Former Vice President and Environmental Advocate, Al Gore to Keynote Greenbuild Conference
August 20, 2009

Former vice president Al Gore will serve as the opening keynote speaker for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, November 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix. His keynote address will kick off the event November 11 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The evening celebration will also feature a musical performance by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and an address from Rick Fedrizzi, a green building speaker and USGBC president, chief executive officer and founding chair.

Gore has been regarded for his role in confronting global climate change and is the author of the best-selling book and Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. In 2007, Gore was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his environmental activism. In 1992, he published Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit and instituted environmental policy and initiatives in the Clinton-Gore Administration to help safeguard the environment.

Greenbuild 2009 will also feature more than 100 educational sessions, LEED and Education Provider workshops, off-site educational sessions, a two-day Residential Summit, the World Green Building Council International Congress and tours of local green building sites throughout the Arizona area. Exhibitors at more than 1,700 booths will showcase some of the leading technologies and products in green design, construction and operations.

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