Dow, USGBC to partner on carbon mitigation

MIDLAND — Dow Building Solutions, a business unit of Dow DuPont Specialty Products, will work on improving energy efficiency in buildings through a new partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

The projects will also involve the International Olympic Committee to improve the Olympics’ carbon footprint around the world.

Dow says the latest data indicate that buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption, and about 30 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 percent of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. LEED is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement used in more than 167 countries.

“Many communities around the world understand the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and are looking for ways to achieve this strategy,” said Greg Bergtold, director of advocacy at Dow Building Solutions. “This partnership will offer expertise from Dow and USGBC that will not only directly help selected communities reduce their carbon footprint, but will also pave the way for other communities to do the same.”

Added Mahese Ramanujam, USGBC CEO: “As USGBC aims to accelerate sustainable, healthy and resilient communities, cities and cultures globally, we seek to create partnerships with those that can help address the unique needs of the local community. By working with Dow, we can extend the reach of the green building marketplace. Together we can create real progress with lasting benefits to the environment and society at large.”

Dow Building Solutions serves the residential and commercial building and construction markets with systems designed to insulate and seal buildings. More at www.dowbuildingsolutions.com. More about the USGBC at www.usgbc.org.

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