The Countdown to Greenbuild 2009 Begins
November 5, 2009

The U.S. Green Building Council is preparing for the world’s largest green building conference and expo, Greenbuild, November 11-13 in Phoenix. Greenbuild will connect the green building community to the education, innovative ideas, resources and opportunities needed to help grow their career and the industry at large. So far more than 20,000 representatives from all sectors of the green building movement have registered for three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, an exhibition floor with more than 1,800 booths, a green jobs fair, networking events and opportunities to explore new products.

“This year’s Greenbuild will offer more opportunities than ever for attendees to literally connect to the conversation, whether it is through interactive sessions and events, the vast expo floor or through social networking platforms,” says Kimberly Lewis, vice president of conferences and events, USGBC.

A host of new and returning sessions and events provide opportunities for attendees to plug in. The Executive Roundtable brings together some of the leading corporate, finance, higher education and non-profit executives to talk about what corporate sustainability means to them, how they make their green decisions and what role employees can play in that process. Web audience viewers and attendees will be able to interact with the CEOs in the hot seat by forwarding questions through Twitter.

New to the show this year are Greenbuild Salons, sessions centered on the intersection of art, technology and sustainability. Each salon will be an intimate, interactive conversation with cutting-edge speakers from the art, technology and sustainability realms.

With green jobs on many people’s minds this year, Greenbuild is opening doors for green building professionals, connecting like-minded companies and job-seekers at the first annual Green Building Jobs Fair. Additionally, a jobs Resource Center will be open to offer networking opportunities, professional development workshops, informational interviews and resume posting.

The Opening Keynote & Celebration will kick off Greenbuild and will feature a keynote by former vice president and noted environmental advocate, Al Gore, a musical performance by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow and an address from USGBC president, CEO and founding chair Rick Fedrizzi. The opening keynote and celebration will take place November 11 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Key Obama environmental adviser Carol M. Browner will deliver the keynote speech at the closing plenary on November 13.

Greenbuild 2009 also will feature more than 100 educational sessions, LEED and education provider workshops, off-site educational sessions, a two-day Residential Summit and tours of local green building sites throughout the Arizona area. More than 1,800 exhibitors will showcase some of the leading technologies and products in green design, construction and operations.

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