Oscar & Associates President Barack Obama speaking at Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta, on Nov. 20

Oscar & Associates President Barack Obama speaking at Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta, on Nov. 20

On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama took the stage at the 2019 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Atlanta, kicking off the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) annual event with a discussion moderated by USGBC president and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam. In the hour-long talk, Obama focused on issues facing the built environment, discussed the importance of creating sustainable agendas, and connected the issues of climate change and global inequality, according to a USGBC emailed press brief.

During the conversation, Obama identified climate change and global economic inequality as the most compelling issues in the world today, explaining the difficulty leaders face in addressing the two “directly connected” issues.