Associate Principal at Buro Happold in NYC, and chocolate chip cookie connoisseur

Ariella Maron
Associate Principal at Buro Happold in NYC, and chocolate chip cookie connoisseur

Ariella Maron

Post-Sandy we have entered a new planning paradigm for which resilience must be a principal of neighborhood and infrastructure planning. This applies not only to coastal communities, but to any vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather, infrastructure disruptions, and other disruptive events.

For this session, NYC and NOLA: Enhancing the Resiliency of the Built Environment (B09), we have brought together planning experts from New York and New Orleans to provide real insights into what it means to enhance resilience in urban areas. This is not a high level talk trying to define resilience and extol its principles; this is a discussion from professionals who are actually responsible for implementing policies and projects.  Gregg Woodruff, Senior Project Manager and Sustainability Leader for Langan Engineering and Greenbuild Program Working Group Member says “There are two interesting and exciting aspects of this session.  First, I think it is extremely interesting to have representatives from both New Orleans and New York City addressing issues of sustainability from each of their perspectives.  Second, the level of speaker involved in this session is extremely knowledgeable.”

Why am I presenting this session? I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many experts on the topics of coastal resilience, community planning, disaster preparedness, clean distributed energy technologies, building science, and more. I am an urban planner who seeks to improve the built environment of cities; this includes the integration of designs, technologies, planning processes, and education into the fabric of urban spaces.  I was part of the team that wrote the original PlaNYC, New York City’s sustainability plan (including the climate adaptation/resilience chapter).    I then had the opportunity to develop and oversee the City’s strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2017.

So let’s get together and discuss which policies and programs are working, which are not, and why. That’s what Greenbuild is about!

This session also features:

Michael Marrella

Director and Waterfront and Open Space Planning at the NYC Department of City Planning

Jeffrey Hebert

Executive Director at New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

William McDonough Co-Creator of the Cradle to Cradle® design framework

William McDonough
Co-Creator of the Cradle to Cradle® design framework

MHHS_LogoFor the second year in a row, the Greenbuild Conference and Expo will feature the Materials + Human Health Summit. The inaugural summit last year centered largely on transparency and the emerging programs developed to support the disclosure of environmental and health attributes of building products. This year, we are shifting the focus to implementation. LEED v4 is already being used by over 300 project teams and as these early adopters use the rating system, some are left wondering how the new tools referenced in the rating system make better buildings. During the summit, we’ll focus on the business case for both manufacturers looking to differentiate their products in the marketplace as well as designers and owners struggling to justify the additional time needed to learn these new programs. In Applying Whole Building LCA, hear from Skanska and Arup about how whole building LCA impacted the structural design on two recent designs. Members of the HPD Collaborative’s Manufacturer Advisory Panel Supply Chain Working Group will elucidate best practices for communicating rigorous sustainability attributes along the supply chain in the What is a Product? session. Get a peek behind the curtain in I’m Just a Bill and learn about the complexities manufacturers face when making modifications to product lines.


Rear Admiral
Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH
Acting US Surgeon General – US Public Health Service

The summit is unique in that it provides a smaller forum than the main Greenbuild conference for more one on one interaction with peers and industry leaders. The education sessions are designed to be interactive and engaging. We hope that you find yourself empowered at the end of the day. This year’s summit also features 2 great Opening and Closing plenary speakers. Opening Session will be presented by William McDonough, internationally recognized designer, sustainable growth pioneer and strategist; and Closing Session speaker, Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH – Acting US Surgeon General for the US Public Health Service. Need help getting to Greenbuild? There are a limited number of scholarships to cover registrations costs. Scholarships are competitive and preference is given to those with a demonstrated need who represent under-served people and communities. They also allow USGBC to invest in individuals who share our vision and want to be champions for the movement. Interested parties must apply by September 7.

Tuesday, Oct 21 7:45 AM -    4:30 PM

Tuesday, Oct 21
7:45 AM-4:30 PM

Join green building leaders at the Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit, Oct 21st during Greenbuild, for a remarkable day of instruction, idea sharing, and open discussions that will. During this summit, you will find out what needs to happen between now and the year 2020 in order to achieve critical sustainability goals for 2020 and beyond. Help your business become an industry leader, earn CEU credits, and network with the who’s who in sustainable building.

When you attend this year’s Vision 2020 Summit, you will explore new trends and developments in 8 key areas: Building Design and Performance;  Codes, Standards, and Rating System;  Economics and Financing;  Energy Efficiency and Building Science;  Indoor Environmental Quality;  Materials and Products; Sustainable Communities; and Water Efficiency.

But Vision 2020 is not only about providing you with the latest information you need, it is presented to you by people who are deeply involved in sustainable building.

Get the latest in green building design and performance from Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED Fellow, Firmwide Director of Sustainable Design, HOK, and Resident Fellow, Sustainability and Design for Health, AIA, as well as Dennis Wedlick, AIA Founder, Co-owner, BarisWedlick Architects.

