Greenbuild 2009 opens November 11 in Phoenix

Greenbuild 09

Phoenix is fortunate this year to host the world’s largest conference on green building. More than 20,000 people have registered for the three-day event that formally begins on Wednesday (but with related activities on Tuesday).

We’re loathe to run a press release, but given the number of stories we’re following, and the timing, we’re going to make an exception. We’ll be covering the conference itself when it opens, but for now, here’s the press release.

Our friend and neighbor Christopher is a professor of architecture at the University of Arizona (in Tucson). He says that Greenbuild is the real deal — the most important annual conference on all issues related to “building green.” If Christopher says so, that’s good enough for us. Hope to see some of you there.

To go to the main Greenbuild 2009 Website, click here.

For a schedule, click here.

For an Expo Guide, click here.

For videos of past speakers, click here.

Official Twitter feed: @usgbc

Unofficial hashtag: #greenbuild

Greenbuild Blog, click here.


U.S. Green Building Council

The Countdown to Greenbuild Begins

World’s Largest Green Building Conference & Expo Coming to Phoenix

The U.S. Green Building Council hosts the world’s largest green building conference and expo, Greenbuild, coming to Phoenix, Ariz., Nov 11-13, 2009. Greenbuild will connect the green building community to the education, innovative ideas, resources and opportunities needed to help grow their career and the industry at large. Join the more than 20,000 pre-registered representatives from all sectors of the green building movement for three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, an exhibition floor with over 1,800 booths, a green jobs fair, ample networking events providing unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, and opportunities to explore new products and exchange ideas with other professionals.

“This year’s Greenbuild will offer more opportunities than ever for attendees to literally connect to the conversation, whether it is through interactive sessions and events, the vast expo floor or through social networking platforms,” said Kimberly Lewis, Vice President of Conferences and Events, USGBC.

A host of new and returning sessions and events provide opportunities for attendees to plug in. The Executive Roundtable brings together some of the leading corporate, finance, higher education and nonprofit CEOs to talk about what corporate sustainability means to them, how they make their green decisions and what role employees can play in that process. Web audience viewers and attendees will be able to interact with the CEOs in the hot seat by forwarding questions through Twitter.

New to the show this year are Greenbuild Salons, innovative sessions centered on the intersection of art, technology and sustainability, taking place Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m. Each salon will be an intimate, interactive conversation with cutting-edge speakers from the art, technology and sustainability realms.

The second annual Residential Summit caters to the residentially focused sector of the building market and provides an opportunity for professionals to network and share best practices and ideas during two days of informational sessions and educational tracks. This year’s Summit will feature an opening general session on greening our new housing stock, featuring KB Home CEO Jeff Mezger, Bensonwood Homes company steward Tedd Benson, UDR, Inc. President & CEO Thomas Toomey, and “Renovation Nation” host Steve Thomas.

And with green jobs on many people’s minds this year, Greenbuild is opening doors for green building professionals, connecting like-minded companies and job-seekers at the first annual Green Building Jobs Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1-5 p.m. Additionally, a jobs Resource Center will be open Wednesday through Friday and will offer networking opportunities, professional development workshops, informational interviews and resume posting.

Greenbuild will offer ample opportunities to connect to the online conversation with up-to-date information delivered through multiple social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and the new Greenbuild blog.  Attendees and exhibitors can sync up this year with Greenbuild Connect, an online forum that allows users to communicate with others who have similar interests, sharing tips and ideas about educational sessions they are attending and what exhibitors are of interest and to schedule onsite meetings to further extend the event networking experience.

The Opening Keynote & Celebration will kick off Greenbuild and will feature a keynote by former Vice President and noted environmental advocate, Al Gore, a musical performance by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and an address from USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chair, Rick Fedrizzi. The Opening Keynote & Celebration will take place Nov. 11 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Key Obama environmental adviser Carol M. Browner will deliver the keynote speech at the closing plenary on Nov. 13.

In addition to an impressive collection of master speakers, Greenbuild 2009 will also feature more than 100 educational sessions, LEED and Education Provider workshops, off-site educational sessions, a two-day Residential Summit, and tours of local green building sites throughout the Arizona area. More than 1,800 exhibitors will showcase some of the leading technologies and products in green design, construction and operations.


U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 78 local affiliates, more than 20,000 member companies and organizations, and more than 131,000 LEED Accredited Professionals, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations,elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

About Greenbuild

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2009 show will be held on Nov. 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. This past year’s conference in Boston, Mass. drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 800 exhibit booths. Visit for more information.

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