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LEED for Subs
Greenbuild in Chicago
Build Boston
Establishing Local Branches
Winner of the Hanley Award
Reduce your Carbon Footprint
Advocacy - Get Involved!
Credential Maintenance
National Elections Open
Chapter Committees

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Deeper Green

Regional & Statewide Outreach







Emerging Professionals (EPMA)

To find out more about the committees and how to get connected, go to our website or send an email to

The draft of the LEED 2012 rating system has been released. There is currently a public comment period that will end on December 31, 2010 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Respondents are encouraged to submit comments on individual credits and include recommendations for resolving any identified concerns. Recommendations could include ways to improve the practicality of the criteria for a specific credit, or ways to clarify the language of a specific requirement.

Some of the biggest changes are new categories - Integrated Process, Location and Transportation, and Performance. 

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Chapter Eventsevents

December Recognition and Awards Event

Save the date for the Member Recognition Event.  Come together with Chapter members and volunteers to celebrate all that we have accomplished in the last year and recognize those who have gone above and beyond. This first annual Recognition and Awards event is free and open to all current Chapter members and volunteers. In addition, we are using this event to give back to our community and we encourage all attendees to bring  new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots.

If you are a member or active volunteer, please RSVP on our website. If you are not currently a member but have been thinking about joining, this is the time to do so. You can join online after you create a user account with our site. Click here to become a Member!

Appetizers and drinks will be served.

When: December 7th 5:30 PM - 8:30PM
Award ceremony starts at 6:30pm
Location: Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Sauciety Restaurant & American Grill, 425 Summer Street, Boston

December BLUG:
Using FSC Wood
Products to Achieve
MRc7 Credit

The debate within the Green building community on the "exclusivity" of FSC certification and
MR credits has come to a tipping point. Jack Mackin of Sterritt Lumber Co will speak about the latest updates on the proposed benchmark changes that are out for consensus vote and best practices for achieving MRc7 credit for your LEED project.

When: December 8th
6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Boston Society
of Architects/AIA
The Architects Building,
3rd floor conference
room, 52 Broad Street, Boston
Cost: FREE
RSVP: Marie Nolan, Education Committee

Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

EPMA Events

Design Competition: Design Solutions to Environmental Needs
This winter, USGBC Emerging Professionals of MA, in parternship with Youthbuild Boston and the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is hosting the "New Urban Tree" Design-Build Competition. Primarily, as environmental stewards, the competition challenges the design and engineering community to conceptualize a non-
biological design solution to the crisis of shrinking tree cover in metropolitan areas. Through biomimicry,
the "New Urban Tree" will replicate the spatial and environmental function of a tree. Registration is now open and submissions
will be accepted through February 11, 2011. For more information, please see the EPMA website or contact the committee.

Founding Sponsors

Is your company interested in being a Founding Sponsor of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter?

All Chapter sponsors joining in 2010 will be known as Founding Sponsors! Click here to find out the benefits you'll receive as a Chapter sponsor.

Our Chapter Founding Sponsors

Platinum: Baldwin/Clancy/Rogan Advertising; National Grid; DLA Piper.

Gold: NEXUS; Boston Properties; Sasaki.

Silver: AHA Consulting Engineers; K&L Gates.

Bronze: Lutron; Citizens Bank; Structure Tone; Mark Richey Woodworking; Margulies Perruzzi Architects; Robinson & Cole.

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This month's newsletter brings you information on Greenbuild and Build Boston, along with news from Chapter Committees, updates from USGBC national, and upcoming Chapter Events
LEED for Subcontractors - Sign Up Now!

