Reflections on Green Matters

Green Legal Matters 2010This past week I had the pleasure of speaking at Green Matters in New Orleans.  The conference was great. The speakers, among them Tim Hughes (@timrhughes), Shari Shapiro (@sharishapiro), Chris Cheatham (@chrischeatham) and Doug Reiser (@douglasreiser) and my co-speakerScott Wolfe (@scottwolfejr), were excellent. From discussions of greening the legal office to how the GSA works and will be greening its building stock, the topics were interesting and timely.

Almost more importantly, I was able to hang out with some great people.  Aside from those above, I met Stuart Kaplow, one of the more knowledgeable green attorneys I have met, and Susan Dorn, general counsel for the USGBC.  Having dinner with these folks and the chance to pick their brains on the legal issues facing LEED and green construction was invaluable.  I learned at least as much from these discussions as from the speakers.

Thanks to everyone who attended and especially those that attended my and Scott’s session on LEEDigation.

I heard that this was only the first of these Green Matters conferences, so if you missed this one, be on the look out for the next one.  If you get a chance, attend, you’ll be glad that you did.

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8 Responses to Reflections on Green Matters
  1. Timothy R. Hughes
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    October 18, 2010 | 4:19 PM

    What a great time, and what great company! Not to mention to mention a great joint for dinner to boot. Total blast, hope we get to do it again next year!
    Timothy R. Hughes recently posted..Breaking News- GSA to Require LEED Gold on all GSA Owned ProjectsMy Profile

  2. Christopher G. Hill
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    October 18, 2010 | 4:21 PM

    Ditto Tim. I would love to do it again.
    Christopher G. Hill recently posted..Sometimes Construction Can Turn CriminalMy Profile

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I am a construction lawyer in Richmond, Virginia, a LEED AP, and have been nominated by my peers to Virginia's Legal Elite in Construction Law on multiple occasions. I provide advice and assistance with mechanic's liens, contract review and consulting, occupational safety issues (VOSH and OSHA), and risk management for construction professionals.

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