Education to the Next Level at Greenbuild

GB15_EduWe are taking education to the next level at Greenbuild, and it is sure to be monumental. As a city at the epicenter of change, Washington, D.C. makes a fitting venue to inspire a Greenbuild education program packed with forward-thinking content and pioneering speakers. Think you’ve seen it all? Check out these facts you might not know about the Greenbuild education program.


  • Did you know… we’re honored to welcome Jake Wood to the master series stage! As the Cofounder and President of Team Rubicon, he helped bring aid to thousands of patients in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake at sites deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations. While helping the victims of disaster relief, Team Rubicon also bridges the gap between military and civilian life. Find out more about the master series session here.
  • Did you know… USGBC Chief Product Officer Scot Horst and Chief Operating Officer Mahesh Ramanujam will take the master speaker stage to present a vision of an integrated platform of tools based on performance. Join us to hear where USGBC and GBCI are heading, along with a little something about Aristotle. Learn more about the session here.
  • Did you know… the International Summit is back! The 8th annual International Summit will feature global leaders who are shaping the future of our built environm­ent. Join us in Washington, D.C. on November 17 to network with all the right players! For more information, visit:
  • Did you know… this will be the third and final year of the Greenbuild Materials and Human Health Summit? Through the summit program, we have hoped to get more people talking about transparency, prove the business case and push the conversation to the next level. Don’t get left behind – join us for the last installment of the Materials and Human Health Summit!
  • Did you know… the Communities & Affordable Homes Summit returns for a second year! Network and problem-solve with community and sustainability leaders advancing the economic, social, and ecological health and vitality of all communities. Watch the 2014 recap video and find out more.


Rina Brulé, LEED Green Associate

Event Content Manager

U.S. Green Building Council

7601 N Brandon Ave

Portland, OR 97217


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Greenbuild Scholarships


USGBC is excited to provide scholarship opportunities to attend Greenbuild 2015. Scholarships aim to increase access to the Greenbuild conference and serve as a point of entry for people new to the green movement. Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to individuals from under-represented audiences and who demonstrate a need for scholarship. These scholarships allow USGBC to invest in individuals who share our vision and want to be champions for the movement.

Apply by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Three types of scholarships are available:

1. Greenbuild + Communities & Affordable Homes Summit Scholarship: includes Greenbuild full conference registration + Communities & Affordable Homes Summit registration + 1 year subscription with unlimited access to Education @USGBC

2. Greenbuild + Communities & Affordable Homes Summit + Travel & Lodging Scholarship: includes Greenbuild full conference registration + 1 year subscription with unlimited access to Education@USGBC + travel arrangements (up to $500) + 4 nights shared hotel lodging (Monday, November 16 – Friday, November 20).

3. International Female Superstar Scholarship: includes Greenbuild full conference registration + Communities & Affordable Homes Summit registration + 1 year subscription with unlimited access to Education@USGBC + travel arrangements (up to $1,500) + 5 nights shared hotel lodging (Sunday, November 15 – Friday, November 20). This scholarship is specifically reserved for female nationals from low-income and lower-middle income countries as defined by the World Bank.

4. Communities & Affordable Homes Summit Scholarship: includes Communities & Affordable Homes Summit registration and invitation to special Shades of Green reception. This scholarship is specifically reserved for minority professionals working in community development.

Applicants should:

  •  Be 18 years or older as of August 30, 2015.
  • Have not attended Greenbuild conference in the past.
  • Not be USGBC staff, USGBC Chapters staff, or hold a USGBC volunteer leadership position (i.e. Board of Directors, committees).
  • Demonstrate a valid and reasonable need for the scholarship as evidenced by the inability to attend Greenbuild without one, due to financial, location, and/or professional constraints.
  • Should demonstrate how his or her background merits receipt of a scholarship.
  • Should demonstrate a strong commitment to advancing the green building mission within local communities

Applicants may only apply for ONE of the scholarships offered. Individuals who are under 25 years old or are enrolled as full time students are eligible for full conference registration through the Greenbuild volunteer program.


