ByKatie Kross
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This chapter discusses some of the biggest annual sustainability-related conferences. Greenbuild is the biggest event for anyone interested in the green building industry and its supply chain partners. The conference regularly draws more than 20,000 attendees. The conference typically occurs in the fall and offers a substantial discount on registration for students and young professionals. GreenBiz hosts several conferences each year, most notably GreenBiz Forum and GreenBiz VERGE. These are some of the best sustainable business events of the year. The "flagship" VERGE conference happens in San Francisco in the fall, but there are also periodic VERGE events in other cities as well. Opportunity Green is another fall conference on sustainable business, with an emphasis on innovation and cultural change. Sustainable Brands draws about 2,500 attendees and focuses on the topics of green marketing, consumer attitudes, and brand management. Many of the speakers and attendees are from consumer products companies and retailers.