Amal Clooney to keynote Greenbuild

The human rights lawyer will speak at the opening plenary Nov. 14 at 9 a.m.


The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Washington, and Informa Exhibitions, London, has announced today that human rights lawyer Amal Clooney will deliver the opening keynote remarks at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, taking place Nov. 14–16. Clooney will speak at the opening plenary on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the LEED-certified McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Registration for Greenbuild is now open.

The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.

“Green building is about providing equal access to safe, healthy and sustainable environments for everyone. It’s about understanding that every life matters, and furthermore, that quality of life must be preserved," Kate Hurst, senior vice president of conferences and events at USGBC, says. "Amal has a deep understanding of this. She has spent her life fighting for the underserved and underrepresented, and her tireless and extraordinary efforts on behalf of others underscore the greater humanitarian mission of our movement."

Clooney is a British lawyer practicing at Doughty Street Chambers in London, where she specializes in international law and human rights. She is also a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in New York City, where she teaches human rights.

The Oxford-educated lawyer is a frequent adviser to governments on international law and has held several posts within the United Nations. Clooney is on the U.K. government’s list of experts on international law and on the government’s panel to prevent sexual violence in conflict. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, New York City, and she serves on the forum’s Global Council on Human Rights. In 2016, she co-founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice with her husband.

“We are thrilled to align Clooney’s powerful message and mission with this year’s Greenbuild theme of Human x Nature,” Lindsay Roberts, group director of Informa Exhibitions, says. “Amal’s passion for equality and human rights will resonate with the equally passionate Greenbuild audience, and we are excited to have this important conversation delivered by a strong female on the main stage as we kick off the 2018 event.”

The opening plenary is included in the three-day and four-day conference passes and is sponsored by Calhoun, Georgia, flooring company Mohawk Industries Inc. Greenbuild registration options include expo hall passes and educational one-day, three-day or four-day passes. Additional offerings include summits, workshops, tours and special events.

This year’s Greenbuild theme of "Human x Nature" describes the intersection of humanity and the built environment. For more information on Greenbuild 2018 and to register, visit

Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa and presented by USGBC, brings together more than 20,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. Greenbuild 2018 will take place Nov. 14–16 at McCormick Place in Chicago.