What’s next for green buildings all over the world?

This is the big topic of conversation at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference and expo beginning tomorrow and wrapping up four days later in the fair city of Toronto.

Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo and it’s expected to make an economic impact of $26 million, bringing 25,000 delegates from over 115 countries to the event. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre also stated that the conference will have a positive impact on the local economy, potentially grossing over $58 million from delegate spending.

Sounds like it will have other cities green with envy!
Toronto was selected as the host city because of its growth in the green building movement, with nearly 300 building projects registered and seeking LEED certification and 44 green building projects already LEED-certified in the Toronto area.

Greenbuild hopes to inspire and educate with a mammoth number of educational sessions, a multitude of master speakers and more than 1,000 companies showcasing the most innovative green building products and services. Distinguished guests at the plenary include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former PM of Canada Kim Campbell and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. The opening plenary event will feature Grammy award winning and LEED certified band, Maroon 5.

This is a big deal Toronto. The future of sustainable cities is formed at conferences like these so while the economic impact of this is awesome, what will be even more amazing are the ideas born here.

This Greenbuild conference is also important because it’s the first being held outside of the US. “It’s appropriate that the first Greenbuild outside of the United States is being held in Canada because it demonstrates the huge impact LEED, and the close partnership between the USGBC and CaGBC, have had on green building in Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO of the Canadian Green Building Council, who partnered with their American counterparts for this event.

And for anyone doubting the significance of this conference: this past year’s conference in Chicago attracted more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 1,800 exhibit booths. Whoa!

The conference runs from October 4 to October 7, so if you’re a Torontonian and you notice that the city looks a little greener than usual, then you’ll know why.

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