This report continues from 11/20/09.
Ten volunteers from Arcosanti enjoyed the unique opportunity this year of attending the 2009 International Greenbuild Conference & Expo and Green Streets festivals that took place in downtown Phoenix and the Scottsdale Fashion Square.
This year’s expo hall in the Phoenix Convention Center boasted 1,800 exhibit booths that showcased the latest in innovative products and services. Each volunteer had a specific research assignment at the Expo, ranging from community outreach to research on renewable energy technologies including solar, wind and geothermal; innovations in waste reduction; recycled and renewable products and building materials; and energy efficient strategies.
After a full day at the Greenbuild Expo event in Phoenix, the evening continued on with the Scottsdale Green Streets event, part celebration, part art exhibit, part music festival, to celebrate the city’s sustainability efforts. The free event took place on the South Bridge and Scottsdale waterfront with a live Latin Jazz concert, organic beer tastings, eco-friendly public art installations and interactive exhibits that highlight Scottsdale’s green projects – a great place to end an exciting day.
The volunteer team set up the information booth right at a location with a view of the future site of the Soleri Pedestrian Bridge and Plaza, which is in the pre-construction planning phase. Decorative, precast panels for the site are currently being cast at Cosanti, to be part of the art wall around the bridge.
There was a positive buzz – people were all business and excited to participate. Everyone was interested in learning and sharing information, insights and contacts. The Arcosanti booth was well received by other business and expo visitors alike. We received many good leads. This was a great event to attend to gain exposure.
The team had a wonderful experience at both the Expo and Green Streets events. At the end of the day, we had interesting conversations with many environmentally conscious companies as well as other retailers, schools and individuals.
[from left to right] Young Soo Kim, Anna Tran, Alfonso Elia, Matteo Di Michele, Erin Jeffries, Scott Riley, Michael Bittman, and Jose Masaoy.