This article was updated in May 2018.
Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo in the world. Founded in 2002, the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo has become the go-to place for the green building industry to convene, and it is where the future of the green building movement is shaped. It’s where inspiration happens, business relationships are cultivated, innovation is recognized and celebrated, and where people from around the globe come to reconnect and remind each other why they do what they do – and why they work hard every day to better the built environment.
Thousands gather at Greenbuild each year to renew their commitment to the green building movement. The conferences include uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in each local market.
Celebrities, activists and politicians have graced the Greenbuild stage. Past speakers include: President Bill Clinton, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director James Cameron, explorer and author Sebastian Junger, Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore, among many others. Grammy Award-winning artists Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Bon Jovi and Train are just a few of the artists who have provided entertainment during Greenbuild.
In North America, Greenbuild is owned and operated by Informa Exhibitions U.S. and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). In 2017, Greenbuild expanded internationally, holding inaugural conferences in China and India, in addition to the Greenbuild held annually in the United States. China is a leader in green building, ranking first among the Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED outside of the U.S., and India has one of the fastest growing building markets in the world, making them perfect locations to expand the green building message through Greenbuild. In 2018, Greenbuild will add an additional two conferences in Europe and Mexico, bringing the total number of Greenbuild conferences around the world to five.
- In 2018, Greenbuild is coming to Europe, Mexico, Chicago, China and India.
- The 2018 Greenbuild in the United States will take place November 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. The three-day conference attracts more than 20,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, from commercial and residential professionals to architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators.
- The theme of this year’s Greenbuild is ‘Human x Nature.’ The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. We are helping people understand their role in protecting and preserving the natural environment and leveraging the built environment to:
- Enhance human health and wellbeing
- Ensure resiliency
- Mitigate climate change
- Enhance community and social equity
- Restore and protect our ecosystems
- Enhance building efficiency and performance
- Promote sustainable design
- The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.
- The full schedule of events, including speakers, education sessions and summits, is available at usgbc.org.
Greenbuild 2017 in Boston
- More than 24,000 attendees convened in Boston for the 2017 Greenbuild, held over the course of three days from Nov. 8-10. The theme of the 2017 Greenbuild was “ALL IN,” encompassing the idea that all people, buildings and communities can participate create a more sustainable future for all regardless of economic, social, cultural or political background.
- The show was co-hosted at the LEED Silver Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with the Boston Society of Architects/AIA’s ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX).
- 703 exhibiting companies participated in 169,000 square feet of exhibit and display space; the Expo included the world’s only Net Zero Zone, a 9,000 square foot pavilion powered by alternative power collected on-site at the convention center.
- More than 300 sessions, tours, summits and workshops were held.
- Highlights of the 2017 Greenbuild included a keynote address by former President Bill Clinton; a closing plenary speaker by renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson; a Master Series featuring Scot Horst, CEO of Arc Skoru, Inc., Dr. John Warner, president, chief technology officer, board of directors at Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, and Stephanie Meeks, chief executive office at National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- The Greenbuild annual celebration featured music from rock band The Revivalists.
Greenbuild 2017 international conferences
- China: The first Greenbuild China took place in Shanghai at the W Shanghai – The Bund from Oct. 17-18, 2017. China is a leader in green building, ranking first in the Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED outside the U.S. A total of 312 people attended the inaugural event in Shanghai.
- India: In 2017, USGBC and ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences PVT. LTD hosted the first Greenbuild India at the Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai on Nov. 2-3. A total of 6,124 people attended the inaugural event in Mumbai.
Sustainability at the forefront
- Greenbuild is committed to raising the bar in sustainable conferences each year. As a result, the Greenbuild brand is a four-time recipient of the IMEX Sustainable Meetings award.
- Each Greenbuild show has seven primary sustainability objectives: move toward zero waste; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve sustainable sourcing; improve performance tracking; increase stakeholder education and engagement; positively impact the local host community; and advance green building and operations within the hospitality industry at large.
- Informa Exhibitions US released a sustainability report highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. Key highlights include:
- 5 percent of waste generated at Greenbuild was diverted from the landfill. This is the greatest diversion rate of any other Greenbuild, and a 44 percent increase over the convention center’s baseline diversion rate.
- Exhibitors donated more than 25,000 pounds of materials including cement blocks, flooring, carpet, floor tiles and wood to local nonprofits.
- Greenbuild/ABX 2017 participated as the first ever pilot project for the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste event certification and achieve a Platinum level certification
- 1,500 pounds of food and beverages were donated to the Boston Rescue Mission, a local non-profit.
- 14,500 pledges were collected by attendees committing to taking specific actions at the conference to reduce their environmental footprint.