Hear from a scholarship recipient or (Read stories from the Greenbuild 2014 scholarship recipients below) to get an insider’s look on how you can benefit from a scholarship.

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TalentFX Call For Proposals


TalentFX at Greenbuild 2015: Your time to speak | U.S. Green Building Council

This year, we’ve opened up six dynamic speaking opportunities as part of TalentFX at Greenbuild; TalentFx USGBC’s platform for emerging sustainability leaders. You, and your fellow winners, will have 25 minutes each to share your ideas, thoughts, and stories with students and professionals from around the globe.

Session types

We’ll consider three types of sessions:

  • Share (a story): It’s the buzzword that might actually get you a job—if you’re good at it. And, if you are, TalentFX is the perfect place to show off your skills! What’s your story? How’d you get to where you are? Did you ever “fail fast” or “totally crush it?” Walk us through lessons you’ve learned, with an orchestral accompaniment or a stool & a microphone, and captivate us with your tale.
  • Inspire: Do you stand up for what you believe? Need a stump to stand on? Got an idea that could use some traction? Tell us what makes your perspective unique, how you’ve shown grit, and why we should follow.
  • Engage: Have a skill to share with peers? Ever patted yourself on the back and wanted to pay it forward? Share your skills with us! (We want them). Networking, communication, marketing, interpersonal soft skills or just plain share-worthy skills. Give us the tools to leave the room more capable than when we walked in.


  • All proposals must be submitted online; faxed or mailed proposals will not be accepted.
  • Speakers are responsible for all costs associated with Greenbuild attendance. All sessions will take place from 10 am-1 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 18, or Thursday, Nov. 19.


  • Aug. 12: application deadline
  • Late August: Speakers notified
  • Early September: Speakers confirmed

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2015 Greenbuild Film Festival Blog Post

Ana Hallerthnfilm

The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to announce this call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. The Film Festival will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Thursday, Nov. 19, during the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join in on the conversation of sustainability that takes place every year at Greenbuild!

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. If you would like to see your film shown at Greenbuild 2015, USGBC is taking submissions until Thursday, July 30th.

To qualify for consideration, films must have been released since June 1, 2014, and should feature information that promotes sustainable practices. The total run time of the submission cannot exceed 120 minutes, and must be at least 30 minutes long. Any submissions in a language other than English must have English subtitles. If you have a film that meets our criteria and would like to see it at Greenbuild Film Festival, please consider submitting your film for review!

For more information on the festival and how to apply, please visit Greenbuild’s Film Festival page.


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Greenbuild Registration Now OPEN

Greenbuild Registration is OPEN

Register TODAY for Greenbuild

Registration is now OPEN for Greenbuild 2015 – the largest sustainable building event in the U.S. Register today to secure a spot in the sessions, events, labs and summits you want before they fill up!



Check out the Education Lineup

Greenbuild is known for top-notch education, presented by renowned presenters in the sustainability industry and beyond. With over 200 education sessions to choose from, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Greenbuild.




Reserve Your Hotel Room

Greenbuild hotel booking, powered by Travel Planners, is up and running and hotels in the block are already selling out. Why wait? Book your room today!




Greenbuild Tours and Summits

Getting to Washington, D.C. early for Greenbuild? Take advantage of the tours and summits that we have lined up!





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You’ve asked for it, we’ve listened! More education available for those in the residential sector.

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A major highlight of the Greenbuild program, the Expo Hall brings you the most sustainable building products and services to one convenient location.

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Global Call for Greenbuild Session Proposals

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Do you have a topic on your mind that you think would be a great session at Greenbuild? Greenbuild is a great opportunity for you to share your experience and expertise with the green building community.

Greenbuild and USGBC are still looking for people to submit course proposals for Greenbuild Europe & The Mediterranean as well as Greenbuilding Brasil

Submitting a course proposal offers those passionate about the green building and sustainability movement an opportunity to develop innovative courses and acquire valuable experience with diverse audiences. Reviewers are looking for fresh content presented by experts on the session topic submitted. Presentation topics include affordable housing, codes and certification systems, energy efficiency, government and policy, net zero and more. For a full list of suggested topics, review the Greenbuild Call for Proposals. The call for proposals are available in English, Italian and Portuguese.

