China and the U.S. are poised to drive global sustainability coming off the Paris Agreement’s opening for signature on Earth Day. Indeed, at COP21 in Paris, President Xi Jinping made a strong commitment, promising that China will contribute to climate change by focusing on green building and transportation.
The dialogue will continue on June 7–8 when the U.S. State Department and its China counterpart convene the U.S.–China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit in Beijing. The first summit was held in Los Angeles last September.
This year’s summit will feature several high-level plenaries, as well as a series of thematic breakout sessions, interspersed with opportunities for networking with national and subnational government attendees, private sector and civil society leaders.
Also, the summit will provide an opportunity for companies to showcase their low-carbon, climate-smart technologies and services at a parallel exhibition. The State Department is coordinating U.S. company participation. We encourage USGBC members with a presence—or interest—in the Asia market to consider participating and continue the great momentum for LEED in China.
China is now the second largest market for LEED outside of the U.S.—and in mainland China, there are more than 2,430 projects participating in LEED, comprising 134.2 million gross square meters of space.