Conference & Expo: Nov. 8-10
Boston, Massachusetts | Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC)

Greenbuild Boston

The green building industry event of the year.

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Register now to be a part of the excitement.

Renowned speakers

President Bill Clinton and American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will take the stage at Greenbuild. Learn more.

Engaging sessions

Greenbuild offers LEED workshops, education sessions, green building tours & summits. Learn more.

Invaluable networking

Connect with green building experts at our Signature Events, and exchange strategies and solutions. Learn more.

Interactive exhibit hall
Greenbuild is where you can learn about the latest green products, services and technologies to take your building projects to the next level. Learn more.

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About Greenbuild

Where the green building community unites.

Better buildings are our legacy at USGBC, and we're excited to offer a variety of special programs, learning opportunities, events and sessions.

Greenbuild features

  • Greenbuild Celebration
  • USGBC Leadership Awards
  • Women in Green Power Breakfast
  • USGBC Leadership Luncheon
Green building education
  • Opening plenary & keynote speakers
  • Master series sessions
  • LEED workshops
  • Local green building tours
  • 150+ educational sessions
  • Groundbreaking green products

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About Greenbuild

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and owned by Informa Exhibitions. This year, 25,000 attendees are anticipated from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators.

We're all in at Greenbuild.

Our 2017 "All in" theme encompasses the breadth of the sustainability and green building movement; capturing all people, all sectors, all industries, all buildings, and all cities. We welcome everyone to grow as green building champions, and to do so at Greenbuild. When we come together at Greenbuild, we are one community of professionals, advocates and practitioners, students and teachers, designers and builders, and everything in between.

We invite people from every walk of life, from all over the globe, to learn with us and to help elevate green building principles and practices to the next level. "All In" also describes the depth of commitment we feel to our community and to our mission. 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 the people all over the world experience buildings.

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Important dates

Registration is now open for Greenbuild.

June 2017 Registration opens
September 29, 2017 Early bird discount for registration ends

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Plan your Greenbuild itinerary.

Monday, Nov. 6

8 a.m.-4 p.m. Full-day green building tours
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Half-day green building tours
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Full-day workshops
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Half-day workshops
1-5 p.m. Half-day workshops
1-5:30 p.m. Half-day workshops

Tuesday, Nov. 7

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Full-day workshops
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Communities & Affordable Homes Summit
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. WaterBuild: The Water Summit at Greenbuild
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. International Summit
1-5:30 p.m. Half-day workshops

Wednesday, Nov. 8

8:30-9:30 a.m. Education sessions
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Expo Hall open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ABX Education Sessions
2-3 p.m. Education sessions (five sessions extended until 3:30 p.m.)
4-6 p.m. Education sessions
4-6 p.m. Happy Hour in the Hall
7-11 p.m. Greenbuild Celebration

Thursday, Nov. 9

7-9 a.m. Women in Green Power Breakfast
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Expo Hall Open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ABX Education Sessions
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Leadership Awards Luncheon
1-2 p.m. Education sessions (five sessions extended until 2:30 p.m.)
4-4:30 p.m. Passport to Prizes Drawing
6-7:30 p.m. Greenbuild Plenary: President Bill Clinton

Friday, Nov. 10

8-9 a.m. Education sessions
9:30-10:30 a.m. Education sessions
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Closing plenary: Neil deGrasse Tyson
2-6 p.m. Half-day green building tours

Saturday, Nov. 11

8 a.m.-12 p.m. Half-day green building tours
1-5 p.m. Half-day green building tours

*Note: Schedule is subject to change without notice.


Signature events & engagement opportunities

Special keynote address by President Bill Clinton, November 9 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Clinton served as the 42nd President of the United States and was responsible for the longest economic expansion in American history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs. After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation in order to continue working on the causes he cares about. Since its founding, the foundation has endeavored to help build more resilient communities by developing and implementing programs that improve people’s health, strengthen local economies and protect the environment.
Closing Plenary with Neil deGrasse Tyson, November 10 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson will give keynote remarks during the Closing Plenary. Neil deGrasse Tyson is world-renowned astrophysicist and cosmologist whose professional research interests are broad, but include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies, and the structure of our Milky Way. He was born and raised in New York City where he was educated in the public schools through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. Tyson went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia. He is the recipient of 19 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. Tyson is also the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship and he is a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Women in Green Power Breakfast, November 9 from 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
The day after the Inauguration, hundreds of thousands of women spoke up to exercise democracy. They poured into the nation's capital and in cities around the world, for the Global Women's March where they demonstrated strength and courage while demanding to be heard.

