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    Greenbuild in Boston

    by Anya Meekins

    Attendees of the 2008 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo had good reason to be excited. Since the conference's debut in 2002 in Austin, Texas, when just over 4,000 people gathered to discuss the importance of sustainable design, Greenbuild has expanded dramatically.

    This year, 30,000 people from over 80 different countries and all 50 states registered for the conference, according to Rick Fedrizzi, the president, CEO, and founding chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), which sponsors the annual event.

    Green Leadership

    The selection of Boston as the location for Greenbuild was significant: the city has implemented a variety of sustainable initiatives.

    Boston made headlines in 2006 when it became the first major city in the United States to mandate that all large-scale privately developed real estate comply with the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standard. In January 2007, Boston zoning laws were rewritten to incorporate green building standards.

    Mayor Tom Menino has lead this "greening" of Boston. Over 10,000 people assembled for the opening plenary session to hear Menino, Fedrizzi, and keynote speaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu.   >>>

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    Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivered the keynote address at Greenbuild 2008.
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    Over 28,000 people attended Greenbuild.
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