California, USA, 13 September 2006: Autodesk, Inc. announced on September 13 that it has joined the China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development and its Founders’ Circle. The Center is a joint initiative of government and business leaders focused on accelerating sustainable development in China, the United States and the world. Joining other industry leaders including Intel, HP and Ford, Autodesk is committed to driving awareness and increasing adoption of sustainable design around the globe.
William A. McDonough, FAIA, Founding U.S. Chair said, “By providing designers and developers with the tools to analyze and predict design performance, Autodesk will play a crucial role in increasing sustainable development in China. Autodesk technology enables us to determine the behavior and impact of buildings, infrastructure and products on communities and the environment before they are built.”
The China-U.S. Center for Sustainable Development is working to set the standards for sustainable development in China and the United States through a new form of cooperation among the business community, governments, universities, research institutions and non-governmental organizations.
The Center encourages the adoption of technology that will enable the creation of sustainable environments and focuses its work in three areas including: Designing and developing urban “new towns” and rural villages to demonstrate the effectiveness of cradle-to-cradle design principles; Training and building capacity among public and private officials in China to plan, protect and develop rural areas, urban centers and real estate developments based on cradle-to-cradle design; Creating sustaining enterprises that enable commerce, communities and nature to thrive and grow in harmony.
Autodesk, Inc., headquartered in San Rafael, California is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world’s leading software and services company for the manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media and entertainment, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk’s solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage, become more productive, streamline project efficiency and maximize profits.