In recent months, two notable events on sustainable design and construction took place in Philadelphia. You may have heard about one, even attended yourself. Greenbuild® is the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC®) annual convention which draws approximately 30,000 attendees yearly from around the world, and it was at our own Convention Center this year. The other event, a summit on sustainable design in Higher Education and Healthcare was hosted by the USGBC’s local chapter at the end of October, a precursor to what we could expect at Greenbuild.
Several key staff members from CMA attended the events to build on their “green” knowledge and increase their exposure to new products and technologies. Following is a brief commentary on issues specific to green healthcare design and construction addressed at these events.