By Emily Kingston
USGBC MA, USGBC, Informa and other green building professionals joined together for the Greenbuild Cultivation Luncheon Friday, July 28th 2017. This wonderful event was a celebration towards Boston being chosen to host the world's largest green building conference that is happening this November. Regional industry leaders and sustainability VIP's came together to discuss their poignant perspectives on sustainability along with getting the opportunity to network and connect with other professionals in their field.
USGBC President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam came to speak about the growth and future of green buildings, both locally and globally.
Mahesh was joined by special guests Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President of Boston Properties, and Austin Blackmon, Chief of Environment of Energy & Open Space for the City of Boston. Bryan discussed Boston's innovation and growth as a leader in green buildings while Austin noted the importance of sustainable planning for Boston, a city at risk of sea level rise.
The opening remarks were made by Judy Nitsch, Founding Principal at Nitsch Engineering and Chair of the Greenbuild Host Committee, who introduced the dedicated staff and volunteers that are making Greenbuild possible.
The work in sustainability that is accomplished now will be felt long into the future. We want to ensure we use the lessons learned and the new ideas offered to move forward with our mission for more green and net positive buildings.