The Cincinnati Regional Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will host the eighth annual Greening the Heartland conference June 22-24 at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati.

Approximately 1,000 architects, engineers, manufacturers, contractors, building owners, and facility managers from the 12-state Midwest region are expected to attend.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by R. Keith Harrison Jr., global product supply officer for Procter & Gamble; Julian Agyeman, professor and chair of urban and environmental policy and planning, Tufts University; and Scot Horst, senior vice president of the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Also scheduled to speak is Andrew Winston, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies and author of "Green Recovery," a strategic plan for using environmental thinking to survive hard economic times.

Sessions are divided into four tracks: Residential, New Buildings, Existing Buildings, and Community. Featured sessions include:

• "Electric and Gas Utility Costs: What Duke Energy Is Deploying Today to Help Transition to a 'Smarter' Electric Grid in 2015," presented by Marc Arnold, manager, Midwest Smartgrid Field Deployment, Duke Energy.

• "What do LEED Plaques, Elephant Dung, and Manatee Pools Have in Common?" presented by Mark Fisher, director of facilities, planning, and sustainability, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

• "Developing an Energy Efficiency Workforce," presented by Andy Holzhauser and Chris Jones, Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.

• "Lighting Control for LEED," presented by Brennen Matthews, director of national specification sales, Lutron Electronics Inc.

• "A Real Life Net-Zero Energy Case Study – Melink Corporation," presented by Steve Melink, president, Melink Corp.

• "Net Zero Engineering for K-12 Schools," presented by Ken Seibert, president, CMTA.

For descriptions of more sessions, click here.

Thirteen American Institute of Architects and Green Building Certification Institute continuing-education units will be available. Also, LEED Certification Work Zone reviewers will be on hand to answer LEED-project questions, and tours of some of Cincinnati's most famous LEED-certified buildings will be offered.

For more information on the conference, including how to register, click here.