How can homes, buildings and schools save money, create jobs and boost the economy?
Greenbuild, the largest international green building conference, came to our local city of Philadelphia this past week. Last evening,the keynote drew a crowd of more than 10,000 people to Temple University. Speakers Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) president Rick Fedrizzi, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed current problems and potential solutions.
USGBC Keynote with Nutter, Fedrizzi & Hillary Clinton
Mayor Michael Nutter talked about the closest city to our headquarters, Philadelphia, which boasts the 11,000 + Solar panels & wind turbine-packed Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Eagles. Many buildings and even a neighborhood in Philadelphia have achieved LEED certification, which is the “suite of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods”.
President and CEO of the USGBC, Rick Fedrizzi,discussed the importance of LEED and the USGBC in shaping our schools, homes and businesses. The booming industry (which doubles in growth and revenue every 3 years) allows for lesser toxins, less energy used and more money saved with greener buildings. When disaster strikes, buildings can be rebuilt with more sustainable solutions. After the earthquake in Haiti, USGBC built a LEED-platinum (highest certified) orphanage named “William Jefferson Clinton Children’s Center”, after the former president.
Fedrizzi also challenged all industries to encourage greener buildings to improve our cities and save money. Creating sustainable buildings increases jobs and employs local businesses.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked about how she decreased energy use and increased savings during building sustainability initiative in the State Department. She discussed how she and Bill ‘greened the white house’ 20 years ago to set the example that it could be done.
Clinton encouraged the crowd to continue to improving our nation’s buildings, to have safer homes, offices and schools.
How Greenbuild Affects Homes & Businesses
A common theme throughout the evening was how greening buildings will help stimulate our economy, create safer buildings and save energy. Many examples were given of how buildings didn’t spend more money, but saved money.
How can you see savings in your home? Start with these 19 tips to save money and go green in your home.