The Green Roundtable,                                                   
    The Massachussetts Membership Forum, and
    Boston Emerging Green Builders

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 News for the Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community:
Greenbuild & Build Boston Edition 
November 2008
Newsletter Contents
Green Roundtable Events and Trainings*
GRT invites you to Experience Nights at the Green Roundtable  for  cocktails, hors d'eouvres, dancing, blues band.
 Transportation provided from the convention center every 15 minutes starting at 6pm and looping back to BCEC and Seaport-area hotels after 8pm.
Visit booth #208 at Build Boston or the Host Committee booth at Greenbuild to pick up an invitation to the party.

Lunch & LEED
12/2, 12:30-1:30pm

Bring a bag lunch to this monthly session where we introduce LEED, discuss how buildings are certified, provide resources on becoming a LEED Accredited Professional and discuss future changes to the LEED rating system. This is also a great opportunity to ask questions you have about LEED.

USGBC LEED for New Construction v2.2 Technical Review
12/4, 8:30am-5pm
MCLE, Boston, MA

This full-day program is designed for those who have a basic knowledge of LEED and want to delve deeper into the technical requirements of the rating, the building certification process and other implementation strategies.

LEED AP Study Group
12/4, 5-7pm

By popular demand, NEXUS offers a designated meeting place and time for a LEED AP exam group study session. A LEED AP from the community will share their strategies for success and answer any questions you have about studying for the exam.

Basics of Green Building
12/4, 6-8pm

This workshop covers the fundamentals of residential green building, including a focus on energy efficiency, water conservation and green materials.

Introduction to LEED EBOM
12/11, 12:30-1:30pm

This seminar aims to review the new LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance  rating system, discuss the differences between the new and the old system, and to share our experience administering the new LEED EBOM rating system.

NEXUS Second Saturdays: Creating Healthy & Sustainable Indoor Environments
12/13, 10am-2pm
Join us for a tour, resource orientation, an "Ask the expert" clinic, and a seminar that will address three key indoor environmental quality issues in buildings--universal design, building envelope and ventilation, and the health and environmental impact of materials and products from three experts in the field.

Learn more about these and other events from the NEXUS Events Calendar.

Massachusetts Membership Forum Meetings & Events*

Education Committee Meeting
11/13, 8-9am

The Education Committee is working on several projects aimed at educating building industry professionals across Massachusetts on the principles and practices of green building. One specific project is focused on greening your firm.

USGBC & Boston Welcome Gala at Greenbuild
11/19, 7-10pm
Boston Children's Museum

The 2008 Green Revolution Welcome Gala is put on by the US Green Building Council and the local Boston Host Committee to kick off the first night of the Greenbuild Conference and Expo.

EGB Greenbuild After-Party
11/19, 8-11pm
Channel Cafe

Come mingle with young professionals and students from all over the country.

Communications Committee Meeting
12/2, 8-9am

The Communications/Programs/Membership Committee is responsible for promoting national and regional activities to the Massachusetts Affiliate members as well as promoting the MA Affiliate members, member services and events and products to the general public.

Boston LEED Users Group: LEED for Labs
12/2, 6-7pm
Harvard Blackstone Building

This LEED Users Group meeting will focus on the emerging LEED for Labs rating system and bring together practitioners that have experience on greening lab projects.


*Learn more about The Forum meetings & events from the NEXUS Events Calendar.


Community Events*

Responding to Climate Change
When: Wednesday, Nov. 12th, 7:30pm
Where: Alcott School auditorium, Concord, MA


A public forum featuring panelists such as State Senator Pamela P. Resor, Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture, and Co-Chair of the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change; Peter Del Tredici, Ph.D., Botanist and Senior Research Scientist at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Brian Crounse, Concord Comprehensive Sustainable Energy Committee; and Andy Proulx, P.E., LEED-AP, EnergySavvy, Inc. and AGP Energy Solutions. For program flier, click here.


Diversity Matters Environmental & Social Change Leadership Series
When: Nov. 17th-18th / Dec. 4th-5th
Where: Washington, D.C. / Boston, MA
For more information: visit
Diversity Matters events page.


