The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo welcomed more than 28,000 attendees this past November at its show in Chicago, Ill. Attendees representing various backgrounds, professions and 114 countries filled the exhibit hall floor, educational and speaker sessions, green building tours and networking events that made up the three-day show. The nearly 200,000-square-foot expo hall floor featured more than 1,800 exhibit booths representing over 1,000 exhibiting companies.
“Generation Green came out in full-force in Chicago, proving
that the green energy economy is alive well,” said Kimberly Lewis, vp of
Conferences and Events. “This year’s show continued the tradition of providing
attendees with three days of education, networking and inspiration.”
Greenbuild was symbolically kicked-off with an opening keynote
address by retired Gen. Colin Powell, who delivered a message of leadership and
optimism to a crowd of 10,000. The plenary session also included a discussion
between political pundits Mary Matalin and James Carville and remarks from
USGBC president, ceo and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. Read a transcript of the
Earlier in the week, Greenbuild hosted a House Committee on
Science and Technology field hearing to evaluate the topic of renewable energy
integration into buildings. At the International Forum, 500 international green
building leaders from 43 countries around the globe led an inspiring
conversation focused on green buildings and communities as engines of economic
At this year’s Green Job Summit, 35 companies, including Bank
of America, CB Richard Ellis, Turner Construction Company and Underwriters
Laboratories, Inc. and more than 500 job seekers came together to help advance
the green economy. “It is predicted that green jobs will support or create
nearly 8 million jobs between 2009 and 2013, and contribute $554 billion to the
U.S. gross domestic product,” the USGBC says.
More than 1,500 residential building industry leaders attended
the annual Residential Summit, which hosted 15 residentially-focused
educational sessions and a keynote by former Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD), Henry Cisneros.
At Friday’s closing plenary featuring Chicago’s Mayor Richard
M. Daley, the Hon. Shaun Donovon and Paul Hawken, Fedrizzi announced Project
Haiti, a commitment to help build the Haiti Orphanage and Children’s Center. Located
in Port au Prince, Haiti, the project will pursue LEED certification and will
provide the people of Haiti a powerful symbol of hope for the future and a
model of sustainable building practices for rebuilding. Find more information here.
The launch of two new green building rating systems and the
LEED Volume Program coincided with a new report issued at Greenbuild by McGraw
Hill Construction finding that the green building industry has grown by 50
percent in the last two years. LEED for Healthcare and LEED for Retail,
unveiled during the show, help meet the growing green building needs of the
healthcare and retail sectors, respectively, while the LEED Volume Program was
designed to meet the certification needs of high-volume property developers.
Visit the USGBC site to learn more about the new
On the heels of its conference and expo, USGBC is currently
accepting educational session proposals for Greenbuild 2011 in Toronto, Canada,
Oct. 4-7, 2011.
To learn more visit the Call for Proposals
USGBC: ‘Generation Green' came out in force for Greenbuild
December 16, 2010