This year's Greenbuild was in Washington DC. Southeast Green was sponsored by Mohawk Group. Mohawk Group announced their commitment to transparency through the International Future Living Institute (IFLI) Living Product Challenge. By using IFLI product declaration program, Mohawk has declared over 490 products. Many of them are Red List Free which is a designation that shows that the product is free of the most toxic chemicals in industry.This year's Greenbuild was in Washington DC. Southeast Green was sponsored by Mohawk Group. Mohawk Group announced their commitment to transparency through the International Future Living Institute (IFLI) Living Product Challenge. By using IFLI product declaration program, Mohawk has declared over 490 products. Many of them are Red List Free which is a designation that shows that the product is free of the most toxic chemicals in industry. That wasn't the only news at Greenbuild, Florida USGBC brought their new education trailer, and Thursday was packed with female achievement. It started off with Women In Green breakfast and finished with the Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. To see the pictures from the evenr go to our Facebook page. To read th takeaways from Greenbuild click here. We conducted a couple of Speaking of Green interviews with Mohawk Group's Jackie Detmer and USGBC Florida Chapter. To read the Tweets in order start at the bottom. To read specific sections click on the buttons below.

Open Plenary Net Zero Session Food as Nutrient for Buildings
Women In Green Breakfast Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards

 

  • We are all activists at heart sharing our strength courage and heart. @RochelleRoutmanBuildings consume 40% of the energy but the good news is buildings provide the best and largest opportunity to curb emissions
  • Commercial buildings are the gas stations of the future and CBRE is bringing that change for the #ev future
  • Young leaders need not only a great idea but support to launch their ideas
  • There environmentalists who give up their lives to protect the environment. - Dagmar Epsten @EpstenGroup
  • Dagmar Epsten @EpstenGroup I want us all to be bolder and courageous @MohawkGroup
  • When I am clear that my work is about the message and the change we are trying to make, everything else falls into place. @CradletoCradle
  • We need to see everyone as assets that can be promoted to higher levels. - Angela Foster-Rice @unitedairlines
  • If we don't tell the story of #sustainability thoughtfully, honestly and our failures the movement will slow - Kira Gould
  • If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together
  • In nature everything is connected to each other. - Rachel Carson
  • The environment is not just where you go on vacation @Hth3rWhite @ewg
  • With this award I think we are showing the next generation what is possible. @Hth3rWhite @ewg
  • We need more women in leadership to expand equality all over the world - Alicia Silva
  • I tell my male colleagues that as the only woman at the table I am opening opportunities for their daughters - Alicia Silva
  • When you do work in #sustainability it's not for the recognition it's to something better for that planet and its inhabitants
  • 40% of construction waste are wood products. MnmMod Building Solutions is working to solve that
  • When I started mountain climbing I was told that women could climb to base camp to cook. - Arlene Blum
  • Let's embrace the women doing the work for protecting the climate so support nominate and lift @RochelleRoutman @MohawkGroup
  • Tonight we are also recognizing women who are working quietly behind the scenes fighting for gender justice along with climate justice
  • Rachel Carson is another woman who caused son "trouble".
  • When Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees initially she named them instead of giving them and got in trouble for that
  • We are all activists at heart sharing our strength courage and heart. @RochelleRoutman @MohawkGroup
  • We need to knock down all barriers for women worldwide from the boardroom to microenterprise - @HillaryClinton
  • Here is @Hth3rWhite with her husband Danny of @ewg also an award winner tonight  
  • Here is #Atlanta's Dagmar Epsten of @EpstenGroup an award winner tonight  
  • Here for the awards dinner. Here are the ladies of @MohawkGroup Lisa, @RochelleRoutman and Jackie Detmer #Gteenbuild15
  • Women Sustainability Leadership Awards The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C. (Washington, DC) on @foursquare: http://4sq.com/10jspnD 
  • 5 generations of inspiring women sharing power of #mentorship @Greenbuild #GBWIG breakfast. #Greenbuild @BethSEGreen @CoCoandDean
  • Remember that respect is the key to the mentorship relationship #womeningreen
  • Mentoring is a collaborative process #womeningreen  
  • .@MohawkGroup is dedicated to #transparency. Learn more about #RedListFree products + @Living_Future #Declare program @Greenbuild #437
  • I have the privilege to bring Mother Nature's wisdom to the design world - Janine Benyus #womeningreen
  • Only 17% of architecture firm principals are women #womeningreen #Greenbuilding15
  • Less than 10% of top Architecture Prizes are awarded to women
  • We know climate change is real, and threatens our economy and quality of life. Taking action on c...... http://fb.me/FghMcDZz 
  • We know climate change is real, and threatens our economy and quality of life. Taking action on c... https://www.oneclickpolitics.com/promo/ch 
  • They just asked how many women in the room were girl scouts. 75% raised their hands. #awesome #womeningreen
  • We are learning about Bringing Up Girls "BUG" a program with @usgbc and the Girl Scouts. They even have a USGBC badge #womeningreen
  • In a recent women in green building industry survey 60% said they mentored someone #womeningreen
  •  Women in Green Power Breakfast #Greenbuild -worth getting up early - 540 strong!