Not sure how to submit a course proposal or find yourself somewhat intimidated by the process? USGBC offers a submittal guide and a webcast recording covering questions that you may have about submitting a proposal.


Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean

Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo


For additional proposal tips, click here to view the “Getting to Greenbuild” Webcast »


Don’t wait – proposal deadlines are quickly approaching! This is your opportunity to make a difference in the green building community.


Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean
Proposals due Friday, February 13 at 5:00 pm EST

Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo
Proposals due Friday, February 20 at 6:00 pm BRT

Questions? Contact us at

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Call for Proposals Education Sessions and Reviewers

Greenbuild, Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean and Greenbuilding Brasil are currently accepting proposals from industry experts eager to share their knowledge and expertise with audiences at Greenbuild. This is your chance to shape the content of education sessions!

Submit a proposal or learn more about the process »

Greenbuild and Greenbuilding Brasil are also seeking peer reviewers to evaluate session proposals. Reviewers are eligible to present at Greenbuild and receive a registration discount.

Learn more about volunteering as a reviewer »

Deadline for Submittals and Reviewers:

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
Friday, January 16 at 5:00 pm EST

Greenbuild Europe & the Mediterranean
Friday, February 13 at 5:00 pm EST

Greenbuilding Brasil International Conference & Expo
Friday, February 20 at 6:00 pm BRT

Getting to Greenbuild: Creating a Winning Education Session Proposal Live Webcast

Looking for ways to set your Greenbuild proposal apart? Wondering exactly what reviewers are looking for? Watch the recorded webcast on presented by the volunteer committee chairs and reviewers most involved in the Greenbuild educational development process.

Click Here to View the Recorded Webcast »

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Getting Past Random Acts of Sustainability

Barbara Batshalom Executive Director at Sustainable Performance Institute  Boston, MA
Barbra Batshalom
Executive Director at Sustainable Performance Institute
Boston, MA

Steve Gabbert and Barbra Batshalom

The future of our planet and the future of our profession depend on our ability to thrive in systems, to co-create in collaboration and to achieve levels of synergy that transform our impact. The 2030 Challenge, Living Buildings, Net Zero and LEED all define building performance targets for the industry. Yet, a critical gap remains between rising performance goals and the organizational capability to consistently achieve them.

But how can we transform our firms from “random acts of sustainability” to consistent, high quality capability and avoid the pitfalls of “green on-demand”?

During the Greenbuild Session Galvanizing Transformation: An Internal Revolution (C11) we will cover our proven methodology to help firms make that shift and realize bottom line benefits at the same time.  From what we’ve developed, we have seen improvements happen within 3 months that significantly impact performance.  Firms typically lack “SMART” goals, don’t implement change management strategies and haven’t truly looked at project delivery methodologies. Those things don’t cost money but transform practice. It’s not enough to have the “what” (the targets – such as LEED, 2030) we need to have the “how” and help firms change the way they do business in order to secure our future (and provide better value to clients).

Both presenters have gained their knowledge on the subject from what they’ve learned in their own professions.  Steve developed and implemented strategic sustainability initiatives at his firm, Snyder Langston, a southern California based, 55 year old, construction company.  According to Steve “Over the course of the last decade, our sustainability program has shown tremendous growth to include achieving Green Firm Certiciation from the Sustainable Performance Institute in 2013 as well as achieving Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Best of the Best in Sustainability Award for Organizational Leadership.”

Steve Gabbert Director of Sustainability at Snyder Langston  Irvine, CA
Steve Gabbert
Director of Sustainability at Snyder Langston
Irvine, CA

Barbara said “After 12 years in mainstream architectural practice, I’ve spent 16 years working with A/E/C firms of all sizes (and property owners) to help them institutionalize sustainability and develop comprehensive implementation programs to achieve their goals (AIA 2030 or other). I also led the development of the industry’s only framework that defines what makes a firm “green” which was adopted by the federal government in 2012.”

