Heather Benjamin

On November 13, convene to discuss our most critical issues and learn from other sustainability experts.

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the event of the year for green building and sustainability professionals, where experts and advocates convene to discuss our most critical issues and learn from one another. At Greenbuild 2018, themed “Human x Nature,” to be held November 14–16 at McCormick Place in Chicago, USGBC again presents our summit series, as an opportunity to connect and problem-solve together.

On Tues., November 13, you can choose among three all-day summits for a focused experience on the topic most relevant to you. You can attend a summit either by purchasing a full four-day conference pass to Greenbuild, or by purchasing a separate pass for one summit. View registration packages.

WaterBuild: The Water Summit at Greenbuild

In the final chapter of its three-year arc, the 2018 WaterBuild summit will focus on the most innovative approaches to improving water quality to enhance human health and well-being.

Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human need, and we must strive to learn how to best provide quality water to a growing human population. Such access is critical for sustainable development and global equality. To ensure the long-term health of diverse communities, we must address concerns around potable water availability, capture, treatment and reuse, as well as wastewater management.

Leaders across sectors will come together at WaterBuild to make progress in water solutions, learn what we are all doing to create a more sustainable world for water and find out how rating systems like LEED are helping to advance these solutions. The keynote presenter for WaterBuild will be Paula Kehoe, Director of Water Resources for the City and County of San Francisco.

Who should attend: Government and community leaders, nonprofit and organizational leaders, building professionals, real estate professionals, manufacturers and medical and public health professionals.

Learn more about WaterBuild.

The Communities and Affordable Homes Summit

Equitable access to community development, resources and housing that is affordable, healthy and environmentally sound is paramount to long-term prosperity, and USGBC’s commitment to “all people in, all buildings in” recognizes the need to build flourishing communities for the most vulnerable people and populations first.

As the premier meeting place to define strategies for lasting change and create new opportunities for partnership, the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit convenes experts and practitioners from every corner of the real estate, development and community support world. The keynote presenter for the summit will be Barbara Lumpkin of the Chicago Urban League.

Attendees will engage with multidisciplinary leaders, community partners and members of USGBC’s local network in project-based sessions based on one of the four summit themes: health, resilience, equitable development and new technology and paradigms. These charrette-style sessions will help local community organizations move critical ideas from concept to reality.

Who should attend: Government and community leaders, nonprofit and organizational leaders, community development professionals, sustainability professionals, real estate professionals, manufacturers, members of the USGBC local communities.

Learn more about the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit.

The International Summit

As the world keeps changing and new social, political and environmental challenges arise, a constant flow of innovation and insight is needed to continue making global advances. The International Summit at Greenbuild offers an opportunity to glimpse the future through the eyes of some of the most creative and intuitive leaders in sustainability today.

Touching on the hottest topics in energy, water, waste, human health and design, the International Summit shines a light on the most promising offerings from both the public and private sectors. You will see examples of recent advancements and take part in discussions among attendees and presenters from many different backgrounds. The summit will examine forces such as green investment and financial instruments, strategies for resilience, human health within the urban environment and the rise of a circular economy.

In addition, the opening plenary will feature young professionals from the U.N. Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals initiative—changemakers who are already shaping the conversation around today’s key sustainability issues: Karan Jerath, UN Young Leaders, 2016 Forbes 30 under 30, and Nikki Fraser, UN Young Leaders, 2017 Green Biz 30 under 30. This conversation will be moderated by Megan White, Associate Principal, Global Sustainability, Integral Group.

Who should attend: International development professionals, business or government leaders overseeing operations in overseas markets, local leaders of domestic cities and towns with sister-city relationships abroad, international government and business leaders with an interest in sustainable development.

Learn more about the International Summit.

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