Frequently asked questions




Greenbuild

Nov. 8-10 | Boston, Massachusetts

General conference

What is Greenbuild?

The Greenbuild International Conference is owned by Informa PLC and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the developers of the LEED green building program. Greenbuild provides a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business, and address our world’s most pressing problems.

Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies.

This year, Greenbuild heads to Boston to feature high profile celebrities, activists and political figures working together to promote the ideals and interests of the green building movement.

Where is Greenbuild?

Greenbuild will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC).

What are the conference dates?

Nov. 8-10, 2017

What does the conference theme "ALL IN" mean?

The Greenbuild 2017 theme is "All In" and encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement. The green building movement is living proof that real change starts with people. To carry this movement forward, we need a network of fellow changemakers who keep building—who keep building net zero office buildings and hospitals, who keep building the homes we open to one another and the schools for our children, who keep building communities that run on brilliant minds and diverse backgrounds, who keep building the community centers where we gather and the headquarters where we commit to doing better for our nation.

In order to keep building, we must be "All In"—for the ideals of equality, opportunity, diversity and acceptance. And we must be "All In" for creating a future we all can believe in—a more sustainable future for all regardless of economic, social, cultural or political background. And we must be "All In" for fighting inequity and injustice, ending poverty and tackling climate change.

“All In" showcases the depth of the commitment we feel to our community, to our mission and to our world. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next—new technology, new ideas and new ways forward. We are dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way people all over the world experience buildings.

"All In" also encompasses the increased scope of USGBC and GBCI. This year’s Greenbuild in Boston will feature an even larger connection to USGBC and GBCI’s programs, which offer unparalleled opportunities to revitalize the economy through green jobs, energy efficiency and operational cost savings. These programs provide a real chance to turn the tide of climate change; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; preserve water and natural resources; promote health, security and resiliency; and target causes of global strife, such as dependence on fossil fuels and a worsening water shortage. USGBC and GBCI take a results-oriented approach to transforming the green building—and business—marketplace.

"All In" encompasses the idea that all buildings, all communities and all cities can do better. While LEED has always been, and will continue to be the leadership standard, there is a tremendous opportunity to effect change on a global scale across the entire built environment and across both existing and new buildings, communities and cities. This year we welcome everyone to Greenbuild as green building champions—from all corners of the globe.

What is the recommended attire for the conference?

Overall, the conference is business casual. Special events, such as the Leadership Awards Luncheon, are more formal and you'll see more business attire.

How do I purchase tickets for special events?

All special events can be add-ons during your registration process by clicking on the appropriate options. If you’ve already registered and would like to add a special event or change your registration, please visit the registration portal to update your registration.

What are Greenbuild’s environmental sustainability initiatives?

The Greenbuild sustainability program addresses environmental impact through seven objectives: move toward a zero waste event; increase stakeholder education and engagement; improve sustainable sourcing; improve performance tracking; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; positively impact communities; and catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable initiatives within the hospitality industry.

As a five-time winner of the IMEX-GMIC Green Meetings award, we are committed to raising the bar in sustainable events each year and are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Sustainability Report. The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented for the 2016 event, through a review of all objectives, goals and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of sustainable strategies and initiatives, including waste diversion, attendee and stakeholder engagement, the impact of water, performance tracking improvements and community advancements.

Download the 2016 Sustainability Report.

Registration information

How much does Greenbuild cost?

Full conference registration for USGBC members is $800 at the early bird pricing rate. This rate increases after Sept. 7, 2017. For non-USGBC members, the early bird rate is $1,050.

If you are not a USGBC member, visit: https://www.usgbc.org/join to join USGBC. Member benefits include discounts for Greenbuild, discounts to LEED and the opportunity to network and meet with like-minded individuals in the green building industry. Membership starts at $300 per year.

Can I cancel my registration?

