While I’ve been reminding myself to enjoy the quiet moments of the past few weeks as summer winds to a close, I couldn’t help feeling a bit antsy as I’m excited at what lies in the weeks ahead. Autumn is always an eventful time, with back-to-school fervor in the air, and this year is looking to be no exception. Most prominent on my calendar, of course, is Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, where an abundance of learning will certainly take place. While I’m busy lining up my schedule with booth visits (check out the interactive floorplan here) and sessions (check out the schedule online here), I have to admit I hope that my fellow attendees will take a moment or two to get outside of the show as well. You see, this fall, the must-attend conference for the green-building industry is taking over my hometown of Toronto, Canada. There were, predictably, a few questions when it was first announced that the annual show for the United States Green Building Council would be held in Canada. But, I think the location is perfect (even with my Canadian bias put aside).
Why? Because sustainability is—and must continue to be—a global conversation. Over the past decade, I have been fortunate enough to travel across the globe to examine design, architecture, and environment and I can easily state that every single journey left me with the best souvenirs: a sense of appreciation for the innovation occurring abroad, pride at the work being done at home, a sense of wonder at the wide range of opportunities on the horizon, and an ever-growing thirst for more information on where sustainability can go next and how our industry can play a critical role.
The concept of interconnectedness has been on my mind a lot lately as I chose to wrap up my summer reading by revisiting Thomas L. Friedman’s book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded.” For those readers who missed the chance to hear Freidman keynote at the AIA’s National Convention in New Orleans this past May, Greenbuild provides a second opportunity and a conversation piece as I’m sure it’s the only time he will headline an event with rock stars Maroon 5.
As you settle back into the office this week, our monthly e-newsletter should help get you up to speed on recent developments. Among the developments of the past month are a report tracking green-building legislation in all 50 states through the first half of the calendar year, updates from the EPA and Energy Star, news on the class action suit that was pending against USGBC, and, unfortunately, a story on a great loss to the sustainable design community.
We think there’s so much to talk about in the coming months, in fact, that you’ll notice a few extra recaps in your inbox—one every other week in September and October. Stay tuned!