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Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series


At United Technologies Corporation, sustainability leadership is something that comes naturally. Our brands have pioneered industries, and a focus on sustainability and preserving natural resources has endured as a guiding principle.

Of course, leadership isn’t about what you can do on your own — it’s about working together for something greater.

Launched in 2011, the Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series brings together two of our pioneering brands, Otis and Carrier, in a collaborative program with international universities and communities. The lecture series is designed to convene sustainability thought leaders and international building industry experts to transform the built environment. Through discussions of the economic and health motivations for green building and future sustainable building trends, we are striving to make our world a better place to live today — and for generations to come. Since its inception, the lecture series has reached thousands of professionals in emerging markets around the world, including Brazil, China, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.


 

Jaipur, India • October, 2017

United Technologies gathered more than 400 building professionals in Jaipur, India, to discuss trends in global urbanization and the broad health advantages for society that green-certified buildings can provide.

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John Mandyck (October 2017 – Jaipur)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

There are economic, environmental and social trends driving the call for sustainable urbanization across the world. John Mandyck highlights the forces behind the demand for green building, green aviation and the cold chain.

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Joseph Allen (October 2017 – Jaipur)
Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Green buildings influence human health at two critically important scales: directly at the individual level through providing optimized indoor environments, and indirectly on a population level through reductions in energy use and concomitant reductions in air pollutants. These indirect, population-level health co-benefits of the green building movement have not heretofore been fully accounted for when exploring the benefits of better buildings.


 

Jakarta, Indonesia • September, 2017

United Technologies gathered more than 100 building professionals in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss trends in global urbanization and the connection between green building and cognitive function.

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John Mandyck (September 2017 – Jakarta)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

There are economic, environmental and social trends driving the call for sustainable urbanization across the world. John Mandyck highlights the forces behind the demand for green building, green aviation and the cold chain.

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Joseph Allen (September 2017 – Jakarta)
Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph Allen shares findings from a recent study conducted by Harvard University and affiliates that reinforce the human health benefits of green buildings. Office workers had significantly improved cognitive performance and fewer health symptoms when working in green building environments.

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Dubai / London • November, 2016

United Technologies gathered more than 300 building professionals in Dubai, UAE and London to discuss trends in green building and their connection to human health and productivity. Both cities are known for having some of the most progressive green building trends in the world.

Read more about the events here.

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John Mandyck (November 2016 – Dubai/London)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

There are economic, environmental and social trends driving the call for sustainable urbanization across the world. John Mandyck highlights the forces behind the demand for green building, green aviation and the cold chain.


 

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Joseph Allen (November 2016 – Dubai/London)
Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph Allen shares findings from a recent study conducted by Harvard University and affiliates that reinforce the human health benefits of green buildings. Office workers had significantly improved cognitive performance and fewer health symptoms when working in green building environments.

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Singapore • June, 2016

Population growth and urbanization are two megatrends reshaping our cities and creating the need for a global dialogue focused on sustainability. In support of this, United Technologies Corp. hosted Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in Beijing and Singapore, on Tuesday, June 14, and Thursday, June 16, respectively. These are the 28th and 29th lecture series events held since the series launched in 2011.

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John Mandyck (June 2016 – Singapore)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Joseph Allen (June 2016 – Singapore)
Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph Allen shares findings from a recent study conducted by Harvard University and affiliates that reinforce the human health benefits of green buildings. Office workers had significantly improved cognitive performance and fewer health symptoms when working in green building environments.

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Qatar • November, 2015

Convening sustainability thought leaders with green building professionals in emerging economies, United Technologies Corp. hosted Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series events in Doha, Qatar, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The level of awareness regarding green buildings and sustainability has grown significantly in recent years in the Middle East. The United Arab Emirates has increased its total amount of LEED-certified space by 72 percent since last year, now ranking eighth on the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Top 10 Countries for LEED list. Qatar is also focused on sustainable practices and formally established the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC) in 2009. Following the launch of the Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV2030), a long-term development strategy, the QGBC supports the QNV2030 effort to promote the sustainability culture in Qatar with a focus on the country’s construction industry.

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John Mandyck (November 2015 – Qatar)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Joseph Allen (November 2015 – Qatar)
Assistant Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Joseph Allen shares findings from a recent study conducted by Harvard University and affiliates that reinforce the human health benefits of green buildings. Office workers had significantly improved cognitive performance and fewer health symptoms when working in green building environments.

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China • May 20, 2015

The future is green for Hong Kong, as sustainability initiatives advance for the region’s growing urban population. Carrier, Otis, Chubb and other United Technologies Corporation brands hosted international thought leaders and green building professionals to discuss the growing demand for green buildings around the world, and particularly in Hong Kong, while highlighting their environmental and economic value.


