At Greenbuild Conference & Expo 2019 you’ll be inspired and learn about new products and programs. But ultimately, the PEOPLE of the global sustainability effort make all the difference. Each week, leading up to the event, we showcase one game-changer, profiling a speaker, supporter, sponsor, or friend of Greenbuild. 

Up next:

Josh Jacobs, LEED AP&BD&C, Director of Environmental Codes & Standards, UL Environment & Sustainability

“In our world, you can sometimes feel like Sisyphus…same rock, same hill, every day,” says Jacobs. But he remains hopeful about our future. “When you take a step back and look at the changes that have happened in building and procurement, they are monumental.” 

As part of the original International Green Construction Code’s (igCC) working group for Indoor Environmental Quality, he helped the committee understand the impact that VOC emissions can have on indoor occupants. Getting building code officials, builders, and product manufacturers to see the importance of building materials in preserving human health and that the criteria should be part of the code was one of Jacob’s greatest moments.

Jacobs gets his inspiration from people who look at what has been done and ask, “Why can’t I do this differently?” His own “green heroes” include Eric Corey Freed, the originator of concept of Prostruction and Shaun McCarthy who greened the London Olympics. 

He is also a connector. “This industry is filled with some incredibly smart people from around the globe. I try to make sure that most of the smart people I know, know each other. Listening to them and sharing ideas and concepts makes me smarter and pushes me to do better every day,” Jacob says.

Interested in being profiled in our Voices of Greenbuild series? Please contact us!

Liz York, Senior Advisor for Buildings and Facilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

“I am proud to be a part of bringing health into the sustainable buildings conversation,” says Liz York, who became an architect because she wanted to have a positive effect on people’s lives through her design.

She says, “A design that is good for one part of the system while ignoring other parts of the system, is not serving the public or the client as it should…it takes constant and deliberate action to see the design problem statement from many different perspectives.”

Collaboration, balance, and integration are common themes in York’s perspective. “We must understand the balance between recycled content, healthy materials and manufacturing costs in order to make choices that support ecology, equity, and economy simultaneously.”

Embracing the Circular Economy

Among York’s mentors and inspiration was Ray Anderson. She notes that he came from an industry that seemingly wasn’t paying attention to ecology but then took the challenge on. She also admires the work of  Ellen Dunham-Jones, who is “cataloging and re-imagining how we breathe new life into real estate as a whole when retail malls are no longer needed and other building types are in decline.” York believes that visionaries like them are “looking at their place in the larger system of building design and finding ways to create value by evoking the wisdom of the circular economy.”

In addition to industry leaders, York credit her children with inspiring her. “They are full of excitement about innovations that I may never see in my lifetime and they inspire me to consider opportunities that are blind spots for me.”

Speaking of future generations, York advises newcomers to green building to “Think about what you can personally contribute and how you are uniquely positioned with your knowledge, skills, and passions. Build partnerships with others who have similar or complementary goals and charge forward together. Think about a whole systems approach and work together to develop win-win-win solutions.”

Don’t miss York speak at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place November 19-22, 2019 in Atlanta Georgia. Learn more and register here.

Interested in being profiled in our Voices of Greenbuild series? Please contact us!

At Greenbuild Conference & Expo 2019 you’ll be inspired and learn about new products and programs. But ultimately, the PEOPLE of the global sustainability effort make all the difference. Each week, leading up to the event, we’ll be showcasing one game-changer, profiling a speaker, supporter, sponsor, or friend of Greenbuild. 

George Bandy, Jr. Chief Sustainability Officer, Mohawk Flooring North America, has a passion for the environment that dates back to his early youth. He was inspired by his grandmother, who “taught the discipline of being in touch with nature.”

Bandy’s inquisitiveness prompted him to study and minor in environmental business as an undergrad.

In the 1980s Bandy met Paul Hawken, environmentalist and author. Bandy was so inspired by the meeting, he went on to immerse himself in The Natural Step and ultimately became the first Sustainability Officer at the University of Texas at Houston, during a time when that position was first emerging.

In the years since then, sustainability in the business world has been trying to “earn its justification.” But he sees a massive shift over that time from evaluation of products and measurement of energy saving to environmental impacts on health and wellness — worker productivity, and the health of people inside spaces — not just building methods and materials. “People are looking more closely at the social impacts of sustainability.”

