The U.S. Green Building Council announced that former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell will deliver the keynote address at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo being held next month in Chicago.
“General Powell has made another career of sharing his lessons of leadership,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “His keen insights and global perspective are especially relevant to our movement in these times of great challenge and change. He exemplifies that leadership is about more than a title: It’s about taking charge during times of great crisis.”
A LEED Platinum affordable housing building in his childhood neighborhood will be erected in his name: the General Colin L. Powell Apartments in the South Bronx, N.Y. The development is a 50-unit multifamily project resulting from a partnership between Habitat for Humanity-New York City and Blue Sea Development.
In addition to General Powell’s keynote address, Greenbuild will feature an array of inspiring speakers, education sessions and exhibit hall devoted to green building showcasing the latest in innovative, cutting-edge products and services.