Inside GreenBuild, Part 2
Eric Corey Freed's take on the largest green building conference in the world: Part 2.
(BE SURE to read Part 1)
Despite the milestone, there was almost no mention of this being the tenth anniversary of the GreenBuild Conference & Expo. With the exception of a single display (at the top of the escalators between the halls), there was no other mention of a decade of impact. The focus of the show was clearly on the future, not lingering in the past. Besides, the 23,000 plus attendees had just barely survived the worst recession in eighty years, a recession that continues to pummel the building industry. This tenth anniversary would pass with little fanfare.
The mood in the halls was upbeat, optimistic and generally positive. (You may say that is because we really have no place to go but up.) In talking with hundreds of attendees, the real reason is more exciting. The source of this hope and confidence comes from a simple place: the built environment is a mess and it needs to be redesigned. It needs to be redesigned now. For a convention hall full of designers, this is cause for excitement. It was setting in that the world is going to need their services.
SOURCE: GreenBuild Expo