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Innovation in Green Design Awards
EPMA Open House & Elections
BLUG: Cost of LEED
Upper Northeast "Drop-In" Calls
Lexon Hotel Tour Recap

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Community Events

Case Study: Sustainable Mixed Use Development in Historic Urban Areas

Hosted by: The Green Roundtable


Date: March 16th

Time: 12:30 - 2pm 

Where: 38 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA   

Learn more & register 


BSA Lecture Series: Jane Thompson, AICP: New Research on Design Research

Hosted by: The Boston Society of Architects


Date: March 16th 

Time: 6-8pm  

Where: Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston MA  

Free. Learn more.



Sustaining Ourselves & The Environment

Hosted by: The New England Chapter of the  International Foodservice Consultants Society


Date: March 21st

Time: 4-5pm 

Where: BCEC

Free. RSVP to:  

general@colburnguyette or  800 343-3310

Learn more & register 



2011 American Planning Association National Conference


Date: April 9-12

Where: Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Learn more & register 



ULI Member Lunch with Harriet Tregoning 

Hosted by: Urban Land Institute


Date: April 11th

Time: 11:45am  

Where: Brown Rudnick, 1 Financial Center, 18th floor, Boston, MA

Learn more & register   



2011 Tufts University Energy Conference

"Exploring Energy's Great Debate"  


Date: April 15-16

Where: Tufts - Cabot Intercultural Center, Medford, MA

Learn more & register 



NESEA Educators Events & