Greenbuild 2011 Recap - Toronto

Mon, 2011-11-07 16:37

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the largest, and most respected, green conference in the world. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) holds this astounding event each year, bringing together professionals from the green building industry while also celebrating the sustainable projects that have been implemented in the host city. 

This year’s event took place in Toronto, Canada, and marked the first time that Greenbuild was held outside the United States. It was a monumental occasion to celebrate the expansion and livelihood of green building, and it seems the distance proved to be no issue - approximately 23,000 green building professionals participated in this year’s Greenbuild conference!

One of our favorite parts of Greenbuild is meeting with former students who stop by our booth. We enjoyed hearing everyone’s stories and were humbled that you took the time to see us. It’s a great feeling for us to see how far you’ve come and to learn about the projects you are working on. Everblue is a LEED training institution, but our training would mean nothing if our students didn’t go out into the real world and expand on their knowledge to create a cleaner and safer environment for all. It means a lot to us that you have dug so deeply into the world of green building and truly seek to make a difference in the world. 

As always, it was very enjoyable to walk through the many aisles of booths, marveling at new products and networking with other green building professionals. Being a part of Greenbuild is like entering a different dimension. Everywhere you turn, you find innovative services and passionate professionals working toward the same goals as you. And Toronto was a great location. Outside, and completely unrelated to the conference, we saw multiple examples of citizens living their daily lives in a sustainable way. It has become second nature to them.

The USGBC threw a curveball at this year’s opening celebration. They asked a new color to join in on the festivities: popular band Maroon 5 headlined the opening keynote and celebration. They performed their hit “Moves Like Jagger,” which added even more volume to the atmosphere. The band members shared their sustainable practices with the audience - one of which included monitoring their carbon footprint while touring. It was a colorful occasion, bringing together green building professionals, Everblue students and staff, and Maroon 5 fanatics.

If you did not make it this year, consider the investment in 2012 – it’s well worth it! We hope to see you in San Francisco next year!