E2Tech Hosts an Evening with US Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam on March
The evening discussion with USGBC's chief executive will focus on the future of green building
E2Tech Executive Director Marty Grohman will introduce Mahesh Ramanujam, president, and CEO of the USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc. Mahesh will offer his perspective on the evolution of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and discuss the refocus on health & wellness and definable goals like Net Zero energy consumption. Mahesh will then lead attendees in a group discussion.
LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. According to USGBC, Maine is home to more than 230 LEED projects representing more than 13 million gross square feet of space. More than 130 of those have certified to-date. Projects across the state using LEED include offices, as well as higher education buildings, retail locations, K-12 schools, healthcare, lodging, and multifamily residential structures. LEED can be applied to virtually any building type and is being used by more than 100,000 around the world.
With buildings generating nearly 40% of annual global GHG emissions, the urgency to fast-track green building practices is apparent. Green building is not only key to halting climate change, but it is also good for the economy.
"We want to revitalize our discussions around efficient, sustainable building in Maine," says Grohman, executive director of E2Tech. Grohman explains that the forum tops off the first full day meetings of the building's working group of the Maine Climate Council. "We think imagining more efficient big box stores and single-family homes is very important to protecting our way of life and clean air and water," says Grohman.
At 5:30 PM, a complimentary hors d'oeuvres and local beer & wine networking session will precede Mahesh Ramanujam's presentation. For more information on the event and full bios, visit https://e2tech.org
E2Tech is a member-based organization comprised of individuals, businesses, and organizations that seek to build Maine's environmental and energy technology economy. Members include renewable power companies, environmental engineers, emerging entrepreneurs, innovators, and designers, as well as government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations and businesses that see the economic promise of cleantech for Maine