Building Clean 2019 is a summit that looks at the power of procurement in the built environment to bring better health, jobs, and equity to communities.

Our goal is to demonstrate innovative practices across sectors that could be adapted by other stakeholders. Sustainable procurement is about much more than recycled paper. It reaches into every aspect of buildings, which is what all businesses, government, and communities have in common.

While focusing on the built environment, we will look at both those who implement buy local and buy healthy principles and those impacted by them. We will have participants and speakers from many different arenas, including higher education, government, procurement, utilities, corporations, manufacturing, housing, construction, architecture, and more. Building Clean 2019 will bring together a diverse group of participants that will stimulate exciting conversations.

This is a great chance to learn how others within and outside your industry are approaching the procurement of locally made and/or healthier materials. You’ll also hear about free resources to help locate the products you need. And, there will be plenty of time for networking during breaks and a reception following the program.

Special Offer
We’ve also worked with BuildingGreen to offer attendees their latest publication, Spec This, Not That, a perfect match for the conference theme. This special deal knocks $40 off the regular price of the book. Just check the box on the ticket form during registration and we will send a special link where you can buy the book for $89.

Who Is Attending?

  • Sustainability Directors
  • Procurement Officers
  • Architects
  • Specifiers
  • Affordable Housing Advocates
  • Public Health Leaders
  • Manufacturers
  • And more

Who Is Speaking?
Representatives from the:

  • American Institute for Architects
  • American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
  • Consumer’s Energy of Michigan
  • Ecology Center
  • City of Richmond, CA
  • Health Product Declaration Collaborative
  • Healthy Building Network
  • Housing Partnership Network
  • Illinois Green Alliance (formerly IL U.S. Green Building Council)
  • International Living Future Institute
  • Lake Research Partners
  • Portland State University (former)
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
  • UA, Joint Activities Center, Local 130
  • University of Chicago
  • WAP Sustainability Consulting
  • Wight & Company

Great Learning Opportunities

Workshops will include:

  • It’s Not So Academic: Understanding the learning curve in making new procurement commitments.
  • Build It Clean and They Will Come: Pathways to follow on your quest for your project to contribute to a more sustainable community.
  • A Clean Build of Health: Finding safer products without a degree in toxicology.
  • A Toolbox for Actionable Procurement Policies: Where you can turn for help in meeting local and healthier goals.
  • Utilities Power Buy Local Buy Healthy Initiatives: How and why utilities are marrying energy efficiency with local and healthy principles.
  • Building Up Underserved Communities: How to ensure that the clean energy economy brings its benefits to low-income communities.

All workshops are accredited for AIA credits.

Don’t Miss the Pre-Summit Tour
As an added bonus, participants can register for a tour of the Perkins Eastman offices in Chicago’s historic Rookery Building, which is considered Chicago’s oldest standing highrise building and boasts a lobby designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The architectural offices are one of the city’s first WELL v2 Gold certified spaces. Participants will meet at Convene at 9:00 a.m. to leave for the tour. Further logistical details will be sent to registrants shortly before the event.

Schedule at a Glance
9-11 a.m. Perkins Eastman Tour

1-5:30 p.m. Summit

5:30-7 p.m. Reception

Join the Fun
Interested in sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities? Email for more information.

Hotel Room Block
We also secured a room block at the W Chicago City Center very close to the meeting site. The price is $289 a night. To make a reservation, use this link: Building Clean Summit. The deadline for reservations is October 21.