Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, US Green Building Council (USGBC), has hailed Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) for its role in making Bangladesh a home to the highest number of green garment factories in the world.
Ramanujam also appreciated the progress made by Bangladesh garment industry in the area of sustainability and its future priorities to continue the momentum.
Currently, Bangladesh has 145 factories certified as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the USGBC.
Among them, 42 are LEED platinum-rated and 91 are LEED gold-rated units while 500 more factories are in the process of achieving LEED certification.
Co-founded by Mike Italiano, David Gottfried and Rick Fedrizzi in 1993, USGBC is a private 501(c)3, membership-based non-profit organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction, and operation. It is best known for its development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating systems and its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. USGBC was one of eight national councils that helped found the World Green Building Council. The current president and CEO is Mahesh Ramanujam who acquired this role in January 2017 after co-founder Rick Fedrizzi.