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What is the Future of the Global Green Building Industry?

Event Date 

November 15, 2018 - 12:45pm


Kaplan Institute Building
3137 S Federal St
Chicago, IL 60616


A panel of international experts will discuss and debate the future of the global green building movement. They will share their perspectives on the history of high performance buildings in the U.S. and the around the world. They will reflect on the circumstances that have led to a profound moment of transition and change for the movement. This moment is defined by the success of the last 20+ years of green building – tens of thousands of certified projects around the world recognized by dozens of major rating systems. This success is juxtaposed against new expectations, new challenges, and new capabilities. These circumstances have created demand for change, including a push to recognize buildings, communities, and entire cities based on objective measures of operational performance. Simultaneously, concerns about climate change, health, resilience, and biodiversity have intensified, and buildings are being asked to do more than ever to demonstrably address these challenges. The panel will provide their perspectives on these dynamic and the state-of-the-market and their hopes and aspirations for the future of the industry.    

Speaker Bios

Chris Pyke is the Research Officer for the USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc. Dr. Pyke has experience in the private sector, nonprofits, and government, including service as Chief Operating Officer for GRESB, B.V., Chief Strategy Officer for Aclima, Inc., and a physical scientist with EPA. Dr. Pyke is on the faculty of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at Georgetown University.

As Head of Market Transformation, Jorge ensures that GBCA’s strategic priorities, partnerships, product/services, including Green Star, accelerate the transformation of Australia’s built environment, delivering healthy and resilient places for people and natural environment. He has an architecture degree from University of Monterrey and a Masters in Design Science from University of Sydney.

Roxana Isaiu is Director Real Estate for GRESB, with responsibility for the development and execution of the firm’s ESG data benchmarking methodology for the real estate sector. Isaiu focuses on the promotion of transparency in the real estate sector through systematic reporting on ESG indicators of performance. Isaiu holds a master’s of science in corporate finance.

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author of 11 books, and global speaker. He is Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, and a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design. In 2012, he was named one of the 25 “Best Green Architecture Firms” in the US, and one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects.” In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25.

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