THE FIFTH ANNUAL GREENBUILD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXPO, sponsored by the Washington, D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council, shattered previous attendance records when 22,835 attendees flocked to Chicago’s McCormick Place in November 2007. More than 850 exhibitors showcased green products and services and more than 90 educational sessions were held during the four-day event.

Former President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address to nearly 8,000 people at the opening plenary session. Although Clinton said he was probably “preaching to the saved” at Greenbuild, he stressed going green is good economics. He also announced a major partnership between the Clinton Climate Initiative, New York; USGBC; GE Real Estate, Norwalk, Conn.; and American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a group of 435 presidents in 45 states governed by a steering committee.

Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s president, chief executive officer and founding chair announced several new Web-based educational initiatives. Greenbuild 365 (www.greenbuild365.org) is a learning portal for green-building education. The Green Home Guide (www.greenhomeguide.org) provides tools and resources for home buyers interested in greening their homes. The Green Playbook for Green Buildings and Neighborhoods (www.greenplaybook.org) provides strategies, tips and tools for cities and counties interested in taking immediate action against climate change through green building, green neighborhood development and sustainable infrastructure.

At its annual Leadership Awards banquet, USGBC honored 2007’s most influential green-building leaders in six categories: Community, Education, LEED, Organizational Excellence, Research and Advocacy. The awards recognize individuals and companies who exemplify vision, leadership and commitment to the evolution of green-building design and construction. The following were honored:

Bill Clinton(300)

Community: Gail Linsey, LEED faculty member from
Design Harmony, Wake Forest, N.C.
Education: The Aldo Leopold Legacy Center, Baraboo, Wis.
LEED: Rob Harris, chief of the engineering division of
the Directorate of Public Works, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Organizational Excellence:
David Eisenberg and the Development
Center for Appropriate Technology, Tucson, Ariz.
Research: KieranTimberlake Associates, Philadelphia
Advocacy: Ashok Gupta, director, Air & Energy Program,
Natural Resources Defense Council, New York

The 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will be held in
Boston, Nov. 19-21. For more information, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org.