A performance by environmental advocate and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will help open the Greenbuild 2009 Conference, which will be held Nov. 11 to 13 in Phoenix.
More than 25,000 people attend Greenbuild every year, and its increasing profile and
size led the U.S. Green Building Council to open this year’s event at Chase
Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Nov. 11 opening evening will
feature presentations and a keynote address, in addition to Crow’s performance.
“Performing at Greenbuild is like being on the international stage of the green movement,
celebrating with you the progress we’re making on this important issue,” Crow
A graduate of the University of Missouri, Crow also holds honorary degrees from
Temple University and Southeast Missouri University. Crow has been on the
leading edge in urging the adoption of efficient technologies like CFLs and
biofuels, and has effectively harnessed the grassroots, the media, Fortune 500
companies, and government to build support for environmental protection. Before
finding success as a musician, Crow was an elementary school teacher; she
recently worked alongside First Lady Michelle Obama in an effort to encourage
public school students to achieve.
Greenbuild is the largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green
building movement. Three days of educational programming, workshops, an exhibition
floor and networking events provide opportunities to learn about the latest
technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other
professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings
Greenbuild 2009 will also feature more than 100 educational sessions, LEED workshops,
off-site educational sessions, a two day Residential Summit, and tours of local
green building sites throughout the Arizona area. More than 1,700 exhibitors
will showcase some of the leading technologies and products in green design,
construction and operations.
Last year’s Greenbuild, held in Boston, drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured
more than 800 exhibit booths. Past Greenbuild keynote speakers have included
President Bill Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, E.O. Wilson, Van Jones,
William McDonough and Paul Hawken.