Join the Massachusetts Chapter of the US Green Building Council on November 30, 2010 from 7AM to 1PM at National Grid Headquarters in Waltham for an in-depth discussion and hands-on exercises related to LEED procedural and documentation requirements for Materials & Resources credits and Indoor Air Quality credits.  Active participation in group exercises and discussions will maximize your understanding of these two, often complex and challenging, LEED credit categories and help streamline your role in the integrated design and construction of high performance green buildings.  This workshop is being sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGC), Associated Builders & Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC) and the Associated Subcontractors of Massachusetts (ASM).
When: Tuesday, November 30th from 7:00AM - 1:00 PM
Where: National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA
Cost: USGBC MA Chapter Member - $100.00*
Non-Member -  $125.00
Join USGBC MA Chapter and Attend -  $165.00
*AGC, ASM and ABC Members qualify for member rate
Register at:
Details: Workshop approved for 6 GBCI Continuing Education Units. Registration limited to the first 80 people. Lunch will be provided. 

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Greenbuild 2010 - Chicago
Nov. 17-19, 2010

Geenbuild 2010 will be in Chicago's McCormick Place West, but with twice as much space as Greenbuild 2007. The theme for this year is Generation Green: Redefining Our Future.  General Colin L. Powell will be the Opening Keynote Speaker and the Honorable Shaun Donovan and Paul Hawken will give keynote addesses at the Closing Plenary. 

Chapter-Specific Activities: Check out Making the Most of Greenbuild 2010 for tips about chapter-related events including the Chapter Forum, the Chapter Leader Recognition Party at the House of Blues, relevant educational sessions and more.

EPMA, don't miss: Emerging Professionals Educational Session featuring the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition Winners, 4:00 - 5:30 PM on Wednesday and Students & Emerging Professionals Master Speaker Mitchell Joachim at 4:00 PM on Thursday.

Chicago was one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other. There are 5 LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) pilot projects in the State of Illinois and  Chicago's Merchandise Mart (LEED EB - Silver)  is the largest LEED certified commercial building in the world.

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Build Boston 
November 17-19 Seaport World Trade Center

Attend Build Boston this year and chose from over 200 workshops and other professional-development opportunities. Earn all your continuing-education credits and AIA LUs in three short days.  And take advantage of workshop tracks covering all aspects of the design and construction industry.

There will be more than 250 exhibitors highlighting the lastest technologies and building and construction materials.  Whether you are a contractor, engineer, specifier, or architect, you will find what you are looking for.

Build Boston is excited to introduce the first annual Innovation Pavilion - a venue for new and innovative products to join the established event. Products showcased in this new feature area have been in the marketplace for less than three years.

Pecha Kucha delivers a presentation format based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It's a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps ideas moving at an exciting pace.

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By: Peter Gorer, Pat Cornelison and Mark Webster.

MemberRaSOCs of the Board of Directors and the Regional and Statewide Outreach Committee (RaSOC) of USGBC MA have recently met with two groups of Chapter members living and working in the Worcester and Amherst areas. The visits were arranged to provide an opportunity to explore approaches to strengthen the relationship of the Chapter to groups outside of the greater Boston area. The discussions covered ideas for creating localized educational and networking opportunities and other means to attract and support members in all areas of the state. Over the past year these two Branch Interest Groups (BIGs) have been working with RaSOC to define steps towards the goal of establishing local branches of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and anticipate establishing branch status in 2011.

RaSOC is looking for opportunities to meet with Chapter members in other parts of the Commonwealth, including the North and South Shore communities, the Cape and Islands, to explore similar goals of providing networking, activities and support for local sustainable design communities. Individuals interested in exploring the formation of a group in their area are encouraged to contact Mark Webster, Chair of the Chapter's Regional and Statewide Outreach Committee or any Chapter Board Member.

Alex Wilson Wins the Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing
Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreenAlex Wilson, has been chosen to receive the 2010 Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. As USGBC President and CEO, Rick Fedrizzi says, "Wilson was paying attention to how the built environment affects people and the planet 30 years ago." The award will be presented to Alex at Greenbuild in Chicago. Mr. Wilson is also featured in a video - The Round Table Talks - that will be shown at the Greenbuild Film Festival.

