Green Building Focus Conference

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - What do the Social Security Administration building in Birmingham, The M. Miller Gorrie building science center at Auburn University and this Hoover home have in common? They all have environmentally friendly features. As the number of sustainable projects across alabama continues to grow, James Smith of Green Building Focus predicts this could lead to thousands of what he calls green collar jobs. "Materials used in green building should be manufactured within 500 miles of the building site.Manufacturers of these products are moving to the southeast. They want access to this market and the question is where are they going to come. if you draw a 500 mile radius around birmingham you get every major developing area."

Power to Save reporter Ronda Robinson explains why Smith says, location is just one reason the magic city should become a major green manufacturing hub. "The great infrastructure that birmingham has in terms of rail and road. the land available for development. the workforce available.It really is the ideal choice."

The plan is to generate support for this idea at a Green Expo he's organized and scheduled for the end of the month. Smith has invited leading authorities on green construction and design from all over the world - "to essentially educate and engage regional professionals on the latest trends, techniques, technologies and materials in green building."

He hopes to motivate those attending and celebrate Birmingham's potential at the same event. The Green Building Focus Expo is scheduled for July 28

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from 7:30am until 5pm. For more information check out

or call 205-326-2680.