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The Green Building Matters Podcast with Charlie Cichetti

Jun 12, 2019

Cesar Ulises Trevino is the General Director of Bioconstrucción y Energía Alternativa, a pioneering consulting firm and leader in sustainable building in Mexico and Latin America.  He has developed emblematic projects including the first LEED-NC Gold and LEED-NC Platinum certifications in Latin America.

Cesar has been the keynote speaker at multiple conferences in America, Europe and Asia. He is a member of the Advisory Group on Sustainable Building of the Commission of Environmental Cooperation for North America.  Additionally Cesar is an editorial collaborator in various magazines and specialized magazines.

Cesar Ulises Trevino - Get To Know Cesar

Cesar grew up in Monterrey, Mexico. He was a civil engineer at Tec de Monterrey, with a master's degree in construction management from the University of Newcastle in England. He developed his professional career in Grupo Vitro (Mexico), the Norwegian Institute of Research for Construction (Norway) and the General Directorate of Construction of Works of the Metro (Mexico). He was the first professional Hispanic to receive the LEED Accreditation™ AP and the prestigious LEED™ Fellow. Cesar was also the founding president of the Mexico Green Building Council and former Secretary-General of the World Green Building Council.



Cesar looks to people that have encouraged and helped him throughout his career. He mentions his family first, saying how they’ve always had his back. Cesar mentions how he has had many mentors and it is hard to single anyone out. He has enjoyed working with everyone and continues to love it.

“I can tell you that the best experience from this journey is the people.” - Cesar Ulises Trevino



Cesar is very happy with his group for completing milestone projects. He has completed projects in Latin America, Mexico, and Norway. There have been some challenges with LEED in Cesar’s region. They have gotten better over time, but at one point it was hard for Cesar to make a business case and do what he wanted to do. Cesar has had to work extremely hard to get where he is, and it shows with the progress made in his region.

“It was a very strong message to the industry. This project can be done, and it was achieved by Mexicans.” - Cesar Ulises Trevino


Tune into this podcast to listen to the rest of Cesar Ulises Trevino’s journey in this podcast hosted by Charlie.


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