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For Immediate Release: October 14, 2009
Contact: Tim Truman  (202) 482-3809

Commerce Spotlights Green Building Competitiveness and Opportunities 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. construction firms can learn how to take advantage of the $975 billion annual construction market in Europe by attending any one of five upcoming seminars on sustainable manufacturing and construction, hosted by the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

Mary Saunders, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services, promoted the five-city Green Build Road Show during today’s Green Building Roundtable in Washington, D.C. The show, set for November 2 -9, will visit Pittsburgh, Pa., Denver, Colo., San Francisco, Calif., San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz.

“We brought together industry representatives and a number of our colleagues from other agencies to determine opportunities, prospects, and problems related to the issue of green building and discuss potential areas of cooperation as a means of addressing them,” said Saunders.

Today’s Roundtable highlighted green building rating systems, green/sustainable building certification schemes, and steps necessary to make U.S. Green Building industry participants competitive in the global market place.

The Roundtable and the Road Show together promote Commerce Secretary Gary Locke’s strategic priority of highlighting green businesses and jobs. For more information about the Green Build Road Show, visit

The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has 2,100 employees doing business in more than 100 U.S. cities and 77 countries worldwide. For more information on ITA visit

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