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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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The U.S. Green Building Council is presenting its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo next week, Nov. 8-10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

The event will feature three days of educational sessions, workshops, tours, speakers and summits, all with the aim of educating thousands of building professionals from all over the world.

While the conference officially begins Wednesday, and the expo Thursday, tours and summits begin on Monday, Nov. 6, and the event is also co-located with the ArchitectureBoston Expo. (Conference day pass holders can add on ABX sessions, which will not conflict with Greenbuild sessions, the USGBC notes.)

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The U.S. Green Building Council is presenting its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo next week, Nov. 8-10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Greenbuild At a Glance


On the schedule are both full-day and half-day green building tours that “will help attendees learn outside the convention center walls and present the best of the area’s sustainable buildings and neighborhoods.”

These tours are slated for Monday, Friday and Saturday, and include:

  • ReBuilding Boston — This tour highlights three Boston Public Facilities Department projects, including The Boston Latin School, an example of green innovation and education for sustainability where the building and grounds provide hands-on learning opportunities and student-driven green initiatives such as energy audits, solar, zero waste campaigns and climate justice policies; The Boston Public Library, whose renovation transformed the inward-facing 1972 addition into a light-filled public space that collects the most public programming at the main entrance, including an internet café and an open WGBH radio studio; and the Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, an example of urban infill and houses the administrative headquarters of the Boston Public Schools and the Roxbury Innovation Center, a publicly-funded start-up accelerator.
  • Harvard Green — This walking tour provides a comprehensive overview of sustainable facilities at Harvard University. Participants will engage with state of the art offices, classrooms, laboratories and dorms while strolling along the Charles River and through historic Harvard Yard. The tour will feature presentations from the Office for Sustainability, Green Building Services, and faculty highlighting how Harvard's campus serves as a living lab putting the latest sustainability research into practice.


Also scheduled in full- and half-day slots, attendance at the Greenbuild workshops can merit up to seven hours of continuing education credit, and many also qualify for LEED-specific hours.

Workshops are slated for Monday and Tuesday and include:

  • LEED v4 O+M: Arc Performance Score and Credit pathways to certification for Existing Buildings — This workshop will prepare participants to apply either the credit-based or performance score based approach to LEED O+M. The focus will be on understanding certification options, scoring and data requirements, best practices for sustainable operations, and the benefits of the two approaches to LEED O+M.

  • TRUE Advisor Zero Waste Certificate Program — This seven-hour course is designed for individuals seeking the TRUE Advisor professional certificate. It will provide individuals with an overview of the TRUE Zero Waste certification process and rating system.


This year, Greenbuild features three summits on Tuesday, including:

  • Communities & Affordable Homes Summit, which will focus on the convergence of community sustainability through the lens of resilient and healthy community design, planning and preparedness; financing strategies that result in vibrant local economies; affordable housing development; community engagement and access to resources and equitable development. It will feature speakers John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA, and Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEM, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston.
  • WaterBuild The Water Summit at Greenbuild, which will focus on resilience to climate and storm related community stresses, with specific emphasis placed on the role of innovative infrastructure solutions. It will feature speakers Brendan Owens, Chief of Engineering at the USGBC, and Radhika Fox, CEO of US Water Alliance.
  • International Summit, which will convene multi-disciplinary leaders for dialogue, knowledge sharing and problem solving to address issues related to sustainable development and collaboration on a global scale. It will feature speakers John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies Corporation, and Scot Horst, CEO of Arc Skoru Inc.

Educational Sessions

Over 200 sessions will take place Wednesday-Friday and include topics of health and mobility, collaboration, innovation and technology, leadership, market transformation, resiliency, materials, energy, performance, human health, net zero, community enhancement and society equity, house and home, USGBC updates and a master series.

Some highlighted sessions include:

  • Net Zero Energy Building Design in High Density Urban Cities;
  • The Sustainable Trifecta - Net Zero Energy, Water & Waste; and
  • Antimicrobials in Building Materials and Furnishings.

Speakers and Events

This year, Greenbuild will feature to plenary speakers, including former President Bill Clinton and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, appearing on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Also on Thursday, the conference will hold its Women in Green Power Breakfast, in which presenters will discuss change in the workplace and the country. Later in the day, the USGBC will hold its Leadership Awards Luncheon, which recognizes individuals and organizations committed to advancing green building design, construction and operations.

Other events include a celebration featuring The Revivalists, happy hour and prize drawings.

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Tagged categories: Conferences; Education; Good Technical Practice; Greenbuild; North America; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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