In Case You Missed It: Greenbuild 2011

Last week, thousands of green building professionals from around the world gathered at the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green buildings. Greenbuild NEXT, hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council October 4-7 in Toronto was the first time the event took place outside the U.S.

While several RMI experts including James Brew, Victor Olgyay and Nicole LeClaire made the trip north, the rest of us who couldn’t make it to Toronto in person watched the event play out online. Luckily, through live accounts from attending bloggers, streamed video and social media, we were as good as there.

Following Greenbuild 2011 online

"AmoryThree days of educational sessions, speakers, tours and seminars including a Master Speaker Series, which included a presentation by RMI Chief Scientist Amory Lovins, where he discussed the role that America’s 120 million buildings play in ending our addiction to fossil fuels, and transitioning to efficiency and renewables.

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After his presentation, Amory welcomed all to a live book signing of Reinventing Fire, where one participant snapped a photo (courtesy of @CurtisPOlson via Twitter)!

"AmoryThe Greenbuild Blog Log

With 15 tracks of breakout session, each with 7 sessions, Greenbuild presented attendees—both live and online—with plenty of choices. To try to put some method to the madness, many bloggers gave their list of top Greenbuild picks:

Greenbuild: Top five seminars to check out
Azure, October 4, 2011
RMI Buildings Principal James Brew’s session, Transparency in the Service of Sustainability: Addressing the Market Demand for Glass Buildings, was listed one of the conference’s best seminars to check out.

Best of Greenbuild 2011 Education Sessions – Editor’s Picks
Energy Priorities, October 5, 2011
Founding Editor Denis Du Bois recommended Amory Lovins’ Master Speaker Series presentation, among other interesting sessions throughout the conference.

Greenbuild 2011 Roundup, Day 1: Green Jobs in Green Buildings, Net Zero Buildings and More
GreenBiz, October 5, 2011
Check out more from GreenBiz including a Day 2 roundup, scenes from the expo, and final conference takeaways.

Continuing the Conversation Online

During the event, participants shared their ideas, impressions and thoughts on Twitter. Here are some of our favorites.


















USGBC posed a great question to close the event. Did you attend Greenbuild 2011? What sessions spoke to you? And, most importantly, what’s next?