Through the help of volunteers, Greenbuild/ABX 2017 was able to achieve a diversion rate 90.5% at the convention center.

National Volunteer Week is April 15–21, 2018.

Through the help of volunteers, Greenbuild/ABX 2017 was able to achieve a diversion rate 90.5% at the convention center.Powered by Points of Light, National Volunteer Week, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

Greenbuild takes this opportunity to thank our wonderful Volunteers, who were critical in helping us reach a waste diversion rate of 90.5% at Greenbuild/ABX 2017 in Boston, Mass.

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and Host Committee focused efforts on waste diversion education. The Host Committee helped to create training materials for volunteers regarding proper waste disposal. In turn, the volunteers helped exhibitors and attendees properly dispose of waste. These volunteers were well-versed on not only the event itself, but with local and federal waste guidelines and end of life processing and reuse options for many of the materials that are found at Greenbuild/ABX.

Through the help of waste volunteers, Greenbuild/ABX 2017 was able to achieve a diversion rate 90.5% at the convention center. The highest diversion rate of any Greenbuild and most likely one of the best diversion rates of any large expo in the United States!

This was one of the cool takeaways from the Greenbuild/ABX 2017 Sustainability Report. Read the whole report here.

Our 2018 Host Committee is Illinois Green Alliance. Learn more about them here.

Their efforts and endeavors represent why Chicago is an ideal choice for Greenbuild 2018. Chicago’s experience will help inform and motivate other communities around Illinois, and the world, on how they can take action to make their communities carbon neutral, and as a result, provide healthier, greener places to live, work, and play.


Greenbuild, USGBC, and Illinois Green invite you to attend a Greenbuild Cultivation Event – in conjunction with 2018 Limelight. Happening in Chicago, Illinois, join us for an evening of fun, networking, food, and drinks as we celebrate achievements in sustainability.

Greenbuild, USGBC, and Illinois Green invite you to attend a Greenbuild Cultivation Event - in conjunction with 2018 Limelight.

Co-located with ArchitectureBoston Expo, Greenbuild 2017 achieves a record-breaking waste diversion rate of 90.5 percent and 25,000 pounds of donations among highlights

Informa Exhibitions U.S. and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the release of the 2017 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last November at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Greenbuild co-located its event with the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX).

Read the full report >>

On Saturday, March 24,  at 8.30 pm local time, millions across the globe will switch off their lights for one hour to celebrate our planet and take some time to reflect on how they can make a more positive impact on the environment. This is part of  World Wildlife Fund (WWF’s) annual Earth Hour

Turning off your lights and shutting down your computer this Saturday is just the beginning. Below, Greenbuild is sharing other changes can you make that will have a big impact on the environment.

  • Treat yourself to a reusable bottle: Help to reduce the millions of tons of plastic that end up in our oceans and landfills every year.
  • Changes in the kitchen: Try to consume less meat (a plant-based diet is good for your health and good for the planet). Plus, compost the refuge, purchase food in bulk (without buying foods in plastic packaging), utilize reusable bags, and stop sucking (aka, using plastic straws).
  • Look into the light: LED bulbs are up to 10 times as efficient as traditional bulbs. Plus, solar panels are a great energy source to power your whole house.
  • Use responsible palm oil: Approximately 50% of everyday goods contain palm oil, the production of which contributes to deforestation. Choose products that only use certified sustainable palm oil.
  • Make sustainable investments: In both your personal and professional lives, look at the kind of companies you are supporting and investing in. We hope that as you support Greenbuild, that you’re also supporting other brands that are healthy, sustainable, or socially just.
    • Thank you Lola from Twitter for this advice!

See it as a Twitter moment:

Today, Informa Exhibitions, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the results of the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and the ArchitectureBoston Expo, held last week from November 6 through 10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. The week-long event included an overall attendance of 24,731 and 703 exhibiting companies participating in 169,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor. Read more.

braindate_logo_verticalSince 2013, e180 has transformed world-class events into vibrant collaborative learning hubs with partners like Airbnb, TED, Cannes Lions and Salesforce. To do so, e180 deploys their unique social technology which generates thousands of braindates– knowledge sharing conversations that participants book with each other while they’re at an event. The recommendation engine curates an individualized selection of braindate topics for each participant, based on your behaviour and interests.

Next week, they are bringing braindates to Greenbuild/ABX so that you, the participant, can more strategically tap into the unexplored knowledge in the room. We want to give you the capacity and flexibility to decide what you want to learn about or share with the community.

What’s a braindate?
Braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or group conversations that you book with other participants while you’re at Greenbuild/BX. e180’s web app, Braindate, helps you find the right people on its crowdsourced knowledge market. Then, you meet face-to-face onsite,

What’s in it for you
Did you ever stop to think–you, the participants, are the event’s most precious content providers? Every participant has valuable knowledge that deserves to be uncovered, shared and tapped into. Because everyone on Braindate posts the knowledge they’re willing to share in the form of conversation topics, each participant can curate their experience based on what they can learn from the collective genius around them.

Create your profile and learn from others by logging in here: greenbuild.braindate.com.

– Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild/ABX

By Jen Cole

As part of the Road to Greenbuild, the USGBC MA has begun a legacy project at Madison Park High School called the Green Building Tech Club. The after school IMG_1238program starting in September will run 3-5 pm once a week and introduce and prepare the underrepresented community at the vocational high school to “green economy” careers in facilities management. Students involved will be engaged with presentations from various local professionals, a trip to the Expo Hall at Greenbuild 2017, tours of high-performance green buildings in our area, as well as mentorship from Wentworth Institute of Technology Environmental Collaborative.

Over 30 students came out to the informational session last week and 15 signed up to be apart of the club when they return to school in the Fall. Almost 50% of the interested IMG_1218students were female and 90% of all students at the high school are people of color. All of the students were interested in the jobs and internships that will come from the participation in this program. It is our hope that the legacy of this club at Madison Park will be a catalyst for developing green building programs in curricula of vocational schools throughout the Commonwealth.

The idea for the Green Building Tech Club came from a need to build awareness of the ‘green economy’ career opportunities and to encourage young people to explore these options that they might not have otherwise considered. The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter wants students to be interested in pursuing careers in the trades with a specific eye towards sustainability. We cannot thank Madison Park High School administration and faculty enough for being excited and in full support of this new club for their students.

Visit the USGBC MA website for more updates about this year’s Legacy Project, and don’t forget to register for Greenbuild!

Our thoughts on Paris…

Last week, the U.S. Government decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a pact the U.S. made with 194 nations to reverse the negative effects of climate change. As sustainability leaders, this is perceived as a giant setback to our mission and what we’re trying to achieve in our daily work—to create a more sustainable future for all.

However, every cloud has a silver lining: Because of the administration’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, climate change continues to be an important national and international news item and discussions among political and business leaders carry on. Not only did 1,100 corporations urge President Trump to stay in the deal, but these companies also vowed to uphold their commitment to invest in clean energy. We also saw individual U.S. states and 12 major U.S. cities pledge to pursue policies from the Paris Agreement.

The work that we do in sustainable business has never been more important. Now, more than ever, it is up to us to come together and collaborate in ways that make the sustainability movement stronger and more visible—to keep doing what we believe in and to make a difference for future generations to come.  At Greenbuild, November 8 to 10 in Boston, it will be time to unite as one movement of 25,000 voices strong and continue to drive the green building movement forward.

Everyone. Everywhere. Every Project. We are ALL IN. THIS is why we Greenbuild.