Attend Greenbuild 2017 in Boston, China or India

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Did you know that you can attend Greenbuild this year in Boston, China or India? Greenbuild 2017, the world’s largest and most influential green building conference, offers a forum in three locations for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues such as energy and water use, indoor environmental quality, human health, land development and reducing CO2 emissions. 

This year’s Greenbuild will feature:

  • Inspiring keynote speakers
  • Opening ceremony and celebration
  • Master series
  • LEED workshops
  • A packed exhibit hall with groundbreaking green building products and services
  • Local green building tours
  • 80+ educational sessions for all of your credentialing maintenance needs
  • USGBC Leadership Awards
  • Signature events such as Executive and Leadership Luncheons

Boston, Massachusetts, USA
November 8–10
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


For the first time ever, Greenbuild is also coming to China and India.

Shanghai, China
Oct. 17–18
W Shanghai—The Bund

Why is Greenbuild headed to China? China is a leader in green building. With more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects, China ranked number one in the annual “Top 10 Countries for LEED,” with 35 square meters of LEED space certified per person in 2016.

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Mumbai, India
Nov. 2–5
Bombay Exhibition Center (NESCO)

Why India? India ranks third among the Top 10 Countries for LEED green building, and in 2016, nearly 650 Indian building projects earned LEED certification. Greenbuild India is where you can learn about the latest global and regional market trends, innovative solutions, products, services and technologies.

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Don’t miss the global green building industry event of the year. To see more about Greenbuild, watch our recap video from 2016:

Greenbuild 2017: All In

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More than 20 years ago, USBGC started as a vision. Today, it is an unparalleled community of sustainability-focused and like-minded people responsible for anchoring one of the most important environmental movements of our time. In 2000, the very first LEED buildings were certified, propelling the multi-billion-dollar global green building industry and spurring explosive growth in energy-efficient, green buildings across the globe.

In 2002, USGBC held the first Greenbuild conference as a thought leadership platform to engage and support our movement’s leaders. In 2008, USGBC created GBCI, an independent certification and credentialing organization, to accelerate the mission of USGBC and the adoption of LEED.


Today, LEED is the most widely used green building rating program in the world and is on track to directly contribute $303.5 billion to the U.S. GDP by 2018. LEED is one of the single most powerful economic development tools for revitalizing and scaling sustainable buildings across the globe. In the U.S. alone, it supports nearly eight million jobs across all 50 states and contributes $554 billion to the economy annually. LEED has become a full-scale global movement, with nearly 90,000 registered and certified projects and more than 19.15 billion square feet participating in LEED across 165 countries and territories. Every day, 2.2 million square feet of building space certifies to LEED.

What’s next?

What’s next for USGBC, LEED and GBCI? One of our main focuses is preparing for the next 20+ years and sustaining LEED’s explosive growth trajectory. So, in the last few years, we have shifted our vision to prepare ourselves for the future. To further ramp up the green building movement and complement LEED, GBCI has expanded to administer several other rating systems.

We know that the built environment goes far beyond the four walls of a building, and the increased scope of USGBC and GBCI shows the ways our movement spans across industries: From land and sustainable site development, parking structures and power sources, to human health and wellness, the indoor environment and the reduction of waste and investment in sustainability as a way to increase the bottom line.

GBCI is now administering and supporting nine rating systems including LEED, WELL, PEER, SITES, Parksmart, EDGE, GRESB, Zero Waste and the Investor Confidence Project. And with these new rating systems, GBCI is consistently advancing our strategy to create new markets, build capacity and create value.

Together, USGBC and GBCI are creating unstoppable momentum in the marketplace. You can see that through LEED, and with the addition of these rating systems, we are expanding from buildings to communities to cities, and that the next era of green building is about seamless integration to ensure a sustainable future for all.

In support of this vision, GBCI also recently launched Arc, a new state-of-the-art technology and data platform designed to take LEED and GBCI’s other rating systems and the green building movement itself to the next level through the shared use of technology, feedback and performance recognition excellence.