Cancellations received on or before Sept. 7, 2017 will be refunded 80 percent of all fees paid. After Sept. 7, no refunds will be made for any cancellations or no-shows (includes conference registration, exhibit hall, workshops or optional events). Registrations for Expo Only are non-refundable.

Is press registration available for Greenbuild?

Yes, those interested in registering as working press for Greenbuild can visit the media section for more information. For information on USGBC and LEED, or to schedule interviews with USGBC executives during Greenbuild please visit: http://newsroom.usgbc.org/.

Education & events

What types of tracks and sessions can I expect?

Greenbuild tracks include a variety of green building topics from general LEED sessions to in-depth technical sessions on materials, water, energy, site selection and planning, human health and performance. Greenbuild educational sessions are worth X CE hours, which can be applied toward credential maintenance of the LEED AP, the LEED Green Associate and other industry credentials.

How do I earn my continuing education hours
  • Earn up to 10 hours for attending 8 core educational sessions during the conference on Wednesday - Friday.
  • Earn 3 hours for attending the Opening Plenary and the Closing Plenary.
  • Earn up to 13 hours through Expo Hall Education learning opportunities:
    • Earn 3 hours for Expo Hall Discussion Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday (1.5 hours per day)
    • Earn up to 5 hours for Expo Hall Education Labs on Wednesday and Thursday
    • Earn up to 5 hours for Expo Hall Stage Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday
How do I register for the pre-conference workshops?

Workshops can also be registered for online: https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/register.html. Greenbuild offers several full and half day workshops to be held on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 7. More information about workshops is available here: https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/education/workshops-tours-and-summits/workshops.html

What are the scheduled events for Greenbuild Boston?

Greenbuild 2017 will continue this legacy, featuring something for everyone. We are projecting more than 25,000 attendees from 100 countries will join us for this year’s event in Boston, which will feature several hundred exhibitors of green products and service innovations on the show floor and more than 150 presentations and educational sessions by business, environmental, government and social leaders.

We are also putting together a stellar lineup of inspiring plenary and keynote speakers, master series speakers and diverse educational content. Greenbuild education includes Special Sets, which reinvent traditional breakout sessions with alternative formats and new engaging environments.

We will also hold three separate summits, including the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit, WaterBuild—The Water Summit at Greenbuild and the popular International Summit. Greenbuild will feature an entire Master Series track, as well as sessions on LEED and the GBCI programs—GRESB, Parksmart, PEER, SITES, WELL, Zero Waste and Investor Confidence Project.

Travel & hotel

Do you offer special discounts for hotels?

Yes, special discounts on hotels are available through Greenbuild's official housing provider, OnPeak. Visit: https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/travel/housing.html to book.
Prefer to book by phone? Just call 800-221-3531 or 212-532-1660 from 9:00am - 7:00pm ET, Monday-Friday.

Where can I find information on Boston?

For information on what to see and do while you are in Boston visit: https://www.boston.gov/visiting-boston.



Greenbuild China

Oct. 17-18 | Shanghai, China

General conference

What is Greenbuild?

The Greenbuild International Conference is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the developers of the LEED green building program. Greenbuild provides a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business, and address our world’s most pressing problems.

Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies.

For the first time ever, Greenbuild will be coming to China and feature high profile celebrities, activists and political figures working together to promote the ideals and interests of the green building movement.

Where is Greenbuild China?

In Shanghai, China, at the W Shanghai — The Bund

What are the conference dates?

The conference will be held Oct. 17-18.

What are the conference hours?

On Monday, Oct.16, the pre-conference workshops will run from 9:00 to 18:00 (separate registration is required). On Tuesday, Oct. 17, the conference will run from 8:30 to 20:30. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, the conference will run from 7:30 to 13:30.

What is the recommended attire for the conference?

Overall, the conference is business attire.

What meals are included?

With a full conference pass, lunch will be provided on both days of the conference (Tuesday, Oct. 17, and Wednesday, Oct. 18).