  • 540 lionesses in the house this morning. #womeningreen
  • There's a special place in hell for women who don't help women - Madeleine Albright  #womeningreen
  • Women need to help women. It's 2015!  #womeningreen
  • Parents are the first mentors and teach wisdom, courage, and how to over come adversity
  • 2016 Women in Green theme The Work/Life Balance
  • A little bit of news while waiting in line @owenscorning is building a #wind farm in #Texas
  • Women in Green breakfast Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Washington, DC) http://4sq.com/teEBHo 
  • Good morning #Greenbuild! On our way to Women in Green breakfast. Rochelle Routman of @MohawkGroup willl be presenting in a video
  • What do @MohawkGroup + @Living_Future have in common? #Transparency and a sustainable future. Visit @MohawkGroup @Greenbuild booth #437.
  • .@MohawkGroup + @Living_Future partnering to build a more #transparent + #sustainable future. Visit #437 @Greenbuild to find out more.
  • This is a celebration of the imprint (footprint) reduction that @MohawkGroup and @Living_Future engage in.
  • James with @Living_Future is talking about the Living Building Challenge
  • .@MohawkGroup is committed t to the future through #sustainability + #transparency. #RedListFree #flooring products  #437
  • Dinner with @MohawkGroup and @Living_Future 701 Restaurant (Washington, DC) http://4sq.com/v8yjw1 
  • You can be a farmer and still live in an apartment
  • Urban farming also reduces food waste significantly
  • If crime does not pay then think farming and what it pays
  • Farming is not easy.
  • This type of agriculture also reduces the ocean pollution caused by fertilizer run-off
  • Gotham Greens uses up 10 times less water than conventional farming
  • Gotham Greens has a total of 4 acres which produces the same amount of food as 100 conventional acres
  • Food deserts have highest levels of health issues and diabetes so getting greenhouses in those locations is important
  • Food deserts is another great place for these kinds of developments
  • The @WholeFoods greenhouse in Brooklyn produces millions of heads of lettuce each year
  • It makes no sense. The greenhouses are great for growing multiple leafy greens and tomatoes. Not so great for grains
  • Think about this. Lettuce & tomatoes are 90% water so if you get them from CA we are paying to ship water from their aquifer
  • Our plants are highly pampered and coddled and produce much higher yields
  • In the winter the buildings with greenhouses use 45% less heating
  • The greenhouses built by Gotham Greens are not your normal greenhouses. There are sensors all over that provide all kinds of data
  • Farming roofs actually provides multiple benefits to building performance and community development
  • Urban agriculture is not a sole solution but it can make significant differences in feeding cities
  • Food waste is very alarming. Anywhere from 40 to 60% of our food is wasted worldwide
  • Agriculture also is a major polluter of our oceans
  • The water table in the San Joaquin Valley has dropped 28' in 28 years
  • Agriculture is also the largest use of fresh water
  • 50% of the earth's land is used for agriculture
  • Why in the world do we take drinking water and flush toilets with it?
  • There's a lot to be said about including art and ecology in building design is priceless #Greenbuild
  • Looking for leftovers to be converted into "nutrients" is key to design process
  • San Francisco has a climate action plan. Zero Waste, 50 percent of trips via bike or bus. 100% renewable energy.
  • Hero loved their #solar so much they created their own solar company.
  • Love this idea...Hero largest maker of motorcycles in the world built observation deck on building so people could see the #solar
  • When designing always have to weigh efficiency vs effectiveness
  • Urban farms in the sky - roots on roofs. Don't you love that?  @GeorgiaOrganics
  • There are biological and technological nutrients
  • If you eliminate all the waste then everything becomes food.
  • Here for Food as Nutrient for Buildings
  • Okay so we have been having a discussion about getting more #solar. #CarbonTax keeps coming up. What say you twitterdom?
  • Way to get more Net Zero? Insurance discounts for Net Zero because they are also healthier buildings
  • Net Zero in California adds a long term value on the property
  • Net Zero definitely helps in marketing of the building
  • What's the advantage of net zero developers? It makes them unique into the space and shows better community partner
  • Talent is always most important thought in a silicon valley company when you can show employee retention because of the green building #gold
  • Want to know what's happening @Greenbuild? Follow Southeast Green @BethSEGreen + @MohawkGroup for tweets + more. Visit #437 #Greenbuild
  • Companies follow the 1-10-100 rule of thumb. They spend for every $1 spent on energy $10 is spent on rent $100 on salary
  • They want healthy environments, cool architecture, bio themed
  • There are certain design themes that keep coming up in these user designed facilities
  • Today's leading tech companies are demanding a new work intensive work environment
  • Then you can talk about the building performance and then you link people performance together
  • When talking to large tech energy heavy users it's more important to talk about people story of net zero before performance.
