Greenbuild 2008 was all that it had promised to be - packed with potential (about 30,000 attending) to change the world through low energy, high performance products and buildings. The biggest "potential" came from LA Community College District. I felt like the tooth fairy being able to talk to vendors about the LACCD opportunity. "Hi, do you work with schools? I have $6 billion to spend..." It's amazing how fast people smiled and asked you to step into their booth.
Greenbuild already had an air of hopefulness due to the recent election, but there is nothing like cold hard cash during a tight economy to get companies engaged and excited again. Did you miss getting an invite? Go hereto have a full rundown on the LACCD opportunity and the how you can become involved. After "hopefulness," "transparency" had to be the other key word covering the 3 days. On each corner, aisle and seminar, vendors spoke of Life Cycle Assessments, Third Party Audits and Sustainable Product Standards. Some companies floated their certification flags, others are holding off until a dominate standard comes forward, but everyone agreed that LCA's are the future and that putting it in writing (whatever your shade of green) is where it all begins