Greenbuild Opening Plenary

Climate change is the issue of our time and green buildings and communities are the first, best offense. But what more can we do and how fast can we move?


Join Paul Hawken and special guest, Wednesday, October 22, as he convenes global thought leaders around the most important topic on the planet, and why our involvement matters so much. Stay tuned to find out who's going to join Paul "on the couch."



About Paul Hawken


Paul Hawken's work includes starting ecological businesses, writing about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

He authors articles, op-eds, and peer-reviewed papers, and has written seven books including four national bestsellers The
Next Economy (Ballantine 1983), Growing a Business (Simon and Schuster 1987), and The Ecology of Commerce (HarperCollins 1993) and Blessed Unrest (Viking, 2007). The Ecology of Commerce was voted in 1998 as the #1 college text on business and the environment by professors in 67 business schools. Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution (Little Brown, September 1999) co-authored with Amory Lovins, has been read and referred to by several heads of state including President Bill Clinton who called it one of the five most important books in the world today. Growing a Business became the basis of a 17-part PBS series, which Mr. Hawken hosted and produced. The program, which explored the challenges and pitfalls of starting and operating socially responsive companies, was shown on television in 115 countries and watched by over 100 million people.

Paul has founded several companies including some of the first natural food companies in the U.S. that relied solely on sustainable agricultural methods. He presently heads OneSun, Inc., an energy company focused on ultra low-cost solar based on green chemistry and biomimicry.

In 1965, Hawken worked with Martin Luther King Jr.’s staff in Selma, Alabama prior to the historic March on Montgomery, Alabama. As press coordinator, Hawken registered press, issued credentials, gave dozens of updates and interviews on national radio, and acted as marshal for the final march.


Click here to read more about Mr. Hawken.

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