Chen Zhili (R), vice chairwoman of the
Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC), vice
president of the Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games
and mayor of the Beijing Olympic Village, shakes hands with U.S. Treasury
Secretary Henry Paulson during the awarding ceremony for the Beijing
Olympic Village being granted the Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) gold medal in Beijing, China, Aug. 13, 2008. (Xinhua
BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chen Zhili, head of the
Beijing Olympic Village, received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) gold award here on Wednesday presented by the U.S. Green Building
On behalf of the council, U.S. Treasury Secretary
Henry Paulson honored the award to Chen, who is also vice president of the
Beijing Organizing Committee of the 29th Olympic Games (BOCOG).
Chen noted that the concept of "Green Olympics,
High-Tech Olympics and People's Olympics" has been fully implemented at the
Beijing Olympic Games. The award affirmed the cooperation between China and the
United States in clean energy technology for Olympic Games.
She hoped that such exchanges and cooperation could
be strengthened in popularizing the technologies of energy conservation and
pollutant reduction, so as to build more exemplary environment-friendly projects
and contribute to sustainable economic and social development of the world.
Paulson called the village an example of U.S.-China
cooperation in energy conservation and environmental protection, saying the
Beijing Games have the best environmental protection in Olympic history.
The LEED gold award from the U.S. Green Building
Council is very influential in the world's architecture sector.
The Beijing Olympic Village uses solar cells and
geothermal heat pumps to better protect the environment.