Arc empowers people all over the world to connect and collaborate toward a collective higher quality of life by making the most informed sustainability decisions possible.


Every year, USGBC and our Greenbuild partner Informa produce the largest green building conference and expo in the world. This is where the contributions of USGBC, GBCI and our community members come together.

For 15 years, Greenbuild has been bringing forth world leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu; former President Bill Clinton; former Vice President Al Gore; former Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton; environmental activists such as Tom Steyer, Sheryl Crow, E.O. Wilson and Josh Bernstein; media celebrities such as Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough, David Brooks, Cokie Roberts and Thomas Friedman; numerous nonprofit organizational leaders like WRI, UNEP, AIA, ASLA, IFMA, NAHB, C40, EDF, Nature Conservancy, NRDC, World Bank, IFC and IMF; and technology and manufacturing giants such as Autodesk, Adobe, Google, UTC, Intel and Kohler.

Greenbuild 2017 will continue this legacy, featuring something for everyone. We are projecting more than 25,000 attendees from 100 countries will join us for this year’s event in Boston, which will feature several hundred exhibitors of green products and service innovations on the show floor and more than 150 presentations and educational sessions by business, environmental, government and social leaders.

We are also putting together a stellar lineup of inspiring plenary and keynote speakers, master series speakers and diverse educational content. Greenbuild education includes Special Sets, which reinvent traditional breakout sessions with alternative formats and new engaging environments.

We will also hold four separate summits, including the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, WaterBuild—The Water Summit at Greenbuild, the popular International Summit and the Builder Sustainability Forum. Greenbuild will feature an entire Master Series track, as well as sessions on LEED and the GBCI programs—GRESB, Parksmart, PEER, SITES, WELL, Zero Waste and Investor Confidence Project.

Greenbuild has become the go-to place for the green building industry to convene, and it is where the future of the green building movement is shaped. The ideas and passions of the green building community come alive each year at Greenbuild. It’s where inspiration happens, business relationships are cultivated, innovation is recognized and celebrated and where people from around the globe come to reconnect and remind each other why they do what they do—and why they work hard every day to better the built environment.

This year will be a turning point for Greenbuild, and for the future of our movement. More than ever, we’re at an important crossroads where our movement must carefully consider which direction we will take. At USGBC, we are encouraged about the future because we’ve witnessed the green building movement double down its efforts to bring people in, lift communities up and demonstrate that green buildings and communities are all about people, the environment, human health and wellness. We’ve been encouraged by the continued commitment to build a sustainable future for all.

We know that at this point in time, we need to look to new leaders who are inspired by the promise of a brighter future for our children and for generations to follow. We know that these leaders are everywhere, because we’ve watched them make history together and define the work that we, as an organization, do each day. And we know that private industry and public leaders are the key to continuing to transform the market and push the sustainability movement forward.

The green building movement is a community of 13 million strong and growing. And we are ready to rise. We are in this together.

All In

The theme for this year’s Greenbuild is “All In” and encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement. The green building movement is living proof that real change starts with people—real change starts with you and me.

To carry this movement forward, we need a network of fellow changemakers who keep building—who keep building net zero office buildings and hospitals, who keep building the homes we open to one another and the schools for our children, who keep building communities that run on brilliant minds and diverse backgrounds, who keep building the community centers where we gather and the headquarters where we commit to doing better for our nation. And most important, those who keep building trust in one another and keep building bridges and bonds and breaking barriers.

In order to keep building, we must be “All In”—for the ideals of equality, opportunity, diversity and acceptance. And we must be “All In” for creating a future we all can believe in—a more sustainable future for all regardless of economic, social, cultural or political background. And we must be “All In” for fighting inequity and injustice, ending poverty and tackling climate change.

“All In” showcases the depth of the commitment we feel to our community, to our mission and to our world. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next—new technology, new ideas and new ways forward. We are dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings.

“All In” also encompasses the increased scope of USGBC and GBCI. This year’s Greenbuild in Boston will feature an even larger connection to USGBC and GBCI’s programs, which offer unparalleled opportunities to revitalize the economy through green jobs, energy efficiency and operational cost savings.

