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Greenbuild Announces Amal Clooney, Buddy Guy

Monday, July 23, 2018

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Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council announced both the headliner and keynote speaker for the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference Expo, slated for Nov. 14-16 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

The USGBC and Informa Exhibitions announced that human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will open this year’s event with keynote remarks, and blues legend Buddy Guy will headline a Thursday-night show at Chicago’s The Field Museum.

About Clooney

Clooney is a lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers, in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights.

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Earlier this month the U.S. Green Building Council announced both the headliner and keynote speaker for the 2018 Greenbuild International Conference Expo, slated for Nov. 14-16 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

“Green building is about providing equal access to safe, healthy and sustainable environments for everyone,” said Kate Hurst, SVP of Conferences and Events, USGBC.

“It’s about understanding that every life matters, and furthermore, that quality of life must be preserved. Amal has a deep understanding of this. She has spent her life fighting for the underserved and underrepresented and her tireless and extraordinary efforts on behalf of others underscore the greater humanitarian mission of our movement.”

This year’s Greenbuild theme is “Human X Nature,” which describes the intersection of humanity and the built environment, a topic that conference officials say complements Clooney’s work.

“We are thrilled to align Clooney’s powerful message and mission with this year’s Greenbuild theme of Human x Nature,” said Lindsay Roberts, group director, Informa Exhibitions. “Amal’s passion for equality and human rights will resonate with the equally passionate Greenbuild audience and we are excited to have this important conversation delivered by a strong female on the main stage as we kick off the 2018 event.”

About Guy

The 81-year-old artist is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and was ranked No. 23 by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Guy has won seven Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 37 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

“Buddy Guy is a Chicago icon, and the epitome of Southern blues; we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him join us this year at the celebration,” said Lindsay Roberts, group director, Informa Exhibitions.

“We’re certain his talent and charisma on stage will connect with our audience and accompany the cheerful atmosphere of the evening. We couldn’t have found a more perfect venue, too, than the 125- year old historic LEED Silver Field Museum.”

Registration for Greenbuild is now open, and more information about the event can be found here.

   

Tagged categories: Conferences; Greenbuild; United States Green Building Council (USGBC)

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