Explore developments in energy efficiency and building science with Steven Winter, FAIA; Founder and President, Steven Winter Associates, and Paul Torcellini Team Leader, Commercial Building Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Learn how to use financing tools to effectively enable investments in energy efficiency from Philip Henderson, Senior Financial Policy Specialist, Natural Defense Council.

You will also hear from Maureen Guttman, AIA, Vice President for Buildings and Utilities, Alliance to Save Energy and President, Building Codes Assistance Project, who has dedicated her career to advancing building code adoption and enforcement, and incorporation of sustainability into regulated building practices.

The Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit is where you need to be to learn what our industry needs to do to achieve critical sustainability goals for 2020 and beyond. Attend this summit and uncover opportunities for innovation, leadership, and sustainability that will help separate you from your competitors.  Register for the Vision 2020 Sustainability Summit today!

Lauren Heine is  Co-Director of Clean Production Action, and Director for the GreenScreen Program at Clean Production Action

Lauren Heine is
Co-Director of Clean Production Action, and Director for the GreenScreen Program at Clean Production Action

Lauren Heine

With LEED v4 coming into play, dramatic changes are not only being made in how the industry evaluates itself, but in how the industry will evaluate its building products and materials. This session will look at chemical hazard assessment (CHA) for material health, and creating chemicals, materials and products that are safe and healthy for humans and the environment.  We will look at the real benefits and how this can lead to better products as well looking into the practical steps you can take to make it work for you.

I hope to bring to this session the knowledge I have gained as the Director of the GreenScreen Program for safer chemicals, as well my expertise in green chemistry and design for the environment (lots of years doing it!) With that, I also want to discuss the rapidly evolving area of study and practice applied to disclosure and optimization credits in LEED v4, and how the complex system will challenge us with lots of tools and players that are not competing but rather are inter-operable and mutually supporting.

But why should you attend this course? Because it will include science! Who does not love that?!  It will also demonstrate the chemical hazard assessment process manufacturers and specifiers can use to conduct assessments with GreenScreen and Cradle to Cradle. Susan Klosterhaus and I will provide examples of data and interpretations of the results that are digestible for specifiers and consumers alike. The session is timely for manufacturers, designers, architects, builders and even marketing professionals as they geer up for LEED v4 materials optimization credit.

Susan Klosterhaus is  Vice President, Science and Certification at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

Susan Klosterhaus is
Vice President, Science and Certification at Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute

What does Lori Tugman, Principal at JTM & Associates, Inc. and Greenbuild Program Working Group member, say about this course? “It’s about empowerment! I’m not a chemist, nor do I play one on TV. But this session is going to break down the chemistry of the ingredients in building products and explain what chemicals do, why we need them, and how different classes of chemicals impact human and environmental health.”

Join Lauren Heine and Susan Klosterhaus for this session (B02) Demystifying Material Health Assessment: The path to better products, Wednesday, October 22 from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM to learn more on material health assessment.

Sign up now for a 2014 Greenbuild Tour
23 Tours in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the Mississippi Gulf Coast
All Tours provide CE credits

Explore green buildings ranging from historic sites to sustainable home models.

Explore green buildings ranging from historic sites to sustainable home models.

Tours are starting to fill up fast. Why wait? See New Orleans like a local. Cruise the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Learn about how New Orleans and the Gulf Coast were reinvented after Katrina. Explore the many options available to you while at Greenbuild. Visit the Greenbuild website to peruse the fun and exciting tours tailored to provide education, fun and CE credits.

You don’t have to be registered for the full conference to register for the tour. Simply go to the Greenbuild registration site and go to the “Additional Offerings” page. Tours can also be added for those who have already registered for the conference or expo.

But don’t wait, fees will increase after August 22. Register for a tour today!

Film Festival

Greenbuild Film Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 22 -23
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Looking for a unique experience at this year’s Greenbuild? Why not check out the conference Film Festival! What is the Greenbuild Film Festival, you ask? It is where creative types from around the world showcase their “green-minded” films and videos. The film festival includes documentaries, films and informational videos that promote the global green building movement and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. But you can do more than just view the films. If you or even someone you know has produced a film that has been released since June 1, 2013, that film can be submitted for consideration to be part of the festival line up.

But hurry – call for submissions end on Friday, August 15 at 5 pm. If your film is selected, you will be notified August 25. So go on – share that inspirational film that you’ve been tinkering around with. It could be just the thing to motivate people to do something to make our world a better place. For more information on the submission process, eligibility and scoring visit the Greenbuild website today!

Julia Hughes is Architect at Chair, AIA AAJ Sustainable Justice

Julia Hughes is Architect at Chair, AIA AAJ Sustainable Justice

Julia Hughes

As the leading group of architects and planners who design facilities for the criminal justice system, we wondered if today’s justice system is socially sustainable, and if not, how can we get there? Our session will introduce an innovative and unique piece of work that has begun to look at finding answers to those questions.

At this year’s Greenbuild, we’re going to present a set of social sustainability guidelines developed by the Sustainable Justice (SJ) Committee of the AIA Academy of Architects for Justice, a multi-scalar analytical and planning tool that looks at the system functions at various levels. We’ll also talk about the social sustainability guidelines through case study presentations of real, completed buildings.

