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November 15, 2009


Chris Geiger

Great summary, Joel. I was there as well, and had some similar impressions. The energy and ingenuity pouring into the Green Building movement is awe-inspiring, as were the parade of global GB programs that were represented at the (mega) keynote - all growing quickly, all inspired by the USGBC and LEED. China, Brazil, India, England, Germany, New Zealand, and on and on.

I'm also a new member of the USGBC's Material and Resources Technical Advisory Group this year. Let me share an impression from our all-day meeting the day before GreenBuild began: A room filled with hundreds of incredibly bright, committed people, all volunteering their time to propel LEED into the future. The official estimate was 200,000 hours of volunteer time last year from the committees, and everyone believes it is really 4-5 times that. Since green building now includes landscaping, neighborhood development, and existing buildings, it is truly one of the big tents in the progressive movement.

Ann Ranson

Thanks for this great recap! I wasn't able to attend, so I appreciate you bringing this great insight to me.

David Fox

Ditto to Ann. I made it to Greenbuild last year, and also to it's conventional counterpart IBS (International Builders Show) in Vegas January. It is terrific to hear that exhibition space was up - any attendance stats, I recall it was 28,000 last year?

Here are some stats on IBS from http://www.professionaldoordealer.com/articles/ibs-2009--annual-builders--show-weathers-the-.html
"02/17/2009 - Crowds were expectedly smaller at the annual International Builders’ Show this January — a reported 60,000 attended, down from more than 90,000 in 2008 and more than 100,000 in 2007 "

At that pace, it won't be long before Greenbuild becomes the mainstream building show!

Jerry Yudelson

A pretty accurate summary, Joel, of the Greenbuild show. As the chair of the conference committee, I can tell you that there is quite a bit of behind the scenes exhibitor "education" on what constitutes greenwashing and what are legitimate claims. Show attendance was down just a little from last year in Boston, but given the state of the economy, that was amazing. Green building is a permanent part of the landscape, and for all the good reasons you cite. See you in Chicago next November for Greenbuild 2010!


It's good to hear this news about the green building sector's current success! I have just one caveat to make regarding organics (I know this is not at all what the article is about, but I've seen this confusion made before). Whether something has fat in abundance are not, has nothing to do with whether it is grown with organic standards. In fact, I regularly buy organic certified butter, knowing full well that it is fat. My hope in purchasing organic certified butter (and I am particular about the brand, because of the organic washing going on) is that it will be less chemical laden and hopefully full of better fats for me and my family. Better fats are more Omega 3s. Fat is not wholly unhealthy and does not contradict organic standards.

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