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November 12-15, 2024
Pennsylvania Convention CenterPhiladelphia, PA

Sustainability Hub

As a leading event in sustainable building and design, Greenbuild brings together professionals, industry leaders, and visionaries to exchange ideas and showcase cutting-edge technologies.

There are so many ways for you to participate, a great first step is to offset your carbon footprint associated with travel and activities at Greenbuild.

Greenbuild's Sustainability Goals

The Greenbuild International Conference + Expo has established seven long-term goals for improving the sustainability performance of the show.

We believe these goals address the most relevant event impacts of both Greenbuild and the meetings and events industry. Greenbuild is more committed than ever to producing a sustainable event that positively impacts our industry.

Greenbuild & the SDGs

Since 2021 Greenbuild has been tracking our actions against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as Global Goals. These are a set of 17 integrated and interrelated goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that humanity enjoys peace and prosperity by 2030.

Greenbuild offers an annual scholarship program to bring community and sustainability leaders together & empower individuals to transform the way we do business in the building industry.

Greenbuild amplifies women’s voices. In 2023 43% of speakers self-identified as women.

The Greenbuild Legacy Project is a yearly project initiative that leaves a lasting impact on the host city of the Greenbuild International Conference + Expo. Learn more here

Greenbuild is the leading event for attendees to learn and source solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities.

Greenbuild prioritizes local and sustainable sourced items.

Greenbuild offsets carbon from event operations. Learn more here

Diversity & Inclusion

To remain relevant for the next generation of leaders, Greenbuild must push diversity hard at every turn, changing established thinking, and provide access to opportunities where you can learn more about topics that drive change. Everything we do goes towards creating the ultimate experience: making a safe, inclusive space for people to gather and celebrate together.

Greenbuild is the place to discover, celebrate, and belong.

Sustainability Onsite At Greenbuild

Reduce Emissions

Travel light: Pack light... even bringing one less pair of shoes saves CO2!

Take Public Transit: Download the Citymapper app to help you find the best route. 

Reduce Waste

BOYB: Bring Your Own Bottle. Don't forget to pack you refillable water bottle and reusable coffee cup. Greenbuild will offer many opportunities to refill both.

 *American’s use almost 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour according to

Show Up for the Philly Community!

Visit the Sustainability Hub onsite to get involved in the Greenbuild Legacy Project.

Greenbuild 2023 Legacy Project

Gensler's Roots to Success initiative at Kelly Miller Middle School is one such project that is set to make a significant impact on the community. Located in the heart of Washington, DC’s Ward 7, Kelly Miller Middle School is an institution with a rich cultural history and legacy. 

The school serves a diverse population of students, many of whom come from families with limited resources. The school is also situated in a food desert, where access to fresh, healthy food is limited.

Exhibitor Sustainability

Greenbuild's Mandatory Green Exhibitor Guidelines (GMEGG) is a required sustainability initiative to be completed before arriving on-site at Greenbuild. We consider everything from lighting, collateral materials in a booth, and transportation for booth staff on-site. Our goal is to help ascertain small changes to reduce overall environmental impact. 

Exhibitors impact the success of our sustainability efforts on-site, and exhibitors who meet all GMEGG requirements are considered for the Greenbuild Green Exhibitor Awards - an excellent way to gain visibility into your organization's sustainable practices and drive traffic to your booth. With each exhibiting company committing to sustainable exhibiting practices and making minor changes to their booth, it has a massive impact (see the results in our previous year's Sustainability Reports).

*Exhibitor Training Module is only accessible with an existing USBGC account. 

Officially Certified CarbonNeutral Event in 2023

We are thrilled to announce that Greenbuild has successfully achieved the internationally recognized and independently developed CarbonNeutral® Event certification, marking a significant milestone in our sustainability journey.

What is a CarbonNeutral® Event Certification? A designation that demonstrates our event has achieved carbon neutrality in line with the CarbonNeutral Protocol. This certification is administered by Climate Impact Partners, and is a global standard managed for over 20 years to deliver clean, conclusive, and transparent carbon neutral programs.

Sustainability at Past Greenbuild Events

Inside Greenbuild 2023

Inside Greenbuild 2022

Inside Greenbuild 2021


Questions about sustainability at Greenbuild? Contact our sustainability team at Honeycomb Strategies for more information on Greenbuild's projects, reporting, and sustainability certifications.

Amanda Simons, Principal Consultant
Honeycomb Strategies