Strength also means the strength of the democracy, and in realizing that decisions that conflict with democracy can be stopped by people standing up for what is right. Democracy is about more than a country’s leaders, laws or constitution. It is also represented by a society’s culture and institutions, both of which are created by the people and shaped by history. Culture includes a society’s “moral universe,” its unwritten rules of right and wrong, of acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Institutions include courts, political parties, government bureaucracies, schools industries and other organizations. The U.S. democracy offers a diffuse nature of power and a clear path for our voices and choices to shape society.

Women in Green will talk about how women are indeed shaping society and making change happen now. Women are change agents; in business, in education, in healthcare, in technology and cutting-edge research, in service of our common defense, in government and in our homes. We are the foundation of our country and we are the change. Join us as we hear from groundbreaking women who will call upon attendees to speak up as individuals and as a group to achieve change in the workplace and the country. Watch our video to learn more.

Leadership Awards Luncheon, November 9 from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Each year, the USGBC Leadership Awards Luncheon recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations at the forefront of the green building movement. Distinctions such as the Leadership Award celebrate those who inspire us with their words, actions and passion. Others, such as the Ray Anderson Radical Industrialism Award, highlight manufacturers that display leadership in green building, corporate responsibility and community involvement.
Greenbuild Celebration, November 8 from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
American rock band The Revivalists will headline the 2017 Greenbuild Celebration set for 7-11 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 at Boston’s Museum of Science.

The band, known for its “Crescent City-rhythm spin on jam-band jubilee” sound, was named by Rolling Stone as one of the “10 Bands You Need to Know” in 2016. Its song “Wish I Knew You” from its latest album “Men Amongst Mountains” reached No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart in 2016 and No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart in May. The group formed in New Orleans in 2007.

The Greenbuild Celebration is sponsored by Kohler. Tickets are included in the four-day conference pass, three-day conference pass, Thursday day pass or can be purchased separately for $75-100 each, depending on time of purchase.

USGBC and GBCI in the Expo Hall, November 8-9 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
USGBC booth: Visit booth #1438 to learn from USGBC staff about: LEED, LEED professional credentials, USGBC membership, Educational offerings, Green Apple Day of Service, Project Haiti, Advocacy, and more! Stop by for a chat, meet the team and pick up the latest copy of USGBC+! Check out the Arc platform, where you can learn more about collecting, managing and benchmarking your project data to improve the sustainability performance of you buildings and larger scale projects.

GBCI booth: GBCI is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally, providing third party verification services.GBCI now administers and supports nine programs including: LEED, WELL, PEER, SITES, Parksmart, EDGE, GRESB, Zero Waste, and Investor Confidence Project (ICP). New this year, the GBCI Certification Work Zone will be located in the GBCI booth. Support will be available for GBCI’s full suite of certification and credentialing offerings. Advance appointments are now available online but will fill up quickly. Reserve your spot today. Walk-in questions also are welcome and encouraged.

GBCI Certification Work Zone in the Expo Hall, November 8-9 from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
New this year, the GBCI Certification Work Zone will be located in the GBCI booth. Have questions about the certification process? Trying to apply innovative strategies to save or manage water in your LEED project? Looking for help with your Parksmart project? Then the GBCI Certification Work Zone is the place for you.

The GBCI Certification Work Zone will be hosted in the expo hall, during regular expo hours, where you will be able to talk with GBCI staff, reviewers and assessors and discuss questions about specific projects or rating system requirements. Support is available for GBCI’s full suite of certification and credentialing offerings.

Advance appointments are now available online but will fill up quickly. Walk-in questions also are welcome and encouraged.

Reserve your spot today

Education & workshops

Get the latest LEED & green building research.

USGBC carefully curates a vast array of education, from workshops to exam prep, to help you achieve your educational and career goals while at Greenbuild.

Workshops help you stay ahead of the curve by offering training from qualified experts, including USGBC and GBCI staff. Prepare for anything, from taking the LEED AP exam to GBCI’s newest rating system offerings, or fulfill credential maintenance requirements.

USGBC education updates, November 8-10
A14: GBCI rating system rundown
GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body within the sustainability industry to exclusively administer project certifications and professional credentials of LEED, EDGE, PEER, WELL, SITES, GRESB, Parksmart and Zero Waste. During this session, GBCI experts will walk attendees through various certification programs and how they complement one another.

B14: All Buildings and Places In: Data, Performance, LEED and the ever-evolving built environment
From LEED v4 and beyond, to the first LEED-certified city, the green building movement has experienced several landmark moments in a short amount of time. This session will provide a behind-the-scenes look at how we are continuing to push for market transformation and what that looks like in today’s data driven society. Learn about the latest in USGBC technical development and program offerings by exploring updates to LEED, the new Arc performance platform and other solutions that enhance the resiliency, sustainability and health of the built environment across all building scales.

