Surat, India, Rated Best in LEED Smart City Challenge
GBCI’s LEED Performance Challenge recognizes Surat as a leader for comprehensive citywide data
SURAT, INDIA—Today, Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the exclusive global certification body for LEED projects, announced the results of its inaugural LEED Performance Challenge, an initiative that enables Indian cities to share their latest performance data and benchmark it against other cities locally, nationally and globally.
Based on the comprehensiveness of data submitted by 14 cities in India as it relates to four key performance categories—energy, water, waste management, transportation and human experience—benchmarks have been set and the city of Surat was recognized at Greenbuild 2016 as the winner for its longstanding leadership in this space.
“The city of Surat is to be congratulated for their leadership in sustainable city performance,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, chief operating officer, U.S. Green Building Council and president, GBCI. “To meet our vision of a sustainable future for all, we must adopt smart city and grid policies, implement technologies that improve the performance of our cities, continue the transition from the concept of green buildings to green cities and incorporate wellness and sustainable sites into city planning and development. We are working every day to push the market toward a future where buildings not only protect, but also restore the climate and give back to the environment.”
“Surat city and Surat Municipal Corporation has a very clear vision: provide access to a physical and social infrastructure of the highest quality for all of our citizens,” said Debasish Basak, Town Planner, Surat Municipal Corporation, Surat, at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference in Los Angeles, where his city was recognized for its achievement. “We have been pioneering and implementing many initiatives to ensure a better quality of life. The city is also moving ahead to be an exemplary global ‘Green City’. Energy-saving initiatives and social infrastructure provision are just some of the key path-breaking examples. We are delighted to have attended Greenbuild, where we were recognized for our achievements, and we look forward to the continued work ahead.”
The city has taken aggressive measure to improve the social infrastructure and was the first in India to launch a mobile app for citizen-centric information and service delivery. The technology allowed the Surat officials to create a vaccination alert system for expecting parents, as well as the establishment of a human milk bank for newborn babies who require it.
The LEED Performance Challenge was hosted by the Smartnet portal, a path-breaking initiative by the Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with the National Institute of Urban Affairs and other GOI initiatives instituted to support the development of smart cities across India and to create a resource-rich ecosystem of learning, sharing and disseminating knowledge among city managers, practitioners, citizens and other stakeholders in the urban transformation of India.
This year’s LEED Performance Challenge goals were to establish performance benchmarks, build an alliance of engaged cities, set consistent performance guidelines and exchange best practices for information on how cities collect, organize and respond to their performance data.