Greenbuild International Expo 2010 Comes to Chicago

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Image provided by the USGBC.

By Rosie Powers, Editor

This November, Chicago will host the annual Greenbuild International Expo, the world’s largest green building conference.

Since its start in 2002, the expo has showcased the latest in international sustainable building products. It has made its way to several other American cities including Portland, Atlanta, Austin, Denver and Phoenix. Chicago also hosted the expo in 2007, drawing a total of 479 exhibitors from 66 countries. Ashley Katz, manager of communications for the USGBC, told GreenBeanChicago.com that the 2010 expo has 900 exhibiting companies and more than 1700 exhibit bases so far.

This year, the expo has enacted new Greenbuild Mandatory Green Guidelines for its exhibitors. These include provisions for moving waste from the expo away from landfills and aiming to make 25 percent of the expo’s food local and organically-grown, according to the Greenbuild website.

“We’ve put this together to encourage the next level of commitment to green building for our exhibitors,” Katz said.

Former Vice President Al Gore at the 2009 Greenbuild Expo in Phoenix. Image provided by the USGBC.

The expo will offer tours of many of Chicago’s green buildings on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20. Sites featured on the tour include Chicago’s North Side neighborhoods, LEED for Existing Buildings O&M, community gardens, urban farms, sustainable health care facilities and sustainable schools.

Katz said the expo will also be partnering with the Blue Green Alliance and the City of Chicago to host a green jobs summit, bringing together trainers, policy makers, community activists and job seekers to talk about jobs in the green economy.

“It’s a fair, but it also features speakers who focus on the green movement and its opportunities, challenges and next steps,” said Katz. “It’s a neat opportunity for people, regardless of where they are in their career.”

Greenbuild will be held at McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Other activities, such as a film festival and several USGBC workshops for exhibitors, will also be featured.

“Chicago has been seen as a next generation city that has committed to enacting green building legislation and green building,” Katz said. “We think Greenbuild will elevate that even further and educate people.”

GreenBeanChicago.com will provide you ongoing coverage from the 2010 Greenbuild Expo. Stay tuned for updates and reviews of the latest in green building technology!

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