Greenbuild Nation tours: Highlighting sustainability in the City of Brotherly Love and beyond | U.S. Green Building Council
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This year's Greenbuild tours offer an incredible opportunity to discover the best and brightest sustainable buildings and neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.  

Over sixty dedicated sustainability professionals on the tours committee of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council have made it easier then ever to learn outside the convention center walls with an exciting collection of thirty-five regional tours. 

Did you know? Anyone can attend a Greenbuild tour. You can even attend at tour without attending the full Greenbuild conference. Just register for Greenbuild and select a half-day or full-day tour on the registration package page. Register for a tour today.

Full-Day Tours

  • Monday, Nov. 18, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:00 am-4:00 pm

Half-Day Tours

  • Monday, Nov. 18, 9:00 am-1:00 pm 
  • Monday, Nov. 18, 2:00-1:00 pm 
  • Friday, Nov. 22, 2:00-6:00 pm
  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Check out the tours and you will discover that there are a wide variety to choose from.

Tours range from intimate residential housing aspects, to broad infrastructure storm-water management plans, to technical aspects of recycling and manufacturing, to green schools and universities, cultural centers, healthcare, science and technology, sports, historical landmarks and skyline icons.

Neighborhood development and business campus development projects will be highlighted on tours that explore eclectic neighborhoods, stretching from a redevelopment of The Navy Yard, through University City where University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University make their mark, and out to the surrounding suburbs to understand master-planning of sustainable suburban development in Eagleview. 

The Navy Yard, and a Shipyard turned into a sustainable business campus, is also home to the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, fostering new technologies and work force development for existing building renovations. Neighborhoods are also highlighted in tours on Northern Liberties and Kensington, and North Broad street redevelopment near Temple University, where the Paseo Verde LEED Neighborhood and Development project is building connections and community with supportive housing. 

A number of tours are also accessible via walking and/or public transportation. On the Skyline Tour, several icons are showcased, and cultural icons can also be seen on the Parkway tour and Urban Placemaking tours, featuring institutions including The Barnes Museum and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

There are also market specific tours including: research and development with University District Labs; healthcare tours featuring a new patient tower, cancer center and medical office building all pursuing LEED; a sports facilities tour highlighting the Philadelphia Eagles; and education tours, from K-12 to University Master Planning, stretching from the city of Philadelphia School District to green schools and universities in the suburbs. 

Of course, a visit to Philadelphia would not be complete without a walk through the historic district, where Independence Hall and the U.S. Custom House on Independence Mall showcase sustainable upgrades in existing buildings.

For Greenbuild attendees as well as their guests and families, be sure to check out the full day tours to Longwood Gardens and Stroud Water Research Center, the Philadelphia Zoo, Morris Arboretum, and this year’s Greenbuild Legacy Project at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

The tours would not be complete without the Platinum Tour featuring three LEED Platinum projects in Philadelphia, truly showcasing the commitment Philadelphia has made to the highest levels of sustainability.

Register for a tour today »