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A letter from the Event Chair:

What’s up net zero trailblazers?!
 
What an incredible experience we have in store for y’all this year at the 2020 Net Zero Conference. I hope each of you are well, but I can’t share my thoughts on a net zero future without first acknowledging that there are a lot of people hurting right now. Those who have lost loved ones to racial violence, those who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic, those who are unemployed and without enough money coming in, those who are born into a system that is rigged against them…
 
As we focus on solving the climate crisis, our human family is focused on equality and the Black Lives Matter movement. Equality is a basic human right — to be free from fear, to be safe. To be alive. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi teaches that we all must actively work to build a world that is antiracist. There is no silent middle ground between racist and antiracist. Actions are either one or the other. The world depends on your actions to speak up when you see inequality and not stay silent, and to actively set policies that ensure systemic racism is stamped out. The time is now, there is no time to wait when people are suffering and dying.
 
The same is true for our planet’s natural environment — our mountains and forests, oceans and rivers, polar ice caps and archipelagos — do not have time for us to wait as we face a rapidly changing climate due to human actions. Humanity has disregarded and disrespected mother nature since the industrial revolution and with every minute we fail to take global action catastrophic consequences loom closer at hand. Humans have trouble comprehending global impact. Our brains can’t think that big. But thanks to filmmakers like Leonardo DiCaprio, we can get a sense of humanity’s global impact on the planet. Go watch Before the Flood if you haven’t seen it yet. The debate about climate change is history, and now it’s time to focus on action to solve the crisis we’ve created.
 
We need net zero everything now. We need architects, engineers, and building owners demanding net zero buildings. We need massively accelerated city scale decarbonization programs, and zero carbon buildings. We need product manufacturers, like those here in our Net Zero Conference virtual expo hall, bringing innovation to market. We need more B Corporations, and accelerated adoption of renewable energy. We need government actors at all levels getting policies in place that ensure rapidly scalable global change. Now.
 
It comes down to individuals — you and me. Coming together to share ideas, and then taking actions in our own lives to build the future we want to live in, and that we want our loved ones to enjoy, for generations to come. A future that includes true equality with a level playing field for every human. A future where Earth exists in sustainable balance with humanity.
 
I hope you show up with open hearts and minds. Ready to change the world. Sometimes inspiring change may require you to raise your voice. Don’t be afraid to shout — if you don’t speak up for radical change, who will? Let’s all build a world where our people and our planet are treated with respect. Let’s all build a net zero future together.
 
Best,
 
Drew Shula
 
Event Chair
Net Zero Conference
 
Founder & CEO
Verdical Events

– The world’s largest annual net zero building conference -- presented virtually!
– 20+ world-class education sessions
– 3 inspiring keynote speakers
– Interactive virtual Expo Hall featuring industry-leading companies
– Reserved pool of free, need-based tickets
– Professional virtual networking with industry leaders

– Virtual tours of local net zero buildings
– Attended by experts from 38 states and 8 countries in 2019
– CEUs available for AIA, USGBC & LFA credential holders
– Content on climate, carbon, energy, water, waste + transit
– Join us in building a Net Zero Future for All!
– NZ20 is brought to you by Verdical Events

Check out highlights from last year's Net Zero Conference!