The green building revolution has begun, but it has far to go. In the US, the floor space of LEED-certified buildings totals 12.5 million square meters, with much more in the pipeline. California leads the way, with far more green buildings than any other state. In China, green buildings have gone from zero in 2000 to 4 million square meters today, again with much more in the offing.
Leading green design specialists discuss global centers for green building policy at Scaling Up: From Green Buildings to Green Cities in the US and China.
The US and China are rapidly becoming the global centers for green design promotion, development, and investment, and many other Asian countries are beginning to follow suit.
Robert M. Hertzberg was twice unanimously elected Speaker of the California State Assembly (2000 – 2002). He now is co-founder of G24 Innovations based in Cardiff, Wales which manufactures a new type of lightweight and flexible solar cell that generates power in low, ambient and even indoor conditions. He is also an equity partner at Mayer Brown LLP, one of the world's largest international law firms.
His work with G24i, and as co-founder of Renewable Capital, has made him an active entrepreneur and leader in global policy on renewable energy. The Guardian (UK) named him as one of the "50 People Who Could Save the Planet" and his company won the World Bank's Award for Lighting Africa, for a project in Rwanda. CNBC European Business recognized G24i as one of its TOP 100 Low-Carbon Pioneers. Mr. Hertzberg has appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, BBC, Nightline, and in articles in The Economist, and Fortune Small Business. A previous solar company in Los Angeles won the 2005 Wall Street Journal Innovation of the Year Award in the field of energy.
Dr. Levine is Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, a research and analysis division at LBNL with over 300 staff members working in the following areas: building energy research; U.S. and international energy policy studies; environmentally friendly energy technology R&D; and indoor and urban/regional air quality and combustion research.
In 1988, he initiated the LBNL China Energy Group, and is a co-founder of the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center (BECon). He has been involved in China and global energy demand studies, and has expertise in energy modeling and energy-efficiency policy analysis.
Ye Qing is the Dean of the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research.
Qingpeng Wei is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Building Energy Research Center (BERC) at Tsinghua University.
Laura Yoshii is the Acting Regional Administrator of the EPA for Region 9.