|Your new year's resolution: Green!|
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The NEXUS Annual Fund Drive has been extended through the end of January.
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|Green Roundtable Events|
Saturday, January 10
The Forum Corner*
As part of GRT, The Forum offers opportunities to get involved
This month we highlight The Forum's Membership Kick-Off event and opportunitieis to join committees.
2009 MEMBERSHIP KICK-OFF
Happy New Year! The USGBC Massachusetts Membership Forum
leadership is excited about 2009. We have planned a new year full of exciting
events, activities and opportunities for the sustainable building community in
Are you interested in getting more involved or understanding
what becoming a paying member in 2009 entails and how you can benefit? Do you
want to enjoy a relaxing evening with food and drink, hear Winston Vaughan from
Environment Massachusetts speak about the environmental policy successes in
Massachusetts and network with other Forum volunteers, members and
Mark your calendars for the 2009 Evening with Members on Thursday, February 26 from 5:30-7pm.
Light appetizers will be served.
Where: K&L Gates, State Street Financial Center, One Lincoln
Street, Boston, MA 02111
Speaker: Winston Vaughan from Environment Massachusetts
JOIN A COMMITTEE!
Click on the committee to learn more:
-Emerging Green Builders
The Forum's Emerging Green Builders Committee offers numerous ways for students and young professionals to get involved with the green building community. This month we highlight upcoming events, EGB Elections and EGB's goals for 2009.
The 2009 Design Competition Kick-Off
is 1/21 at 5:30pm at NEXUS.
Learn about this year's project.
The 2009 EGB Kick-Off Meeting
is 2/5 at 6pm
at NEXUS. This is an opportunity to
get involved, hear about this year's events and socialize. Refreshments provided.
RUN FOR EGB OFFICE
Nominations will start soon for EGB Office. Learn more
about the upcoming election.
- Membership Committee ChairGOALS FOR 2009
EGB leadership met last month to develop goals for 2009. The following are some of their top priority goals for the year.
- 8-10 Green Building Tours
- LEED Study Group
- Community Event- Hands-on EGB event that benefits the
- Design Competition 2009
- Professional development
- Networking, Job Fair, 'Meet an
- Earth Day Event
- Green Film Nights
- And more.*Learn more about how you can get involved by emailing email@example.com.
Designed to Earn the Energy Star
Deadline: March 6
Lowell, MA "Getting to Zero Energy Challenge"
Deadline: March 15
|*Find out more about these exciting events on our Community Events webpage. Email Aaron with "Community Events" or "Announcements" in the subject line to submit your event.
|Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community Newsletter
Welcome to the newsletter for the Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community!
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.
LEED APs most likely to...
A study was recently released by a researcher at Missouri State to learn about general perceptions of LEED APs. His preliminary findings are:
- Most LEED-AP's felt the credential provided more recognition, job responsibilities, and prestige. Stay tuned
- Most felt more knowledgeable and more confident in their ability to do their work.
- Most use the credential on their business cards, correspondence, etc.
- The largest age categories of LEED-APs were 30-39.
- The largest education level was bachelor's degree holders.
- Most LEED-AP's worked for architects/engineer firms.
for more detailed analyses.
(Courtesy Richard Bruce, Missouri State)
Boston EGB Places Third in National Design Competition
Carrie Havey, EGB Outreach Chair
The Natural Talent Design Competition was started six years
ago by USGBC's Emerging Green Builders.
This annual contest is an opportunity for students and young
professionals to practice sustainable design concepts around local community
projects. Participating USGBC
chapters, affiliates and host committees hold local competitions and each
group's winning project team participates in the national competition.
Winners are selected at Greenbuild by a
jury of distinguished design professionals and awards are presented during the
closing plenary. This year, seventeen chapters hosted local competitions and
sent their winning project teams to Boston to compete for the national
prize. The 2008 winner, Cascadia EGB's
Team Webber Thompson, used Living Building Challenge standards to design an
urban, high-rise, multi-use residence for a site in Seattle's Belltown
neighborhood. Team Redo Rudolph from Massachusetts placed third with their design of the Erich Lindemann Building.Read more
about the EGB Natural Talent Design Competition Winners.
(Pictured: Dana Ozik, Team Redo Rudolph, and Rick
Fedrizzi, CEO USGBC)
LEED EBOM Seminar Clarifies Changes to Rating System
Last month, GRT offered an 'Introduction to LEED EBOM'
seminar. We covered the new LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
, the differences between LEED EBOM and other rating
systems and a walk-through of the credits. LEED EBOM, developed for existing
commercial and institutional buildings, is a rating system for building
operations, processes, systems upgrades and minor space use changes. The rating system is targeted towards
building owners and operators of existing buildings and requires
recertification at least every five years. Learn more
about the LEED EBOM
Rating System from the US Green Building Council website.
If you missed it you can view the presentation
from our Archived Events webpage. GRT will also offer a LEED-EBOM AP Test Prep
Training in the spring when the exam goes public. Email Aaron Desatnik
"LEED-EBOM AP Test Prep Training" in the subject line to receive priority
attendance in this training.
about upcoming GRT events.
