Thursday, October 28, 2004


I was excited to hear from my friends in Portland, Oregon that they will be attending the EXPO of the GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL in that wonderful city ...The EXPO is just a couple weeks away, so if you happen to live in that part of the world, or want a great excuse to visit Portland, you still have time to make your reservations.

In case you have not heard of the Green Building Council, here's a backgrounder:

USGBC Backgrounder

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is the nation's leading nonprofit coalition for advancing buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. Major programs supporting its mission include the Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System; LEED Workshops; LEED Professional Accreditation; the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo; and a robust local chapter program.

Since its founding in 1993, USGBC has been focused on fulfilling the building and construction industry's vision for its own transformation to high-performance green building. Today, it includes over 5000 member companies and organizations -- representing more than 1000% growth in the past four years alone. During that same period, more than 188 million square feet of commercial building space has been registered or certified under LEED, and the annual US market in green building products and services has grown to $5.8 billion.

Industry-led and consensus-driven, the Council is as diverse as the marketplace itself. Membership includes building owners and end-users, real estate developers, facility managers, architects, designers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, product and building system manufacturers, government agencies, and nonprofits.

Leaders from within each of these sectors participate in the development of the LEED Rating System and the direction of the Council through volunteer service on USGBC's open committees.

If you would like more information, please do go ahead and drop me an email at

my company Eco-STEWARD Realty, Inc. here in the Western North Carolina Appalachian mountains specializes in "green" transactions . We are happy to offer experience and resources for those of you who are interested in sustainable/stewardship property ownership.

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