Bandy also believes that customers — both consumer and business-to-business are demanding more from the people they work with and ask different questions. “Their knowledge level is immense,” he says.

“How you treat your employees and how you engage with communities is as important as the products you make.”

Last year, Bandy was the recipient of the prestigious Leadership Award by the U.S. Green Building Council (USCBC). Mohawk continues to make a significant commitment to the health and wellness of its workers and community.

Communication is also a key part of sustainability, believes Bandy. “Evolving an organization to one that is truly committed, you need to learn to speak multiple languages. If you’re selling to a CFO, for example, you need to connect sustainability to long-term cost savings or the stock price.”

Bandy believes that ultimately we need to make sustainability more relevant and personal to consumers, business decision-makers, and employees. “People will learn better, perform better, and help their company thrive if their environments are healthier.”

Don’t miss Bandy speak at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place November 19-22, 2019 in Atlanta Georgia. Learn more and register here.

Interested in being profiled in our Voices of Greenbuild series? Please contact us!

We are excited to offer our valued Greenbuild social media community a chance to enter to win a free 4-day Greenbuild 2019 conference pass, PLUS a free ticket to Greenbuild Celebration featuring Collective Soul!

Greenbuild is the largest annual event for green building professionals worldwide to learn and source cutting edge solutions to improve resilience, sustainability, and quality of life in our buildings, cities, and communities. It’s where inspiration ignites, relationships cultivate, knowledge transfers and the leaders developing the next generation of standards, policies, and partnerships gather to turn the promise of a higher living standard into a reality for all.

How to Enter:

  • Use hashtag #WhyIGreenbuild in a tweet, Facebook post, Instagram post, or LinkedIn post sharing a 60-second video explaining what green building means to you. For example, share what motivated you to get into the green building or sustainability industry, your mission, or what you hope to see for the future of the industry.
  • Post your video with the hashtag #WhyIGreenbuild. We will watch all of the videos and choose one winner per week leading up to the conference. Winners to announced October 31, 2019 on the Greenbuild social media channels.

Your Prize:

  • 1 4-day Greenbuild International Conference and Expo conference pass and 1 ticket to Greenbuild Celebration! A total value of $1,500.

Contest Rules:

  • The contest is live until Thursday, October 31, 2019.
  • Please mention #WhyIGreenbuild and #Greenbuild19 in your submission. We can only see posts that are tagged!
  • You must follow @Greenbuild on the social media platform that you are posting to in order to be considered.
  • Multiple entries in a single day will not be accepted. Posting duplicate, or near duplicate, updates or links is a violation of the Twitter Rules and jeopardizes search quality.
  • Do not create multiple accounts to post the same submission to the contest more than once. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
  • You are responsible for any and all travel expenses.
  • Video submissions may be used in Greenbuild marketing.

Watch a short video by our friend Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of U.S. Greenbuilding Council for some of your own inspiration:

The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility.

Good luck!

Cheers,

The #Greenbuild19 Team

www.greenbuildexpo.com

Showcasing some of the most impactful success stories from Greenbuild 2018.

ISSUE

Each year, thousands of green building professionals from across the globe unite to learn,
share, and inspire – with the goal of advancing the green building movement. While we work
diligently to engage our vendors behind the scenes to make the show more sustainable, there
is always an opportunity to create more meaningful engagement with all of our stakeholders.

ACTIONS

• This year Greenbuild partnered with Waste Management to help us engage and train our
amazing volunteers about the waste management process. Through back-of-house tours and
daily training, our volunteers were well versed in “Trash Talk.”

• Before arriving on-site, 66% of attendees pledged to take at least one of the actions in our
pledge options, suggestions for sustainable actions tailored to the host city and the show.
Additionally, thousands of attendees, exhibitors, and Greenbuild participants made their
pledges onsite at our Sustainability Hub.

• In an effort to make our pledges a bit more meaningful, we coordinated with the local host
committee to include

Read the rest of the sustainability stories in the Greenbuild 2018 Sustainability Report here.

Greenbuild continues to prioritize sustainability and demonstrate leadership when it comes to greening the conference and events industry. This year’s conference will take place November 20-22 in Atlanta, GA. Registration is now open. Get your tickets here.