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This is an exciting year for the USGBC MA Chapter! We have more events and programs planned than ever before, we're working with a diversity of partner organizations to serve our membership, we have committees forming in Worcester and Lake Hitchcock (Springfield/Amherst area) and we've got a great line up of candidates running for our Board of Directors.  


There is a lot of momentum and a lot of work to do. As a member of the Chapter, you play a very important role by helping us ensure our leadership is strong. If you haven't yet submitted your votes for the Board of Directors candidates, please do so today.  


Unfortunately, due to more inclement weather, we are postponing our Annual Member Meeting - originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 26th. This means that all votes need to be submitted electronically by the end of the day Wednesday Jan 26th!


Download a Ballot to vote for new Board members. This is a unique member benefit and we need your vote!


To learn more about the election process, visit our website.   


EPMA Design Competition - Sign Up Now!

Picture This: A Design-Build In Your Portfolio 

Show those prospective employers (or friends and colleagues) a photo of your idea constructed in the heart of Boston! 

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. The winner will have their design built on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. For more information, please see the EPMA website or contact the committee. 

Student & professional individuals or teams (up to three people) can register and compete.

January BLUG: Credential Maintenance Program

De-Mystifying the LEED AP CMP Requirements 

The new Credential Maintenance Program for LEED professionals is now about a year old. Have you completed your 30 hours of training? Have your colleagues? The clock is ticking.
Jennifer Cronan, from Jones Lang LaSalle Construction, will review the program requirements in detail and show you how Jones Lang LaSalle and other large firms in our industry have analyzed and simplified it. We will explore the many different opportunities for obtaining CMP hours and show you how to best take advantage of these opportunities. You will walk away from this session with ideas on how to get your credential maintenance hours completed easily, conveniently and without spending a lot of money!
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Boston Society of Architects/AIA
The Architects Building, 3rd floor conference room
52 Broad Street, Boston MA 02109-4301
This event is FREE.  Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
RSVP: Marie Nolan at

Networking Event for Planning and Design Professionals


Meet Massachusetts!  

Expand your network and prepare for new ventures in 2011. Meet and mingle with Massachusetts' planners and designers at the UMass Club in Boston with great people, light food and a cash bar. Come prepared to make new contacts for a successful year.

Hosted by:
USGBC MA Chapter
MA Chapter of the American Planning Association
MA Association of Consulting Planners
Boston Society of Architects
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
American Society of Interior Designers
International Furnishing and Design Association

Date: February 10, 2011
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: University of Massachusetts Club, Boston
225 Franklin Street, 33rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Price: $35


Register at:

Limited to 200 guests
Light food and a cash bar

Eco Tour of the Lenox Hotel

The Lenox Hotel

February EPMA Tour: The Lenox Hotel


Please join the USGBC Emerging Professionals Education Committee on Thursday, February 17, for an Eco Tour of the Lenox Hotel led by Tedd Saunders, President of EcoLogical Solutions Inc. and Chief Sustainability Officer of The Saunders Hotel Group.  He will be addressing the environmentally-friendly aspects of one of the leading sustainable hotels in Boston, along with giving the group a tour of the hotel.  After the event, we will be gathering at CityBar, in the lobby of the hotel, for networking and cocktail hour.  We hope to see you there!

Date: February 17th

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: 61 Exeter St,  Boston, MA 02116

Cost:  Students - FREE
USGBC MA Chapter Members - $5
Non-member - $10
RSVP: To register for the tour, please go to the Chapter website.


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Annual Earth Day Event with Special Guest Rick Fedrizzi


Innovation in Green Design Award 2011 


The USGBC MA Chapter is excited to announce the Fourth Annual Innovation in Green Design Award. The IGD Award was established to bring recognition to Massachusetts green building innovations. The two categories for this award are Building Construction and Product/Technology.  Now is the time to start thinking about a particular project you would like to enter in this competition.  More details on entering your designs in this competition will be announced in February. 

All submissions will be displayed at the USGBC MA Chapter's annual Earth Day Celebration and the winners will be announced and recognized at the event.

Save the Date: Fourth Annual Earth Day event with special guest, Rick Fedrizzi 


This year the Annual Earth Day event will have have special guest Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman of the USGBC.  It will also be the kick-off event for the Upper Northeast Regional Committee's 3rd Annual Leadership Summit.  Massachusetts is happy to welcome members from USGBC Chapters in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York Upstate, Connecticut and Rhode Island. 


The Earth Day celebration will be a gathering of the area's leading green architects, academics, scientists and community leaders and one of the most exciting aspects of the event is the recognition and awards ceremony for Massachusetts leading innovators in the embrace of green design and technologies. The event brings people together who share a common goal to learn, network and energize each other in our efforts to promote greener building practices and lifestyles.

This event will be on April 13th, so Save the Date!

Energy Planning for Today and Tomorrow

Reserve your spot today!



This free seminar will consist of an overview of "What's New?" and how this effects our buildings both existing and new, a quick look at the new energy code, and a practical approach to integrating electric & gas energy efficiency programs into everyday design and project planning to get beyond code, "green-up" and achieve significant energy savings.

Thank you to NGRID and all the attendees for a  making last night's event a success. If you were not able to attend or did not register in time,  you have another chance!

We have received a great deal of interest from our membership and will be offering another session sometime in February or March.  Secure your spot for the next event by emailing with "NGRID Waitlist" as the subject.

To learn more about this event, go to USGBC MA's website.

      USGBC Upper Northeast Region      "Drop In" Calls 

Switch Your Approach to Membership: What It Means to Be a Public-Benefit Charity

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: Switch Your Approach to Membership:
What It Means To Be A Public-Benefit Charity
Date: February 8, 2011;
Time: 12:15 - 12:45 pm (EST)
Presenter: Lisa Whited, USGBC Organizational Development Consultant.  Lisa will explain what the IRS 501c3 designation means and share how switching your
chapter's approach can grow your membership.

Event link
Event password: UNeRC2010!

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