On Thursday, Sept. 12, USGBC will host the inaugural Build it Better conference in Jersey City, New Jersey, the first regional USGBC event for green building professionals and advocates in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions.
Leaders from 10 states will gather to network, learn and share ideas on how to advance green building in the region. The conference will feature a morning keynote from USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam, as well as 20-minute sessions throughout the day related to new, existing and ongoing building performance strategies.
Session topics are grouped under three conference themes:
- Policy and Process: What New Legislation Means for Green Building and LEED
- Building Performance and Human Health
- Where We Live Matters
Sessions will be presented by building leaders in the region, including professionals from the New York City Department of Buildings, Gensler, Colgate-Palmolive and more. Those attending who hold GBCI or AIA credentials have the opportunity to earn up to five GBCI continuing education credits and five AIA learning units. Visit the conference registration page for a description of education sessions.
As part of the lead-up to Build it Better, and to keep the conversation going afterward, the region is holding workshops on understanding the goals and outcomes of the most recent update to the LEED rating system, LEED v4.1. USGBC representatives will lead these workshops, aimed at developers and LEED project administrators, which will take a deeper look into the LEED v4.1 Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, Operations and Maintenance rating systems and the information needed to pursue certification. The workshops will take place in Boston on September 9 and Pittsburgh on September 13.
Build it Better will be the premier education and engagement opportunity for green building leaders and advocates who are passionate about the future of healthy, sustainable buildings in the Northeastern part of the United States.