Well, here’s the conference summary post I wasn’t going to write…
Another Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is in the books (that would be the world’s largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, including nearly 20,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors, this year hosted in Washington D.C.) Some key features included:
- Opening Plenary, a conversation on climate change with award winning filmmaker James Cameron and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski
- Greenbuild Celebration, held at the Washington, D.C. Newseum, with a special concert performance by Fitz and the Tantrums and a lively evening of networking
- Women in Green Power Breakfast, which focused this year on the topic of mentorship
- Closing Plenary, with a fast paced discussion moderated by NPR President Emeritus Kevin Klose and prominent sustainability leaders
This being only my second Greenbuild, I tried to have some goals and a plan going in to make the best use of the time, as that large a conference can become overwhelming. One of those was just to meet more people. Whether it’s finally putting a face to that name you’ve been emailing, striking up a conversation with a fellow mechanical engineer from Brazil in the Starbucks line, or even randomly meeting the author of an article I admired at a party hosted by Kohler… these things seem to happen pretty effortlessly at Greenbuild. Besides the personal connections, I also managed to find some time for education sessions.
A07: The Next Frontier: Enabling Energy Savings in Tenant Space
B01: Deep energy retrofits using performance contracting
C09: Commercial Asset Rating – New Methods for Driving Investment
D10: Updating the Rest of the Market: Class B and C Buildings
G04: From the Trenches: Scalable Solutions for Existing Buildings
H07: 2030 Districts Approach to High Performance Small Commercial
And I thought… why not take all my notes from these sessions and make them into a word-cloud? This pretty accurately sums up what I’m thinking about all the time, so it’s fitting that these are also the notes I took.