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September 21-23, 2021
San Diego Convention CenterSan Diego, CA

GREENBUILD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE + EXPO SPEAKERS

Here are the main stage speakers who will delight, inspire and bring global perspectives and new insights to the Greenbuild stage.

Greenbuild has a history of incredible speakers; President Barack Obama, Amal Clooney, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Paul Hawken and many more. Our goal in selecting these important voices is to source the truth tellers, forward thinkers and great minds of our industry so that we can gain from their knowledge and expertise. This year is no different.

Announcing An Exclusive Conversation with Dan Levy

We are delighted to announce a Greenbuild 2021 Exclusive Conversation with Emmy® Award-winning Writer, Actor, Director and Producer, Dan Levy.

Dan Levy has won numerous Awards as co-creator and star of the popular TV series, “Schitt’s Creek.” The comedy series highlights how a community and its residents could be forever changed by embracing different perspectives.

When Levy accepted one of his many awards, he stated, “In Schitt’s Creek, we are writing a world that examines the transformational effects of love when the threat of hate and intolerance has been removed from the equation.”

Greenbuild 2021 is committed to all aspects of social justice as they relate to creating sustainable communities.

Levy will talk about the power of commitment, humor, and perseverance in business and in life, and why Schitt’s Creek is like the projects each of us encounters in our quest for a better building system, inclusive communities, and a more sustainable planet.

For a limited time, use promo code DANLEVY2021 for $200 off Greenbuild Conference or All Access Passes or $100 off a Greenbuild Keynote Add-On Package or Greenbuild Virtual Package.

The Greenbuild Exclusive Conversation with Dan Levy will be presented by Premier Sponsor, Cisco.

Wednesday, September 22, 12:15pm - 1:15pm


Announcing Closing Keynote Mike Richter

If you were to ask Mike Richter what his NHL hockey career and his current role as president of Brightcore Energy have in common, he would answer simply in one word: potential.

“That one word is what sports are all about, what college helps us to discover and what we strive to fulfill every day in our personal and professional lives,” he said.

Richter’s pursuit of fulfilling his potential led him to a 15-year career with the New York Rangers where he was a three-time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion and Olympic medalist.

But, the real impact came when Richter went on to receive his degree in Ethics, Politics and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Politics from Yale University.

He quickly became a key spokesperson for environmental issues, such as resource efficiency and climate change. He speaks frequently about environmental regulations and public policy before many audiences, including The Senate Special Committee on the Climate Crises. Throughout the past decade, Richter served on boards of the Sierra Club Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and Riverkeepers.

The common thread in all of Richter’s experiences – from athletic to professional – is performance. It’s the principal on which Brightcore Energy was founded.

“The majority of our nation’s buildings simply don’t perform well. They leak energy, causing businesses, schools and municipalities to waste a significant amount of money every month that they could use in much better ways,” Richter said. “Any form of waste inefficiencies – actually anything under maximum performance – makes reaching potential impossible.”

Brightcore Energy is a provider of clean energy turnkey solutions to the commercial market and they operate using a Clean-Energy-as-a-Service model. They develop, implement, fund and maintain end-to-end clean energy solutions including LED lighting, commercial and community solar, high-efficiency renewable heating and cooling (geo thermal), electric vehicle (EV) charging and battery storage.

Thursday, September 23, 9:00am - 10:00am

Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) and Arc, Mahesh Ramanujam couples an extensive background in technology and innovation with his goal of unifying building standards, democratizing sustainable living, and building healthier, more prosperous communities. Ramanujam also served as USGBC’s COO and CIO. A leader of more than 13 million green builders, Ramanujam conceived the Living Standard campaign, USGBC’s pivotal grassroots initiative to share best practices and support the organization’s inclusive and resilient second generation vision for the decades ahead: Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy. Ramanujam’s storied career is rooted in his passion for that vision, in his efforts to evolve society beyond a passing awareness of green building to a universal adoption of its high-minded practices, and in his sincere desire that healthier building becomes not only an urgent civic responsibility, but a guarantee of a better quality of life for generations to come.

Mahesh will take the main stage to have an Exclusive Conversation with Emmy™ Award-winning, Writer, Actor, Director and Producer Dan Levy. 

Wednesday, September 22, 9:00am - 10:00am

Dr. Beverly Scott, CEO, Beverly Scott Associates

Dr. Scott is a frequent speaker on the critical need to invest in smart, next generation infrastructure to advance American competitiveness, sustainable outcomes, and “shared prosperity”.   Beverly Scott Associates, LLC, is an infrastructure-focused executive management consultant practice which specializes in workforce development at all levels; and, advancing practical approaches and solutions to challenging situations that advance equity and inclusion – and help to achieve positive outcomes for “all” people and communities.

