World’s Largest Green Building Conference and Expo

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From November 17 – 19, building professionals from all over the world cametogether in Chicago for Greenbuild, the world’s largest and mostcomprehensive green building conference and expo. Greenbuild isorganized by Washington-based U.S. Green Building Council. With morethan 27,000 attendees from 112 countries, the annual event is thepremier networking event in the world of green building.

The week-long event featured 1,800 booths where more than 1,000 companies displayed their green goods and services.

Greenbuild 2010 also featured nearly 200 education sessions. The extensiveeducational programming and workshops covered commercial and residential building design, construction, operation, maintenance, and financing,as well as related topics like neighborhood development. Many of theeducational sessions offer professional credential CEU’s.

Additional residential training and certification workshops were held November 15th and 16th, preceding Greenbuild.

Former secretary of State and retired general Colin Powell gave the keynoteopening speech on November 17, and Housing and Urban DevelopmentSecretary Shaun Donovan gave the closing address on November 19.

Greenbuild, was first held in Austin, Texas, in 2002, and next year (2011), forfirst time, the event will be held outside of the United States, inToronto, Canada.

This conference not only promoted greenbuilding, it is also a more environmentally responsible event thatincluded recycling, composting and fair-trade products.

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Richard Matthews is a consultant, eco-entrepreneur, sustainable investor and writer. He is the owner of THE GREEN MARKET, one of the Web’s most comprehensive resources on the business of the environment. He is also the author of numerous articles on sustainable positioning, green investing, enviro-politics and eco-economics.