These programs provide a real chance to turn the tide of climate change; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; preserve water and natural resources; promote health, security and resiliency; and target causes of global strife, such as dependence on fossil fuels and a worsening water shortage. USGBC and GBCI take a results-oriented approach to transforming the green building—and business—marketplace.

“All In” encompasses the idea that all buildings, all communities and all cities can do better. While LEED has always been, and will continue to be the leadership standard, there is a tremendous opportunity to effect change on a global scale across the entire built environment and across both existing and new buildings, communities and cities. This year we welcome everyone to Greenbuild as green building champions—from all corners of the globe.

I am also excited to announce that this year we have expanded our Greenbuild platform to include conferences in India and China, in addition to Greenbuild Boston and Greenbuilding Brasil. These new events serve as platforms for green building knowledge and shared expertise across continents—while scaling the breadth and reach of global market transformation for the built environment.

When we come together for Greenbuild in Boston, Brazil, India and China, we represent professionals, advocates, practitioners, students, teachers, designers, builders and everything in between.

We are one community. We are what’s next, and we are “All In.”

Register for Greenbuild Boston today

Apply for a scholarship to attend Greenbuild 2017 in Boston

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Do you believe everyone deserves healthy, safe, efficient green spaces in which to live, work, learn, and play? USGBC seeks community changemakers who share our vision and have the drive to make green buildings and sustainable communities accessible to all people and populations.

Take the opportunity to convene with others who share your vision and drive at Greenbuild, the premier international conference and expo dedicated to green building. Learn how scholarship recipients benefited from participating in 2016.

USGBC seeks scholarship applicants who are dedicated to advancing our mission in low-status and vulnerable communities. Scholarships are competitive and available to individuals with a demonstrated financial or other barrier to participation. We are specifically looking for individuals seeking to advance community health and sustainability.

Three types of scholarships are available:

  • Local Scholarships: These scholarships target applicants from the Boston area and include full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes SummitDeadline: Fri., July 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Regional Scholarships: These scholarships target U.S.-based applicants committed to long-term volunteer engagement with USGBC across our eight regions. Scholarship includes full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, roundtrip airfare and four nights of shared hotel lodging in Boston. Deadline: Fri., July 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • International Scholarships: These scholarships target applicants outside of the U.S. who are committed to long-term volunteer engagement with their nation’s green building council across five global regions. Scholarship includes full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, roundtrip airfare and five nights of shared hotel lodging in Boston. Deadline: Fri., June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the scholarships and eligibility requirements.

Apply for a Greenbuild scholarship

Greenbuild 2017 scholarship opportunities

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For Greenbuild 2017, in Boston from November 7–10, USGBC offers several scholarships to community changemakers who share our vision and have the drive to make green buildings and sustainable communities accessible to all people and populations. 

Scholarships are competitive and available to individuals with a demonstrated financial or other barrier to participation from audiences seeking to advance community health and sustainability through:

  • Affordable housing: Nonprofit and governmental affordable housing providers
  • Faith-based organizations: Houses of worship and faith-based missions
  • Veterans affairs: Veterans seeking opportunities for training and community service
  • Public and social services: Government, private and nonprofit  community organizations
  • Schools, colleges and universities: K–12 schools designated as Title 1 by the U.S. Department of Education; private and charter schools and higher education campuses serving targeted populations (i.e., low-income communities, people with disabilities, minorities, etc); technical colleges, historically black colleges and universities
  • Neighborhoods, districts and towns: Development organizations advancing health and sustainability in low-income neighborhoods, small towns, rural communities or reservations through the engagement of citizens with public and private institutions

Scholarship categories

  • Local scholarships: These scholarships target applicants from the Boston area and include full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes SummitDeadline: Fri., July 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • Regional scholarships: These scholarships target U.S.-based applicants committed to long-term volunteer engagement with USGBC across our eight regions. Scholarship includes full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, roundtrip airfare and four nights of shared hotel lodging in Boston. Deadline: Fri., July 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
  • International scholarships: These scholarships target applicants outside of the U.S. who are committed to long-term volunteer engagement with their nation’s green building council across five global regions. Scholarship includes full conference registration to Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, roundtrip airfare and five nights of shared hotel lodging in Boston. Applicants must have approved access to enter the United States. This scholarship is specifically for individuals from developing nations in Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Americas (Central America, South America, Canada and Mexico), the Asia/Pacific region and Europe. Deadline: Fri., June 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must

