ESD/USGBC Present: First time in Detroit- Greening the Heartland Conference


Southfield, Mich., February 10, 2009 – Nothing like it has ever taken place in Detroit before. For the first time ever, The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and the Detroit Regional Chapter of the US Green Building Council will present Greening the Heartland Conference—a three day event devoted to green building and sustainability practices.

From May 31, 2009 to June 2, 2009, COBO Center will play host to hundreds of attendees and exhibitors from Michigan and 11 other states, who will converge on Detroit to learn the latest in green innovations and initiatives.

The theme of the 2009 Greening the Heartland Conference is ABILITY. The event will promote sustainable design, construction and management strategies and methodologies for the building industry to integrate and implement by encouraging joint leadership by the private and public sectors throughout the Heartland Region. Attendees will receive the “tools” to achieve these goals through outstanding education & training sessions, keynote speakers, tours, and other engaging activities. The event will focus on presenting tangible, practical information, case studies and proven methods.

The conference’s keynote speaker will be David T. Suzuki, PhD, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He is well known to millions as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s popular science television series, The Nature of Things. His eight-part series, A Planet for the Taking won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series The Secret of Life was praised internationally, as was his five-part series The Brain for the Discovery Channel. For CBC Radio he founded the long-running radio series, Quirks and Quarks and has presented two influential documentary series on the environment, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It’s a Matter of Survival.

In addition to the educational tracks and sessions, the conference will feature a legacy project, workshops, tours, special events, and much more.

For more information about Greening the Heartland, visit or by calling Della Cassia at 248-353-0735, ext. 112.

Founded in 1895, ESD is a multi-disciplinary society uniting engineering, scientific and allied professions to enhance professional development and foster excitement in math and science to produce our next generation of leaders. Serving this generation of engineers and fostering the next. For more information, visit

The U.S. Green Building Council-Detroit Chapter’s mission is to transform and educate the Southeastern Michigan region design and construction marketplace to integrate and implement sustainable methodologies into the building industry. For more information, visit