Meet GBCI at Greenbuild Atlanta

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Greenbuild Atlanta is approaching quickly, and GBCI will have numerous sessions for you to take advantage of. Learn more about the ways you can leverage GBCI’s suite of sustainability certification programs  to improve your organization, project or community. 

Find the GBCI programs that are coming to Greenbuild, November 19-22, at the times below:

Stop by the Booth | USGBC Expo Booth #1305 

Come meet the GBCI team on the expo floor to get your questions answered, explore other programs you may not be as familiar with and learn about important program updates. Also stop by the GBCI Certification Work Zone located within the booth. GBCI reviewers and assessors will be on hand to meet one-on-one and answer questions about specific projects or rating system requirements. Advance appointments are welcome and encouraged. Walk-in questions are also available.

Then be sure to register for these additional sessions to learn more:

TRUE Zero Waste is a program that enables businesses to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals. A TRUE-certified project’s goal is to divert all solid waste from the landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. Facilities achieve certification by meeting minimum program requirements and achieving an average of 90 percent or greater overall diversion over a 12-month period.

Check out the full list of TRUE events here. 


SITES is a program that offers a systematic, comprehensive rating system designed to define sustainable sites, measure their performance, and ultimately elevate the value of landscapes.

Innovative Design Meets Effective Waste Management Wednesday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | B214

How do we create innovative building designs which also meet requirements for sustainable material management solutions, like SITES and TRUE Zero Waste? By taking this in-depth look at the “lifecycle” of designing a space, valuable insight can be gleaned on its future impact and LEED certification. 

Designing for Dignity: Serving through Sustainable Design Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B401

Explore how SITES, LEED and WELL can be used to improve the living spaces of vulnerable communities. Join Vanderweil and Rust Orling as they discuss the design and construction strategies behind an assisted living facility that the two firms collaborated on.

Enota: Atlanta’s First SITES Park Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B216

Learn how to address questions clients are asking about SITES and why the Atlanta BeltLine is the first municipal agency to include SITES in its current/future projects. Meet the team that got this project off the ground to get their impressions on how you can start enacting change. 

Ecotourism in Alabama’s Dunes - LEED SITES & Fortified Friday, November 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM | B308

Join a discussion about Alabama’s Gulf State Park and its journey to create an international benchmark of economic and environmental sustainability, while demonstrating best practices in ecotourism and hospitality through LEED, SITES and Fortified Commercial certifications.

Get in the Loop on Atlanta’s Beltline Friday, November 22 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby

The Atlanta BeltLine is now one of the most comprehensive urban design efforts under way in the United States. With project completion targeted for 2030, the project  aims to connect 45 in-town neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar lines, parks and open space. Walk approx. 2.5 miles of the BeltLine with leaders to explore how it is making Atlanta a more sustainable, livable and inclusive place. 


Parksmart is a certification program that enables parking structures to become higher performing and more sustainable. Parksmart encourages thoughtful siting and design, best-in-class facility management practices and the use of innovative technologies and is used by offices, airports, universities, venues and other destinations around the world to reach high levels of sustainability performance

Explore the First Parksmart Gold Facility Wednesday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | B302

The world’s first Parksmart Gold garage is a groundbreaking 1000-space, six-story parking facility located adjacent to Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL team. Hear from the Gold 1 Garage team on why they chose to pursue certification, and how they achieved it. 


RELi is a rating system that takes a holistic approach to resilient design. It can be used to assess and plan for all of the acute hazards that buildings and communities can face during unplanned events, prepare to mitigate against these hazards and design and construct buildings to maintain critical life-saving services in the event of extended loss of power, heating fuel or water

Resilience Summit: Elevating Equity Tuesday, November 19 | Multiple locations

Elevating equity is the landmark strategy in building resilience within the lives of people, their communities, and infrastructure. USGBC has long been focused on resiliency, defining it as “the ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events,” and we know that more sustainable buildings are the cornerstone to enhancing community resilience at scale. 


The PEER rating system measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure. It encourages the adoption of reliable, resilient and sustainable practices, and helps utilities solve aging infrastructure, find cost savings, share best practices, build for resiliency and enhance tracking to determine and prevent failures.

The Intersection of Resilience and Sustainability Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B302

With grid reliability concerns and climate disasters becoming the new normal, the real estate sector must respond and adapt accordingly, while also proactively future-proofing assets in expectation of more of the same. This panel begins an important conversation on how we can all better invest in sustainability and resilience instead of viewing them as mutually exclusive. 


Arc is also coming to Greenbuild! 

Arc is a performance platform that enables building, community and city projects to understand and enhance their sustainability performance and meet and achieve LEED certification. Whether it’s energy consumption, indoor air quality, waste management or more – you can use Arc to understand how your project is performing. Simply enter data in the platform to receive a performance score, benchmark against other buildings and projects, make improvements, realize greater efficiencies that can translate into cost savings and reach higher levels of sustainability performance. 

Check out Arc’s full schedule of events here.

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