  • #Solar in a large enough installation becomes cheaper per watt vs utility kw charge  http://t.co/D6mmeb1bhV 
  • Green buildings bring many extras for tenants but it does not bring higher rents or leases
  • Optimizing the buildings thermal envelope increases space used in office.
  • There is now 20 years of data showing green buildings reduce employee absenteeism and increases employee retention
  • Of course when you pair #solar with #energyefficiency Net Zero is totally achievable
  • What they are finding is there is no way all the #solar needed can fit on a site much less the building.  #communitysolar
  • Another option is to use offsets to achieve net zero
  • Finding a combination of #solar and other Renewables such a biomass is another solution
  • CA is currently trying to pass a law that if a residential building is not net zero by 2020 and for commercial by 2030 illegal
  • Past six to eight buildings #solar becomes unviable in regards to producing enough energy
  • Here for the Net Zero workshop
  • Southeast Green is honored to be with @MohawkGroup @Greenbuild. Learn more about their commitment to #transparency. #Greenbuild #437
  • So what is it? The 7 @usgbc chapters in #Florida have rolled into one and their first big project is… https://instagram.com/p/-O_fZZt77H/ 
  • Have questions for @MohawkGroup about #RedListFree #flooring products? Ask and you will get an answer. Visit booth #437 #Greenbuild.
  • It's great to see progress being made for #sustainability. @MohawkGroup @Living_Future #collaborate  
  • Here's the @MohawkGroup booth ready to be #transparent about the red line chemical carpets  #ifli  
  • If we all went to a plant based diet instead of meat we would reduce more emissions than if we got rid of all the cars
  • James Cameron's wife has started her own #sustainability school where children grow and eat their own produce
  • Everyone one has a role to play. I don't have to make any more movies but was inspired by nature to create setting of Avatar
  • So here are some takeaways from James Cameron plenary which was sponsored in part by @MohawkGroup
  • Opening plenary of @Greenbuild begins w/ Julián Castro of @HUDgov! 10k in audience  
  • @HUDgov Secretary: "Green Building is not a slogan, it's a solution." #HUD has made .5 million homes greener since 2010.
  • .@Mohawk Group is at  in Washington, D.C. this week! At the show? Visit us in space 437. http://bit.ly/1NA78J5 
  • .@MohawkGroup is committed t to the future through #sustainability + #transparency. #RedListFree #flooring products #Greenbuild #437
  • .@MohawkGroup is dedicated to #transparency. Learn more about #RedListFree products + @Living_Future #Declare program @Greenbuild #437
  • Need some #Greenbuild schwag? https://instagram.com/p/-Orap9t71T/ 
  • Southeast Green is excited to be @Greenbuild with @MohawkGroup. Watch for #tweets and #scopes. Visit @MohawkGroup booth #437.
  • .@MohawkGroup + @Living_Future partnering to build a more #transparent + #sustainable future. Visit #437 @Greenbuild to find out more.
  • This pretty cool! At the USGBC party last night guests got free copies of @deepakchopra signed copied… https://instagram.com/p/-OjQn5N74E/ 
  • Check out @MohawkGroup @Greenbuild booth #437 to learn more about full disclosure product #transparency with @Living_Future #GreenBuild
  • Want to know what's happening @Greenbuild? Follow Southeast Green @BethSEGreen + @MohawkGroup for tweets + more. Visit #437 #Greenbuild
  • Living Building Challenge folks will be at booth #1113
  • Tonight people are invited to share their thoughts on how to build more equitable communities. Anyone have an idea you want me to share?
  • Healthy green affordable housing is a major focus of the collaborative
  • Living Building Challenge has a Collaborative in DC
  • Here at the @woolymammothtc for the IFLI Cocktail party with @MohawkGrp  https://instagram.com/p/-NCRjCt74u/ 
  • Have questions for @MohawkGroup about #RedListFree #flooring products? Ask and you will get an answer. Visit booth #437 #Greenbuild.
  • What do @MohawkGroup + @Living_Future have in common? #Transparency and a sustainable future. Visit @MohawkGroup @Greenbuild booth #437.
  • .@MohawkGroup is committed to the future through #sustainability + #transparency. #RedListFree #flooring products #Greenbuild #437
  • .@MohawkGroup is dedicated to #transparency. Learn more about #RedListFree products + @Living_Future #Declare program @Greenbuild #437
  • Check out Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (Arlington, VA) on @foursquare: http://4sq.com/nyEfg8