Join us for upcoming sessions of the Diversity Matters Environmental & Social Change Leadership Series. The Diversity Matters Environmental & Social Change Leadership Series is a 5-part program designed to foster knowledgeable and skilled leadership to make diversity a hallmark and fundamental asset of environmental and social change efforts.


Charles River Watershed Association Annual Meeting
When: Wednesday, November 19 at 5:30pm
Where: Newton Marriott Hotel
For more information: visit


Join us to honor awardees who have helped restore the river, and celebrate our accomplishments at the local and regional levels in science, policy and urban restoration. The evening's featured speaker will be Dr. Sarah Slaughter of MIT, who will give insight into how engineering innovations can change the way cities conserve vital water resources and withstand disasters.


Free Evening with Bill McKibben
When: Friday, Nov. 21st, 7:30 pm
Where: Trinitarian Congregational Church, Walden Street, Concord, MA

Hear Bill McKibben, one of America's most distinguished environmental writers and speakers, speaking about how communities can address climate change and the energy crisis. He highlights a compelling need for economic localization and the reduction of our community's carbon footprints.


Urban Ark Seminar and Tour: A Model of Green Living
When: Saturday, November 22, 10-12pm
Where: Newton, MA, near MBTA
RSVP: Ccontact
Winnie Chan
by 10/12.
Cost: Visit website at

David Del Porto and his wife, Elva, have spent 25 years turning their vision of a higher quality of life at a lower cost of living into a reality at their 'Urban Ark.' You'll tour their "Urban Ark" and discover how they've integrated space heat, food production, air purification, and wastewater treatment within an amazing two-story greenhouse.


GreenBuild Boston Harbor Cruise
When: Saturday, November 22, 11:45am -3:00pm
To register, visit:

Enjoy some of Boston's notable green sites and historic landmarks aboard one of Boston's finest harbor cruise boats.  Experts on board will describe the sites and answer questions. 

*Learn more about green building-related events in the community by visiting our Community Events webpage. Email Aaron to have your green building-related event highlighted.

MCAN Conference: The Power Of One, The Power Of All
When: November 16, 2008, Sunday - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Where: 32 Vassar St, Building 32
Near Kendall Square's Red Line stop
GRT is excited to partner with MCAN for their 2008 conference. The theme for the 2008 Conference-The Power of One, the Power of All-reflects MCAN's work to unite individual and local efforts into collective action. Our organization has hundreds of individual members, a large and growing network of chapters scattered throughout Massachusetts, and relationships with many partner organizations.
The 2008 Conference brings together many of our varied constituencies. We offer almost two dozen practical workshops, plenary sessions with fascinating and influential leaders, and opportunities to meet and talk with colleagues and potential new partners in doing something significant about climate change. Please join us! Register now!
Welcome to the newsletter for the Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community!

This newsletter brings you news, upcoming events, and opportunities for involvement from three Massachusetts entities affiliated with the US Green Building Council--
The Green Roundtable (GRT), The Massachusetts Membership Forum (The Forum) and Boston's Emerging Green Builders (EGB).

This edition is focused on the Greenbuild & Build Boston conferences next week and all of the high-profile events happening around the area.  Next week, Boston has the incredible opportunity to showcase its many innovative sustainable building policies and projects. We've highlighted just a few of these achievements:
  • Boston is the first major municipality to use zoning to require private development projects over 50,000 square feet be planned, designed, and constructed to earn LEED certification;
  • Twenty-three buildings in Boston are LEED certified-over half at the Gold and Silver levels-and many dozens more are registered in pursuit of LEED certification;
  • Mayor Menino launched a program to make Boston a more bike-friendly city. The mayor is working with the city's new bike coordinator to build Boston's first bike lanes and add hundreds of bike racks. In the pipeline is a vision for showers, bike storate facilitaties and autmoated rental systems.
  • Boston is "one of thirteen inaugural Solar America Cities under the Solar America Initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and launched Solar Boston, a half-million-dollar program to encourage widespread adoption of solar energy in Boston."

