GreenBuild is done for another year. Looking back, I can definitely say the Pacific Northwest – and Seattle in particular – represented.
From speakers (there were at least 35 from the Pacific Northwest) to people in the crowd (I must have seen at least 50 people from the area) to a reference in Rick Fedrizzi’s opening speech to the Living Building Challenge to expo hall presenters, there was a giant contingent representing whatsome *ahem* consider to be the greenest region of the country.
Overall, I noticed a change in GreenBuild presenters. It seemed (to me) that there was a little less architectural focus and more focus on the financial aspect of green building from the real estate side. Speakers came from Kennedy Associates, Wright Runstad & Co., Hines, PNC Real Estate, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Vulcan, Jones Lang LaSalle etc. To me, this reinforced the idea that “green” is becoming more and more mainstream. While the design aspect is important, the financial metrics really sell it — just look at LEED volume. I also noticed a focus on the sustainability of the site, versus just the sustainability of the building.
I enjoyed the focus of the expo floor to reduce waste. Instead of a flood of literature that stays on my desk for months, presenters were encouraged to limit waste and only give away business cards. It was impressive.
I also enjoyed some of the wild outfits that turned up. Especially colorful cowboy hats, a full fake animal print suit in different colors and the myriad of cowboy boots worn on people’s feet. A friend of mine said there seemed to be a lot more suits at GreenBuild this year – which she said is a good thing “cuz we need ’em!”
As for dislikes, I heard a lot of complaints about the lack of vegetarian food (this is GreenBuild afterall!) I also heard a lot of people complaining about two elements of Colin Powell’s speech: his discussion of the state of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad and his statement that coal, nuclear and oil need to be just as much a part of our energy portfolio as solar and wind energy.
What did you think of GreenBuild? Comment below and tell me what your favorite – or least favorite part was. Would love to hear your reaction!