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First-Ever Northeast Green Building Conference is Thursday, Friday at Clarion Hotel

CONTACT: Eric Bryant,
FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Northeast Green Building Conference 2009, the leading “green” building educational event in upstate New York, takes place this Thursday and Friday, April 23-24, at the Clarion Hotel, 3 Watervliet Avenue Ext., Albany.

New York State First Lady Michelle Paige Paterson will address the conference on the ‘Greening the Executive Mansion’ initiative. New York State is the first state to register for LEED® Certification for the residence of the state’s chief executive. Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings will welcome the attendees to Albany and the first-of-its-kind in Albany green building conference. Mrs. Paterson will provide the conference’s keynote address at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 23.

The two-day conference brings together sustainable building advocates, construction industry associations, design professionals, higher education and private business in a unique sharing of knowledge and application of sustainable “green” building practices. The conference includes training sessions and sustainable design seminars, providing attendees with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Additionally, a vendor trade show will highlight the availability and cost-effectiveness of “green” products and building materials for residential and commercial construction.

“As excited as we are about this year’s event happening during Earth Week, next year’s Northeast Green Building Conference will start on Earth Day, April 22, 2010,” said Wayne Williams, LEED® AP, chairman of the program committee and vice chair of the board of directors of the United States Green Building Council New York Upstate Chapter (USGBC NYUC). Williams is chief sustainability officer at U.W. Marx Construction Company.

The conference is hosted by the USGBC NYUC, the Associated General Contractors of New York State and the Workforce Development Institute at Hudson Valley Community College (WDI). WDI will be leading the educational sessions at the conference in collaboration with Dr. Christine LaPlante of the college’s Civil, Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering Technologies Department.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate’s degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 64,000 alumni.