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Greenbuild 2011: What's NEXT in Green Building?

Greenbuild 2011 Education Program

Greening Your Portfolio

Remembering Ray Anderson: The Face of Interface

Greenbuild 2011: What's NEXT in Green Building?

Join us in Toronto Oct. 4 – 7, for the U.S. Green Building Council's 10th annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world's largest event dedicated to green building, convening thousands of building professionals from all over the world for one week of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. The over 800-booth exhibit hall floor provides attendees the opportunity to learn about exciting product and service innovations that are driving the multi-billion dollar green building marketplace.

Headlining this year's Opening Keynote & Celebration on Oct. 5 will be a live performance by the Grammy award-winning band Maroon 5. The concert will follow an inspiring keynote by Pulitzer-Prize winner Thomas Friedman, and a panel on USGBC's Resiliency Agenda, featuring medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer, ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts and Former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Mayor Michael Bloomberg is among a number of other notable speakers who will help wrap up the conference during the Closing Plenary on Oct. 7.

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Greenbuild 2011 Education Program

The Greenbuild 2011 education program consists of over 100 LEED workshops and education sessions which cover every facet of the green building industry. These educational offerings are designed to help deepen your understanding of LEED and green buildings, and include CEUs which can contribute to the fulfillment of your LEED Professional Credential. Below are a number of commercial real estate-related LEED Workshops and education sessions offered at this year's event.

LEED Workshops
Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4

LEED 101: Green Building Basics & LEED
LEED 201: Core Concepts and Strategies
Healthcare: Understanding the LEED for Healthcare Rating System
Retail: Understanding the LEED for Retail Rating System
BD+C 251: Understanding the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems
BD+C 301: Implementing the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems
O+M 251: Understanding the Building Operations + Maintenance LEED Rating System
O+M 301: Implementing the Building Operations + Maintenance LEED Rating System
ID+C 301: Implementing the Interior Design + Construction LEED Rating System

Get more information on the LEED Workshops »

Education Sessions
Wednesday, October 5 – Friday, October 7

BL09: Implementing Commercial Building Rating and Disclosure Policy: Perspectives from Government, Industry, and Green Building
BL12: Going Beyond the Envelope: Large-Scale LEED Commercial Interiors Certification
SL09: Making the Commercial Building Tax Deduction Effective for Both Retrofits and New Construction
RD15: LEED Performance and Recertification
OR02: What Gets Measured Gets Managed: Sustainability Reporting in the Construction and Real Estate Sectors
OR11: Can We Have Our Cake and Eat It Too? Balancing Energy Efficiency and Occupant Comfort
YL07: Biomimicry in New York States' Industrial Sector
GR03: Pre to Post: Lessons in Quantitative and Qualitative Building Performance Evaluation
GR10: Why Research Matters: New Approaches to Measure Green Buildings and Worker's Health, Stress and Productivity
GR12: The Economics of Green Buildings

View the entire 2011 Core Education Program »

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Greening Your Portfolio

USGBC is currently working to develop a platform for measuring, tracking and improving the performance of buildings in large-scale real estate portfolios, which will help companies meet their corporate environmental goals at an organizational level. The Greening Your Portfolio initiative will be the first program offered by USGBC that is for entire organizations.

Learn More about Greening Your Portfolio with the Greenbuild Master Series

The Greenbuild 2011 Master Series features a number of top notch education sessions specifically related to LEED and green building technology. This year, guests will be given an opportunity to learn about how USGBC is collaborating with other leading organizations to develop a program for improving the performance of global real estate portfolios.

The session details are as follows:
Title: Greening your portfolio: Three Perspectives on the Portfolio Partners Program
When: Thursday, October 6, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
How can LEED be used to build an organization-wide sustainability plan, along with goal setting and reporting? This session will review how a small group of pilot participants is using LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance to baseline their buildings' performance, set goals and achieve reductions in operating costs and environmental footprint of the portfolio.

Joining the panel will be:
Doug Gatlin, Vice President, LEED, USGBC
Eleni Reed, Chief Greening Officer, Public Building Service, US General Services Administration
Sukanya Paciorek, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, Vornado Realty Trust
Anthony Ravitz, Green Team Lead, Real Estate & Workplace Services, Google

Learn about the other exciting Master Series sessions and how to register »

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Remembering Ray Anderson: The Face of Interface

The U.S. Green Building Council was greatly saddened by the news that Ray Anderson, corporate sustainability pioneer and founder of Interface, had passed away on August 8, 2011, following a heroic twenty month long battle with cancer. USGBC President, CEO & Founding Chairman Rick Fedrizzi paid tribute to Mr. Anderson, writing "If there was a Dictionary of Green Building, Ray Anderson is whose picture you'd probably see alongside the word 'leader'."

Remembered by many as "America's Greenest CEO," Anderson proved to the world that companies of any size could achieve environmental sustainability without sacrificing their original business goals. In doing so he revolutionized an entire industry and forever changed the way we think about business. A self professed "recovering plunderer", Anderson was the first to admit that he had not always worried about the damaging effects his own petroleum-intensive business had on the environment. In fact, it wasn't until nearly 21 years after he founded Interface, that he experienced a moment that would change his life.

In 1994, Anderson experienced his infamous "spear to the chest" epiphany after reading Paul Hawken's "The Ecology of Commerce", a book which outlines the destructive nature of modern businesses. It was this moment which caused Anderson to shift his company's strategy, redirecting its formerly pollution-heavy industrial process into one which focused on the triple bottom line approach of achieving social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

As part of this bold new vision, Anderson made a commitment to Mission Zero®, a promise to eliminate any negative impact Interface may have on the environment by 2020. Now, 17 years later, Interface has made significant progress towards achieving Anderson's goal and has set a remarkable example for organizations all over the world. To date, some of the key Mission Zero® milestones include:

  • Energy use per manufacturing unit down 43 percent
  • Energy use from renewable resources totals 30 percent
  • Greenhouse gas emissions reduced by 44 percent
  • Waste sent to landfills down 77 percent
  • Water use per manufacturing unit down 80 percent
  • Use of Recycled/biobased raw materials : 36 percent

These achievements are a direct result of Anderson's passion and dedication for reaching his mission. From 1994 until 2011, he saw his vision come to life and spent his time thinking of new ways to accomplish his goals even faster.

In 2010, USGBC honored Mr. Anderson with a USGBC leadership award at Greenbuild, recognizing him for the tremendous impact he has had on the industry. The extraordinary legacy Anderson leaves behind will continue to be remembered for generations to come.

Read Rick Fedrizzi's full blog entry »

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