 

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John Mandyck (May 2015 – China)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

In his presentation on “Sustainable Urbanization,” John Mandyck discusses the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green buildings across the world.

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Rick Fedrizzi (May 2015 – China)
CEO & Founding Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council ®

Rick Fedrizzi discusses strategies to achieve “Green Buildings for Everyone within This Generation.” Green buildings save energy, water, precious resources and money – shouldn’t everyone have green buildings to live, work, play and learn in?

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Bill Browning (May 2015 – China)
Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green, LLC

Biophilic Design for Health, Productivity and Well-Being
Reconnecting people with nature in the built environment has significant benefits for health, productivity and well-being. Bill Browning explores how neuroscience, endocrinology and evolutionary psychology are changing the design of buildings. The lessons from this new research are translated in 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design.

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Singapore • December 2, 2014 / Vietnam • December 4, 2014

As Southeast Asia experiences rapid population growth and urbanization, Carrier, Otis and other United Technologies Corporation brands hosted events in Singapore and Vietnam to help further the sustainable building dialogue. Topics included: the demand for green buildings, the link between climate change and global food wastage, the benefits of green buildings, and how buildings can harness sustainable, natural resources.

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John Mandyck (December 2014 – Vietnam)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Rick Fedrizzi (December 2014 – Vietnam)
CEO & Founding Chairman, U.S. Green Building Council ®

Green buildings save energy, water, precious resources and money. They reduce waste and carbon emissions, and they are filled with light, and cleaner, fresher air. Shouldn’t everyone have green buildings to live, work, play and learn in? Rick Fedrizzi discusses the progress of the global movement to make this a reality.

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Bob Fox (December 2014 – Vietnam)
Partner, COOKFOX Architects

Bob Fox explores the elements of true high-performance architecture and the value of human connection to the natural environment.

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Turkey • September 11, 2014

A panel of global experts came together in Istanbul, Turkey to analyze the green building movement from an economic perspective and shed greater light on the tangible financial benefits of making sustainable building choices

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Kuwait • December 3, 2013 / Saudi Arabia • December 4, 2013 / Dubai • December 5, 2013

In order to promote green building opportunities in a region known for having one of the world’s highest per capita consumption rates of electricity, Carrier and Otis convened events that reached more than 350 industry professionals. The events offered participants the opportunity to obtain LEED training, learn more about the business case for green building and gain insight into world green building trends.

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John Mandyck (December 2013 – Saudi Arabia)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Rick Fedrizzi (December 2013 – Saudi Arabia)
President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council ®

Rick Fedrizzi discusses green building in the Middle East and the evolution of the green building movement worldwide.

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China • September 17, 2013 / India • September 19, 2013

More than 300 building professionals from two of the most rapidly expanding construction markets in the world received timely insight as they strive to meet sustainability goals. Topics included: sharing the business case for green building, economic and health benefits of green building, and future sustainable building trends.

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John Mandyck (September 2013 – China)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Valentine Lehr (September 2013 – China)
Founder and Principal, Lehr Consultants International

Valentine Lehr shares his perspectives on embracing sustainability technology and the importance of change agents.

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Mahesh Ramanujam (September 2013 – India)
Chief Operating Officer (COO), US Green Building Council®

Mahesh Ramanujam discusses the current state and next generation of green building.

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Singapore • May 14, 2013 / Thailand • May 16, 2013

As Southeast Asia’s building industry strives to meet the needs of its growing urban population, building owners are turning to green building as a solution. More than 150 professionals gathered in Singapore and Thailand to learn global perspective on energy efficiency, sustainability, the economics of green building, and health and productivity statistics related to green building.

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John Mandyck (May 2013 – Singapore)
UTC Chief Sustainability Officer

John Mandyck highlights the business, environmental and social trends driving the demand for green building across the world.

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Nils Kok (May 2013 – Singapore)

Professor in Finance and Real Estate at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and a visiting scholar at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Nils Kok shares the global perspective on energy efficiency, sustainability and the implications for real estate investments.

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Huston Eubank (May 2013 – Singapore)

Chief Knowledge and Innovation Officer and Director of Consulting for Regenerative Ventures, Inc.

Huston Eubank presents current research on health and productivity gains associated with improved indoor environmental quality, including contributing factors and lessons learned.

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Carrier Convenes International Green Building Experts to Support Sustainable Development in China and India

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Carrier Convenes Green Building Education in Brazil

Feb. 29, 2012
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Dec. 7, 2011
Carrier’s Distinguished Sustainability Lecture Series Helps Green Buildings Grow in the Middle East

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