Green building experts from around the world will converge on Phoenix, Ariz., next month for Greenbuild 2009. The conference, which runs from Nov. 11-13, will feature a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore, a concert by Sheryl Crow, and presentations by some of the most well-respected names in the green building industry.


Former Vice President Al Gore — Nobel laureate, author, and lifelong environmental activist — will present the Greenbuild 2009 keynote address at Chase Field in Phoenix. Chase Field is the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and can easily hold the thousands of guests expected to attend the Greenbuild 2009 opening celebration, which includes a concert by Grammy award-winner Sheryl Crow.

The U.S. Green Building Council has also secured seven master speakers for the conference:

  • Daniel Wildcat – Director, Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center
  • Sylvia Earle – Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society
  • Peter Gleick – Cofounder and president, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security
  • Arthur Rubinfeld – President, Global Development, Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Paul King – Chief executive, UK Green Building Council
  • Josh Bernstein – International explorer, author, survival expert, and TV host
  • Christoph Ingenhoven – Principal and founder, Ingenhoven Architekten

In addition to more than 100 different workshops, Greenbuild 2009 will feature a Green Building Job Fair, a film festival, a special screening of Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk featuring Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tours of local green buildings, an expansive expo hall, and family programming featuring the first ever Greenbuild Children’s Program.

Green Building Job Fair

The Green Building Job Fair begins at 1 p.m. on Nov. 10, the day prior to the official conference launch. There is no charge to attend this event and a limited number of spaces for job seekers not attending the conference will be opening on Wednesday, Oct. 21. If you are interested in attending the job fair, but you won’t be attending Greenbuild 2009, you need to register on the Greenbuild website beginning Oct. 21.

There are far too many activities planned during the Greenbuild 2009 event to list them all here. If you are interested in what happens during Greenbuild 2009, but are unable to attend, make sure to visit MNN the week of the conference as I’ll be attending the event and blogging daily about the latest in green building news and innovations.

Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix
The U.S. Green Building Council’s annual conference, Greenbuild 2009, features a keynote address by former Vice President Al Gore.