Dear Built Environment Community,
With 2019 coming to an end, we are looking back on a year full of engagement, learning and achievement. During the past year, our built environment community has grown to include 193 certification holders and 391 active certifications for building materials and interior design products across the globe, including 56 new certifications this year. To support alignment and synergies within the wider building industry, we have also deepened our partnerships with various building standards and organizations that share in our commitment to accelerating the growth of a safe and circular world.
This year, we also took a significant step towards ensuring our forefront institutional role with the introduction of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4 draft standard for public comment. We are proud of the leadership several of you are demonstrating by stepping forward to take part in the Cradle to Cradle Version 4 Pilot Program as we prepare to formally launch the new standard during the first half of 2020.
2019 has also illustrated to us the importance of sharpening the business case for Cradle to Cradle Certified materials and products in the context of the sustainable cities agenda. We also look forward to demonstrating how the work of the Institute, along with your engagement, is delivering tangible solutions for the most urgent topics of our time, including health and well-being, climate action, circularity, and business model innovation. And, we will resume our focus on educating and engaging senior decision-makers and key actors in these issues across the built environment ecosystem, from architecture and design to real estate and finance.
We look forward to working with you as we drive to make an even greater positive impact on our shared future. Your engagement and support lies at the heart of our success, and on behalf of the Institute, I would like to extend a big thank you for your continuous support. We look forward to strengthening and growing our community in 2020, and to working together to transform the built environment into a showcase for sustainability and circularity.
Warmest wishes for the holiday season and the new year,
VP Strategy & Development