Feature image credit: Oleg Podzorov.
Taking place Nov. 1–3 in San Francisco, California, the 2022 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is designed to keep participants at the forefront of the industry covering sustainability, resilience, health and wellness in the spaces where we live, work, learn and play.
For those with an interest in circularity and zero waste, there are a number of ways to tour local case studies and develop valuable skills. Whether you’re just learning about circularity or are a longstanding advocate, we hope to meet you at the following TRUE events. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!
Meet the TRUE community
TRUE Advisory Council and TRUE Advisor Meet-up
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2:30–4 p.m. at the USGBC booth
Join TRUE staff, members of the TRUE Advisory Council and USGBC and GBCI president and CEO Peter Templeton for a happy hour at the USGBC booth. All TRUE Advisors, project teams and interested newcomers are welcome to stop by for a drink to connect with the zero waste community.
Schedule a one-on-one to discuss TRUE at the GBCI Certification Work Zone
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Booth 1527
Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a TRUE certification expert to discuss your circularity aspirations or ongoing TRUE project. Sign up for a slot.
Attend a session
TRUE Certification: Zero Waste for Construction Projects
Thursday, Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
This panel discussion will cover strategies, real solutions and case studies on applying TRUE certification to construction sites. Panelists include an architect, a general contractor and a C&D waste hauler, along with moderator Denise Braun, a zero waste consultant, who has been leading the zero waste movement in the green building industry.
Take a tour
GENESIS Marina: The World’s First TRUE for Construction Certification
Monday, Oct. 31, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
GENESIS Marina is a premier life science development, now in construction, offering 560,000 square feet of modular Class A laboratory and office space. It also sits atop a former landfill—an unlikely site to champion a green, prosperous and sustainable future. Inspired by the site’s history, the team set ambitious waste goals that go beyond its LEED Gold target. Strategies to reduce, reuse, redesign, re-earth and recycle have diverted more than 90% of all waste from the construction process.
Behind-the-scenes tour of the world's most sustainable convention center
Monday, October 31, 1–2 p.m.
Moscone Center underwent a full-scale transformation completed in 2019 to become one of the most compact, efficient and sustainable convention centers in the U.S. including lowest carbon footprint per visitor and highest-scoring LEED BD+C v2009 convention center in the world, and largest roof-top PV array in San Francisco. However, meeting these ambitious targets did not come without its challenges, which will be discussed in detail.
This behind-the-scenes tour will be hosted by the integrated development team, including access to view the system that treats rainwater, condensate water and foundation water onsite for reuse as well as exported to irrigate Yerba Buena Gardens and supplies water for city’s Public Works Street cleaning fleet as part of the Eco-District initiatives.
The expansion strengthened the buildings’ civic presence —creating a campus that is interconnected with the city. Learn how the formerly empty, recessed frontages now maximize transparency, permeability, and street activation. The convention center also achieved TRUE for Events certification for Greenbuild 2022.
Achieving Zero Waste on the UC Berkeley Campus
Friday, Nov. 4, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Chou Hall is the first academic building in the country to be awarded both LEED Platinum and WELL certifications, the latter designation reflecting a focus on user health and well-being. Chou Hall also achieved TRUE Platinum certification, the first academic building in the nation to do so, and the first zero waste building on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Chou Hall diverts more than 90% of its waste from landfills.