Join over 25,000 attendees at the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC) annual conference and exhibition, which will be held from November 19-21, 2008 in Boston.

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, and is the recent recipient of Tradeshow Week's "Fastest 50," honoring the fifty-fastest growing shows in North America. This year, over 25,000 attendees will attend, eager to learn more about the LEED® green building certification, the nationally accepted system for green buildings, developed by the USGBC as a tool to build healthy, energy efficient, resource-friendly structures.

This year's show will explore "Revolutionary Green: Innovations for Global Sustainability," with Boston serving as the ideal backdrop.  The city, home to innovations that have far-reaching impact, will be the location for a variety of educational sessions, full- and half-day LEED workshops, exciting speakers, special events and building tours.

Each year at Greenbuild, one of the highlights is the assortment of master and keynote speakers, comprised of internationally renowned industry experts and influential leaders.  This year, world-renowned leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu takes to the stage as the opening Keynote speaker. A Nobel Peace Laureate, Bishop Tutu is led a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Today, he is revered worldwide as a "moral voice" seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses. Tutu‚s opening keynote address will take place Wednesday, November 19, 8:00-10:00 am.

Closing Keynote Speakers include:
• E.O. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus and Honorary Curator of Entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
• Janine Benyus, Co-founder and Principal, Biomimicry Guild

Master Speakers:
• Paul Anastas, Director, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering, Yale University
• Stefan Behnisch, Principal, Behnisch, Behnisch & Partners
• Carol Browner, Principal, The Albright Group, and former EPA Administrator
• Majora Carter, Executive Director, Sustainable South Bronx
• Howard Frumkin, Director, The National Center for Environmental Health, CDC
• Van Jones, President and Founder, Green For All
• Bill McKibben, Environmentalist and Author
• Leith Sharp, Director, Harvard Green Campus Initiative (HGCI)

A variety of workshops and educational sessions will be offered throughout the show related to green building, and for the first time, this year's selection of over 100 educational sessions will also include programs that have been approved through the USGBC Education Provider Program.

Workshops
LEED 2009: Implementation for Building Design and Construction
• Designed for contractors, building owners, design team members and other stakeholders involved in the design and construction of commercial buildings.

Solving the Green Cleaning Puzzle
• Geared towards cleaning industry professionals who want to learn how to design and implement a green cleaning program.

Commissioning for LEED Projects
• For those who want to learn the building commissioning process required by LEED, including cost / benefit and the commission¬ing agent‚s role in LEED design and documentation.

Understanding LEED Project Costs and Returns
• Geared towards all audiences interested in learning more about building environmentally sound projects at a reason¬able cost, building life-cycle and construction costs, and LEED project case studies.

Educational Sessions
A Policy Perspective - Green Legislation and Its Influence in the Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors

Greening the Trades of Tomorrow

Measuring Green Building Performance through Research and Innovative Tools

Fostering a Community of Environmental Stewards by Using Real-Time Display of Building Performance Data

Green Schools: Two programs Create Sustainable Standards

Greening our Historic Legacy: Sustainability and Preservation Standards

LEEDing Internationally: Sustainability in the World Market

Navigating Green Labels and Certifications

Visit the Greenbuild Web site for an interactive and comprehensive listing of all on and off site educational sessions and master speakers

This year the Greenbuild exhibit hall will be held in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, which will house over 1,300 booths featuring the newest and best products, technologies and services.

New to this year‚s show is Green Homebuilder's Day, a day of programming and panels of industry experts dedicated to various residential green building topics. Green Homebuilder‚s Day will take place on Thursday, November 20 and will feature a variety of educational tracks and speakers, including Kevin O'Connor, host of This Old House. For more information about this event, click here.

Known as "America's Walking City," the Boston cityscape is dotted with vibrant neighborhoods, historical sites and LEED certified buildings.  Currently, there are 19 LEED certified and 118 registered buildings in the city. Full and half-day tours of many of Boston's most celebrated buildings, including many LEED certified projects, will take place throughout the event.