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    Hillary Clinton Nails Greenbuild 2013 Keynote

    Hillary Clinton gives the Keynote at Greenbuild 2013Let’s step back for a moment: There’s 30,000 brilliant individuals who are creating green buildings, nontoxic classrooms and sustainable architecture. And they’re in Philly this week, taking in our city skyline, Federal Donuts & local fare.

    The keynote by Hillary Clinton peaked the week at Greenbuild 2013 last evening at the Liacouras Center in Temple University. Greenbuild has been a great mix of companies, organizations, workshops and more coming together to work towards a greener future. And wow, the keynotes all emphasized and motivated the 10,000 attendees in the crowd.

    Introduction by Mayor Michael Nutter

    Michael Nutter opens Keynote at Greenbuild 2013

    Mayor Michael Nutter kicked off the keynote by welcoming the Greenbuild crowd to Philadelphia. As he emphasized the importance of the sustainability in our urban design, he mentioned several references to the best Philly examples. The Eagles stadium with 11,000 solar panels and wind turbines to create energy. The Newbold neighborhood with LEED platinum status. Comcast Center’s LEED-gold status.

    As Nutter best summed it up,

    Green building is a $100 billion dollar industry, and continues to double in size every 3 years. Green is here to stay. It’s not a fad, it’s the future.”

    He also asked the audience to continue to pushing everyone – public service, elective office, business community to make sure to do what’s right for the environment and our cities.

    Nutter reminded the audience that he made the goal for Philadelphia to become the #1 green city in America on his first day in office, and other cities should get in on the ‘friendly competition’ to lead the way.

    President & CEO of US Green Building Council Rick Fedrizzi Remarks

    USGBC CEO & President Rick Fedrizzi at Keynote of Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia

    Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO & Founding Chairman of the USGBC took the stage next. His remarks looked back on the USGBC past,  creating a movement to have a better world for individuals, cities and businesses.

    Comparing the struggles of the green building industry to Silver Linings Playbook throughout his speech, Fedrizzi spoke of overcoming a challenge by looking for the silver linings.  Greenbuild expands worldwide and across the US, with goals to implement sustainable solutions. After the earthquake in Haiti, USGBC built a LEED-certified orphanage, or the ‘silver lining’ of a disaster.

    And the best part? Fedrizzi was also proud to have held Greenbuild in Philly. Just check it out:

    “I can’t even find the words to describe the energy and excitement that I’ve seen in Philadelphia this week… You come to the conclusion Philadelphia was the exactly the right place to convene Greenbuild Nation at this moment in time.”

    Greenbuild Keynote by Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton Q & A with Rick Fedrizzi at Greenbuild 2013

    Hillary Clinton took the stage after Fedrizzi, complete in a green suit. She joked about Nutter talking about the Eagles but complimented Nutter’s green accomplishments in the city.

    As Clinton pointed out, with 15% of carbon emissions & 1/3 of energy worldwide, our buildings need to be more sustainable for security and our future.  She told stories of ‘greening’ the White House 20 years ago, to using green building solutions in the State Department – to save money and energy, not to be ‘trendy’.

    As far as getting more buy-in from the public? Clinton gave a great suggestion for the media: Don’t give equal air time to climate change deniers when that only represents 1% of scientists.

    She joked that Winston Churchill allegedly said that the “Americans get around to doing the right thing, after trying nearly everything else.”

    Some of the highlights of Hill’s speech, in video form:

    Another off-topic thing I noticed? Hill was using a ceramic coffee mug & glasses of water, both reusables. Why is that a big deal? Many artists like Adam Levine tend to use countless plastic water bottles on stage.

    Hillary Clinton drinks coffee on stage.
    Hillary – so green right now. Hillary.

     

    Readers, did you get a chance to see Hillary Clinton at Greenbuild? What do you think about her perspective?

    About Julie Hancher

    Julie Hancher is Editor-in-Chief of Green Philly, sharing her expertise of all things sustainable in the city of brotherly love. She enjoys long walks in the park with eco-friendly wine and greening her travels, cooking & cat, Pounce DeLeon.

    Your thoughts . . .

    • Beth Terry

      Sandy, thanks for linking to my Adam Levine post, but just wait until you see what I have in store for musician Jack Johnson. Exact opposite of Levine in the plastic waste department. Hoping to get that post up this week!

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      Can’t wait to see it! We love Jack Johnson and recently featured him too: http://www.greenphillyblog.com/green-living/jack-johnson-from-here-to-now-to-you-green-tour/ . What a rock star! ;-)

    • Beth Terry

      Ack! I got you confused with Sandy Bauers of Philly.com! I just edited my comment and also the post on Facebook. Sheesh. :-)

    • JodiSummers

      Appreciated Secretary of State Clinton’s optimistic perspective on sustainability, “We know this works,” she stressed “And over the past 20 years you have seen slow, steady progress. But …we’re at a new level. The work has proven itself, we know what to do. We just have to be better organized and focused…to do more.”

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      No worries. Not a bad person to be mixed up with! ;-)

    • http://www.greenphillyblog.com/ Julie

      Thanks for sharing Jodi. I do agree that Hillary and Rick both emphasized the optimism of the future for green buildings. Love such a positive message, and hope some of the attendees were motivated too! :-)