Vatsal Bhatt

Vatsal Bhatt will give the keynote speech to open New York Build March 20.

Imagine that your city or hometown is as sustainable as possible and is considered a pinnacle of leadership and prosperity. Human health is prioritized, while resource conservation is championed and financial costs are steadily reduced. Children learn in green schools, and people from every walk of life can afford to live, learn, work, play and worship in ways they find fulfilling and meaningful.

This isn’t limited to your imagination—it’s the future.

On March 20, I will kick off the New York Build Sustainability Summit at the Javits Center in New York City. There, some of the brightest leaders working in sustainability today will gather to share resources, ideas and inspiration on topics as diverse as environmental justice, health and climate change and affordable high-performance housing.

It is my honor to keynote the summit and to share USGBC’s vision of a more sustainable future that is equitable and attainable. A future of vibrant, healthy and sustainable cities and communities is within our reach, and the attendees at the New York Build Sustainability Summit are key players in our effort to grasp the future we can see so vividly in our mind’s eye.

I have a passion for nurturing strong and sustainable communities. In my work with cities and neighborhoods, I can see my passion echoed by residents, business owners and government leaders who come to the table to embrace programs like LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities. These people are driven to provide the best for their neighbors, customers and constituents through sustainable practices.

With the recent launch of these two programs, USGBC strives to provide everyone with a better quality of life by focusing on how systems can work together to elevate the impact of strategic actions.

Just last fall, Washington, D.C., became the first LEED Platinum city. Soon thereafter, Phoenix followed suit, becoming a LEED Platinum city, and Arlington County, Virginia, became first in the world to earn Platinum certification under LEED for Communities.

As interest in these programs and their potential impact grows, I am excited to join the attendees of the New York Build Sustainability Summit to share my perspective on the future of sustainable development.

Registration is still open, and tickets are free. Please join me at New York Build 2018 from March 19-20 at the Javits Center in New York City.

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