The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced its keynote speakers for the June 9-10, USGBC Live: Washington, D.C., conference. Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Department of Energy; Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Nina M. Albert, Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA); and Jerome Foster II, Climate Justice Activist will join the one and a half day event where the future of our building, cities and communities will take center stage. 

 “USGBC Live is designed to help prepare and inspire building industry practitioners and changemakers to accelerate the transition to green buildings, cities and communities,” said Kim Heavner, VP, Conference & Events, USGBC. “We welcome our keynote speakers who are poised to deliver inspiring messages to our green building community as we look forward towards the future of LEED and how we continue to integrate and respond to real world issues including resilience, equity, the climate crisis, electrification and much more.”

 More about the headline speakers: 

  • Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm, U.S. Department of Energy is leading DOE in helping America achieve President Biden’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by advancing cutting-edge clean energy technologies, creating millions of good-paying union clean energy jobs, and building an equitable clean energy future.
  • Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, believes that we have a responsibility to confront housing insecurity and help ensure access to good homes, to eliminate all forms of housing discrimination, and to build our nation’s housing infrastructure in a way that expands equitable access to housing for all people.
  • Nina M. Albert serves as the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service (PBS) at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). As PBS Commissioner, she manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 371 million square feet of government-owned and leased space across the United States and six territories.
  • Jerome Foster is an American climate justice activist, voting rights advocate and political advisor. He is a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council in the Biden administration and has been a leading voice for Black and indigenous visibility in climate activism. Foster is one of the major organizers of Fridays for Future Washington. He has previously served as a congressional intern for U.S. Representative John Lewis and served on the District of Columbia State Board of Education advisory council. Currently, Foster is the executive director of #OneMillionOfUs, an international youth advocacy and voting rights organization. Learn more about Jerome Foster II.

 The USGBC Live conference in Washington, D.C., features educational sessions and keynote speakers as well as networking opportunities during breakfast, lunch and an evening reception. The annual USGBC Leadership Awards ceremony will honor six organizations and individuals whose vision, leadership and commitment have been fundamental to the evolution of the green building industry.

 USGBC Live offers over six continuing education (CE) hours for LEED credential holders and registration includes access to the digital platform that offers more than 20 additional CE hours of USGBC Live content. The D.C. event will also include a special LEED insights track for LEED specific education.

 For attendees who can’t make the USGBC Live conference in Washington, D.C., USGBC is also offering a digital only option. USGBC Live digital is available starting June 7 and includes a mix of live, pre-recorded and on demand sessions.

 Register here.