 (Courtesy of USGBC, The Boston Globe and the City of Boston.)

Who are we? What's our story? 

The Green Roundtable is the Massachusetts Affiliate of the US Green Building Council. The Green Roundtable is an independent non-profit mainstreaming green building in New England and beyond. NEXUS Green Building Resource Center is a project of The Green Roundtable. The Green Roundtable has worked with the local green building community over the past year to create the USGBC Massachusetts Membership Forum.

The Forum's goal is to advance USGBC activities and the green building community in Massachusetts through opportunities in educational, technical and advocacy activities in addition to networking with industry professionals and laypeople. One of the group's most active committees is the Emerging Green Builders Committee that works to provide students and young professional's with affordable and accessible resources for community involvement and quality jobs in the growing green building industry.

The Forum leadership and committee members and The Green Roundtable staff and other community partners work together to grow and organize volunteer activities--in everything they do, work to advance the green building market and community in Massachusetts. 

Find out more about how to get involved.  

Leith Sharp
Event Spotlight
Leith Sharp Presents at The Forum Town Meeting


On Monday evening October 20th, Leith Sharp, Founder of Harvard Green Campus Initiative and member of The Green Roundtable Board of Directors, was the guest speaker at The Forum's 2nd Annual Green Town Meeting.  Under her leadership, the Harvard Initiative was launched in 2001 and is now responsible for 50 LEED Projects and credited with over $7.0 million of annual savings for the University.  Leith discussed her inclusive approach as a means for overcoming initial resistance to change and the invigoration and energy that emerged once people became collaboratively involved. 

She emphasized two strategies in her presentation that made the Harvard Initiative a success.  The first strategy was to include the entire building team in the design process, optimizing their relationship to one another and collaborating on what must be done to balance the needs of each team member against all project goals. Leith stressed the importance of Life Cycle Costing Analysis as a second strategy, being integrated at the beginning and updated along the way to prevent building performance losses to creep in during the revision processes. To learn more about how Harvard has embraced green building strategies, visit their website.
November Spotlight 
Greenbuild Is Coming To Town

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Next week, the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Greenbuild Conference & Expo is coming to Boston. In
addition to conference events such as a Keynote Address by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Green Roundtable and other organizations are offering social networking, educational and industry events all across the area. The following is a guide to these events.



The Night at The Green Roundtable Affair

GRT invites you to Experience
The Night At The Green Roundtable Affair
Thursday November 20th 6pm - 9pm
At NEXUS Green Building Resource Center 
Cocktails, hors d'eouvres, dancing, blues band.

 Transportation provided from the convention center every 15 minutes starting at 6pm and looping back to BCEC and Seaport-area hotels after 8pm.

Visit booth #208 at Build Boston or the Host Committee booth at Greenbuild to pick up an invitation to the party.
Sponsored by

Media Sponsor Boston Common Magazine

Platinum Sponsors Metro1 Properties and Destiny, America's Largest Eco-Sustainable City

Gold Sponsor Channel Sun 

Silver Sponsors Velocity Printing and National Grid



IES Presents "Leveraging Analysis For Sustainable Design"
When: Monday, 11/17, 8:45am-4pm
Registration: Register online. Cost of $275 includes lunch. Contact Lindsay Kinnally at or call 617-426-1890.  
Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), a leading provider of integrated performance analysis software and consulting services for sustainable building design, is providing a new AIA CES registered seminar, 'Leveraging Analysis for Sustainable Design'.
It will offer a unique opportunity for architects and designers to better understand and visualize performance analysis within an integrated design process. Performance analysis, such as climate, daylighting, energy and airflow, play an essential role for architects as one of the parameters informing design decisions and ultimately shaping buildings that meet sustainable goals. Eligible for 6 AIA LU.
Forest Stewardship Council-US Presents "Designing and Building With FSC Awards"

When: Wednesday, 11/19, 6-8pm

Join FSC-US at the NEXUS Showroom for an evening of networking, hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and announcing the recipient of the 'FSC Award.'   

