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Monday, March 22, 2010

Green Building is the solution

Kudos to the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter and SUNY ESF for an outstanding 8th Annual Green Building Conference, held this month at the OnCenter in Syracuse.  Well over 200 green building professionals came from across the state to learn about innovation happening "at the speed of green."

As of March 2010, there are nearly 27,000 LEED Registered Projects, more than 4,530 LEED Certified Projects and more than 140,200 LEED Professionals, according to the U.S. GBC.  In the residential sector, there are over 17,000 registered projects and more than 2,600 certified.  The Upstate chapter, which organized the conference, encompasses 53 counties in NYS and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

Greeting conference attendees was Rick Fedrizzi, U.S. GBC President and CEO, who shared his perspective on how we are moving from the "Me Generation" to the "Re-Generation"  when it comes to meeting the energy and climate challenge.  Featured speaker and author Sarah Susanka captivated the audience with her remarks on "Not So Big:  The First Step in Sustainability for Home, Community and Life," inspired by her popular book, "The Not So Big House."

Conference tracks included:
  • Green Housing and Communities
  • Building Science, Systems and Integrated Design
  • Energy Efficiencies and Renewable Energy

New Headquarters for USGBC NY Upstate Chapter
The newly dedicated SyracuseCoE located at 727 East Washington Street in Syracuse, New York, is now the official headquarters of the U.S. Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter.

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