Sasaki's Chase Mills in Watertown
Chase Mills in Watertown, MA is a riverfront assemblage of
buildings, some of which date to the 1850s. It is the place where the
paper bag was invented just prior to the Civil War. Now this complex
along the banks of the Charles River is home to another kind of
innovation -- green design thinking.
Sasaki Associates' Chase
Mills headquarters was recently certified LEED EB v2.0 Gold by the U.S.
Green Building Council. The process of certification took more than two
years and involved a major renovation of the building as well as
incorporation of numerous sustainability components.
the full Chase Mills Spotlight.
(Photo credit: James McCown for
New Massachusetts Mercury Law in Effect
Kohorst, National Electrical Manufacturers Association
you know that you can't throw fluorescent and CFL bulbs in the trash? A
law passed last year makes trashing these light bulbs unlawful.
last spring, the law states that "no person, household, business, school,
healthcare facility or state or municipal government shall knowingly dispose of
a mercury-added product in any manner other than by recycling, disposing as
hazardous waste or using a method approved by the department."
Learn more about the Massachusetts Mercury Law.
(Photo Credit: dbtechno.com)
Closing Date Announced for LEED AP Exam Registration
By Tristan Korthals AltesContinuing reading 'Closing Date Announced by LEED AP Exam Registration.'
BuildingGreen.com- Since the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) announced big changes to the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) program, a few other key items have come out.
First, the final date
to register for the LEED AP exam in its current form has been set at
March 31, 2009. The final date for "exam retirement" has not been set
(meaning you can take the exam after that date, as long as you're
registered), but is expected to be late May or June 2009.
Learn about upcoming events on LEED 2009.
Read previous posts from BuildingGreen.com about changes to the LEED Rating System.
(Photo credit: BuildingGreen.com)
What's New at GRT?
Event Survey, Trainings & More
The Green Roundtable and its NEXUS Green Building Resource Center provide you with services and resources to green your projects, firms, homes, communities and lifestyles. 'What's New at GRT' keeps you up to date about the innovative services and resources we offer.
Support Your Green Building Resource Center
A donation to NEXUS supports the
local green economy and helps to make your city and life greener. Support NEXUS and our free resources and programming. The NEXUS Annual Fund Drive has been extended through the end of January. Thank you for supporting NEXUS!
NEXUS Second Saturday: Green Living!
Have you wanted to visit NEXUS but can't come during the week? Are you
involved with a community group that wants to learn more about green
building, sustainable design and green living? We've got the solution
for you with NEXUS Second Saturdays! Tomorrow's NEXUS Second Saturday event is featuring our Low Impact Living Seminar. Invite your friends and neighbors to learn how you can green your home and life even on a tight budget!
We Want to Learn What You Want to Learn
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. The survey will close Friday, January 16. Big thanks to The Fireplace, Johnny D's and BuildingGreen
for their donations. Click here to fill out the survey.
Green Building Capacity-Building Trainings
GRT offers professionals development trainings for firms and
individuals. The following are two of our upcoming trainings. Space is limited.
Stay tuned on our new LEED AP for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Test Prep Training in early spring.
LEED AP Test Prep Training* (last chance before the exam changes!)- Starts 2/3
Implementing LEED for Contractors Training*- Starts 2/4
*Receive a 10% discount on these trainings by registering for both.
Field Trips for School Groups
Did you know that NEXUS offers
interactive field trips for groups of students in grades 4-12? For more
information, click here. To set up a field trip for your group, e-mail Annie Cardinaux.
GRT Can Answer All Your Questions
newest offering is an on-call service, Green Building Doctor, to help
you with all your green building, green home and LEED issues. Contact
Colleen Soden at 617-374-3740 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We'll be happy to
answer your questions.
New Integrated Retail Exhibit at NEXUS!
In case you missed last month's newsletter, NEXUS recently installed a 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.
NEXUS Open Hours During Holidays & Winter
NEXUS Open Hours
have resumed and are Monday-Wednesday, 12-3pm, Thursday from 12-7pm and
the Second Saturday of every month from 10am-2pm. NEXUS will be closing
at 5pm on January 22nd.
New England Facilities Expo 2009
New England Facilities
Expo is an exclusive event designed to attract building management
decision-makers. Known for 14 years as an annual showcase, attendees rely on the Facilities
Expo to access products and services to emphasize facility best practices.
This year features a special focus on "Managing Green Buildings," created
in response to the ever-growing push for facility managers to "green"
their buildings. These decision makers are looking for products that are
sustainable, energy-efficient, effective and low-maintenance.
information contact Sue Blumberg, Matt Leaf or Steve Northrop at 800.827.8009,
or visit www.FacilitiesExpo.com.
Thanks and keep up the great work to mainstream green!
Jim Newman, The USGBC MA Membership Forum
Caroline Havey, Emerging Green Builders Committee