The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is set to host its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and for the first time, it will hold the event outside the U.S. -- Toronto, Canada.

For the first time, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will host its annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo outside the U.S. In choosing Toronto, Canada as the venue, the USGBC teamed up with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Greenbuild, Oct. 4-7, 2011.

With more than 100 educational sessions covering every facet of the broad green building industry, attendees will find a bounty of CEU-fulfilling opportunities. Thomas Friedman and Cokie Roberts will speak at this year’s Opening Keynote & Celebration on October 5. Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and internationally renowned author, reporter, and columnist, will lend his expertise to USGBC’s Resiliency Agenda panel. The panel, moderated by Roberts, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, bestselling author, and New Orleans native, will discuss resiliency and demonstrate how all industries can play a role in community rebuilding efforts in Haiti and around the world. They will be joined by medical anthropologist and physician, Dr. Paul Farmer, chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and founder of Partners in Health.

The closing plenary features keynote speaker Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City. “He is known for catapulting New York City into the international vanguard for fighting climate change and advancing sustainable development,” the USGBC notes. “As chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Mayor brings unparalleled knowledge and understanding to what cities around the world can do to generate real change.”

This year, Greenbuild offers 23 LEED-specific sessions within the full-conference program. New this year, Greenbuild is launching its International Delegation program in Toronto-giving international delegations the opportunity to make the most of their Greenbuild experience. This program will allow our international colleagues to take the best practices and innovations found at Greenbuild and apply them globally.

Additional events include the Master Series, Green Guilding Tours, Thought Leadership and Research Sessions, various Forums, Summits, and Workshops, and a multitude of Educational Sessions.

Also of note are the numerous tile-related exhibitors, including:
  • Ceramiche Refin
  • CertainTeed Corp.
  • Crossville
  • Florida Tile
  • MAPEI Corp.
  • Nuheat
  • Oceanside Glasstile
  • Pilkington North America
  • StonePeak Ceramics
  • Wausau Tile Inc.
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