We are in a global environmental crisis and the building industry has the influence and power to radically shift impacts. “Business as usual” will not yield different outcomes, in order to build for the future, we need to get real about aligning firm culture, processes and project delivery with the performance goals that are necessary.

Our session harnesses the unquestionable uplifting energy from Greenbuild and will provide each attendee with their own actionable roadmap to furthering their organization’s sustainability efforts.

We have proven framework and methodology to help them accelerate and streamline their efforts to become a green (or greener) firm. We have experience working with hundreds of firms of all scales and can share lessons learned and success stories so that participants can take advantage of the collective wisdom of industry leaders, take home those lessons and make authentic and meaningful changes to how they do business right away. We can help them move from “random acts” of sustainability to measurable success and consistent capability. If you are “leading from the middle” and trying to advocate for change within your firm, or you are a sustainability director or firm leader and want to raise the bar – If business development and stewardship are important and you know your firm can “up” its game – this is the one session you don’t want to miss!

Bill Worthen, Founding Principal with Urban Fabrik, Inc and Greenbuild Program Work Group member says “I know the speakers well and this is a session that starts to discuss the day to day reality of the business of collaboration.  We have to focus much of the green building on doing more with less, not thinking differently about design.”

Undoubtedly again this year, Greenbuild attendees will leave New Orleans inspired and with a renewed commitment to fulfill the vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.


Other presenters for this session include:

Rand Ekman

Director of Sustainability at Cannon Design

Chicago, IL


Lynn Simon

Senior Vice President at Thornton Tomasettii, Inc.

San Francisco, CA



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Donate your Time, Get Free Admission to Greenbuild

Register Today!
Register Today!

The countdown is on – USGBC Greenbuild Volunteer registration ends FRIDAY, October 10

Are you a minimum of 18 years of age and full time student OR a young professional age 25 and under? Would you like to attend Greenbuild…for free? Have we got an opportunity just for you! The USGBC is looking for a few good people to become Greenbuild Volunteers.

What do you have to do? You must volunteer a minimum of eight hours, which do not need to be served consecutively.

Volunteer opportunities are available for:

  • Bag stuffing
  • Speaker liaisons
  • Tours
  • Recycle stations
  • And many more

In exchange for your time as a USGBC Greenbuild Volunteer, you will receive free admission to the conference, which will provide exciting educational opportunities on the latest in the green building movement, and amazing networking opportunities for students and professionals. This includes access to the opening keynote, exhibit hall, education sessions, conference bag, credentials, celebration with Alabama Shakes, and the show program.

What you need at check in:

When you check-in onsite at the USGBC Volunteer room, a fall 2014 schedule or a photo ID will be necessary depending on which qualification the volunteer is participating under. (Full time student is 12 credits undergraduate, and nine credit graduate.)

To get the latest information on USGBC Volunteer updates or to connect with other volunteers, join us on the USGBC Greenbuild Volunteer Facebook page.


Important Information:

  • Available dates for volunteers

Shifts available October 17-25, 2014

  • Orientation

October 9, 1-2pm EST


Other fun opportunities for volunteers at Greenbuild

Go ahead – register to become a USGBC Volunteer today!

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Greenbuild’s Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit takes on next big challenge for the green building movement

Written by: Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy & Law  at the U.S. Green Building Council


The business case for building market-rate green buildings is getting stronger every day. That is fully understood by the leaders in the green building movement attending Greenbuild’s Affordable Homes and Sustainable Communities Summit on Oct. 21, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. But what appeals to the troublemaker in me, and perhaps all of us, is the equally strong conviction that the next frontier in the green building movement is bringing green to everyone — regardless of socioeconomic status. So how do we keep the business case solid while exploring this new frontier?

Sustainable communities create opportunity

Certainly, sustainable communities, built one green building at a time, create opportunities for our neighbors with the highest level of burden trying to make ends meet, while making communities stronger and more resilient for everyone.