  • Be 18 years or older as of September 30, 2017.
  • Have not attended Greenbuild in the past.
  • Guarantee attendance at Greenbuild and the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit from Tues., November 7 to Fri., November 10, 2017.
  • Not be USGBC staff, or hold a volunteer leadership position with USGBC.
  • Demonstrate a valid and reasonable need for the scholarship, as evidenced by the inability to attend Greenbuild without one, due to financial, location and/or professional constraints.
  • Demonstrate how his or her background merits receipt of a scholarship.
  • Be committed to partnering with USGBC to advancing health and sustainability in local communities in 2018.

Applicants may only apply for one of the scholarships offered.

Are you under 25 or enrolled as a full-time student? You are also eligible for a three-day conference pass registration through USGBC’s volunteer program.

Questions about applying for a scholarship? Email USGBC.

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From the Greening Committee: Waste diversion at Greenbuild 2017

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Have you ever wondered where your trash ends up? I live in downtown Boston, and twice a week, a garbage truck comes through my North End neighborhood and picks up my trash. It magically disappears, but where does it go? Do you know where your trash goes? If you did know, would it change your behavior for how you handle your waste and recycling? What are the impacts on the environment, both inside and outside our cities?

The Greening Committee for Greenbuild 2017 wants to know the answers to these questions. Each year, Greenbuild challenges itself to walk the talk of sustainability. This year’s attendance goal of 30,000 means a lot of trash at our convention center in Boston, Massachusetts. How much trash will you put on the pile at Greenbuild 2017? USGBC plans to find out, while also engaging student volunteers to provide program information, or “talking trash,” at each waste and recycling station on the expo hall floor.

Reducing waste at Greenbuild—and in Massachusetts

In the months leading up to Greenbuild and also at the event, our committee will be talking about WasteWise, a program developed by the EPA. WasteWise helps organizations reduce their impact on global climate change through waste reduction. WasteWise also gives you a guide to tracking waste in EnergyStar Portfolio Manager. The WasteWise program will be the foundation for “talking trash” points at Greenbuild 2017.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is targeting a 30 percent reduction of trash by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050 from a 2008 baseline. As of 2015, Massachusetts had seen a 16 percent reduction. Like many other states across the U.S., Massachusetts is challenged with what do with its trash. The Commonwealth sends its waste to municipal landfills, incineration stations and other states via waste-by-rail. On the bright side, recycling has been a tremendous success in the Commonwealth. Another great initiative is “waste to energy” programs. Expect to learn more about the Commonwealth’s waste and recycling programs from Greenbuild 2017’s “talking trash” initiative.

The City of Boston will play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s waste reduction goals. Greenovate is Mayor Walsh’s initiative to get all Bostonians involved in eliminating pollution. My first involvement with Greenovate was acting as the energy efficiency and renewable energy manager for the City of Boston. Waste diversion strategies live within Greenovate’s Climate Action Plan. The City of Boston’s waste and recycling programs will also be part of the “talking trash” points at Greenbuild 2017.

How close can we get to zero?

What is Greenbuild 2017’s plan for waste diversion, and how can you participate? USGBC has a goal of moving Greenbuild toward being a zero waste event. In 2015, Greenbuild had an 84 percent waste diversion rate. This reached 90 percent in Los Angeles last year. How can we eliminate the last 10 percent? The Greening Committee believes the answers are education, innovation and the will to do good for future generations. We’ll provide the education, you provide the innovation and we will collaborate toward a waste-free future.

Go ahead, talk some trash on Twitter leading up to and at Greenbuild 2017 with @USGBC, @USGBCMA and @ToddIsherwood.

Learn more about Greenbuild 2017