Greenbuild, the world’s largest green building conference, returned to Chicago for a third time this year. The annual event took place Nov. 14-16 at the LEEDcertified McCormick Place West Building, drawing more than 15,000 attendees and over 350 exhibitors. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that the conference had an economic impact of $32 million for the city.

Chicago has been chosen to host Greenbuild repeatedly due to its status as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. This year, it achieved the exclusive LEED for Cities Platinum certification from USGBC. The city has over 800 LEED-certified buildings, 12 of which are hotels and lodging.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Human X Nature,” the intersection of humanity and the built environment. Some of the highlights included tours of sustainable communities, buildings and sights in Chicago; the Leadership Awards Reception in the Willis Tower; and the Women in Green luncheon.

Planners are putting wellness at the center of events. 


With new facilities opening soon, organizers will have more venues to choose from than ever before.