Volume 43, Issue 8 - August 2008


GPD 2009
Issues Call for Papers

Organizers of Glass Performance Days (GPD) 2009 are preparing for the 2009 event, June 12-15 in Tampere, Finland, by issuing a call for papers. Show organizers aim to address a variety of topics related to architectural glass, with a focus on saving energy. Among other topics, they are requesting papers covering topics such as energy performance in buildings, glass and solar technology and novel products used for these purposes. Tracks also are intended to include information on processing glass, with examples such as coating large areas, pre-processing challenges and alternative materials and methods for lamination. The conference also will include information on automotive glass and changing markets for glass products, as the industry becomes more global. Members of the industry are encouraged to share their experience by submitting case studies in these topics as well.

While show organizers recommend submitting an abstract as early as possible, the final deadline for abstract submission is October 10, 2008.

Glass Processing Days 2007 brought more than 1,000 participants to hear 250 presentations. All of these presentations can be viewed by visiting www.glassfiles.com. www.gpd.fi

Archbishop Desmond
Tutu to Keynote Greenbuild The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be the opening keynote speaker for the annual Greenbuild Conference & Expo, November 19-21, 2008, in Boston.

Bishop Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, led a crusade for social justice and racial conciliation in South Africa as then-General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches. Today, he is revered worldwide as a “moral voice” seeking to end poverty and human rights abuses.

Tutu’s accomplishments include receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984; the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism; and the Magubela prize for liberty in 1986. He is committed to stopping global AIDS and has served as the honorary chairman for the Global AIDS Alliance. www.greenbuildexpo.org

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