It was exciting to have Greenbuild held in my home city, Washington, DC this year. DC is so much more than the federal government, and we Washingtonians were happy to show that green is just as important as red and blue in this city. Here are a few of my favorite moments from Greenbuild 2015.
1. James Cameron advocates for “hippie, tree-hugging [stuff*].” The opening keynote was an interview with award-winning director (and environmental advocate) James Cameron. He spoke quietly and eloquently about the ways to make our planet healthier and what he specifically has done. Who knew he owned thousands of acres of farmland in three countries, including the one of the largest permaculture farms in the world? “Eat more plants” can sum up his simple advice, but the co-benefits of doing so are far more complicated.
*rhymes with ‘flap’
2. Perkins+Will hosted some visitors so they could kick the tires. Our office was pleased to conduct tours of four of our local, LEED-certified projects, including our LEED-CI Platinum workplace. Attendees from around the world were able to learn how sustainability is woven into our design strategy at the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Nixon Peabody offices, and the World Wildlife Fund Headquarters in addition to our office.
3. Rocking the Newseum. People think of classic columns and pediments when they think of Washington, DC, so it was fun to host the big Greenbuild celebration this year at the Newseum, a modern museum of steel and glass with monumental views and important civic messages. Guests enjoyed food and drink while perusing the exhibits, taking in the views from the terraces, and dancing to Fitz & the Tantrums.
4. Seeing some of our hometown handiwork on the Expo floor. While Perkins+Will did not have a stand-alone exhibit in the trade show, it was nice to come up to the Genera Services Administration (GSA) and Department of Energy (DOE) booth and see the Sustainable Facilities Tool prominently displayed . This website was developed to provide facilities managers, planners, and owners basic sustainability information to make informed decisions on new construction, renovations, and operations. Our firm updated the content of the site in 2013 and added new content in 2014-2015.
5. Toasting the 25th anniversary of AIA Committee on the Environment. We stopped by the AIA booth on the trade show floor for a quick toast celebrating the 25th anniversary of Committee on the Environment, a knowledge community that advances sustainability in design. Attendees were also challenged to imagine what sustainability will be like in the next 25 years, recording thoughts on a giant timeline graphic.
See you in Los Angeles next year!