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

At Greenbuild 2013, the green building community came together to participate in 200 educational sessions, build a city of 700 booths in the expo hall, and dance to the likes of Bon Jovi. All of this networking, learning, and celebrating resulted in 115,875 pounds of trash, 3,559 gallons of fuel used for shuttles, and 26,655 square feet of signage. It also led to 4,592 pounds of food donated locally, engagement with 25 hotels on sustainability practices and one new adventure playground for Philadelphia’s youth.

As the premier gathering of green building professionals, Greenbuild is committed to managing and measuring these impacts of our annual convention. The Greenbuild 2013 Sustainability Report details our key performance metrics, progress against seven objectives, and features eight case studies on unique processes from exhibitor engagement to an integrated sourcing process. We hope this report will provide the industry with an instructive case study, enabling others to learn from both our best practices and challenges.

Since 2002, Greenbuild’s robust sustainability program has integrated the green building principles discussed in education sessions and expo halls into our conference operations. In turn, Greenbuild attendees have come to expect composting, green hotel practices, and carbon offsets as standard fare. The Sustainability Report, an annual report,  describes the practices used in 2013 to create a conference that uses fewer resources, creates healthy spaces and positively affects the community – like any green building.

Our sustainability successes in 2013 include:

  • Helping the LEED-Certified Pennsylvania Convention Center quintuple its waste diversion from landfill rate to 67% the week of Greenbuild. This accomplishment was due to six months of work by a cross-organizational waste planning team, the purchase of 500 new waste bins, composting throughout the Center for the first time and the critical contributions of hundreds of recycling volunteers.
  • Our first daylit special set room using natural light. We know that daylight and views are important. As part of our special sets program, we introduced a room  with natural light to our educational offerings, bringing daylight and expansive views of Philadelphia into eight Greenbuild sessions.
  • Working with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council to engage, educate and support the Philadelphia hospitality community in compliance with new energy and water benchmarking and reporting regulations in Philadelphia..
  • A partnership with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop on the 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project to create a youth-built “Adventure Playground” at Smith’s historic facility in East Fairmount Park.

We are grateful to our vendors, partners, host committee volunteers, student volunteers, attendees, exhibitors, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center for their partnership in creating one of the country’s greenest tradeshows.

Download the report and let us know what you think.




Come down and experience New Orleans this fall at Greenbuild 2014! Known for its delectable food and live music, New Orleans is one of America’s most culturally and historically-rich destinations and the perfect backdrop to continue the green revolution.

We’ve just opened attendee registration and there’s no better time than now to register for Greenbuild.

Highlights of this year’s show include:
• Exhibit hall with 750 companies offering innovative products & technologies
• Outstanding educations sessions & renowned speakers
• LEED workshops & tours
• Unmatched networking opportunities
• Opening plenary & Greenbuild celebration

The Education Program is also complete and published on the GB website:
• View available sessions, tours, workshops & summits
• Search speakers

Early bird rates will run through August 14 and USGBC members can save even more.

GET DOWN TO BUSINESS, THEN JUST GET DOWN! We’ll see you this fall in NOLA.

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo has partnered with LivingHomes and Make It Right Foundation to build a LEED v4 Platinum*, net-zero electricity demonstration home that will be featured on the show floor of Greenbuild 2014.
Features of the home, located on the Greenbuild show floor in Booth 1139, include the following:

  • Designed to provide a comfortable, healthy, safe, resilient and adaptable environment for its occupants.
  • Showcasing market-ready and replicable design innovations, modular construction systems, and a wide range of certified products (including Cradle To Cradle) selected to meet advanced performance criteria for energy, water, indoor environmental quality, durability, and materials and resources.
  • The Greenbuild LivingHome, in partnership with LivingHomes and Make It Right Foundation, will be permanently placed for occupancy in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans after Greenbuild.

*Final certification will occur after reassembly on Make It Right Foundation site in New Orleans.

Thank you for visiting our new Greenbuild blog! We look forward to bringing you exciting news and announcements about the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo to be held in New Orleans Oct. 22-24.

Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in New Orleans, Greenbuild offers a place for thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.

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