Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Mario Molina and Director General Edda Fernandez Luiselli to Speak at Greenbuild Mexico

Published on: 
18 May 2018
Author: 
Sarah Stanley

Registration is open for world’s largest green building conference, hosted in Mexico City June 19–21

Mexico City—(May 17, 2018)—USGBC, the creators of the LEED green building program, has announced Nobel Prize winner Dr. Mario Molina as a keynote speaker for the inaugural Greenbuild Mexico conference. He will join USGBC and GBCI President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam on the plenary stage. Edda Fernandez Luiselli, Director General for the Primary Sector and Renewable Natural Resources in the Undersecretary for Environmental Regulation and Promotion of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), will also offer opening remarks.

Greenbuild Mexico will be held in conjunction with Sustentabilidad para Mexico A.C. (SUMe) at the Camino Real Polanco Mexico hotel in Mexico City, June 1921. Early bird registration is open through June 1.

“The power of Greenbuild lies in its ability to bring together leaders from diverse backgrounds to share experiences in an effort to help us collectively work to solve some our most pressing environmental challenges,” said Ramanujam. “Dr. Molina and Ms. Fernandez Luiselli have powerful stories to share, and we are grateful for their participation in and support of Greenbuild Mexico.”

Molina is one of the world’s leading researchers in atmospheric chemistry and has been involved in developing a scientific understanding of the human impact on the ozone. He cowrote an article predicting the thinning of the ozone layer that won him and his partner the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Molina's research and publications on the topic also led to the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations, the first international treaty that has effectively faced an environmental problem of global scale and human origin. Molina served on the President’s Committee of Advisors in Science and Technology from 1994 to 2000 and from 2010 to 2016, for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, respectively. He is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego, with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

“Climate change is the number one threat humanity is facing; the welfare not only of our generation, but also of future generations depends on the actions we take today as a global society,” said Molina. “I am honored to be able to speak about the science and policy of climate change during this event.”

Fernandez Luiselli’s work with the Mexican Federal Government has been focused on designing regulatory and promotional resources that support the country’s green and sustainable growth. She also serves as co-chair of the Board for the UN Environment 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Fernandez Luiselli will help welcome attendees to the conference during the Opening Plenary on Tues., June 19.

Greenbuild Mexico will take place over three days and offer attendees the opportunity to hear from industry leaders on their vision for the future of green building in the country; to connect with industry professionals and build business relationships; and to learn the latest green building and LEED research, while earning continuing education hours at educational sessions. Across Mexico, there are more than 620 LEED professionals and more than 1,000 projects participating in LEED, representing more than 31 million gross square meters of building space.

Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies. Industry professionals can follow conference activity on social media using #GreenbuildMexico. Registration for Greenbuild Mexico is now open. For additional details and to register, visit greenbuild.usgbc.org/mexico.