Most recently, she founded, Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc. (“iyai+”), a national non-profit dedicated to inspiring, educating, and engaging today’s youth to be tomorrow’s “community builders” — American infrastructure leaders, skilled workforce, innovators, and entrepreneurs, – with special emphasis on improving the active participation of our most vulnerable youth and historically underutilized groups in infrastructure careers – people of color and women (www.iyai.org).

She serves as a Senior Fellow at the Transportation Learning Center, the only national transportation labor-management partnership focused on skills training, research, safety and health for the sector’s frontline workforce (www.transportcenter.org); a Research Associate at the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University (www.transweb.sjsu.edu); and in an Advisory capacity to the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard University Law School in the areas of transportation, infrastructure, and equity (www.charleshamiltonhouston.org).

In 2011, she was appointed by President Obama to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), a panel of experts including top business executives, leading academics and local government officials who report to the White House through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with responsibility for making policy recommendations to protect and preserve the physical assets that are critical to the U.S. economy and national security.  In 2012, she was appointed NIAC Vice-Chair and currently serves in that capacity (www.dhs.gov/national infrastructure).  In 2019, she was appointed by State Treasurer Fiona Ma to the California High Speed Rail Peer Review Group.  Dr. Scott served on the San Francisco MUNI (SFMTA) Reliability Working Group assembled in June 2019 by San Francisco Mayor London Breed, with Supervisors Mandelman and Peskin to review performance of the City’s current bus and rail system and recommend actionable steps for consideration by the incoming Director of Transportation.  Most recently, she was appointed to serve on PG&E’s Sustainability Advisory Council.

Dr. Scott’s career in the public transportation industry spans more than three decades, including four appointments as General Manager/CEO – the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and Rail & Transit Administrator for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), the Sacramento Regional Transit Authority (SRTD), and the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), one of four statewide public transit systems.   She has also served in senior level positions at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (New York), New Jersey Transit Corporation (NJT), the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), and the Houston Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Houston METRO).

Dr. Scott is recognized throughout the U.S. and North American transportation industry for her visionary leadership, results driven management style; focus on people and communities; and progressive approach to labor-management relations. Among her most notable industry contributions is her pivotal leadership role in the critical areas of workforce and leadership development and work to improve outcomes for people and communities – particularly our most vulnerable.  In this regard, she is an ardent proponent for significantly increased “people development and investment” at all levels.

Throughout her career, she has received numerous awards and recognitions, i.e., the Hubert Humphrey Award for Distinguished Public Service from the American Political Science Association (APSA), Government Sector Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce for Outstanding Service, the prestigious Sharon A. Banks Humanitarian Service Award from the Transportation Research Board, National Academies of Science; named Woman of the Year by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS International), and, recognized by the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) as a “Woman Who Moves the Nation”.  She was named a “Transportation Innovator of Change” by President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Transportation for her long record of exemplary leadership and service in the transportation industry.

A past Chairperson of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and Rail-Volution (railvolution.org);  Board member, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF),  Women’s Transportation Seminar International (WTS), the Transportation Research Board TOPS Committee; Women’s Transportation Seminar Foundation, Dr. Scott currently serves on the national Board of the American Public Transportation Association (www.apta.com), as a Manager/Managing Director,  Parker Infrastructure Partners, LLC; and Jobs To Move America (JMA), Vice Chair (jobstomoveamerica.org).

Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in political science, with a specialization in public administration from Howard University; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fisk University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa).

Thursday, September 23 4:30pm

Kevin J. Patel, Founder & Executive Director of OneUpAction

Kevin J. Patel has fought as an intersectional climate justice activist from Los Angeles, CA for the past ten years. In 2019, Kevin founded OneUpAction, an organization that supports and empowers marginalized youth by providing them with the resources they need to be change makers. Kevin has created the first-of-its-kind Youth Climate Commission in LA County to amplify youth voices on the climate crisis. Kevin is a UN Togetherband Ambassador for Goal 7, 13, & 14, he is a National Geographic Young Explorer. He also serves on the Youthtopia_World : Circle of Youth Council, the Intersectional Environmentalist Council and the ClimatePower Creative Advisory Board. Kevin is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Political Science at Loyola Marymount University.  

Thursday, September 23, 4:30pm