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Explore TRUE zero waste strategies at Greenbuild

Published on: 
10 Aug 2023
Sumner Byrne
A crowd of people at tables in a TRUE presentation

Feature image credit: Phoebe Beierle.

Taking place Sept. 26–29 in Washington, D.C., the 2023 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 interested in circularity and zero waste, there are many 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:

Meet the TRUE community

Networking breakfast

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30–8:30 a.m.

This year, we’re excited to host a TRUE Networking Breakfast as part of the USGBC Experience at Greenbuild. This event is open for sponsorship—it's a great opportunity to underscore the leadership of an organization in support of zero waste goals at building and portfolio scale. Inquire about sponsorship. Register for the breakfast.

GBCI Certification Work Zone

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 28, 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. Appointments are required: Sign up for a slot.

Attend a session on zero waste

Scaling for Zero Waste: A Deep Dive into the TRUE Portfolio Program

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1–2 p.m.

Learn how you can transform your organization by implementing zero waste at scale through the TRUE Portfolio program.

Will it Go Round in Circles: Creating Best Practices to Create a Fully Circular Economy

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-2 p.m.

This session will explore the critical intersection of the circular economy and zero waste principles in order to rapidly transition our economy from linear to circular at scale. Through the lens of LEED v5, delve into different frameworks and strategies being used by industry stakeholders to create a more circular industry.

Game Changers from Coast-to-Coast: Journey to Zero Carbon and Waste

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2:30–3:30 p.m.

What if a sports venue could contribute to a more sustainable future? Join sports sustainability movement leaders from TRUE Platinum Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Climate Pledge Arena, their consultants, and the Green Sports Alliance as they highlight how their journeys to zero in waste and carbon are changing the sports industry and beyond.

Is it TRUE? Optimizing Your Construction Project Through Zero Waste

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4–5 p.m.

This session will address the life cycle impact of materials and share information that will help participants transform their supply chains, achieve important certifications like TRUE and LEED and move their organizations forward, while reducing the environmental impact of their operations, cutting costs and addressing the important needs of their clients.

Ten Trends in Greening University Campuses

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2–3 p.m.

Presented in an engaging, interactive game show format, this session will inform participants of the latest topics of concern, conversation and action among leadership, sustainability offices, facilities departments, faculty, staff and students related to higher education campus facilities and operations, with a particular focus on the University of Southern California and the University of California campuses.

Triple Platinum and Triple Zero—Certification as a Key to San Francisco International Airport’s Sustainability Leadership

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2–3 p.m.

Let’s imagine an airport that has a triple zero goal (net zero energy, zero waste and carbon neutrality) plus improved human health—and that it uses these goals to strive for triple Platinum certifications. In 2022, the San Francisco International Airport achieved three Platinum firsts: LEED for Cities and Communities for the entire airport campus under LEED v4.1, LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction for the new Harvey Milk Terminal 1 Boarding Area B facility, and WELL Core Platinum certification for Boarding Area B.

Register for Greenbuild