsthand the evolution of the green building movement in China. 2015 was an exciting year. China continues to show tremendous leadership; it is the third largest market for LEED outside of the United States, with 732 LEED projects covering 26.7 million GSM of certified space. You have continued to build capacity and implement green building in projects all over the country, and green building is now expanding to inland region areas, such as Sichuan Province and Chongqing City. Recently, USGBC announced the 2015 Top 10 provinces and municipalities in mainland China participating in LEED.
In 2015, China also made commitments to drive sustainability at a global scale. President Xi participated in the COP 21 agreement in Paris and promised to contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and transportation sectors. China also participated in the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and numerous world gatherings concerning global climate change. USGBC sends a sincere "thank you" to China’s business leaders and policymakers who are leading the way. Let’s continue to work together to create a healthier, more sustainable future for China.
We say that every story about a LEED building is a story about leaders. Leaders across the globe understand that LEED is a powerful market tool. Leaders across China continued to commit to building healthier, more sustainable communities in 2015. Leaders such as Shanghai Tower, the second tallest building in the world, which achieved both LEED and Three Star certification, and leaders such as Dalian Wanda Group, Hongqiao CBD, Shougang, Jiaming Investment and many others, have continued to place LEED at the core of their plans for the built environment.
I want to pay tribute to the incredible contribution by green building leaders in China. You are raising the bar for the global market. Let me once again wish all of you a happy New Year and every possible success for the next 12 months. Xin Chun Kuai Le and LEED on!