To sign up for a Greenbuild tour, register for Greenbuild, and select full day tour package on the registration package page. Anyone can attend a Greenbuild tour, and tours can be purchased separately without other Greenbuild packages.
All tours will depart from Room 118 in the Pennsylvania Convention Center (100 Level), near the intersection of Arch and 13th Streets. Tour attendees should arrive at Room 118 at least 20 minutes before departure.
Monday Full-Day Tours: 9:00 am-5:00pm
TM01: Philadelphia: Manufacturing Center for the World
Philadelphia is reclaiming its former title as a "Workshop for the World". Businesses are enhancing productivity with LEED industrial facilities that marry energy-saving buildings with efficient processes run by the region's highly-trained workforce. The tour will include the Tastykake Bakery- the world's largest new LEED Silver food processing center; The US Airway's LEED Silver Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Maintenance Facility, the first LEED-certified building at the Philadelphia International Airport; Knoll's furniture manufacturing center and Morphotek's Pilot Plant,the ISPE award-winning 2013 Facility of the Year in Sustainability.
Saturday Full-Day Tours: 8:00 am-4:00 pm
TS01: Living Walls and Living Systems: Longwood Gardens and the Stroud Water Research Center
Take a day trip outside the city to visit two amazing facilities in beautiful Chester County. Longwood Gardens is a one of the great gardens of the world, home to the largest living wall in North America, and the creators of the newly developed Sustainability Index for North American Public Gardens. The Index offers a holistic, harmonized approach to address the unique sustainability challenges presented in public gardens. Nearby, the Platinum LEED-certified Environmental Complex at Stroud is a terrific example of integrated building and site design. It includes one of the first constructed-wetlands waste treatment systems in Pennsylvania. The landscape was designed to restore the hydrology to a pre-development condition and features raingardens, bioswales, cisterns and other innovative rainwater strategies.
TS02: Connecting Families to Nature: Zoos, Arboretums, and Playgrounds
Enjoy the day by exploring several of Philadelphia’s latest green buildings and ecological landscapes. Visit the Philadelphia Zoo to tour the new Hamilton Family Children's Zoo and Faris Family Education Center and discover how this LEED certified, adaptively-renovated historic facility teaches about vegetated roofs, rainwater harvesting, energy and water while making connections with live animals. Our visit to the Zoo also includes an informational filled tour of the McNeil Avian Center to learn about recent retro-commissioning of the renovation/expansion of the historic Bird House. Experience a visit to the amazing Morris Arboretum and its LEED Platinum horticulture center. Set in the historic Bloomfield Farm, the newly constructed Morris Horticultural Center includes an experimental living roof and a waste-wood burning hydronic heating system. This year’s 2013 Greenbuild Legacy Project at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, a historic facility in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, is also covered on this tour. Join us as we explore this dynamic project that provides new outdoor space designed by local youth, including interactive elements and structures that provide opportunities for natural play and education about sustainability. This tour is an excellent choice for Conference Attendees interested in unique educational projects and landscapes – and plenty for families to enjoy as well!