The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the speakers for the Opening Plenary of the 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo. The Opening Plenary, which takes place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 22 at the New Orleans Superdome, will feature author and environmentalist Paul Hawken; investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate Tom Steyer; and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

According a release from the USGBC, Hawken, Steyer and Gov. O’Malley will take the stage to have a discussion about “the dollars and sense of climate change” and its impact on families, communities, the economy and the planet.

The Opening Plenary is included in both the Full Conference pass and the Wednesday Day Pass for the 2014 Greenbuild Conference and Expo. Registration, schedule and event details are available for members of the sustainable building community online at www.greenbuildexpo.com.

The conference, themed ‘Leadership Jazz’ for 2014, attracts 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. Greenbuild 2014 takes place October 22-24 in New Orleans.