We are delighted to announce that since the
last issue of this newsletter, the USGBC has sent its approval of the Forum's
application to become a Chapter! So, with great pleasure and excitement, we
announce the founding of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter. The 300+ members of
the Forum are now founding members of the Chapter, and will have access to a
new website which will be available online next month and other privileges
available to all Chapter members throughout the country.
Representation in every state is an
important goal for the USGBC and although an "Affiliate" status group
(through the Green Roundtable) has existed in Massachusetts for many years, the green
community here hasn't had an "official" state Chapter until now. The
new Chapter has as a goal to be inclusive of the entire state, and to reach out
beyond the world of design, construction, and development to engage as many as
possible of those who share our passion for sustainability.
The road to this point began two years ago
when the Forum was formed and since that time, progress has been steady and due
to the efforts of many dedicated members. Becoming a Chapter does not happen
quickly, and our national organization requires that each step be undertaken
thoroughly and in sequence. The team which brought us to this point has been
headed up by Leadership Councilor Bill Holland and his hardworking group with pro bono assistance from DLA Piper,
Attorneys. On behalf of the Board of
Directors of the new Chapter, thanks and congratulations go out to all who gave
their time and expertise to make this vision become a hard-won reality.
While the Green Roundtable will continue to
maintain a connection to the USGBC, one of the first things the new Chapter
should do is to offer our thanks and gratitude to the Green Roundtable for
their past and ongoing assistance and generosity. We expect to work together
with the GRT on many exciting future events and projects, be on the lookout for
So spread the word, build the buzz; the USGBC
Massachusetts Chapter has arrived!
Steve Benz, Chair and Bob Brooks, Vice
|Chapter News and Announcements
|Call for Chapter Board of Director Nominations
Are you interested in running for a Board of Directors position with the new US Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter?
Nominations are open. Consider taking a leadership position today!
to learn about the election timeline, qualification criteria and download the nomination form.
Sign up for 2010 Membership today!
The success of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter is a
reflection of the ever-increasing dedication and enthusiasm of our
volunteers, members and national member companies. The Board of Directors would
like to extend a heartfelt, "Thank You" for all of your support.
We couldn't have done it without you. As a volunteer driven organization, we look
forward to your participation, membership and sponsorship in
2010. Sign up for 2010 membership now
and be eligible to take part in the upcoming Board of Directors election.
|LEED for Subcontractors Workshop
by Peter Papesch, Chair of the Education Committee
November 5th, roughly 111 subcontractors and another 20 Forum
leaders, volunteers, and vendors descended on the Westwood Headquarters
of NSTAR for an innovative half-day
workshop aimed at providing subcontractors ﬁrst-hand experience in
ﬁlling out the LEED forms for Materials & Resources (MR), and for
Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ) credits during construction. MR
presenter (and Forum Leadership Council member) Bill Holland covered
the types of material credits, how credits are calculated, obtaining
information, and documentation.
EQ presenter Marie Nolan introduced the attendees to indoor air quality
and low-emitting materials. After each presentation, the subcontractors
split into 13 breakout table groups led by a table leader
with experience in helping subcontractors document LEED performance.
Jennifer Taranto discussing LEED documentation at one of the breakout tables.
|Kids Design A Sustainable Future
by Learning by Design in Massachusetts
Legacy projects for the American Association of Architects (AIA) and US
Green Building Council (USGBC), Learningby Design in Massachusetts
(LBD:MA) began envisioning what a curriculum on sustainable design
would be. Working
with the Boston Society of Architects and their
the Environment, we hosted visioning and curriculum development workshops attended by teachers, architects, engineers, faculty from colleges and
universities, and members of civic and community organizations. We
framework for a green/sustainable curriculum
for grades 5-8; and presented the work at national conventions for the AIA and
USGBC. Read more...
Image Credit: Learning by Design in Massachusetts
|Smart Growth in Massachusetts and Connecticut
by Karen Cullen and Angus Jennings - Concord Square Planning & Development
New England states have adopted innovative incentive-based legislation to
encourage zoning for high density residential and mixed-use development in
sensible locations. Both policies have stimulated significant local policy
reforms in support of "smart growth" development. However, amid all too common
fiscal woes, both programs are in danger of losing funding needed to support
Massachusetts Legislature adopted Chapter 40R "Smart Growth Zoning" in 2004 with
companion school cost insurance legislation (40S) approved in 2005. To date, thirty
40R Districts have been approved in 28 cities and towns providing as-of-right
zoning for over 10,000 units of housing, at least 20 percent to be affordable
to households earning less than 80% of area median income. Connecticut adopted similar
legislation in 2007 known as Home Connecticut, and the program has taken off
this year with nearly 50 municipalities pursuing funding for Incentive Housing
Zones. Read more...
Image Credit: Thorndike Development.
|LEED ND in Snowmass Village, Colorado
by Brendan McCluskey
A massive green project
underway in the Rocky Mountains. Snowmass Village, located near Aspen,
Colorado, is home to a multi-phase construction project that may
ultimately see the delivery of dozens of new LEED certified, Silver,
and possibly Gold buildings as well as pursuing the LEED New
Development designation for the greater village. Despite the current
economic downturn having slowed progress of this project for the time
being, developers Related Westpac and residents alike are excited about
this new green community at 8,100 feet above sea level. The new and
luxurious Viceroy Snowmass operates both residences and a hotel, and
opened this Thanksgiving weekend to much fanfare. The Viceroy is
anticipated to be the 2nd Silver rated hotel in Colorado. Just a few
weeks ago another building completed was officially awarded Silver
designation. Read more...