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Plenary and Celebration

Practice across multiple disciplines. Policy across every facet of government. People with ideas, influence and inspiration. These are the pillars of our movement and celebrating the icons who advance and define them is the essence of Greenbuild.  Against the backdrop of polarized body politics in the US and political and social upheaval across the globe, California’s popular Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, USGBC’s outgoing CEO Rick Fedrizzi, and other powerful voices delivered a fast-paced, passion-filled discussion about the issues of our times: climate change, social equity and the profound need for environmental focus in every corner of the globe.

We also heard award-winning author, Sebastian Junger, draw significant parallels between the battlefield and Corporate America, providing important lessons that offer companies a tangible edge over their competition.

We hope you were able to join us for this event and invite you to check back in late spring 2017 for updates on the Plenary & Celebration planned for Greenbuild 2017 in Boston.

Sebastian Junger

Journalist and Award-Winning Author

Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of WAR, The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is also the acclaimed director of the documentary Restrepo and Korengal. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories and has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.


Junger’s newest book entitled Tribe: on Homecoming and Belonging, takes readers on an investigation of the experiences of veterans and proposes that a major cause of pain is not being at war, but coming home. We all have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding -"tribes." In Tribe, Junger demonstrates how this tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society. Furthermore, he examines PTSD as a side effect of soldiers leaving the close bonds they’ve formed in their military platoons and returning to a disconnected modern society, and argues that regaining a sense of closeness may be the key to our psychological survival.


Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary Restrepo, co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.


Lt. Governor Newsome

Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor of California

          Rick Fedrizzi

Rick Fedrizzi

CEO & Founding Chair,
U.S. Green Building Council

The Greenbuild Plenary was sponsored by:

    Mohawk Group 

2016 Greenbuild Celebration

The Greenbuild Celebration is sponsored by:



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