Gundeep Singh used to own a yacht and a porsche before he turned over a green leaf to open what is now known as the “world’s most sustainable building.” Located at Sheikh Zayed Road in Al Barsha, Dubai, The Change Initiative stocks an array of eco-lifestyle products and recently earned LEED Platinum from the USGBC.
Eclipsing the Bullitt Center in Seattle as the world’s most sustainable building, which was designed by HOK Architects, The Change Initiative earned a whopping 107 out of 110 points available from the USGBC, which oversees LEED sustainability guidelines.
“We are very pleased to announce that The Change Initiative has received the LEED Platinum certification, surpassing all previous records for sustainability; to take pole position as the most sustainable building in the world,” Singh said in a statement.
“This is a proud moment for The Change Initiative, Dubai and the UAE.”
Before opening this store and purchasing a hybrid vehicle, Singh worked as a banking executive until he realized that “none of this makes sense,” he told The National in an interview last year.
Now The Change Initiative is hoping to open 25 stores around the globe that stock everything from environmentally-conscious detergent to grey water recycling tools.
“The Change Initiative Dubai will be an exciting and convenient new flagship store for environmentally-friendly services and products,” said Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who sits on the board.
“Never before has the opportunity to experience and purchase sustainable products been offered in a single location, nor such a breadth of class-leading solutions for homes and businesses alike.”