Robert F. Kennedy Junior to Keynote 2009 Built Green Conference

Region’s most prominent green building event will focus on the role of green building practices in the changing economy

Seattle (January 23, 2009) – Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will be the featured speaker at the March 6th, 2009 Built Green Conference at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Mr. Kennedy, a long-time environmentalist, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeepers, and president of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will speak to the ways businesses can utilize sound environmental policies and procedures to their benefit.

With a focus on green building and design practices, attendees of the 2009 Built Green conference will find practical information geared towards creating sustainable homes and communities. According to data from the Multiple Listing Service, homes featuring environmentally savvy designs have been selling for 4.8 percent more locally compared with non-green built homes. Four- and five-star Built Green certified homes sell an average of 24 percent faster than non-certified homes. Since the program began in 1999, Built Green has certified over 13,000 homes in King and Snohomish Counties.

“Homebuyers have become savvier about the benefits green building can provide, and are opting for green certified homes more frequently,” said Aaron Adelstein, executive director of Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties. “This conference will be the best resource for builders, designers and other professionals to find out about the value of green building – especially in the current economy.”

Speakers at the conference range from local builders specializing in green design and construction, to financial specialists who will discuss the role of green building in the economy, to marketing professionals who will address effective strategies for promoting green real estate projects and developments. Additional topics will include the market value of green-certified buildings and projects, financing solutions for energy efficiency retrofits, how to successfully market green-certified projects, and much more.

According to Adelstein, “We’ve been working on an agenda that addresses the practical needs of building professionals today. We’ve pulled together many of the top green building experts and thought leaders to ensure a truly worthwhile event.”

For information on this year’s Built Green conference, including registration and exhibitor information, visit

About Built Green
Built Green is an environmentally-friendly, non-profit, residential building program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with King County, Snohomish County, and other agencies in Washington State. The Built Green Web site ( provides consumers with easy-to-understand rating systems, which quantify environmentally friendly building practices for remodeling and new home construction, communities and multi-family development units.

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