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In 2019, Greenbuild has a keynote speaker for every day of the conference.

There is still time to get your Greenbuild 2019 conference pass! We’ve made some big changes this year, and this will be a Greenbuild you don’t want to miss.

What’s new?

Tuesday, Nov. 19


The day kicks off with two new USGBC summits: The Resilience Summit and the Global Health and Wellness Summit. These summits will feature a joint keynote from Dr. Bernice King. King is a global thought leader, orator and peace advocate, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), which was founded by her mother, Coretta Scott King, in 1968.


  • The Resilience Summit: Elevating equity is the landmark strategy in building resilience within the lives of people, our communities and our infrastructure. USGBC has long been focused on resiliency, defining it as "the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from and more successfully adapt to adverse events," and we know that more sustainable buildings are the cornerstone to enhancing community resilience at scale.
  • The Global Health and Wellness Summit: We’re bringing together employers, building owners, designers, developers, manufacturers, employees and investors who are unlocking enormous benefits and potential in their buildings by committing to green, healthy buildings. Every story is about a green building is a story about people, and it's imperative that buildings, communities and cities regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life.

Wednesday, Nov. 20


Start the day with keynote speaker Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States. Also hear from Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO of USGBC and GBCI, and the Mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Georgia's Lieutenant Governor, Geoff Duncan, will cut the ribbon and welcome attendees into the Expo Hall for its official opening, following the morning keynote speakers. The Expo Hall is your opportunity to meet with LEED experts at USGBC’s Booth #1305 to get your green building questions answered.

New education sessions

  • The Future of LEED: The possibilities and opportunities for LEED are endless. Following a public call for proposals and ideas, this education session will be a discussion with USGBC leadership about what is next for the world’s leading standard for green buildings.
  • Going Beyond: Recertification and LEED Zero: A year after their launch, this session dives into the importance of recertification and how LEED Zero supports projects pursuing net zero goals.
  • Meet the Experts: Wednesday and Thursday feature opportunities to gain insights from USGBC and GBCI staff experts on many topics, from LEED professional credentials and LEED credits to the Arc performance platform.

Special events

  • Grab a seat for the Women in Green Power Luncheon: In recent times, women leaders have been reaffirming the call and standing for a “Culture of Courage” more powerful than ever before. Join this gathering of women for a discussion that will help define the future for women across the building industry and beyond. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this luncheon.
  • Join us at 6 p.m. to celebrate all the USGBC awardees: For the first time ever, the USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony will be open to all conference pass holders. Come celebrate individuals and organizations making a difference in sustainability and green building, including the 2019 Leadership Award recipients and the LEED Fellows Class of 2019.

Thursday, November 21


Greenbuild’s third keynote speaker, Jeanne Gang, Int. FAIA, is an architect, MacArthur Fellow and the founding principal and partner of Studio Gang, an internationally renowned architecture and urban design practice. Gang’s achievements and leadership landed her on the 2019 TIME 100 list.

New education sessions

  • Integration of Distributed Energy Resources to Achieve Decarbonization in LEED v4.1: Buildings are a critical piece of an interconnected energy system and are vital to decarbonization efforts. Learn about GridOptimal, a collaborative project of NBI and USGBC, and how renewables, storage and load management strategies can deliver verifiable greenhouse gas reductions.
  • LEED v4.1: Advancing Sustainable Materials and the Circular Economy: Explore how LEED continues to advance supply chain sustainability, healthy materials and the circular economy through the lenses of a standards developer, practitioner and manufacturer.
  • Living Standard: See how USGBC’s Living Standard campaign is highlighting the power of storytelling for a more sustainable future. Become more effective communicators and community partners as you learn how to find the meaning behind the metric that shows how your building or space is contributing to a better standard of living.

Friday, Nov. 22


  • The last day of the conference will close with an inspiring conversation between Jaime Margolin and Dr. Marshall Shepherd. Margolin is a 17-year-old Colombian-American writer, community organizer, activist and public speaker. She is the founder and co-executive director of an international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led the very first "Youth Climate March" in Washington, D.C. and 25 other cities around the world during the summer of 2018.
  • Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning show "Weather Geeks," a pioneering Sunday talk show/podcast, and is a contributor to Forbes Magazine.

New education sessions

Cap your week off by joining the Friday green building tours around Atlanta!

Join us at Greenbuild Atlanta