At Greenbuild, we don’t just like to claim that we’re into building a better world through green building. With the trade show industry generating up to 600,000 tons of garbage a year, we do what we can from planning to implementation of the show to make the most sustainable choices, allowing us to leave a much lighter carbon footprint in the end.

Helping us make a significant impact on our waste reduction efforts are the Greenbuild exhibitors. Exhibitors must comply with the Greenbuild Mandatory Exhibitor Greening Guidelines, otherwise known as GMEGG.  With each exhibiting company committing to sustainable exhibiting practices and making small changes to the way they exhibit, it adds up to a massive effort!

But there are those exhibitors who kick it up a notch, going above and beyond the “normal” GMEGG standards. This year, we recognized three companies for their exemplary efforts with the Green Exhibitor Award.

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Quanex Building Products

Quanex has used and reused their entire booth structure for the the past 5+ years. Configured as a pod type system that allows them to bolt-on or remove sections, depending on each show, to minimize shipping weight, materials and space.

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Roll-A-Shade

The Roll-A-Shade booth structure consists of scrap racking cut from their warehouse. The metal used was on the way to recycling, so they decided to re-purpose  the metal and create a booth that can be reused, converted back into warehouse racking, or sent off to recycling (again).

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Skanska

Skanska told us that their booth is a zero-waste booth. To ensure this, they give out no collateral and focus on conversation and technology for follow-up needs.

 

Thank you to all of our exhibitors at this year’s show in Los Angeles for helping Greenbuild walk that talk!

When you attend Greenbuild, you get a sense that there’s more to the attendee than someone looking to gain a few CEUs. Those in attendance always comment on the genuine spirit of the show that goes beyond sustainable building and design, a spirit of camaraderie and a common interest for the greater good of our planet.

Now, when you think of Greenbuild’s Passport to Prizes drawing, you may conjure up images of a large group of folks who are tired, maybe a little anxious, after a couple of days of walking the expansive Greenbuild expo hall to get their passports filled. A little less spirit filled and a little more anxiety driven. But this year, things were a little different. When the name was drawn for our $10,000 grand prize, nobody could have expected what happened next!

During Greenbuild, news arrived that Hurricane Matthew was heading toward Florida, but not before taking its devastating toll on Haiti. The news became a huge impromptu topic in many Greenbuild sessions and weighed heavy on the minds of this socially conscious group.

So when Dan, a LEED Fellow, was announced as the $10,000 grand prize winner, it was a no-brainer to he and his wife Nancy to donate half of their winnings to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Project Haiti: The William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center, the first LEED certified orphanage in Haiti.

Because of this, we wanted to take this time to thank Dan and Nancy for their gift and for exemplifying the true spirit of Greenbuild.

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Thank you Dan and Nancy!