This is an invitation only event. Pick up an invitation at the FSC Office in Exhibit booth #625 at the Greenbuild Expo.  Learn more about the FSC Office Also, don't forget to check out the Certified Wood Pavilion of FSC companies at the Greenbuild Expo.  

Consulate General of Canada Presents "Green Building in Canada: An Overview of Sustainable Production and Design" 

When: 11/20/2008, 8-11am
Registration: Space is limited so register early! Contact Rosine McKenna at 617-262-3760 x 3803 or

We invite you to join us at this event which will be of interest to architects, home builders, academics and policy makers involved with green building and design.
Presenters will share information on Canada's sustainable forest management practices and forest certification, wood as a material for sustainable design, and will present examples of successful green building projects in Canada. Supported by The Green Roundtable, Canadian Wood Council, Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and Consulate General of Canada in Boston. This event is eligible to offer 2 AIA HSW Learning Units. View the full program for this event.



Pre-Greenbuild Party Hosted by Rate It Green
When: Monday, November 17th, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Boston Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA
RSVP: Event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP to Allison at

Rate It Green is an online user-driven directory and peer review resource. The site connects everyone interested in green building and encourages those who have green building experience to share what they know for the benefit of all. Come relax, meet new friends and leading green building thinkers and professionals and learn more about the great resources Rate It Green provides. Learn more about this event.

Annual International Celebration hosted by WorldGBC and Lend Lease  
When: Wednesday November 19, 2008     
Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm     
Where: The Intercontinental Hotel Boston     
WorldGBC cordially invites you to our Annual International Celebration where we will welcome our International Delegates to Greenbuild 2008 in Boston.

AIA COTE Casual Networking Event
When: Wednesday, November 19, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Lucky's on Congress
Join the COTE for a casual gathering! Meet COTE colleagues and share best practices about how your chapter is educating members, collaborating with USGBC and other allied organizations, and more.

Rise to the Occasion Party Hosted by ADD Inc.
When: Wednesday, November 19th, 6:30-10:30pm
Where: Observatory of 311 Summer Street, Boston
Registration: Ticket price $70. For ticket information, email or call 617-666-6253.

 Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live Latin jazz, and energy. See you there!

USGBC & Boston Host Committee Welcome Gala
 Wednesday, November 19th, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Boston Children's Museum
The cost for this event is $100. Register on the Greenbuild registration website and follow the process for conference registration. Learn more about this event and others on the Massachusetts Membership Forum website.

Greenbuild After-party Hosted by Emerging Green Builders
When: Wednesday, November 19th, 8-11pm
Where: Channel Café, 300 Summer Street, Boston, MA
RSVP: No RSVP is required. This event is free and open to the public. 

On Wednesday evening of Greenbuild you will be energized after hearing Desmond Tutu, Majora Carter and others and I'm sure you will be ready to download, network and talk with folks about what you heard and learned about at Greenbuild. Well, the Boston Emerging Green Builder's are providing just that opportunity for EGB members from around the world and others who want to connect in a low key setting. A Greenbuild After-party hosted by the Emerging Green Builders Committee in Boston. Learn more about this event.

Boston Harbor Cruise
Saturday, November 22nd, 11:45am-2 or 3pm (end time to be determined)

Registration: The cost for this event is$100. Register on the Greenbuild registration website and follow the process for conference registration.

 Don't head home too early, because we're planning a boat tour of Boston Harbor on the Saturday after the conference! Enjoy a lunch buffet, cash bar, and the city sights aboard one of Boston's finest harbor cruise boats. Experts onboard will describe some of the historic and green landmarks as you float by. See a wind turbine project and Spectacle Island, a recently completed 'Big Dig' brownfield site turned Massachusetts State Park, complete with a green visitors' center and hilltop views of the city and surrounding islands. Learn more about other outdoor events during Greenbuild.


