‘Greenbuild’ conference set for Boston

The U.S. Green Building Council will hold its annual Greenbuild show this year in Boston, with around 25,000 green builders, industry professionals and exhibitors expected to attend.

The event will be held Nov. 19 to 21 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu will serve as keynote speaker for the event, followed by speeches from a number of experts in the field of green building, including:

• Paul Anastas, director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University

• Carol Browner of the Albright Group, and former EPA administrator

• Majora Carter, executive director, Sustainable South Bronx

• Howard Frumkin, director, The National Center for Environmental Health, CDC

• E.O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator of Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

The show's theme builds on its Boston location -- "Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability." LEED workshops and a number of learning sessions -- more than 100 in all -- are planned. Workshops center on topics such as sustainability in the world market, green cleaning for new home construction and understanding LEED guidelines.

The Greenbuild exhibit hall will house more than 1,300 booths, featuring new green products, building materials and a variety of services for the emerging green building industry.

Additionally, the conference will include full- and half-day tours of local buildings in the Boston area, particularly LEED-certified homes and commercial buildings.

More information on the Greenbuild conference can be found at www.greenbuildexpo.org. The U.S. Green Building Council, a nonprofit membership organization focused on sustainable building practices, produces the LEED guidelines for green building.