Amal Clooney to Keynote Greenbuild 2018

Jul 12, 2018 - Dallas, TX

 

Informa Exhibitions and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced today that respected human rights lawyer and humanitarian Amal Clooney will deliver the opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo taking place Nov. 14-16. Clooney will speak at the Opening Plenary on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 9-10 a.m. at the LEED-certified McCormick Place Convention Center. Registration for Greenbuild is now open.

 

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

 

Clooney is a British lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights. She is also a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School, where she teaches human rights. Her clients have ranged from political prisoners to ousted Heads of State. She is currently counsel to Nadia Murad and other Yazidi women who have been sexually enslaved by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, working to secure accountability for the genocide committed by ISIS in national and international courts. 

 

The Oxford-educated lawyer is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held a number of posts within the United Nations, including senior adviser to Kofi Annan when he served as the UN Envoy on Syria. Clooney is on the UK government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum, and she serves on the Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights. In 2016, she co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice with her husband. One of their first projects -- aiming to educate thousands of refugee children in Lebanon -- was showcased at the 2016 United Nations summit on the refugee crisis.

 

 

“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.”

 

The Opening Plenary is included in the 3-day and 4-day conference passes and is sponsored by Mohawk. Greenbuild registration options include Expo Hall passes and educational one-day, three-day or four-day passes. Additional offerings include summits, workshops, tours and special events.

 

This year’s Greenbuild theme of Human X Nature describes the intersection of humanity and the built environment. The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment around us.For more information on Greenbuild 2018 and to register, visit www.greenbuildexpo.com and follow @Greenbuild on Twitter and tweet hashtag #Greenbuild18 to join the conversation.

 

Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Each year, the three-day conference brings together 20,000+ attendees and 500 exhibitors from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates, and educators. Greenbuild 2018 will take place Nov. 14-16 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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About Informa, Global Exhibitions
With over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions annually, Informa Exhibitions is a global market leader in such end markets as Beauty, Construction & Real Estate, Design, Life Sciences, Maritime, Health & Nutrition, Natural Products, Agriculture, and Pop Culture. Through face to face and digital channels, our transaction-oriented exhibitions and trade shows enable communities to engage, experience and do business. In doing so, we bring together people who want to buy and sell, network, do business and gain inspiration. Our industry insight, coupled with our innovative and entrepreneurial approach, provides them with the opportunity to create business advantage and access markets.

Informa Exhibitions is a division of Informa PLC, a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, creating unique content and connectivity for customers all over the world. Informa PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100. www.informaexhibitions.com

 

About the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn

 
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