11/14: Optima Camelview hosts Greenbuild after party
by Kellie Hwang
November 10, 2009
Green is the new black these days, so it makes sense that the International Greenbuild Expo and Conference in Phoenix will be hosting a super-chic after party Saturday.
The free evening of eco-friendly cocktails and canapés will be at the buzz-worthy Optima Camelview Village, an environmentally friendly, lavish condo complex near Scottsdale Fashion Square. The party is open to the public for a chance to mingle with the attendees of the Greenbuild conference, experts on sustainable architecture, materials and practices.
"Part if this event is education, part of it is celebration," said Eileen Hovey, co-founder of Optima. "This is an international convention, so people will be coming from all over, and I think it will be a great time, especially for those who are curious about sustainable design."
Hovey said her company practiced sustainable design long before it was fashionable, building infill projects and using underground parking. Guests will get to tour the oasis-inspired condos and learn about such eco-friendly features as green roofs that reduce solar radiation, low-water-use plants and chutes for recyclables. Even some of the furniture was created using eco-design practices.
Josh Herbert of the improvisational restaurant Posh, located on the ground floor of Camelview Village, will serve free hors d'oeuvres. The acclaimed restaurant has no menu, and dishes are based upon guests' preferences and availability of fresh ingredients. Herbert said he tries to use environmentally sound practices in his restaurant, such as treating the water onsite and recycling often.
"Greenbuild has given us recyclable napkins and straws, and when possible, we use locally produced food," he said. "We want to eventually be certified green down the road . . .because we really need to take care of our planet."
Posh will set up an art gallery in the building, featuring local art by photographer Bill Timmerman, mixed-media artist Dorothy Rissman and painter Joann Lowney. Guests will get to sample sustainably produced blends of beer and wine while listening to the tunes of Latin pop group Sonan, led by Gustavo Angeles.