Opens Today in Chicago
Everyone's going green. We all knew former vice president Al Gore
was green and now, as it turns out, so is former president Bill
Clinton opened this growing event, the world's largest conference
and exposition dedicated to green building, today in Chicago. It
runs through Friday, with the exposition today and tomorrow and
educational sessions all three days.
Clinton's keynote kicked off what is expected to be the largest
Greenbuild ever. More than 20,000 people from all over the world
are expected to take part in three days of educational sessions;
LEED workshops and hands-on training; local green building tours;
design charrettes and networking events; and the exhibition. Greenbuild's
exhibit hall sold out nearly a year in advance: its 800 booths are
displaying the newest green building technologies, products and
A number of industry companies are participating in Greenbuild.
Firms displaying their green credentials include Viracon, Sage Electronics,
Kawneer, Vistawall, PPG, Super Sky Products and CPFilms, as well
as window manufacturers Andersen, Certainteed, Marvin, Pella and
President Clinton accepted a plaque honoring his library in Little
Rock for achieving platinum LEED status. He discussed the political
aspects of the environmental situation and said that, for the United
States, it is an opportunity not a problem. "It is the greatest
opportunity for mobilization for this country since World War II,"
he stated. Clinton noted that 70 percent of energy usage in urban
areas comes from buildings, and that dealing with this represents
an opportunity. He revealed that GE Real Estate, one of the largest
building owners in the United States has committed to increasing
the sustainability of its portfolio, which consists largely of existing
buildings. "This is huge and will give the market an impetus,"
"What I'm trying to do is figure out how to make it work,"
Clinton told attendees. And making it work is the task for the exhibitors
on the show floor.
Stay tuned to USGNN.com for information on just what the
exhibitors on the show floor at McCormick Place in Chicago are doing
for green building.
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