How do I purchase tickets for special events?

All special events can be add-ons during your registration process by clicking on the appropriate options. The Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 17 is include in the full conference pass. If you’ve already registered and would like to add a special event or change your registration, please visit the Greenbuild China registration portal to update your registration. You will need your registration confirmation number, which can be found in the email that was sent following your original registration.

How do I get added to the email list to receive Greenbuild China 2017 conference communications?

By registering for Greenbuild China 2017, your email will automatically be subscribed to all conference communications moving forward.

What are Greenbuild’s environmental sustainability initiatives?

The Greenbuild sustainability program addresses environmental impact through seven objectives: move toward a zero waste event; increase stakeholder education and engagement; improve sustainable sourcing; improve performance tracking; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; positively impact communities; and catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable initiatives within the hospitality industry.

As a five-time winner of the IMEX-GMIC Green Meetings award, we are committed to raising the bar in sustainable events each year and are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Sustainability Report. The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented for the 2016 event, through a review of all objectives, goals and best practices.

Case studies provide detailed overviews of sustainable strategies and initiatives, including waste diversion, attendee and stakeholder engagement, the impact of water, performance tracking improvements and community advancements.

Download our 2016 Sustainability Report.

Registration information

How do I register?
How much does Greenbuild China cost?

Full conference registration for USGBC members is: early bird pricing: $425 / ¥2929 or standard pricing: $525 / ¥3619.

If you are not a USGBC member, visit: https://www.usgbc.org/join to join USGBC. Member benefits include discounts for Greenbuild, discounts to LEED and the opportunity to network and meet with like-minded individuals in the green building industry. Membership starts at $300/ ¥2021 per year.

What if I need assistance with registering for Greenbuild China?

If you have any issues or problems with registration, please reach out to our customer service team: email GreenbuildChina@usgbc.org.

Where can I access the schedule and available sessions for Greenbuild China 2017?

Please visit the Greenbuild China homepage, and you can find both the Schedule and Sessions tabs at the top of the page.

What are the hours of on-site registration?

Attendees may pick up their name badge and materials at the Registration booths at the hotel during the following times:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 17: 8:00-17:00
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18: 8:00-11:00

Please note if you are attending a pre-conference workshop, you will need to be checked in no later than 8:45 on Monday, Oct. 16.

Can I attend only part/one day of the conference?

There is no discounted rate for a partial conference participation pass. For the workshops preceding the conference (additional registration required), there is an option to do a half-day SITES workshop OR the full-day LEED v4 workshop.

Can I cancel my registration?

Cancellations received on or before Sept. 8 at 17:00 CST will be refunded 80 percent of all fees paid. Celebration only registrations are nonrefundable.

After Sept. 8 at 17:00 CST, no refunds will be made for any cancellations or no-shows
(this includes conference registration, workshops or optional events).

Substitutions may be made without penalty at any time before checking into registration at Greenbuild. A request must be made in writing to events@usgbc.org and include all details (names of registrants and contact details) for substitution to be processed.

Education & events

What types of tracks and sessions can I expect?

Greenbuild China tracks include a variety of green building topics from general LEED sessions to in-depth technical sessions on materials, water, energy, site selection and planning, human health and performance. Greenbuild China educational sessions are worth 10.5 CE hours, which can be applied toward credential maintenance of the LEED AP, the LEED Green Associate and other industry credentials. All sessions can be found here: http://greenbuild.usgbc.org/china/program.

How do I register for the pre-conference workshops?

Workshops can also be registered for online: http://greenbuild.usgbc.org/registration-china. Greenbuild offers two full day workshops to be held on Oct. 16.

LEED full day workshop:

Our full-day LEED v4 BD+C workshop is designed to prepare industry professionals for the change of LEED v2009 to LEED v4. This workshop is ideal for those working on LEED projects as well as those looking for test preparation to earn their LEED AP: Some topics that will be covered are:

  • LEED processes and certification process
  • Analyses required for LEED credits
  • Integrative Strategies
  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Project Management

This workshop will include interactive breakout sessions and a comprehensive booklet that covers the topics discussed. Attendees can earn 8 GBCI CE Hours.

