Sustainability, green building the focus of symposium at UNLV

Homebuilders will gather next Monday at Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall at UNLV to discuss sustainability trends, technologies and strategies during the Sustainability Symposium.

The event, which is hosted by Green Builder Media, helps spur ideas about how to increase sustainability and profitability in the building process. It’s hosted annually in the same city as the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders' Show, which begins Feb. 19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“Our goal with the symposium is to touch on the most critical and vital sustainability topics of our day,” said Sara Gutterman, CEO of Green Builder Media. “How can we transform our culture and social behavior to a clean-energy economy?”

Academy award-winner Jeff Bridges, basketball great Bill Walton and retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark — three noted climate action and sustainability advocates — are the event’s guest speakers. They’ll help create a network of like-minded individuals to discuss important issues in green building, Gutterman said.

Gutterman praised Las Vegas for its strides in sustainability, singling out Strip properties, NV Energy and the Southern Nevada Water Authority  for their efforts. Gwen Migita, the chief sustainability officer at Caesars Entertainment, will also give a presentation.

“Las Vegas has a good sustainability story,” she said. “On a national scale, that doesn’t get communicated as effectively as it should. The city is a terrific spot for our event."

The event is open to all, from homebuilders and businesses, to residents interested in making their homes more environmentally friendly.

“It’s a broad agenda to attract a broad base. There will be something for everyone,” she said.

Tickets are $350. Contact Gutterman for details at [email protected]