Top 5 reasons to attend the Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit | U.S. Green Building Council
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The Affordable Homes & Sustainable Communities Summit convenes a broad spectrum of people working to advance sustainability through community development and affordable housing. Through networking, knowledge sharing and problem solving, we will focus on the singular goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health of underserved communities. 


You + people from diverse sectors and perspectives, such as community and affordable housing developers, government agencies, lenders, advocates and sustainability professionals. 


Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9:00 am—5:30 pm


Greenbuild New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center


Here are the top 5 reasons you won’t want to miss this Summit.

1. Hear our captivating opening speaker

Antwi A. Akom, co-founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity. 

2. Attend enlightening breakout sessions

From inclusive community engagement to healthy homes, the Summit’s solutions-oriented breakout sessions highlight successful case studies and practical tools, while facilitating dialogue among unlikely suspects. The dynamic program was thoughtfully crafted by a diverse group of advisors with the goal of advancing toward common sustainability goals across the wide range of individual buildings to the broader community scale.

3. Maintain your LEED credential

You can earn up to 5 GBCI and AIA continuing education hours.

4. Expand your network

The Summit aims to connect global, regional and local movers and shakers on the common ground of making better places to live, work, learn and play. Strengthen your network by connecting with the key players who are advancing community-based sustainability. This is your chance to promote what’s going on in your community and to cultivate relationships with new and existing partners. Lunch is designed to facilitate connections between the impressive community and sustainability leaders in attendance.

5. Join a second line parade to the post-Summit party

Summit attendees will receive a ticket to attend a reception on Tuesday evening that will honor our incredible network of community volunteers. This won’t be your typical stuffy reception. We’ll be kicking it off with local flare – a second line parade led by a brass band through the streets of New Orleans to the reception venue. You’ll be partying alongside USGBC’s global leadership 


Learn more and register. Please note: a limited number of scholarships are available for the Summit through support from the John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation.