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USGBC wins UN Champions of the Earth award

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has been honoured for its entrepreneurial vision by being given the United Nations’ Champions of the Earth award.

Usually received by an individual, the award was won by USGBC for its contribution to sustainable building through its LEED green building rating system, currently the most widely used green building programme worldwide.

“In little over two decades, the USGBC has gone from 60 firms and a few not-for-profit organisations to 76 chapters, nearly 13,000 member companies and organisations, and more than 198,000 LEED-certified professionals today,” said UN under-secretary-general and UN environment programme executive director Achim Steiner.

Champions of the Earth is the UN’s flagship environmental award launched in 2005 that recognises outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science, entrepreneurship and civil society action.

Past laureates have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Al Gore, Felipe Calderon, Mohamed Nasheed, Marina Silva and Vinod Khosla.

Winners were honored by UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and Mr Steiner at an awards ceremony at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on 19 November.

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