Washington, DC – Most non-partisan wood workers, carpenters and architects will be pleased to learn that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give the opening keynote address at its 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this fall, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced. Clinton’s "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century.

“USGBC is deeply honored that Secretary Hillary Clinton has accepted our invitation to speak at Greenbuild 2013,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “She is a respected global leader whose body of work over the years has championed initiatives that are aligned with our movement — nation-building, social justice, economic equality and children’s health and well-being. While she was Senator for New York, she was a powerful voice for sustainability as an economic development driver.”

Taking place Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia at the LEED Gold certified Pennsylvania Convention Center, Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green buildin -- attracting some 30,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year’s theme, Greenbuild Nation, celebrates green building as a global movement. Today’s green building leaders unite behind a shared sense of how a sustainable built environment can contribute to a healthy, prosperous future. Registration opens June 5.

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