by Nick Brousse
Administrators, specialized staff and policy stakeholders face myriad challenges in the complex realms of affordable housing, community development, water, energy efficiency, sustainability and resiliency on a daily basis. However, with these challenges come untold opportunities to effect lasting change in the lives of constituents and their built environments.
At Greenbuild 2015, taking place Nov. 18-20 at the Washington Convention Center in DC, you’ll find the best in green building education, renowned speakers, exciting networking opportunities, tours to attend and more.
Here’s a list of the up-to-the-moment learning opportunities and events for elected officials, staff and key stakeholders at this year’s conference:
- Community and Affordable Homes Summit (Tuesday, Nov. 17, 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.): This summit will focus on the development of vibrant, sustainable communities through the lenses of resilience, social equity, health and economic opportunity. Courtney Martin and John Cary will provide the opening plenary, and Deepak Chopra will speak for the closing plenary.
- Watts Reimagined (Wednesday, November 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.): By exploring the ReImagine Watts project, learn about approaches to the new development of affordable housing, tactical urbanism upgrades to public spaces, resident engagement and local advocacy for increased public services and neighborhood amenities.
- Buildings & Beyond: Federal Role in Prevention and Resilience (Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00–10:00 a.m.): This session will review common vulnerabilities in regional climate preparedness planning efforts and how federal agencies assist communities in rebuilding and addressing future climate impacts.
- Dollars and Sense: The Impact of Greening Affordable Housing (Thursday, Nov. 19, 3:00–4:00 p.m.): Cost containment is often used as an argument to undermine policies supportive of green building. Learn about how The Impact of Green Affordable Housing research project collects and analyzes data to evaluate if green building is a worthwhile investment.
- Government Connect and Learn (Thursday, Nov. 19, 4:00–5:00 p.m.): Join leaders from federal, state and local governments to share lessons learned and ideas for implementation of green building and sustainability measures.
Check out more of the great sessions at Greenbuild.