Sarah Stanley

Ternium and Alicia Silva Villanueva recognized as leaders in sustainable building design, construction and operations

Mexico City—(June 19, 2019)—Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of the 2019 Greenbuild Leadership Awards in Mexico. Ternium Mexico and Alicia Silva Villanueva are being honored at the second Greenbuild Mexico conference in Mexico City during the Closing Plenary at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. The Greenbuild Leadership Awards recognize outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement.

“Mexico has been a long-time global leader in green building and, in recent years, the market has shown tremendous growth,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “This is thanks to the leadership of companies like Ternium Mexico and individuals like Alicia Silva Villanueva, who are stepping up and answering the call and working to create healthier, more sustainable buildings and communities across the country. USGBC is honored to recognize these outstanding leaders as champions of the green building community.”

This year’s award recipients have made significant strides, supporting the advancement of healthy, sustainable and resource-efficient buildings in Mexico:

  • Ternium Mexico, which manufacturers and processes a broad range of steel products, has committed to LEED certification for all of its projects. Ternium’s 2018 Environmental and Energy Policy formally integrates energy efficiency concepts and establishes the principles for the implementation of energy efficiency management systems for all of the company’s production units.
  • Alicia Silva Villanueva has spent more than 18 years in the fields of sustainable design and green building. Her consultancy, Revitaliza Consultores, includes a vast portfolio with more than 35 LEED Platinum or Gold projects in Mexico as well as LEED projects throughout Spain, Colombia and Peru. She has served on the LEED International Roundtable, USGBC’s Technical Advisory Committee for Materials and Resources, USGBC’s Education Committee, the Supply Chain Manufacturing Group and the LEED Steering Committee. She has also personally trained hundreds of individuals to obtain their LEED credential and to advance sustainability in Mexico and in the Latin America region.

Mexico’s green building activity has been steadily growing. The country has more than 1,075 projects participating in LEED, representing more than 31 million gross square meters of space. Mexico also made USGBC’s list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED for the second time.

The Greenbuild conference’s expansion into Mexico is reflective of the leadership and demand from the green building community in Latin America. Founded in 2002, Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference experience and brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building. It offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address issues such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change. The conference is the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. For additional details please visit greenbuild.usgbc.org/mexico.