We Can Answer All Your Green Building & LEED Questions

GRT's newest offering is an on-call service, LEED Doctor, to help you with all your green building and LEED issues. LEED Doctor is a great service that doens't require the investment of hiring a LEED Consultant for your project team. Feel free to give Colleen Soden a ring at 617-374-3740 x102. We'll be happy to answer your questions. To learn about GRT's other technical assistance services, email Colleen.

GRT Offers New Professional Development Trainings
In early 2009 The Green Roundtable will provide you with several new professional development opportunities to help you green your projects and distinguish yourself in an increasingly competitve market. The portfolio of new trainings includes:
  • Implementing LEED 2009
  • LEED 2009 Test Prep
  • LEED for EBOM Test Prep
  • Implementing LEED for Contractors
  • Engineering for Architects

Stay tuned for more information about these trainings. Since our trainings fill up quickly, email Aaron if you want to be contacted when the trainings are posted online. 

Escape the Conference Craziness at NEXUS Escapes

Take a break from the commotion of the conferences, escape to NEXUS for a light lunch, take a tour of NEXUS and enjoy a massage from altTHERA. Tuesday November 18, Wednesday November 19th and Thursday November 20th from 11:00AM-12:30PM. Come check out whats new in our Exhibitor Showcase, browse our reference and samples libraries, just refresh yourself for the rest of the conference.


NEXUS Open Hours During Greenbuild & Holidays

We're expanding our open hours during the week of Greenbuild and will be offering tours all week long. Visit the Host Committee booth at Greenbuild or booth #208 at Build Boston to sign up for a tour of NEXUS during Greenbuild.

  • Monday-Thursday, 11/17-11/20: 10am-5pm
  • Friday, 11/21: CLOSED to the public
Also, NEXUS will be closed November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. Visit our website for regular open hours.
Join Us On Saturday, December 13th

From 10am-2pm, three IEQ experts will deliver a seminar called Creating Healthy & Sustainable Indoor Environments. They will discuss three key indoor environmental quality issues in buildings--universal design, building envelope and ventilation, and the health and environmental impact of materials and products. This event is part of NEXUS Second Saturdays and includes a tour, resource orientation, and Green House Doctor clinic.

Couldn't Attend an Event?

Visit the Archived Events webpage for a listing of past events and great resources such as presentations, fact sheets and useful website.

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By Carrie Havey

Build Boston is the premier regional convention and tradeshow for design, building, and management professionals.  There are over 350 booths filled with the nation's leading suppliers of building technologies, products, and services and more than 240 workshops, tours, and other professional development opportunities.  Last year over 16,000 professionals registered. 
There's something for every building owner, architect, engineer, contractor, interior designer, landscape architect and all other building industry professionals.  The symposia themes include the Building Codes Symposium, the Landscape Architecture Symposium, and the Housing Symposium.  There are 16 tours including MIT's Stata Center and Brain and Cognitive Science Complex, Boston's Chinatown in the 21st Century, and a tour of the ICA.   The workshops span all facets of the building industry and will provide the tools needed to build your practice and career.  Architects can earn continuing-education credits.  
Examine new building materials and products and test new software all under one roof. Company representatives debut innovative products and demonstrate how to apply them.  Spend anywhere from a few hours to three full days viewing new products and learning about services. The exhibit hall is open from noon until 6:00 pm daily. 
Attend special events including a panel discussion on diversity, sustainability, and integrated project delivery with moderator George Miller, FAIA.  And don't miss the BSA/Build Boston Gala and Design Celebration on Thursday at 6:00 pm.  The gala begins with a cocktail party on the Build Boston exhibit floor and is followed by a dinner buffet and exhibits of award-winning projects.
As a complement to Greenbuild, Build Boston is hosting dozens of workshop on sustainable design, such as "Pairing Green and Universal Design," "Detailing Towards Zero-Energy Buildings," "Integrating an Energy Model Into Building Design," and "Beyond Building Green." The tradeshow will also feature several companies featuring green products. Learn more about specific workshops and exhibitors in the Build Boston Attendee Brochure
For more information about the conference and exhibition or to register, go to The conference will be at the Seaport World Trade Center.
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