C14: Energy in LEED today and tomorrow
Note: This is a 60-minute session.
During this session, we will delve into how LEED addresses energy today through LEED v4 and through pilot credits and also take a look towards how today’s trending topics, like the water-energy nexus impact LEED’s future goals.

D14: LEED credit strategies for healthy spaces
Human health is a key topic for both new and existing spaces. During this session, LEED subject matter experts will review the credits and some of the research that informed credit requirements, discuss how teams should focus their time based on priorities and present strategies for implementation.

E14: What LEED reviewers are looking for: Best practices from GBCI
In addition to new credit language, LEED v4 also features an improved user experience that takes a new approach to support, resources and education. This session focuses on providing tips and solutions learned from our network of GBCI reviewers over the last 3+ years of working with LEED v4 projects.

F14: LEED v4 and materials: Interactive session
LEED v4 changes the paradigm for how decisions are made about materials. During this interactive session, attendees will get an overview of the LEED v4 materials section learning what has changed, what’s been added and how to implement key strategies, including reading and comparing EPDs.

G14: Understanding water and LEED: from rainwater to metering and everything in between
LEED v4 addresses water holistically, taking into account rainwater, indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses and metering. This session will present strategies, resources and tips for successful credit achievement. Attendees will hear from USGBC and GBCI experts on how water is addressed in LEED today and also what’s on the horizon for future development.

H14: LEED: Practical information on where to start and how to succeed
In addition to the new credit language, LEED v4 also features an improved user experience that takes a new approach to support, resources and education. This session focuses on providing tips and solutions learned from our robust network of GBCI reviewers over the last 3+ years of working with LEED v4 projects.

Workshops, November 6-7 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
LD01: Exploring the SITES v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development
Attendees of this half-day workshop will explore the SITES v2 rating system, hear about the value prospect of SITES from real-world examples, and actively collaborate on the application of SITES strategies, including synergies with LEED, on live projects.

LD02: GRESB - The Investor Perspective
Introduction to GRESB, why investor’s are interested in ESG data for real estate and how they use it, and how to use the GRESB Portal, data and analytics to gain insights into ESG performance of real estate portfolios.

LD03: Develop the Energy Efficiency Project Owners and Investors Actually Want: An Introduction to the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency Certification
Transparent, consistent and verifiable energy efficiency projects are what owners and investors are demanding. This session will teach how to deliver those types of projects with the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency certification. The session will culminate with participants achieving the Investor Confidence Project Specialist credential and offer projects that transform the market.

LD06: EDGE Technical Workshop
EDGE is a green building certification system for new residential and commercial buildings in emerging market countries. This workshop will help you understand the EDGE standard, utilize the software application, and navigate the certification process. It will also prepare EDGE Expert candidates to take the EDGE Exam.

LD07: LEED v4 O+M: Performance Score and Credit pathways to certification for Existing Buildings
This full day workshop will prepare participants to apply either the credit based or performance score based approach to LEED O+M. Participants will review the performance score approach to LEED using the Arc platform. The focus will be on understanding the two approaches to LEED O+M.

LD12: Integrative Process: Way More Than Just a LEED Credit!
Understand how to implement the Integrative Design process for you project. The workshop is a mock charette where energy, water and site issues will be addressed for a sample project. This process will inform the Owners Project Requirements needs to to guide the entire design process

LD13: Parksmart: An Introductory Workshop for Certifying Parking Structures
This preconference workshop will introduce attendees to the complex relationships among parking, transportation, and sustainability, culminating in the certification of parking structures under the Parksmart program.

LD14: Arc, LEED and Measuring Performance at the City Scale
Arc ( is a powerful, integrated platform for transformational change in the built environment. Join this interactive workshop to learn about how Arc can help score your community’s performance, compare it to peers, track and report progress, and pursue LEED and other certifications.

LD15: WELL Rating System Review
Participants will receive a comprehensive understanding of the WELL Building Standard®, the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on people’s health and wellness. The session covers WELL’s development, structure, and certification process; an in-depth review of the medical basis underlying its concepts; and best practices in supporting WELL projects.

LD16: LEED Project Management
Successfully managing the LEED documentation process requires specific knowledge, tools, and skills that are not covered in the LEED Reference Manual. This full day workshop is designed for professionals who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project.

LD17: Zero Waste Advisor Certificate Program
This 7-hour course is designed for individuals seeking the Zero Waste Advisor Certificate. It will provide students with an overview of the Zero Waste Certification process and Rating system. The course will provide an introduction to the definition of Zero Waste and describe Zero Waste policies, strategies and programs.

