Amanda Sawit
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Don't miss the Master Series sessions, which share examples from Chicago of innovative solutions in sustainability.

Greenbuild is headed to Chicago for the third time in the show’s 17-year history, and 2018 promises to one of the most impressive and impactful shows to date. Some of the most high-profile speakers to attend Greenbuild every year are featured on the Master Series stage, which brings together leaders of diverse industries and backgrounds who champion sustainability at the global, local and personal levels.

This year, the Master Series stage will feature local heroes who have made huge contributions to Chicago’s legacy as a green city:

City in a Garden: Powering Urban Futures in a Low-carbon World

Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow of Global Cities, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Wed., November 14, 3–4 p.m.

In “City in a Garden: Powering Urban Futures in a Low-carbon World,” attendees will discover how cities can balance an influx of population with minimizing environmental impact, maintaining energy security and ensuring economic growth. As Chicago’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, Karen Weigert played a critical role in extending Chicago’s long track record of environmental leadership, and she will bring her expert perspective on the implications of climate change on global urban development, as well as the challenges and opportunities that await the builders and planners of tomorrow.

Rethink What a River Can Be

Nick Wesley, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Urban Rivers

George Brigandi, Director of Marketing, Urban Rivers

Thursday, November 15, 3-4 p.m.

In “Rethink What a River Can Be,” two of the key minds from Urban Rivers—the environmental startup behind the remote-controlled trash collection boat (dubbed the “trashbot”)—will share their inspiring story about using innovative solutions to rehabilitate and improve urban waterways, starting with their hometown Chicago River. Audiences will come away from this presentation with renewed inspiration and fire to encourage others to rethink how they can repurpose the industrial relics of the past to create urban habitat of the future.

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