The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the keynote address at this year’s annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be given by retired general and former secretary of state, Colin L. Powell. The event takes place in Chicago, Nov. 17-19. For the past decade, Gen. Powell has committed his time, energy and leadership to improving the lives of America’s young people as founding chairman of America’s Promise Alliance, Washington. The General Colin L. Powell Apartments in the South Bronx, N.Y., a LEED Platinum affordable housing building in his childhood neighborhood, is a cutting-edge 50-unit multifamily project resulting from a partnership between Habitat for Humanity-New York City and Blue Sea Development, New York. “Gen. Powell has made another career of sharing his lessons of leadership,” says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of USGBC. “His keen insights and global perspective are especially relevant to our movement in these times of great challenge and change. He exemplifies that leadership is about more than a title. It’s about taking charge during times of great crisis.” Greenbuild 2010 will feature an array of speakers and more than 100 education sessions, as well as an exhibit hall devoted to green building. To find out more, visit