Greenbuild 2019 Keynotes

A Conversation with President Barack Obama

Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.

Few presidents have walked a more improbable path to the White House. Born in Hawaii to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, Obama was raised with help from his grandparents, whose generosity of spirit reflected their Midwestern roots. The homespun values they instilled in him, paired with his innate sense of optimism, compelled Obama to devote his life to giving every child, regardless of his or her background, the same chance America gave him.

Bernice King

Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, peace advocate, and Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), founded in 1968 by her mother, Coretta Scott King. Through her work at The King Center, Dr. King educates youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents.

Speaker Spotlight: Jasmine Crowe

Jasmine Crowe is the creator of Goodr, a tech-enabled sustainable food waste management company with a goal to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste. She will closeout the day with a short but impactful address which will bring together the day's ideas, and help establish a path forward.


Jeanne Gang, Int. FAIA

Jeanne Gang, Int. FAIA; an Architect and MacArthur Fellow and the founding principal
and partner of Studio Gang, an internationally renowned architecture and urban
design practice.

Speaker Spotlight: Peter Sorckoff

Peter Sorckoff is the founder of Seer, a company bringing more than 20 years of marketing, strategy, and branding experience to the table and leverages his deep understanding of the human subconscious and the emerging phenomenon he calls "Fandom." Prior to founding Seer, he was Chief Creative Officer & EVP Brand for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena and served as design lead on the 'Experience First' renovation of StateFarm Arena - the first LEED-certified building in the NHL and NBA.


A Climate Discussion with Jamie Margolin and Dr. Marshall Shepherd

Jamie Margolin is a 17-year-old Colombian-American writer, community organizer, activist, and public speaker. She is the founder and co-executive director of an international youth climate justice movement called Zero Hour that led the very first "Youth Climate March" in Washington, D.C. and 25+ cities all around the world during the summer of 2018.

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk podcast/show and a contributor to Forbes Magazine.

A Climate Discussion with Jaime Margolin and Dr. Marshall Shepherd is moderated by Stephen Leahy.

Stephen Leahy has reported on the Earth's biosphere for 25 years and his work has appeared in many publications including National Geographic, Vice Motherboard, and The Guardian. He is also the author of Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use to Make Everyday Products, which was judged the best Canadian science book of 2014.