In This Issue
Green Roundtable Events
The Forum Events
Community Events
Community Corner
Feature Article
Event Highlight
Project Spotlight
Advocacy Alert
What's New at GRT?
Win a Green Gift!
Fill out our educational events survey and enter a raffle to win a green gift!

Each year GRT provides educational programming to help you learn about green building as well as to build capacity to green your projects.
Thanks to The Fireplace Restaurant, Johnny D's Restaurant and BuildingGreen for their donations.
Green Roundtable Events
December 10
Saturday, December 13
January 6
Saturday, January 10
January 21
January 27
January 29
*Events above are held at NEXUS. Get directions to NEXUS. Learn more about these events and others on our Events Calendar.
Massachusetts Membership Forum Events
December 16
Communications Committee Meeting
January 15
Education Committee Meeting
Stay Tuned
Keep an eye out for the opening of submissions for the Forum's "Innovation In Green Design Award", coming up soon. The award is given for policies, actions or built projects that are truly innovative in furthering green design in Massachusetts. Opening or submission is coming up.
*Learn more about these events and others on our Events Calendar.
Community Events
Several organizations host green building-related educational, networking and community-building events around Massachusetts.
December 10
December 10
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Massachusetts Smart Growth/Smart Energy Conference
*Find out more about these exciting events on our Community Events webpage. Email Aaron with "Community Events" in the subject line to submit your event.
Community Corner

GRT, The Forum and EGB offer opportunities to get involved

This month we highlight the Greenbuild Conference, The Forumn's newly elected leadership and committees that you can get involved with.


Greenbuild 2008: A "Revolutionary" Success for Boston


During the week of November 17th, nearly 28,000 people passed through Boston to enjoy the city's offerings and attend USGBC's International Greenbuild Conference and Expo at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Read more about the Greenbuild Conference and Expo.
The Forum Election Results
The Forum held its second annual election for the group's Leadership Council last month. Elected leaders oversee the planning committees, organizational structure and governance. Congradulations and welcome to those elected to the 2009 Leadership Council. Learn more about the Leadership Council and the new councilors.
This New Year's, Join a Committee!

Click on the committee to learn more:



-Deeper Green

-Regional View


-Emerging Green Builders

-NEW! Advocacy

*Learn more about how you can get involved.
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Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community Newsletter
December 2008 

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 the Emerging Green Builders Committee (EGB).

This edition features news from the Greenbuild Conference & Expo, USGBC's revamped LEED 2009 Rating System, new Green Roundtable and NEXUS resources and services, and President-Elect Obama's plan for a new energy economy and five million green jobs. 
Feature Article
GreenExchange Interviews GRT Executive Director Barbra Batshalom
Barbra Batshalom
Green Exchange- Barbra Batshalom, Founder and Executive Director of The Green Roundtable, Inc. (GRT) was featured last month as our Eco-Leader. She received many wonderful questions from our web community and has provided a select number of responses.  Please read on to see if your question was answered and to learn more about GRT.
Read the full Green Exchange interview.
Event Highlight
Greenbuild Parties a Hit 
GRT and EGB both held hugely successful events during Greenbuild 2008.
More than 200 people stopped by the EGB Greenbuild After Party on the first day of the conference. Conferencees from all over the US and Canada met at the Channel Cafe to meet, share ideas, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music.
GRT hosted "A Night at the Green Roundtable Affair" the Thursday evening of the Greenbuild Conference. Jump City Blues played live music as nearly 400 supporters ate and drank, networked and danced the night away. A special thanks to everyone that made it to both parties. Thank you to our sponsors Metro1/Destiny, Boston Common Media, Channel Sun, National Grid and Velocity Print Solutions.
Project Spotlight
AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center 
Hope Lodge image
The AstraZeneca Hope Lodge Center in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood is a 42,500-square-foot facility developed by the American Cancer Society to provide free, temporary lodging and other vital services for cancer patients who must travel far from home for outpatient treatment.
Read the full Hope Lodge Project Spotlight.
(Photo credit: CBT Architects.)
Advocacy Alert 
President-Elect Obama's New Agenda For Five Million Green Jobs 
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With more than 500 energy and climate advisors, President-Elect Barack Obama campaigned on an aggressive and detailed plan to strengthen the economy, spur green job creation, and protect the environment.
Read the article "The New Agenda: A New Energy Economy and 5 Million Green Jobs."
LEED 2009, The Next Generation
LEED 2009 is slated to be released in March. The newest generation of LEED has welcome changes including regional-specific credits, weighting of credits based on Life Cycle Analysis, and a streamlined point structure across rating systems.
At Greenbuild 2008, USGBC and GBCI provided needed clarifications about LEED 2009. 'LEED 2009 At a Glance' provides a thorough summary of LEED 2009 and what it means for the specific rating systems. USGBC offers FAQ's about LEED 2009 and a timeline for the rollout of LEED 2009 to answer logistical questions relating to LEED 2009. And 'Major Changes Announced for LEED AP Credential Program' discusses in-depth alll of the changes to the LEED AP program.

Some elements of LEED 2009 will be clarified by USGBC in the coming months. Learn about upcoming events that address changes to LEED including an Introduction to LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance this Thursday afternoon from 12:30-1:30pm.
What's New at GRT?
New Exhibits, Trainings & More
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The Green Roundtable and its NEXUS Green Building Resource Center provide you with services and resources to green your projects, firms, homes and lifestyles. 'What's New at GRT' keeps you up to date about the innovative services and resources we offer.
New Integrated Retail Exhibit at NEXUS!
If you've been to NEXUS lately, you've noticed the installation of the new integrated retail exhibit in our entryway! Combining attractive green materials and featuring an elegant design and construction by Lincoln millwork, NEXUS' new entryway houses our reception area, two work stations and storage. It was designed as a modern green retail space that showcases numerous green materials. The exhibit is part of a series of integrated exhibits designed to bring interactive educational resources to NEXUS. Contact Maryellen to showcase your green products.
Green Building Capacity-Building Trainings
GRT offers professionals development trainings for firms and individuals. The following are two of our upcoming trainings. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Stay tuned on our new LEED AP for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Test Prep Training in early spring.

We Want to Learn What You Want to Learn
Each year GRT provides educational programming to help you learn about green building as well as to build capacity to green your projects. What new green technology are you excited about? What challenges do you want help with on your project? Fill out our Educational Events Survey and you'll be entered into a raffle for a green gift.
GRT Can Answer All Your Questions
GRT's newest offering is an on-call service, Green Building Doctor, to help you with all your green building, green home and LEED issues. Call Colleen Soden at 617-374-3740 x102 to learn more. We'll be happy to answer your questions. 
NEXUS Open Hours During Holidays & Winter
NEXUS Open Hours
will continue to be Monday-Wednesday, 12-3pm, Thursday from 12-7pm and the Second Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm. NEXUS will be closed December 24-January 5 for the holidays.
Becoming a Member of The Forum
At the end of December GRT is continuing membership, but the affiliate group of The Green Roundtable, the Massachusetts Membership Forum, provides you with opportunities to get involved with the local sustainable building community. The Forum will be launching a membership campaign in January 2009 so stay tuned about how you can stay involved!
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Don't forget to fill out our event survey to win a green gift for the holidays!
Thanks and keep up the great work to mainstream green!

Aaron Desatnik, The Green Roundtable
Jim Newman, The USGBC MA Membership Forum
Caroline Havey, Emerging Green Builders Committee