It’s Good To Be Green

From tours of L.A.’s top sustainable projects to captivating speakers such as cultural innovator Bjarke Ingels to an exhibition hall showcasing 500-plus exhibitors, you won’t want to miss a minute of the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo happening in early October

Written by Wendy Bowman | Photography by Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

The U.S. Greenbuilding Council is bringing the world’s largest event dedicated to sustainable building to L.A. for the first time. Set for Oct. 3-8 (with the Conference and Expo portion of the gathering taking place Oct. 5-7 at the Los Angeles Convention Center) “Greenbuild 2016: Iconic Green” unites building professionals from around the globe for a week of networking and education, plus an inside look at today’s cutting-edge equipment, products, services and technologies.

“L.A. is an eclectic city and is a great fit for Greenbuild,” says Lindsay Roberts, group director of Informa Exhibitions. “This area has a substantial amount of sustainable initiatives—from government buildings to Hollywood to beautiful green-space—and the challenges California is dealing with relative to water and drought are excellent case studies for our educational offerings.”

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Attendees can expect the Conference and Expo to include three days of inspiring speakers such as award-winning photographer, explorer, author and environmental advocate Sebastian Copeland; summits on water conservation and the latest market trends transforming the green-building industry; LEED workshops; and 13 specialty product pavilions and 500-plus exhibitors (including the Greenbuild Show Home and a Net Zero Zone powered 100 percent by alternative energy collected on-site). Other activities throughout the week include the popular Green Building tours—with behind-the-scenes looks at everything from the sustainable development in the L.A. Sports and Entertainment District to adaptive reuse projects in the downtown Arts District.

Among the must-attend events? The Greenbuild Plenary & Celebration Oct. 6 at Microsoft Theater/L.A. Live—with speeches by Lt. Gov. of California Gavin Newsom, outgoing USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi, and renowned author and journalist Sebastian Junger, followed by an outdoor concert with Aloe Blacc and X Ambassadors at L.A. Live. Not to mention the Closing Plenary Oct. 7 showcasing noted architect Bjarke Ingels.

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