Former Secretary of State and retired Gen. Colin Powell will give the keynote address at the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Greenbuild will be held Nov.17-19 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The keynote will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 17.

“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 retired four-star general, Gen. Powell served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Regan and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed General Powell to be Secretary of State, a position he held until 2005. For the past decade, Gen. Powell also has committed his time, energy and leadership to improving the lives of America’s young people as the founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance, an organization that works with over 400 partner organizations to provide needed resources that build better lives for America’s youth.

In addition to his leadership experience, a LEED Platinum affordable housing building in his childhood neighborhood bears his name. The General Colin L. Powell Apartments in the South Bronx, N.Y., is a cutting-edge 50-unit multifamily project resulting from a partnership between Habitat for Humanity-New York City and Blue Sea Development. Gen. Powell participated in the LEED certification ceremony.

In addition to the keynote address, Greenbuild 2010 will feature a variety of speakers and more than 100 education sessions. More than 900 exhibiting companies at more than 1,800 booths will have featured displays.

Greenbuild 2011 is slated for Oct. 5-7 in Toronto.

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