By kristin


Situated in the middle of the Sonoran desert, Phoenix, Arizona may not seem like the greenest or most happening place in the world, but that’s about to change as the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo rolls into town this week starting Wednesday, November 11. With your days inevitably tied up with visits to exhibit booths and educational seminars, we’ve rounded up a few post-show events to encourage your wanderlust and continue your sustainable education even when the sun goes down.

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If you’re planning on arriving to Greenbuild a little early, make sure you catch the Greenbuild Film Festival’s premiere screening of “So Right So Smart” at 6pm. Narrated by Daryl Hannah, the documentary focuses on the success stories of various businesses who have taken positive steps towards a greener future. See the complete film festival schedule here.

After your first day at Greenbuild, the catalyst of the modern-day green movement – Al Gore – will deliver the opening address followed by a concert with country songstress and environmental activist Sheryl Crow. It all happens at Chase Field starting at 6pm. Tickets are $100 and the first 5,000 full-conference attendee registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Gore’s latest book, “Our Choice.”

Swing by award-winning local architecture firm [merz]project design studio for an open house and cocktail reception from 5:30-9:30pm. Leave with a first-hand account of what’s happening in the local green building scene. 1437 N. First Street. RSVP to:

Party with the taste makers at Desert Living Magazine during the Ultimate Green Scene Party at Optima Camelview Village. Food from Posh restaurant and local wine tastings will be on hand to accompany your stroll through Camelview to see open model units and a temporary art gallery. No tickets necessary.

**Note: Even if you will be nowhere near Phoenix in the upcoming days, the creators of Greenbuild are still giving people opportunities to participate. On Wednesday, November 11, a few of the world’s top corporate CEOs will be put on the hot seat for The Greenbuild Executive Roundtable from 10:30am-12pm where they will be answering questions coming in from you and a live audience via Twitter! Several sessions and speakers will also be streamlined on the website.
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