Raphael Sperry is President at Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Raphael Sperry is President at Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility

We developed a model of assessing social sustainability that is both idealistic and applied, and fairly advanced for the field based on what we’ve seen. So people who want to know what’s on the cutting edge should attend this session. This session is also a chance for everyone to reflect on how LEED, augmented with a unique approach to sustainability can help their communities capitalize on the human potential of all citizens. According to Miranda Gardiner, Senior Sustainability Specialist at Stantec and Greenbuild Program Working Group member, “Sessions like this (Session A13) will inform us and help redirect efforts to missed opportunities in our sustainable mission. Striving for holistic approaches to all types of buildings, we can impact behavior that will ultimately lead to better lifestyles for everyone.”

Raphael Sperry and I are really looking forward to presenting on this topic. We both have years of experience in this area of learning that we think can benefit the attendee. We were both the lead co-authors and coordinators of an AIA committee that drafted the sustainable justice guidelines over the past three years. I became passionate about these projects while doing facility work for troubled youth, which brought purpose to my project approach and the drive to advocate for the human potential in all people, especially our community’s kids. Raphael is a green building specialist who has championed sustainability strategies for a wide variety of institutional projects, including more than a dozen LEED Gold and three LEED Platinum projects. He is an outspoken advocate on the role of architecture in social justice issues and President of the non-profit Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).

We hope that sharing this work will help inspire and advance work in other fields, and we hope that participants can help push our advocacy further as well!

Julia Hughes is working toward several exciting SJ endeavors including the development of a TEDx series and a documentary that will highlight the advocacy and our society’s journey toward a new future of restorative justice. Raphael Sperry will be teaching what he believes is the country’s first course on architecture and human rights in San Francisco this fall, and is writing a book on the topic.


Jenny Rushmore is Director of Responsible Travel with Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel website. She also runs two sewing blogs with over 50,000 readers a month!

Presenter, Jenny Rushmore, is Director of Responsible Travel with Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel website. She also runs two sewing blogs with over 50,000 readers a month!

Jenny Rushmore

Sustainability is increasingly important to organizations, stakeholders and the public, and expectations are rising. Companies need to be able to talk about what they’re doing to meet their environmental responsibilities in a way that’s compelling and meaningful.

Setting up the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, the largest green hotel program in the world, has allowed me to hear and learn about the depth and breadth of green practices currently being implemented by hotels around the world who are excited to share their ideas – from hotels that are trying to help with colony collapse disorder by having beehives on the roof, to those that grow all their own food on site.

During Tools & Tips to Tell Your Story (A11) we will discuss how organizations can promote their sustainability practices to stakeholders and the public, building both their business and reputation. This session will include leaders in sustainability marketing from multiple industries, and will offer you useful information on how to make practical improvements to your organization.

According to Grace Carlson, President of Carlson Studio Marketing and Greenbuild Program Working Group Member, “Greenbuild attendees should attend this session because we all need to be telling the story of the value of sustainability more effectively – not just marketing professionals. Inspiring and reaching your most qualified prospects is essential to making the business case for green in the first place.”

Other presenters for this dynamic session include:

Taryn M. Holowka, LEED AP – VP, Marketing & Communications, U.S. Green Building Council

Ron Reeves, Jr. – Public Relations & Social Strategist, Herman Miller, Inc.

Katie Weeks, LEED Green Associate – Director of Communications, Institute for Market Transformation

Learn more about the great education offered at this year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans.

Exhibit at Greenbuild

Exhibit at Greenbuild

For the last seven years, my company, Bradley Corporation has been a loyal exhibitor at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo.

Greenbuild is the best expo because it provides a platform for Bradley to showcase our water conservation products among the industry’s newest manufacturing innovations, recycled materials, and award-winning product designs.

Greenbuild attendees are awesome. They are highly engaged in the sustainable building industry, and they are well informed. So for us, Greenbuild is a fantastic way to get in front of the people that believe in green and sustainable building and show them that Bradley has the products they need for their next project.

This year we are expecting that Greenbuild will convene 23,000 attendees and 750 exhibitors. It goes without saying that the Greenbuild Expo provides unlimited opportunities to find new business leads and showcase innovative products.

Are you interested in exhibiting? Learn more.

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Are you a student, emerging professional, faith leader, community developer or non-traditional professional?

If so, we invite you to apply for a Greenbuild scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2014 from Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans, LA.

Apply by Aug. 4, 2014, at 9 am ET.

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Scholarships are competitive, and preference is given to those with a demonstrated need who represent under-served people and communities. They also allow us to invest in individuals who share our vision and want to be champions for the movement.

Three types of scholarships are available:

  1. Full-ride Greenbuild Scholarship: Full conference registration, travel stipend, three hotel nights, and one year subscription to Education @USGBC
  2. Greenbuild, Affordable Homes, Sustainable Communities Summit Scholarship: Summit registration, Greenbuild full conference registration, and one year subscription to Education @USGBC
  3. Affordable Homes, Sustainable Communities Summit Scholarship: Summit registration and one year subscription to Education @USGBC