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A Newcomer’s Perspective: First Impressions of Greenbuild

01:12:33 PM on 11/18/2009

I was fortunate to be able to attend the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix last week. I have attended several other industry trade shows, but was a first timer to Greenbuild. I had always heard good things about the show, but wasn’t exactly sure what to expect.

The show

Overall, I thought the show was very well organized. The registration stations made getting into the show a breeze.  The streamline process made for virtually no waiting in lines for badge and bag pick up. And the online scheduler for education sessions was a really handy tool for managing all the events throughout the show.  I was also impressed with how green practices were incorporated in every aspect of the show. Exhibitors were given strict guidelines for booth construction and set up. Also, the Expo guide included a section called Greening Tips, which provided tips on how to incorporate green practices while at the show with information on the recycling and composting stations. The Greening Tips also provided some ideas to being green outside the show by including different transportation options for getting around the area. Even the convention center itself is a model of green building, achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Sliver certification for its new West building.

The vendors

I was impressed by the number of vendors and the number of different industries represented at the show. There was everything from building materials to site materials and more. It was really encouraging to see the number of companies that truly see the benefits in of green building. I was also impressed by the amount of innovation and integrated approaches to building design.

The attendees

Most notably (and what I think sets this show apart from the others) was the level of excitement and energy around the show. It could be from the way the show is organized or the variety of different vendors or just the participants themselves excited about green building. Compared with other industry events, I was really impressed with the engagement of the attendees. The attendees seemed very well informed and educated. I was also impressed with the number of students that stopped by our Kawneer booth. It was encouraging to see that future generations of architects are so passionate about green building.

These are just a few of my thoughts as a first timer to the Greenbuild conference. Are there any veterans out there that have a different perspective? Or want to discuss how the show has evolved over the years?

Come back soon for more of my discussion on Greenbuild 2009.



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