Greenbuild! It’s that time of year again, and we are especially excited that this year’s conference takes place in Washington, DC, the backyard of our brand new office in Tysons.

Between consulting on the region’s sustainable buildings and moving to our new space, our DC team dedicated time to participate on the Greenbuild Host Committee, adding to our eagerness to see this year’s conference come to life.

What’s in store? Here are the Paladino highlights:

Legacy Project

This year the Greenbuild Host Committee and National Capital Region Chapter selected the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) as its 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project. CAFB provides food assistance to one out of every 12 individuals living in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., distributing 42 million pounds of food a year.

The Legacy Project Committee, including Committee Co-Chair Susie Westrup and team member Divya Natarajan, supported the development of a flexible, multi-purpose ‘Urban Food Studio’ for CAFB’s Urban Demonstration Garden, which provides an all-season space for gardening, cooking education classes, volunteer respite, workshops and other events.

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Legacy Committee Volunteers “breaking ground” on the 2015 Legacy Project. 

The ribbon cutting for the Legacy Project is Sunday, November 15.

Greenbuild Tours

Are you planning to participate on the highly anticipated green building tours? Visit one of these examples of stellar high performance buildings in the DC area: the LEED Platinum Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University; National Geographic Society Headquarters; and 1525 14th Street, which houses the Whitman Walker Health Clinic, among others.

All tours will take place on Monday, November 16. Get more information here. It’s not too late to get involved as a sponsor so please contact our own Rachel Sowards (Co-Chair Ambassadors Committee) today for more information.

Friends and Family Party

Paladino is turning 21 this year, and we are once again hosting our annual Friends and Family party to honor our industry peers’ commitment to transforming the built environment. Hosted drinks, hearty appetizers, and desserts will be served from acclaimed Chef Tom Power’s local restaurant, Baby Wale, a short walk from the convention center. If you haven’t already received an invite, contact us to be put on the list.

The party gets started on Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

Education Panel

Legacy Committee Co-chair Susie Westrup will present during the Greenbuild DC Legacy Project: It Takes a Village to Feed a City panel.

Susie and fellow panelists Jennifer Johnson, Architect III at SmithGroupJJR, David Poms, Director of Education at Capital Area Food Bank and Jennifer Wellman-Andryuk at National Capital Region at US Green Building Council, will share the work done on the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project for CAFB’s Urban Demonstration Garden, including a discussion of how the project can serve as an example to other green building professionals, who want to organize an impactful project in their region.


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Progress at the Capital Area Food Bank, the 2015 Greenbuild Legacy Project. 

Susie’s panel takes place Thursday, November 19 from 12-1 p.m.

Workplace Megatrends

Executive Technical Director (and LEED Fellow!) Brad Pease will present during the Workplace Megatrends: Envisioning the Future panel along with Greg Dekker of Teknion, and Joanna Frank of the Center for Active Design. The experts will provide unique perspectives on the workplace of the future regarding: generational change, health and well-being, and sustainability.

Don’t miss this interactive and engaging session on Thursday, November 19 at 3 p.m. – Brad will have you on your feet (literally).

Leadership Awards Luncheon

We are extremely proud that Brad Pease has been designated as a LEED Fellow, GBCI’s most prestigious title given to exceptional professionals in the green building industry.

Brad will be honored during Greenbuild’s Leadership Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 19 at 11:30 a.m.

See you there!

Greenbuild has all the ingredients of an exceptional conference, and most importantly, we look forward to seeing all of our friends, clients and peers again. We can’t wait to witness the culmination of progress you have all contributed to the green building industry over the last year.

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