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.




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.


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