Wilson founded Environmental Building News in 1992 as the first publication in North America devoted to green building. Now in its 19th year, EBN has never taken advertising, a fact relished by its thousands of subscribers who appreciate its unbiased and independent thinking. Wilson has set a standard that the rest of the green building movement has worked to live up to - putting true environmental benefit, supported by data, over marketing and hype. BuildingGreen supports the USGBC MA Chapter with discounts on publications for Chapter members.

Greenvans for Greenbuild
By Mike Higgins, LEED Green Associate

USGBC's Greenbuild 2010 International Conference and Expo marks the 9th consecutive year that attendees can help 'green their travel' by purchasing emissions offsets. The expo houses more than 1,000 vendors. If you were a vendor flying from Boston with a sack of wares weighing about as much as you, there would be around 2,000 lbs - close to a ton! - of CO2 freshly flung across the friendly skies, out to Chicago and back to where you started from. Relax, you can feel good about all the spruce trees that might be planted in honor of your attendance at Greenbuild, but is there any way to avoid the need for offsets to begin with?  One option, rent from Greenvans.
Running on vegetable oil after warming up on biodiesel, Greenvans' comfortable 7, 12 and 15 passenger vans boast a range of 2,000 miles, good for a Boston-Chicago roundtrip, pulling a trailer that stores your luggage and expo gear in one compartment, and a vegetable oil reserve tank and refueling system in the other. Just pull over to a safe spot, fuel up the van with the hose and nozzle from the trailer, button it up and get back on the road. Greenvans is Boston-based and has been making happy customers out of touring bands since 2008. Less the screaming fans, their model fits well for a green business vendor on the conference and expo circuit. Their pricing will make you happy too. And don't worry about 'greening your travel', running on vegetable oil is carbon-neutral already!

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Going to Greenbuild? Get Involved in Advocacy!
By Carmen Donohue

As anyone who follows politics knows, we in Massachusetts are fortunate to be represented by elected officials who are receptive to the principles of the green building movement.  However, with such opportunity comes great responsibility in that environmentally progressive policy changes at the federal level will be slow and incremental at best.  But we can still educate the Massachusetts Delegation to be the best leaders in Washington that they can be.

Learn more about green building policy and advocacy at USGBC's advocacy page.  For instance, Massachusetts has a Green Schools Caucus up on Beacon Hill... we just need to go visit the Members to thank them, encourage them, and offer our expertise when they need it.  Please check out the information on the recent 2010 Green Schools State Legislative Summit to learn more. 

If you are going to Greenbuild, please consider checking out the Government & Policy Sector activities. You might take some time to stop by the Advocacy kiosk in the Social Networking Lounge and/or one of the Advocacy presentations.  The more people in the Chapter that have Advocacy skills and instincts, the more public decision-makers we can reach.  Come back inspired and ready to volunteer!
USGBC Upper Northeast Region "Drop In" Calls

December: Credential Maintenance Q & A
The USGBC Upper Northeast Region is hosting a series of calls designed to get you the information you need to succeed with USGBC!

These calls are for all chapter members in the seven states within the Upper Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York Upstate, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.) The format is a brief presentation followed by time for questions, answers, comments and sharing. There will be a 30 minute call every other month, with a different topic each time.  

Topic: Credential Maintenance Q & A
When: December 7, 2010; 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Presenters: Marta Alstadt, of Atelier Ten and Arnold Kee, Continuing Education Manager of GBCI. Marta will present her "Road Map to Credential Maintenance" and Arnold will answer your questions about the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP).

Event link
Event password: UNeRC2010!

Elections Now Open: National Board of Directors

The USGBC National Boardof Directors election period is currently open and runs through December 3, 2010. Voting is conducted online and only employees of USGBC national member organizations may vote.  Please note however that this year proportional voting is being used which means that as an employee of a national member organization your vote COUNTS!  Each member organization has one vote.  In the proportional voting system, each employee has an opportunity to contribute their voice to that one vote. In order to be eligible to cast a vote you must have a USGBC site user account linked to your national member company ID.  You may acquire your member company ID from the main USGBC point of contact for your organization.  You may sign up for a site user account here.

Please take a moment to learn more about the nominees and cast your ballot here.

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