SITES half-day workshop

SITES is based on the understanding that land development can be planned, designed, and maintained to protect and enhance ecosystem benefits. SITES is designed to define sustainable sites and measure their performance. The SITES Accredited Professional (AP) exam is also available and this workshop counts as test prep.

Continuing education credits available for this event: 4 GBCI CE hours.

Please email GBCI with any questions.

What are the scheduled events for Greenbuild China?

In addition to the pre-conference workshops and sessions there are also special signature events including the opening and closing plenary and keynote speakers, the Women in Green Power Breakfast and the Greenbuild China Celebration. Also this year, USGBC will be presenting a Greenbuild Leadership Award to a local leader.

Travel & hotel

Is there a special rate available for the hotel?

Yes, special room discounts are available for Greenbuild China attendees until 17:00 CST Sept. 15. They're valid from Oct. 14-20. The Greenbuild China hotel info is: W SHANGHAI – THE BUND, No. 66 Lvshun Road | Shanghai, 200080 China, Phone: (86)(21) 2286 9999

What are the room rates?

For Wonderful Room (single or double occupancy): CNY 1,550 (plus taxes and fees) / *$228 (plus taxes and fees)*

To reserve your room, select "Greenbuild China 2017 hotel conference rate," or call (86)(21) 2286 9999.

*Based on an exchange rate of 1 CNY = 0.15 USD

How do I book a room at the conference hotel?

Please visit the Greenbuild China homepage and select “Travel” at the navigation tabs at the top right hand corner. Special room discounts at W Shanghai – The Bund are available for Greenbuild China attendees until 17:00 CST, 15 September and valid from 14-20 October. A Wonderful room (single or double occupancy) is CNY 1,550 (plus taxes and fees)/$228* (plus taxes and fees). To reserve your room for the conference, please visit Greenbuild China 2017 hotel conference rate, or call (86)(21)2286 9999.

*Based on an exchange rate of 1 CNY = 0.15 USD.

What is the hotel policy for check-in and check-out times?

Check-in times at the W Shanghai – The Bund are 15:00. Check-out times at the W Shanghai –The Bund are 12:00.

Is smoking permitted at the conference hotel?

Per China law, smoking is not permitted inside the hotel or hotel rooms.

Which airport should I fly to?

There are two nearby and metro-accessible airports in the Shanghai area. Shanghai Hongqiao Airport (SHA) is 17.2 km/10.39 miles away from the conference hotel and takes two metro line transfers to travel to the hotel. The Shanghai Pudong Airport (PDG) is 33.0 km/20.51 miles away from the conference hotel and takes 3 metro line transfers to travel to the hotel. The final metro stop is a 2 minute walk from the station for both travel options. For more detailed information on the metro route options, please visit the W Hotel website.

What ground transportation options are available to get form the airport to the hotel?

The W Shanghai – The Bund offers several options for easy transportation from the airport including the metro and hotel limousine service, available 24 hours a day. For detailed information on public transportation options and fees for the hotel limousine service, please visit the W Hotel website. We strongly encourage Greenbuild China attendees to take public transportation in order to lessen the impact to our environment.

What arrangements are there for parking at the conference hotel?

If arriving in your own car, parking is offered at the conference hotel.

Miscellaneous

Will I need to acquire a VISA to attend the Greenbuild China 2017 conference? And how do I request an invitation letter to apply for a VISA to enter China?

Most foreign attendees will require a visa to enter the People’s Republic of China, depending on nationality. If you’re unsure of your status, please check with any Chinese embassy or consulate. Additionally, if you require an official letter to obtain a VISA for Greenbuild China, please indicate in the registration form. The letter will be issued after the full payment of the registration fee has been received.

