Top 10 Tidbits from Greenbuild 2008

Boston Convention Center

Although not really a convention-type person, I must say that Greenbuild 2008 was quite enjoyable.  By official count, it appears that 29,752 people attended, which is absolutely phenomenal.  There’s seriously something, I don’t know, magical, for lack of a better word, about being surrounded by such diverse people with a similar interest in green building.  I spent the entire time talking with and learning from those around me — which is why I certainly plan to attend next year.  If you weren’t able to attend, you’ll be able to catch some videos on Greenbuild365 in the future.  In the mean time, I’ve listed a few news tidbits that you may find interesting:

  1. LEED 2009 passes member ballot* and will be introduced in 2009 as the next step in the evolution of LEED as it relates to commercial buildings. 
  2. The LEED AP Program undergoes major overhaul and the GBCI talks about LEED Green Associates, Legacy LEED APs, LEED AP Fellows, and the other family of LEED APs (ID+C, BD+C, Homes, O+M, and ND). 
  3. Janine Benyus and Autodesk launch the world’s first database of nature-inspired design strategies at AskNature.org
  4. BuildingGreen soft launches a new online information resource on residential green building and remodeling called GreenBuildingAdvisor.com
  5. Green Outlook 2009: Trends Driving Change report estimates that green building construction upstarts could triple by 2013, reaching $96 – $140 billion per year. 
  6. The USGBC gives 2008 Leadership Awards* to Alexander Karsner, Alex Wilson, Scot Horst, Ted Strickland, CB Richard Ellis, San Diego Gas & Electric Sustainable Communities Program, and the founding members of AIA COTE. 
  7. BuildingGreen announces their seventh annual list of green building products with the 2008 Top-10 Green Building Products.
  8. The USGBC and Enterprise Community Partners team up for carbon neutrality at Greenbuild* by providing green homes for low-income families. 
  9. LEED for Neighborhood Development* and LEED for Retail* both open up for public comment. 
  10. The USGBC announces that Greenbuild 2009 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and the theme is Main Street Green: Connect to the Conversation.

Links with * are PDFs and I wasn’t able to locate a non-PDF url to link to. 


  • http://www.green-talk.com Anna

    Preston, I watched a video at TED from Janine Benyus where she talks about biomimicry and the top sustainable designs from nature. It took my breath away and I highly reccommend it for people that love design.

    I wish I could have been at greenbuild but was taking the LEED AP test before. (I passed!!) Thanks for the links. Anna http://www.green-talk.com

  • Steve Fox

    Hi Preston
    I saw you speaking at Greenbuild and I was impressed and inspired. Great job, well done. I’ll be checking out the blog daily from now on. Thanks!

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Thanks Steve, I wish we could have met. Make sure to keep in touch.

  • http://www.Greenmortgagegroup.com Brian LeBars

    This post is a great resource for information. Thanks.

  • http://www.ecodeephaus.blogspot.com Roxanne

    Bill McKibben’s speech at Greenbuild was inspiring. His grassroots organization is one that everyone should know about. Check it out and pass the word on!
    http://www.350.org/

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Great point, Roxanne, I heard the same but was unable to attend.

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