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GreenBuild 2020 Virtual

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 10:15 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

This year’s Greenbuild was expected to be in San Diego however it was held virtually, due to the covid-19 pandemic. There were live virtual educations sessions and a virtual expos hall. These covered topics such as electrifying all buildings, embodied carbon in building operations and providing more transparency in construction materials. On-demand sessions will be available for those who need to catch up on continuing education hours for the next 30 days.

On Day One, there was an informative Opening Keynote from Christiana Figueres and Mahesh Ramanujam. They spoke to attendees through the virtual format about LEED positive buildings by 2050, limiting competition between rating systems and the new USGBC ALL IN equality strategy. Christiana Figueres spoke about how the decade of 2020 will be the most important decade for humanity regarding the environment. She begged the question - do we reach our green goals by 2030? The future is always under construction and humanity must build it appropriately.

Day Two’s Keynote starred three female designers, Julia Watson, Kotchakorn Voraakhom, and Catherine Huang. These women embrace the concept of a sustainable future using successes from the past. After each designer spoke about their inspirations, they held a round table discussion between the women about what how many new technologies and developments have shifted our symbiosis with nature. 

To wrap up the conference, at the Leadership Ceremony, awards were given out the project teams and individuals that deserved them the most in an hour-long ceremony that was very well done.

Overall Greenbuild keeps pushing us to make the planet a greener place for future generations by bringing together the latest education and industry. It is up to the green building professionals around the world to continue a green mission.

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