Where can I find information on Shanghai?

For information on what to see and do, visit: http://www.meet-in-shanghai.net/.



Greenbuild India

Nov. 2-5 | Mumbai, India

Additional questions about Greenbuild India? Contact us at info@greenbuildindia.in or (+) 91 97735 58328.

General conference

What is Greenbuild?

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the developers of the LEED green building program and ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences PVT. LTD.. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building exposition of its type, providing a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business, and address our world’s most pressing problems.

Founded in 2002, Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building, making Greenbuild the ideal space to learn about groundbreaking green building products, services and technologies.

For the first time ever, Greenbuild will be coming to India and will be co-presented with ABEC Exhibitions & Conferences PVT. LTD.. Greenbuild India will feature high profile celebrities, activists and political figures working together to promote the ideals and interests of the green building movement.

Where is Greenbuild India?

In Mumbai, India, at the Bombay Exhibition Center (NESCO)

What are the conference dates?

The conference is Nov. 2-3, and the expo is Nov. 2-5.

What are Greenbuild’s environmental sustainability initiatives?

The Greenbuild sustainability program addresses environmental impact through seven objectives: move toward a zero waste event; increase stakeholder education and engagement; improve sustainable sourcing; improve performance tracking; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; positively impact communities; and catalyze the advancement of green building initiatives and sustainable initiatives within the hospitality industry.

As a five-time winner of the IMEX-GMIC Green Meetings award, we are committed to raising the bar in sustainable events each year and are pleased to announce the release of the 2016 Sustainability Report. The comprehensive report details the sustainability programs implemented for the 2016 event, through a review of all objectives, goals and best practices. Case studies provide detailed overviews of sustainable strategies and initiatives, including waste diversion, attendee and stakeholder engagement, the impact of water, performance tracking improvements and community advancements.

Download our 2016 Sustainability Report.

Will meals be provided at Greenbuild?

Yes, full conference attendees will receive lunch as part of their registration package.

What is the recommended attire for the conference?

Overall, the conference is business casual. Special events are more formal and you'll see more business attire.

Registration information

How much does Greenbuild India cost?

Full conference registration for USGBC members is 8,000 INR. For non-members, registration is 10,000 INR (Early bird price, for registrations before Sept. 8).

If you are not a USGBC member, visit: https://www.usgbc.org/join to join USGBC. Member benefits include discounts for Greenbuild, discounts to LEED and the opportunity to network and meet with like-minded individuals in the green building industry. Membership starts at 19,000 INR per year.

How do I register?
Whom can I call for assistance with registering for Greenbuild India?

If you have any issues or problems with registration, please reach out to our customer service team: email info@greenbuildindia.in or contact: (+) 91 97735 58328

How do I register for the pre-conference workshops?

Workshops can also be registered for online: https://greenbuild.usgbc.org/india/registration.

Greenbuild offers two full day workshops to be held on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

LEED full-day workshop:

Our full-day LEED v4 BD+C workshop is designed to prepare industry professionals for the change of LEED v2009 to LEED v4. This workshop is ideal for those working on LEED projects as well as those looking for test preparation to earn their LEED AP: Some topics that will be covered are:

  • LEED processes and certification process
  • Analyses required for LEED credits
  • Integrative Strategies
  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Project Management

This workshop will include interactive breakout sessions and a comprehensive booklet that covers the topics discussed. Attendees can earn 8 GBCI CE Hours.

EDGE full-day workshop:

This workshop helps EDGE project teams understand the EDGE standard, use the software application and navigate the certification process. It also prepares EDGE Expert candidates to take the EDGE exam.

This is the last in-person EDGE Technical Workshop that GBCI will be offering in India this year, so register now to claim your seat.

The EDGE Technical Workshop is not included in the conference pass for Greenbuild India. After the workshop, attend the conference for two days of speakers, networking opportunities, an expo hall featuring the latest green building products and technologie, and tours of Mumbai’s green buildings.

