Of course there were dozens of topics outside of these categories, but these six concepts give a glimpse into what really is next for green building.
(I was scheduled to speak on the topic of Innovative Green Residential, but that seemed too dry and I decided instead to present a new talk entitled “Dodo-Sapiens,” my rant on how our way of life is killing us, and the need for living, bio-based buildings. The audience didn’t seem to mind. More on that later.)
The real conference occurs between the sessions in the hallways. Over the past decade, Greenbuild has become the place for networking, to see and been seen by the greatest minds in our sustainability movement. Seen roaming the conference halls are such visionaries as Amory Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute), Bill Browning (Terrapin Bright Green), Jerry Yudelson (Author & Consultant), and Gail Vittori (Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. Or as I overheard: “If a bomb dropped [on the Toronto Convention Centre], the green building movement would be set back 30 years.”
IN PART 2: Eric discussed the Opening Plenary sessions, including the fantastic keynote by Thomas Friedman of the New York Times.