A new joint venture to deliver enhanced services and support a broad range of green business tools, certifications and programs throughout Canada.
Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) launched a joint venture – GBCI Canada – in February 2018. GBCI Canada was formed to accelerate green building market transformation and impact in Canada, which is the second largest market for LEED outside of the United States. GBCI Canada enables the Canadian industry to leverage new opportunities to validate enhanced building performance and increase emissions reductions, operational savings and human health benefits.
GBCI Canada exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the LEED green building rating systems, as well as the WELL Building Standard, the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) for land use, Parksmart for parking structures, TRUE, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) for energy efficiency retrofits, and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.
GBCI's mission is to recognize excellence in sustainability performance and practice globally and drive adoption of green business practices. GBCI is charged with creating markets, building capacity and delivering value to local stakeholders. This new venture will serve to facilitate the growth of USGBC's LEED program and GBCI rating systems and provide additional on-the-ground support in Canada. GBCI Canada is now the third incorporation of GBCI including GBCI Europe and GBCI India, but the first partnership with an established green building council.
Both organizations are managed by President & CEO Thomas Mueller, to ensure seamless integration and the effective advancement of both organizations. Nellie Cheng is GBCI Canada's Managing Director, bringing with her three decades of experience, including working with GBCI, the World Green Building Council and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission.
The GBCI Canada Board of Directors is comprised of five members who were chosen to guide GBCI Canada in leveraging new opportunities to accelerate market transformation. To read their bios, click here.
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