Join GBCI and Arc at Greenbuild 2021

Sumner Byrne
September 13, 2021

This month, join GBCI, USGBC and Arc at the Greenbuild Conference + Expo, with options to attend in person in San Diego, CA, or virtually. From September 21-23, gain access to content covering every facet of the green building industry and keynotes from leaders across the world.

Develop your career, make connections, gain cutting-edge insights and prepare for tomorrow at Greenbuild.

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Explore sessions on LEED, Arc, TRUE and the future of green building:

Sept. 21-23, 2021

USGBC at Expo Hall, Booth 5107

The USGBC booth at the Greenbuild Expo Hall will provide attendees an opportunity to meet with USGBC, GBCI and Arc staff, who can answer questions related to USGBC members, Arc, education, credentialing, advocacy and more. The GBCI Certification Work Zone will also be housed at the  USGBC booth, where attendees can receive help with LEED and GBCI projects and meet one- on-one with GBCI reviewers to discuss GBCI’s full suite of certification and credentialing offerings.

Presentations at the booth: Wednesday, Sept. 22

1:30-2 p.m. – TRUE Certification: A road map to zero waste and materials management

2:00-2:30 p.m. – Arc

2:30-3:00 p.m. – NEO/Willdan on simplified energy modeling partnership with GBCI

Presentations at the booth: Thursday, Sept. 23

10:30-11:00  a.m. – Arc and arbnco

1:30-2:00 p.m. – NEO/Willdan on simplified energy modeling partnership with GBCI


Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

8-12 a.m. — All About Waste: A Workshop to Implement Zero Waste Strategies

Diverting waste from landfills is one of the most significant ways we as a community can decrease our carbon footprint, but often it can seem like a complicated process with large barriers to entry. In this workshop we will break down TRUE certification for zero waste and what you can do to today to improve your organization’s diversion rate.

8:30–9:30 a.m. – Implementing LEED v4.1: A Practitioner's Perspective

LEED v4.1 has tools built into the program and technical requirements that are focused on accessible implementation to encourage market transformation. During this session, attendees  will learn about updates to LEED v4.1 and hear strategies and lessons learned from peers and leaders who are applying LEED v4.1 to their projects.

9:45–10:45 a.m. – You Have Your Data, Now Do More With It

The Arc building performance platform helps building managers and owners manage, track, score, benchmark and improve the performance of building and company portfolios. Join us to hear about exciting new features available in Arc, along with real customer journeys.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. – Circular Economy: Bridges to Equity

Zero waste and environmental justice work hand in hand. Rethinking our current practices and treating materials as valuable commodities creates jobs, reduces pollution and restores vulnerable communities. This session will examine the intersection between equity and zero waste to explore how improving materials management creates opportunities to improve environmental justice with TRUE certification for zero waste.

1 – 5 p.m. – LEED v4.1: Driving Climate Action Globally, by Designing and Constructing Greener Buildings Through LEED

This advanced-level workshop will focus on the key LEED v4.1 BD+C and ID+C strategies that have the most significant improvements to drive climate action and create high-performing buildings. The course is designed for professionals with LEED project experience who want to transform their practice to design and construct with an opportunity to operate better buildings.          

1:15–2:15 p.m. – All In for Equity—Shedding Light on the Headlines

Today’s headlines illuminate disparities and inequities around the world. USGBC’s new initiative, All In for Equity, is designed to inspire and empower organizations and projects to address these inequities in everything they do. This session will introduce strategies and resources to enable you to be part of the solution. 

2:30–3:30 p.m. – LEED for Cities and Communities: A Catalyst for Change in this Decade of Action

All over the world, change makers at the urban scale—mayors, planners, sustainability directors, designers, developers and investors—are coming together to collaborate and catalyze  a new generation of high-performance cities. This session engages practitioners and thought leaders in a discussion about LEED and the LEED for Cities and Communities systems’ role in catalyzing action on climate, sustainability, resilience and social equity in advance of 2030.

3:45–5:15 p.m. – Practical Net Zero Solutions in LEED

In a year when public health and safety were paramount, net zero goals rose to the forefront as many prioritized climate actions alongside COVID-19 recovery strategies. LEED Zero was created to provide a framework for the achievement and recognition of these goals. Come learn more from the experts who have implemented it.


Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

11 a.m.–12 p.m. – LEED and the Speed of Change

The future of LEED requires leadership and consensus-building. How do we ensure that health and wellness, resilience, and equity are implemented and communicated? How can LEED meet the goals of ESG, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water use?

Join speakers as they provide thought leadership on driving change through LEED.

3–4 p.m. – Accelerating Building Decarbonization with LEED

A focus on embodied carbon and emissions reductions are critical components of building decarbonization. Experts take a deep dive into strategies included in the Energy and Atmosphere and Materials and Resources credit categories of LEED v4.1, including strategies under consideration for the future of the rating system.


Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. – Celebrating Global Leadership: The people and projects advancing health and wellness, sustainability, resilience, and equity through green building

Over the past 25 years, the concept of green building has evolved to include not just sustainability, but also health and wellness, resilience, and equity. USGBC and GBCI will focus our future work on these “four pillars”—to create a green building landscape that reflects the values of its members and has the broadest possible impact. Join us for a panel discussion with leaders from the classroom to the boardroom who are using LEED and implementing these four  pillars to create lasting impact in their communities.

12:45 – 2:15 p.m. – USGBC’s Women in Green Luncheon

This year’s Women in Green (WIG) theme is "Steadfast and Strong." For the Women in Green community, these words are deeply resonant and capture how women have adapted and endured in an unthinkable year.

2:15–3:15 p.m. – Future Shock: The Changing Role of Green Building in ESG and Sustainable Finance

In this session, leaders in commercial real estate and the Arc team will discuss the evolution of the industry and share their perspectives on the future of green building design and performance as part of ESG reporting and sustainable finance.