Date: Nov. 1, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

GBCI continuing education credit: 8 hours

Cost: 7,500 INR (early bird price, for registrations before Sept. 8)

Please email GBCI with any questions.

Education & events

What type of tracks and sessions can I expect?

Greenbuild India tracks include a variety of green building topics from general LEED sessions to in-depth technical sessions on materials, water, energy, site selection and planning, human health and performance. You can earn up to 10.5 CE hours at the conference, which can be applied toward credential maintenance of the LEED AP, the LEED Green Associate and other industry credentials. All sessions can be found here: http://greenbuild.usgbc.org/india/program.

What are the scheduled events for Greenbuild India?

In addition to the pre-conference workshops and sessions there are also special signature events including the opening and closing plenary and keynote speakers, the Women in Green Power Lunch and the Greenbuild India Celebration. Also this year, USGBC will be presenting a Greenbuild Leadership Award to a local leader. And of course, don’t miss the expo hall which will features hundreds of green building products and services.

What's the process like to submit a session proposal or reviewer application?

Thanks for your interest in participating in Greenbuild India as a session speaker or reviewer! The 2017 Call for Proposals and Reviewers has now closed.

The 2018 Call for Proposals and Reviewers will open this November.

Program timeline

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 Call for proposals and reviewers opens
Friday, March 3, 2017 Call for proposals and reviewers closes
Monday, March 13, 2017 First round of review opens
Monday, March 27, 2017 First round of review closes
Thursday, April 27, 2017 India program working group retreat
Monday, May 15, 2017 Presenter notifications sent
Friday, May 26, 2017 Presenter acceptances due
Friday, July 28, 2017 Registration opens
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 Presenter registration deadline
November 2018 Program Working Groul Call for Expressions of Interest
Nov. 2-4, 2017 Greenbuild India 2017

Review process

Submitted proposals are reviewed by the Working Group and Greenbuild staff, with the generous help of volunteers. This process results in the final educational program.

  • Round one: Volunteers review and rate all proposals on a quantitative scale.
  • Round two: Working Group determines the final education program.

A special thank you to the Greenbuild India 2017 Program Working Group:

  • Ashok Lall, ASHOK B. LALL ARCHITECTS
  • Hemant Patel, MEDA
  • M Selvarasu, LEAD Consultancy and Engineering Services (India) Private Ltd
  • R Subramanian, Saint-Gobain India Pvt Ltd
  • Rajat Malhotra, JLL
  • Shabbir Kanchwala, K Raheja Corp
  • Sumit Gandhi, ABEC
  • Tanmay Tathagat, Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)
  • Sandhya Patil, Environmental Design Solutions (EDS)
  • Deepa Sathiaram, En3 Sustainability Solutions
  • Mili Majumdar, GBCI
  • Poorva Keskar, VKe-environmental

Travel & hotel

If I am traveling to Greenbuild India, which airport should I fly into?

The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves Mumbai Metropolitan Area.

What hotel should I make a reservation at?

There are several hotels within short driving distance to the Bombay Exhibition Centre including the Westin Mumbai Garden City is conveniently located near the Bombay Exhibition Center.
Goregaon East, International Business Park, Oberoi Garden City Mumbai, Maharashtra 400063 India

Phone: (91)(22) 6147 0000

*Shuttle transportation will not be provided from the hotel to the conference center.

Miscellaneous

Where can I find information on Mumbai?

Mumbai is the financial, commercial and entertainment capital of India. It is also one of the world's top ten centres of commerce in terms of global financial flow, generating 6.16% of India's GDP and accounting for 25% of industrial output, 70% of maritime trade in India (Mumbai Port Trust and JNPT), and 70% of capital transactions to India's economy. The city houses important financial institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India. For information on what to see and do, visit: https://www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/destination/mumbai.