CANCUN, MEXICO-As delegates work to advance a new global climate change pact at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change conference, 40 environmental and business organizations joined forces to urge governments to prioritize reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the built environment and increase investment in this sector. Partners in a new broad-based international action network called the Global Leadership in Our Built Environment Alliance, led in partnership by the USGBC together with the World Green Building Council and its members, environmental organizations, and businesses, are working together around the world to advocate for sustainable building and infrastructure practices as a key strategy for combating climate change.

“While diplomats try to hammer out a new agreement on climate, the world is not stopping its economic development. China is projected to build the equivalent of 10 New York Cities over the next decade,” said Jane Henley, CEO of the World Green Building Council, a leading organizer of the GLOBE Alliance at the event. “We must immediately begin putting the policies and financial measures in place to decouple economic growth from its impacts on the climate and the environment, in both developing and developed nations.”

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