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In Greenbuild 11.26.2013

Greenbuild 2013: Rick Fedrizzi Keynote

The 2013 Keynote & Celebration at the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo took place on Nov. 21, 2013 in Philadelphia, Penn. Read opening remarks from USGBC's President, CEO and Founding Chair, Rick Fedrizzi. Hello Greenbuild Nation! From what I’ve seen in the last few days, we are back ladies and gentlemen, as a nation and as a global economy. Nothing could be better for our movement. I can’t even find the words to describe the energy and excitement I...

In Greenbuild 11.22.2013
Hillary Clinton and Rick Fedrizzi

Greenbuild 2013 Culminates with Powerful Keynote on the Impact of Green Building by...

This week, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) welcomed nearly 25,000 green building professionals to Philadelphia for its 12th annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the world's largest gathering dedicated to green building. The conference, owned and produced by Hanley Wood, culminated Thursday evening with a rousing keynote address given by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that celebrated the green building movement and work of the entire USGBC community. "...

In Greenbuild 11.20.2013

Greenbuild highlights for the global green building professional

It has been a busy and energizing two days here at Greenbuild with much international activity. A quick recap of some of the highlights: Top of the world---USGBC COO Mahesh Ramanujam proudly announced nine winners of USGBC's LEED Earth, a campaign designed to bring LEED to countries where LEED has yet to take root. In the coming months, we'll be doing some heavy promoting of our winners--Bahrain, Burundi, Honduras, Haiti, South Sudan, Luxembourg, Tunisia...

In Greenbuild 11.13.2013

See you in Philadelphia

Hello everyone, By this time next week, I’ll be in Philadelphia working with the team to put the final touches on our 12th annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. It’s incredible to me, but every year Greenbuild just keeps getting bigger and better. This year we celebrate USGBC’s 20th Anniversary, and we are coming together in Philadelphia as innovators, experts, advocates, and leaders sharing the common cause of the global green building movement. The market...

In Greenbuild 11.26.2013

Greenbuild 2013: A look back

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; Greenbuild 2013 was unlike any of its predecessors and unlike anything I had ever expected.  And there’s one big reason for that. For the first time since I helped launch this annual celebration of the finest, smartest and most groundbreaking practices in sustainable building, the conversation shifted right under my feet.  This past week, after two decades worth of conferences in which attendees and speakers alike usually...

In Greenbuild 11.21.2013

Building a luxury brand

About 20 years ago, someone tried to describe a brand to me thusly: imagine in your mind a small, long rectangular white box on a store shelf.  By itself, that box means nothing to the average consumer.  But place a small red triangle on that box, along with the letters…C…r…e…s…t…and what you have is something else altogether.  At that point, to millions of Americans that small box immediately means to them fewer cavities, fresher breath...

In Greenbuild 11.19.2013

Greenbuilders: Taking on Health and the Built Environment

It’s great to be back at Greenbuild! Through this year’s agenda, USGBC is courageously leading a rapidly emerging conversation in our industry: How can the places we build and operate contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people who work and live there. It makes sense, right? We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, so it follows that our homes, offices, and schools would have a profound impact on us. It’s an important point of inflection for our market and our...

In Greenbuild 11.13.2013

The rush to resilience: an investment worth making

I’m reminded of that old line, “You can pay now or you can pay a lot more later.” Sometimes that lesson can be tough medicine, especially in Washington, D.C. But fortunately, this is a message that’s resonating in cities and communities across the country as they face the challenge of preparing for disasters, more frequent extreme weather, and escalating impacts of climate change.  For example, New York City isn’t waiting for the next Sandy. Under Mayor...

In Greenbuild 11.22.2013

Greenbuild day three: What a night

If I were a sailor instead of the president and CEO of this organization, and if this were, say, a street corner instead of the official web site of the USGBC, I might be inclined to say simply, “Holy @#*^!”  Seriously my friends...what a night! Day Two of Greenbuild ’13 was truly unlike any I had ever really experienced since we started this conference over 20 years ago (and I’ll post more when I get a moment). But the night that followed the day that was,...

In Greenbuild 11.21.2013

Greenbuild day one: Common ground

Tuesday night at a reception on the eve of Greenbuild, one of our featured guests and I – she being a Washington insider – began talking about what she described “the lost art of governing.”  It was a fascinating conversation, the details of which are probably better served for another place and another time.  But suffice it to say I now know I'm not alone in my belief that so many of today’s leaders on both sides of the aisle clearly have forsaken their...

In Greenbuild 11.18.2013

City of Brotherly Love to Become a City of Hope

This article also appeared in Huffington Post. It’s been almost a year since I’ve seen it and yet I still find my mind regularly drifting back to Silver Linings Playbook, the 2012 Oscar-winning movie about an emotionally battered and psychologically disabled young man’s belief that the only weapon he has to battle his clinical depression is a positive attitude, and the only trajectory he needs to take in his battle is one that points him skyward. That is the reason this young...

In Greenbuild 11.13.2013

ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Fleet showcases sustainable door opening solutions

New door and hardware products that fine tune facility performance are on display in the ASSA ABLOY Innovation Fleet now traveling across North America. The Fleet is comprised of six vehicles equipped with door opening solutions that demonstrate various aspects of doorway functionality. The ASSA ABLOY Mobile Innovation Showroom—the largest of the six vehicles—will anchor the ASSA ABLOY booth at the upcoming Greenbuild show in Philadelphia. So you’re probably wondering what is...

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