LD18: Built Positive: Exploring Buildings as Material Banks
Join sustainability thought leaders to prepare for what’s next — the circular economy, which values materials and products that are not only safe, but can be intelligently cycled and designed into buildings in ways that allow them to retain value beyond their immediate use cycle, thereby creating circular systems.

LD19: LEED 251: Understanding the Building Design + Construction LEED Rating Systems
The LEED 251 workshop, a full-day, intermediate level, workshop focuses on the LEED BD+C rating system family that introduces the credit intents, key elements, main requirements, and reference standards. Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the core concepts and strategies of LEED New Construction & Major Renovations (NC).

Greenbuild Summits

Communities & Affordable Homes Summit, November 7 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
The Communities & Affordable Homes Summit will focus on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic opportunity. Community and sustainability leaders will join together for a day of knowledge sharing and problem solving with the goal of expediting the economic, social, and ecological health and vitality of all communities.

Sessions and tracks

  • CA01: Communities & Affordable Homes Summit Opening Session
  • CA03: Driving Equity: User Session Part 1
  • CA05: Co-create Innovation; A New Generation of Affordable Housing
  • CA06: Lunch Session: Blueprint for Equity: Planning for an equitable & resilient Boston
  • CA08: Driving Equity User Session Part II: USGBC's Regional Community Priorities: What Matters Most to Your Region?
  • CA10: Building a Sustainable Square Mile: Principles and Practice
  • CA12: Driving Equity User Session Part III: USGBC's Regional Community Priorities: Developing an Action Plan to Address Top Priority
  • CA14: Social Equity at Work in Roxbury and Dorchester
  • CA15: Driving Equity User Session Part IV: Measuring Success in Action Plans
  • CA16: Combined Closing Plenary
WaterBuild: The water summit at Greenbuild, November 7 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
At WaterBuild 2017, some of the brightest minds in the fields of resilient and sustainable community planning, water cycle management, risk mitigation, and green building, will come together to connect and explore what lies ahead at the nexus of water and building.

Sessions and tracks

  • WB01: Opening Plenary
  • WB02: Design with Climate: A resilient neighborhood for Cambridge
  • WB03: Collaborative Research, Tool-Making, and the Water Challenge
  • WB04: Towards Net Zero Water in LEED: a Forum on Whole Project Water Use
  • WB06: Networking Luncheon
  • WB05: Local Charrette - Chelsea Creek Redevelopment: WaterBuild attendees will have the unique opportunity to inform local planning efforts, providing ideas for specific sites as well as identifying potential for regulatory and policy reform.
  • WB07: Water-Energy-Food Nexus (powered by Pecha Kucha)
  • WB 08: The New Paradigm for EcoDistrict On-Site Water Management
  • WB09: Rising to Meet 21st Century Drinking Water Challenges (powered by Pecha Kucha)
  • WB10: Innovative Water Management in Our Nation's Capital – Gray to Green, Innovative Tech, Community Engagement, Aging Infrastructure
  • WB11: Combined Closing Plenary
International Summit, November 7 from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
As we expand our scope beyond buildings, and look at cities as a whole, it is vital that we understand how to develop, integrate, and accelerate sustainable change for our cities. The 2017 International Summit will bring together leaders from around the globe who are leading the way to create smart and sustainable cities. We will explore and highlight the key pillars that define cities: energy, infrastructure, investment, government, and people, and review the projects, policies, practices, technologies and actions being used to drive innovation at the city scale.

Sessions and tracks

  • IS01 International Summit Opening Session
  • IS02 A Journey Through Net Zero Communities: Lessons Learned
  • IS03 Las Salinas Neighborhood, Urban Design for a Healthier City
  • IS04 Sustainable Investment Strategies: Urban Infill as Asset Value Amplifier
  • IS06 International Summit Luncheon
  • IS07 The Time Value of Carbon
  • IS08 Indoor Air Quality Challenges in Highly Polluted Regions
  • IS09 Evaluating Sustainable Buildings and Innovative Materials in Pursuit of Sustainable Design
  • IS11 Combined Closing Plenary
  • IS12 International Summit Reception

Expo & sponsors

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As an exhibitor or sponsor, you can engage with more than 25,000 green building industry leaders, experts and practitioners from around the world.

Exhibitors bring innovative products to attendees who are ready ready to learn, network and do business; sponsors make it possible for Greenbuild to offer the high-caliber programs and events that are the hallmark of the event. Learn more about becoming an exhibitor or sponsor.