Former vice president and noted environmental advocate Al Gore will serve as the opening keynote speaker for the U.S. Green Building Council's (USGBC's) annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which will be held Nov. 11-13 in Phoenix.

Gore, who has championed awareness and action to confront global climate change for 30 years, is regarded for his best-selling book and Academy Award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." In 2007, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for his environmental activism.

In 1992, Gore published "Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit" and instituted environmental policy and initiatives in the Clinton-Gore Administration to help safeguard the environment.

Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management and multiplatform media company Current TV. He is a member of the board of directors of Apple Computer Inc. and a senior advisor to Google Inc. He also is a visiting professor at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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