This year I will be attending my third GreenBuild Conference & Expo. With the previous two experiences I have learned a couple of tips & tricks which may make your trip even more memorable!
1.) Schedule some time before or after the conference to take in the local scenery - My last trip to Chicago unfortunately I missed out on this and still regret it to this day. Philadelphia is full of art, culture and exciting venues to check out – I highly recommend any of the following activities during your visit:
- Philadelphia Art Museum – http://www.philamuseum.org/
- The Barnes Foundation – http://www.barnesfoundation.org/visit/philadelphia/
- Philadelphia Eagles Game vs. The Washington Redskins (Sunday Nov. 17) – See how the team has gone green here! Tickets available on stub hub – http://www.stubhub.com/eagles-redskins/?isGen3=1
- Philadelphia Zoo – http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/
- The Franklin Institute – http://www2.fi.edu/
2.) Take advantage of the exclusive tours made available to you through the conference – Yes they may have a fee associated with them but they may be exclusive, once in a lifetime tours that shouldn’t be passed up http://dvgbc.org/greenbuild/2013Tours
3.) Take the train – There is nothing cooler than the train. Free wifi, a comfortable seat, great views, food and beverages… Not to mention, it’s about the most sustainable way to travel. Also, pricing is very reasonable when you compare against driving/parking and flying. http://www.amtrak.com/home
4.) Enter to win the prizes - At my first GreenBuild Conference I won a TV, the second I won an iPad… Enough Said! The conference offers a fun scavenger hunt called “Passport to prizes” which I encourage you to try and many of the vendors have great giveaways. It’s fun, it’s a conference, it’s about the free swag… Enjoy it.
5.) Find a cause - GreenBuild isn’t all about shameless promotion of the vendors. MANY non-profits and small organizations will be in attendance sharing their mission and their vision and looking for support. Here is a list of “Partners” who are involved in this years conference http://www.dvgbc.org/our-partners. Do yourself a favor – Find a cause that resonates with you and get involved. When you return home, feel free to find your local chapter and volunteer your time or money to helping the cause.
6.) Treat yourself to at least one good meal – If you are in seminars or on your feet on the expo floor all day, the chances are you don’t get to eat very well during the day. Take the time to research the local scene and find a good restaurant. Treat yourself to one good meal when your there and make sure to invite some friend you have met at the conference. Book in advance! Here are some good spots around the convention center: http://www.urbanspoon.com/ps/21/9019/philadelphia-pennsylvania-convention-center-nearby-restaurants
All in all, I hope that you have a fantastic conference and it leaves you motivated to take what you have learned and your new found connections back with you to propel the movement of sustainability.
Here are some quick stats about this years conference: