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In This Special "Green Jobs" Edition
GRT Events: LEED Test Prep, Green Roofs, Showcase
Forum Events: LEED Regionalization Credits
Feature Article: Green Economy
Event Highlights: Green Careers Night, Exhibitor Showcase
Advocacy Alert: ARRA of 2009
USGBC News: The Future of Green Jobs
What's New at GRT: LEED Test Prep, New Exhibit Designer
Get Involved at NEXUS
Cool Down Your Cooling Bills
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After a particularly harsh winter, we may soon be bemoaning soaring temperatures as we enter the cooling season.
Join us for "NEXUS Second Saturday: Keeping Your Cool," an overview of lifestyle choices, products and design strategies that may affect your success in keeping cool this summer (and beyond) without undue strain on your budget or the planet. THIS SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10am-2pm. Register here.
GRT Events
MAY 20
MAY 27
JUNE 20 
Location TBD
*All events are held at NEXUS unless noted otherwise. Learn more about these and other GRT events.
The Forum & EGB Events
MAY 12
MAY 14, 28, JUNE 11
MAY 19
ULI Offices
MAY 21
MAY 26
 MAY 26
Location TBD

*Learn more about The Forum events and EGB events.
Cambridge, MA
MAY 11
Boston Public Library
MAY 12
Boston, MA
MAY 16
Dedham, MA
MAY 16
Somerville, MA
Boston Marriot Long Wharf, Boston, MA
Invest in 1st Triple Bottom Line Bank: 5,000 Investments Available Until October
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Learn more 
Bay State Bike Week
State Recognizes Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education
Devens Sustainable Housing RFQ
Solar Power Purchasing Agreements
Let Our Towns Build Green
Support High-Performance Building Education

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Visit NEXUS When You're in Boston
Visit NEXUS Green Building Resource Center in Downtown Boston at 38 Chauncy St, 7th Floor, Boston, MA.
Click here for directions to NEXUS. NEXUS is open during the following hours:
  • Monday-Wednesday: 12-3pm
  • Thursday: 12-7pm
  • Second Saturday of the month: 10am-2pm
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Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community Newsletter
May 2009 -- Green Jobs Edition

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), USGBC Massachusetts Membership Forum (The Forum) and Emerging Green Builders Committee (EGB). This is a special "Green Jobs" edition, highlighting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, USGBC's Take on Green Jobs, a special editorial by Barbra Batshalom on the rapidly-changing green economy and more.

Announcing NEXUS' newest Exhibitor Showcase May 27th from 3-7pm please join The Green Roundtable for drinks, food and green products and services. Highlights include:
-Unveiling of our interactive green kitchen exhibit,
-Products ranging from low-VOC adhesives to green roofs to infrared technology,
-Best practices for designing sustainable commercial interiors, and
-Networking opportunities. 
Green gifts offered to the first 60 registrations

Register to attend, sponsor or exhibit here.
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Feature Article
Green Economy -- Tranforming Society, Industry and Economy

by Barbra Batshalom, Tthe Green Roundtable
Those of you who are reading this article have likely been part of the sustainability movement for some time. For us, the concept of a "green economy" is not a new one, and the (almost) sudden reality of national dialogue based on that framework is as radical as it is inspiring.
Read the full article
"Green Economy -- Transforming Society, Industry and Economy."
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Event Highlights
Modeling Workshop a Success, Sold Out Green Careers Networking Night 
On April 23rd, Chris Schaffner (The Green Engineer) delivered the USGBC's "Using Energy Modeling on LEED Projects" workshop to two dozen architects, engineers, contractors and others. Participants came away with a better understanding of how to use energy modeling as a design tool in the integrated design process and LEED certification process. Learn more here. GRT will host a "How to use eQuest" training in June and the USGBC workshop again this fall. Email Aaron to express your interest and reserve a spot in these trainings.
Later that night, GRT and EBC's Young Environmental Professionals (YEPs) hosted the "Green Careers Networking Night" for 85 career changers, job seekers and recruiters to learn about LEED, LEED Accreditation and opportunities in the green building field. Becky Owens (VHB) and Meredith Elbaum (Sasaki) spoke to their experience as LEED AP's, LEED project experience and sustainability initiatives they've led in their firms. GRT staff also gave tours of NEXUS all night.
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Sasaki, Elton + Hampton and EEBT Win Design Awards

By Carrie Havey, Emerging Green Builders

The Second Annual Earth event was held at the LEED-Platinum certified Genzyme building in Cambridge on April 16th.  The event was a great success, attended by more than 200 of New England's green design advocates.  The night included the announcement of the winners of the 2009 Innovation in Green Design Award, a cocktail reception and tours of Genzyme Center. Competition results: 1st Place Winner Sasaki Associates for "Chase Mills." Honorable mentions to Elton + Hampton Architects for "Our House" and EEBT for "Affordable Energy Efficient Housing." Thank you to our platinum Earth Day sponsors Behnisch Architekten and Buro Happold.
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Advocacy Alerts
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 
By Michael R. Davis, Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. and Patricia Burke, The Green Roundtable
Our mission, to transform the design and construction industry by mainstreaming green building and sustainable design, is inextricably connected to the economics of building. Since the founding of The Green Roundtable in 1998, our effectiveness in this transformation has been aided by a generally strong real estate market. Similarly, important recent policy shifts from our municipal and state governments towards more stringent regulation on building energy use and sustainable design planning principles have, too, been bolstered by a sense that real change is possible and, in fact, desired.
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The Future of Green Jobs

By Carrie Havey, Emerging Green Builders

USGBC- While the government is working to rebuild our economy through the economic recovery package, the USGBC is focused on supporting the implementation of the federal investment in green and energy efficient building.  The building industry makes up 14.7% of the U.S. GDP and uses 40% of our nation's energy.  Greening the country's existing buildings would result in an estimated saving of $160 billion in energy costs while creating green jobs.  This could be a great boost in our economy. 
Read the full article "The Future of Green Jobs."
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What's New at GRT?
Saturday Green Remodeling, Field Trips, LEED Education and GRT In The News
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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, communities and lifestyles. "What's New at GRT" keeps you up to date about the innovative services and resources we offer.

Studying for the current LEED AP exam? Want to know exactly how to pass? GRT is offering its last "Immersion LEED AP Test Prep Training" designed to provide you the tools and resources to pass the exam. The training will take place the afternoons of May 11, 13, 18 and 20 from 1-5pm at NEXUS. Register here. Read testimonials:
Just wanted to thank you and everyone else who taught the course- I passed Friday, despite my somewhat haphazard study plan (none).  Your preparation was excellent.  
I just wanted to write to say thanks to you and everyone at Nexus, I passed my Commercial Interiors test the first time!
After a particularly harsh winter, we may soon be bemoaning soaring temperatures as we enter the cooling season. Join us for "NEXUS Second Saturday: Keeping Your Cool-Energy Efficient Cooling Strategies for Owners and Renters," an overview of lifestyle choices, products and design strategies that may affect your success in keeping cool this summer (and beyond) without undue strain on your budget or the planet. You can also sign up for a FREE Green House Doctor consultation while you're here. THIS SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10am-2pm. Register here.
Eliana Strauss, who earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, works with NEXUS exhibit sponsors to design and develop integrated educational exhibits. She most recently worked at Rebuilding Together Oakland as a marketer and fundraiser for residential and nonprofit rebuilding projects. Prior to that, Eliana worked at Amaze Design, Inc. designing interactive and interpretive exhibits for museums, zoos and visitor centers. Eliana's interest in green building and product design attracted her to GRT where she can visually communicate educational green building concepts through exhibit design.
Interested in supporting our educational programming? Sponsor an educational session at NEXUS! Our event programming reaches design professionals and the general public and helps us to offer our in-depth information about green building at low to no cost. Email Andrea to sponsor.
Since 1998, USGBC has evolved the LEED Rating System from one rating system focused on commercial office design and construction to a broad portfolio for Building Design and Construction (BDC), building Operations and Maintenance(O+M), Interior Design and Construction (IDC), Homes, Core and Shell (CS), Healthcare, Retail, Schools and Neighborhood Development (ND). As the field continues to grow, GRT will continue to offer educational program in these rating systems. Email Aaron which LEED Rating System(s) you're interested in learning about. Check out GRT's free LEED 2009 resources.
Sponsored Conferences
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Alternative Energy & Building Efficiency Conference & Exhibition
Alternative Energy & Building Efficiency Conference & Exhibition is being held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, May 18-20, 2009. It is the Northeast's event for bringing the alternative energy and energy efficient industries together. For more information please visit our website at , or email us at
New England Building & Facilities Management Expo
ProExpos Group is proud to again produce the 4th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference on June 10 and 11 in Boston. The 2009 show will offer a wide array of products and services necessary to the operation, management and maintenance of all types of buildings and facilities in the Greater New England region.  
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GreenBuildingsNY on June 16-17 is the place to source green solutions and materials for the design, construction, restoration, renovation and historical preservation of existing commercial, residential and industrial buildings.  Discover how a smart investment on environmental and sustainability improvements can deliver 20-40% risk-free ROI.  Register today at for free exhibit hall admission!

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Aaron Desatnik, The Green Roundtable
Jim Newman & Brendan Shea, USGBC MA Membership Forum
Carrie Havey, Emerging Green Builders Committee

Get involved with the Massachusetts Sustainable Building Community by joining the USGBC Massachusetts Membership Forum or donating to NEXUS Green Building Resource Center.