The past two months have been marked by a series of devastating natural disasters across North America, from earthquakes in Mexico to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest to the four major hurricanes. As communities from the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to the Gulf Coast and beyond look to rebuild, now is the time for meaningful and immediate actions from the USGBC community to ensure resilient, healthy, equitable green buildings for all.
At Greenbuild Boston, the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit is our call to action. The summit, which takes place on Tues., November 7, convenes multi-disciplinary leaders to tackle major issues facing communities in today's world. This year, we are turning up the heat on the summit with the launch of interactive, problem-solving training and even more evocative speakers.
Attendees will work in small groups to define USGBC's equity agenda focused on resilience, health, equitable development and new technologies and paradigms. The summit is a launch pad for a series of events hosted in local communities around the country to transform our five-year performance goals for 20 percent growth in service to vulnerable and front-line communities.
Two speakers will set the stage for the day's dialogue with the opening plenary: Boston's Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. S. Atiya Martin, CEM, and John Valverde, CEO of YouthBuild USA.
Dr. S. Atiya Martin and John Valverde
Following the plenary, the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit offers two session tracks: The educational track and the “User’s Conference.” The sessions in the educational track highlight successful case studies, discuss practical tools and illuminate best practices:
The User's Conference track brings participants together to create an action plan for the coming year in each of USGBC's regional communities. Participants will work with subject matter experts and USGBC community staff on a plan focused on one of four topics:
- Resilience: led by Alex Wilson, Founder of BuildingGreen and President of the Resilient Design Institute.
- Equitable Development: led by Carlton Eley, Senior Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- New Technologies and Paradigms: led by Trenton Allen, Managing Director and CEO at Sustainable Capital Advisors.
- Health: led by Vedette Gavin, Director of Research at the Conservative Law Foundation.
Outcomes for this track include a draft work plan for each region encompassing a regional issue summary, high-level goals, an action statement, identified partners, players and stakeholders and outcome and metric definitions. Select partners will convene for a final session to identify next steps and the outcomes and metrics relevant to showing success. Barriers to collecting performance data will be identified and prioritized to make high-performance practices more accessible and effective.
Be part of the action, and join USGBC members, partners, leaders and practitioners for this opportunity to connect and solve problems together. We also thank the American Chemical Council for their generous support of this event.
Register for Greenbuild to attend the Communities and Affordable Homes Summit