The U.S. Green Building Council‘s annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo wrapped up October 7 in Los Angeles, California. The question I have been asked most about Greenbuild is, “What are some highlights from the conference?”
Before I get to my three highlights, let me first explain the background of the conference. Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. For this annual conference, the green building community gathers to share ideals and mutual passions about sustainability, energy efficiency and of course green building.
This year, the Greenbuild Conference was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This was my first time attending the conference, I was quite surprised by the volume of people at the conference. The conference brings together people from various sectors including architects, builders, utilities, government agencies, sustainability officers, and many others. Now with this background in mind, here are my three highlights from the Greenbuild Conference:
Highlight #1: Presenting the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Awards
The first highlight of my time at Greenbuild was having the opportunity to present the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Awards. As part of my role with the Department of Energy, I manage the Better Building Alliance Technology Solutions Teams which coordinate LEEP. It was great to take part in honoring organizations such as Wendy’s, Arby’s, Kana Hotel Group for exceptional lighting performance in their parking garages and lots. If you are interested in seeing the full list of winners, click here.
Highlight #2: The Education Sessions
The second highlight of my time at Greenbuild was the vast array of education sessions provided over the three days on everything from green codes, LEED certification, social equity, net zero building, and so much more! The best part about the education sessions was that the audience members were so diverse. It was great to meet people from many different sectors which had overlapping interests in the topics.
Highlight #3: The Women in Green Power Breakfast
The third highlight of my time at Greenbuild was attending the Women in Green Power Breakfast which I am thankful to the USGBC for providing me with a scholarship to attend. The speakers at the breakfast focused on the power of women’s voice and the things that can be accomplished when women step up politically, professionally, socially and domestically. The breakfast event included a panel discussion moderated by the Director of USGBC Colorado, Patti Mason. She led an enlightening discussion with the panelists which included Heather Zichal, Jordan Howard, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Melissa Lavinson. I think all of the women left the breakfast feeling empowered and ready to take on the world!
Overall, I had a great time at the Greenbuild Conference and I look forward to attending again in the future. Please feel free to enter comments and questions below!