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Fan Mail from a Greenbuild Regular

Over the years I’ve been fortunate to attend every Greenbuild. Since the first Greenbuild in 2002 in Austin, Texas, and including my experience as an exhibitor since 2004, I have been amazed by the quality of this event. Each year, I attend more than 20 conferences and trade shows that are related to sustainability or green building. And in my opinion, Greenbuild is consistently the best overall conference.

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Here are the top three reasons I think you should attend this year’s show in Philadelphia.

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3. Meet old friends and make 30,000 new ones.
Greenbuild feels like homecoming to most folks in our industry. Whether you joined the industry in 2012 and this is your first Greenbuild, or you are a veteran and this is your 12th, Greenbuild is a collection of dedicated individuals who are trying to put a dent in this universe.

We’re all busy and it’s tough to connect with friends in the industry. But at Greenbuild you can see friends you’ve made through past projects or at firms where you’ve worked, and you can make new friends. As you know, it takes a lot of multidisciplinary effort to make a project work, and it takes even more effort to achieve sustainability goals. I realized early on that in order to succeed, I need to have friends in every discipline in design, construction, and engineering.

Don’t be shy. Make some new friends.

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2. Discover the marketplace under one roof.

At Greenbuild you will find the largest concentration of product and service providers under one roof. Greenbuild provides green building professionals with endless opportunities to learn about innovative companies, as well as the products and services available to deploy on projects today and into the future.

As an attendee I’ve found many project solutions on site at Greenbuild, and I’ve brought these solutions to clients around the world. Greenbuild has saved me tons of research time, and it has provided the opportunity to interact with representatives face-to-face. Green building projects are composed of hundreds of products and systems, and having them under one roof for two days has always been one of my favorite parts of Greenbuild.

Interact face-to-face and save time.

1. Recharge your inspiration.
Greenbuild attracts the world’s best speakers on the topics of sustainability and green building. Green building is tough work, and it helps to have others share their project stories to be encouraged and motivated. There are more than 100 learning opportunities thanks to the education program committee that spends a year planning Greenbuild’s educational offerings. There are also incredible green building tours that offer an opportunity to tour local and innovative green buildings.

The inspiration is contagious. Keep spreading it.

See you at Greenbuild!
Paul Shahriari
GreenMind, Inc.



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