In the words of William Gibson “The future is now, it just isn’t well distributed.”  Case in point, the Jonathan Rose Companies’ successful “Paseo Verde,” a recently completed sustainable community, has garnered international attention. Rose, a visionary leader in for-profit real estate development, points out that this LEED ND Platinum project is mixed-income with about half affordable units and half market rate. It’s serving the Temple University population on the market-rate side, and the local Philadelphia community on the affordable side — and serving, really, as a bridge in that neighborhood. Now, to make sure the “future” is better distributed we need to push for 1000 more “Paseo Verde” inspired projects.

At the Summit, USGBC and our friends in the environmental justice, public health, social equity, and business communities are convening a robust conversation about making sustainable communities and healthy, energy-efficient affordable housing a reality.

What is different this time is that we are taking seriously the memorable words of USGBC board member and South Bronx community leader Majora Carter who has said: “You don’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one.” Majora was named one of Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business for a reason. Participants in the Summit will enjoy the unique opportunity to talk directly with her and other community-based leaders about transformative solutions to simultaneously address public health, poverty and climate change adaptation.

Whether you’re a policy wonk, a private sector guru, a community or health activist, or “just” a community member wanting to pay it forward… Join us as we vision and share radical new ways to bring green to everyone.

Register for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Summit


For the policy wonks

  • At the summit we will explore policy developments opening up new financial doors to develop sustainable communities and green affordable housing. At the top of the list is the recent announcement from EPA that for the first time ENERGY STAR has a tool specifically tailored to multi-family projects. The implications of the new ENERGY STAR tool is hard to overstate for financiers and for green rating systems like LEED. Baselining and benchmarking of residential multi-family buildings is well behind that of non-residential structures, but the combination of the new ENERGY STAR program and local and state benchmarking ordinances ensures an unprecedented focus on energy efficient multi-family homes.
  • Also, creating some buzz recently is the announcement by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of a National Disaster Resilience Competition making $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition will financially support innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future extreme weather events – providing a key opportunity for these hard-hit communities to become more sustainable.  Additionally, with the US Department of Agriculture, HUD has proposed more stringent energy efficiency requirements for new housing it insures, financially assists or guarantees.


For the private sector gurus

  • At the summit we will tap into the trends that are driving the burgeoning business proposition that green homes projects present to investors. The UNC Center for Community Capital and Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), in their 2013 study “Home Energy Efficiency and Mortgage Risks” conclude that energy efficient homes have a significantly reduced risk of mortgage default. Just as exciting is the fact that appraisers are now considering energy efficiency in valuing a home, which can be directly used by lenders to allow responsibly higher loan to value ratios [Sandra K. Adomatis, Valuing High Performance Housing, in The Appraisal Journal (2010)]. These important developments could make it easier for buyers from all backgrounds and economic status to purchase energy-efficient homes.
  • We are also thrilled to again work with Enterprise Community Partners – a remarkable economic development organization and an indispensible player in green affordable housing sector – as an advisor to this Summit. They have invested $2 Billion in the development and preservation of green, healthy and affordable homes, with more than $150 million in the Gulf Coast for the production of 6400 affordable housing units. In fact, just prior to the Summit, key members of the USGBC and Enterprise communities will be meeting to see how we can accelerate investment in green affordable housing and sustainable communities.


For the community and health activists

  • Antwi Akom, an assistant professor of Urban Sociology at San Francisco State, will speak to real life concerns of residents of communities struggling to create a better place to live. His writings on diverse topics including “Eco-Apartheid” are not for the faint of heart. In this work he focuses on linking environmental health to educational outcomes and layers in the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty.
  • We are honored to have the U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, MD, MPH, to close out the Summit’s discussions. He will He recently concluded that recognizing “the health of effects of every space and building and seeking to foster health is a critical next step for the building professions. “Architects” he declared “are public health workers… In asking ‘What are we building?’ we are also asking, ‘What’s the impact on the community’s health?’”
  • Also joining us will be chapter leaders from USGBC’s extensive nation-wide chapter network. They can provide local insight into all these issues and help get out the word to every state across the country.

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