Greenbuild 2013

November 20-22, 2013
Philadelphia, PA

On November 20-22, 2013, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) and the City of Philadelphia will host the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) organizes this annual event, which is expected to bring over 30,000 sustainability leaders and advocates to our region.

Greenbuild is the world's largest annual conference and expo dedicated to green building. The theme for Greenbuild 2013 is "Greenbuild Nation," drawing upon Philadelphia's roots as the nation's birthplace.

MGKF is proud to be a member of the USGBC and a Gold Sustaining Sponsor of the DVGBC. MGKF signed on as one of the first 50 organizations to participate in the 2013 Challenge--pledging to meet a sustainability-related goal in time for Greenbuild 2013. MGKF has pledged to use its legal and engineering staff to partner with its landlord in pursing an Energy Star label for its 400,000 square foot multi-tenant office building. MGKF Partner Brenda H. Gotanda, Esq., LEED AP serves on the Greenbuild 2013 Host Committee and on the Board of Directors of DVGBC.

Greenbuild Opening Plenary Session
Each year at Greenbuild the world’s business, environmental and social leaders take the stage to motivate, inspire and teach our industry.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will kick off Greenbuild 2013 and ignite the gathering as Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker.

Keynote Remarks by Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Thursday, November 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
note new date and time!

Green Building Tours
Green building tours are one of Greenbuild's most exciting features, providing the opportunity to explore green buildings ranging from renovated warehouses to top-of-the-line skyscrapers. Greenbuild tours help attendees learn outside the convention center walls and present the best of the Philadelphia Area’s sustainable buildings and neighborhoods.

MGKF's Brenda Gotanda, Esq., LEED AP is the co-coordinator of Philadelphia: Manufacturing Center for the World tour to be held on Monday, November 18, 2013, from 9 a.m - 5:00 p.m.  Philadelphia is reclaiming its former title as a "Workshop for the World". Businesses are enhancing productivity with LEED industrial facilities that marry energy-saving buildings with efficient processes run by the region's highly-trained workforce.  The tour will include the Tastykake Bakery- the world's largest new LEED Silver food processing center; US Airway's LEED Silver Ground Service Equipment (GSE) Maintenance Facility; Knoll's furniture manufacturing center and Morphotek's Pilot Plant, the ISPE award-winning 2013 Facility of the Year in Sustainability. 

Pre-registration is required. To sign up for a Greenbuild tour, register for Greenbuild, and select full day tour package on the registration package page. Anyone can attend a Greenbuild tour, and tours can be purchased separately without other Greenbuild packages

2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project
Smith Memorial Playground and Public Workshop will partner on this project to create a youth-built obstacle course at Smith's historic facility in East Fairmount Park. The Legacy Project will enhance the visitor experience in Smith's Playground and help children connect to its natural environment.

Another Great Opportunity to Get Involved... 
"Green Apple Day of Service"
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Children are our future, so what better way to support them than to help organize a local service project through their schools on this day.  This worldwide event is sponsored by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, which is working to ensure that every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation.  In 2012, the Green Apple Day inaugural year, there were over 1,200 projects undertaken around the globe and over 35 projects in the Delaware Valley alone.  The Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. 

Past projects include: cleaning up school grounds, planting a garden, creating signage to remind people to turn off lights or to not leave a faucet running, and much more.  You can check out project ideas, read last year’s highlights, and register a 2013 project at  The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is working to get at least 100 projects registered in the Delaware Valley this year.  Please encourage those you know to get involved and organize a project for their local school.   

Click here for a program flier.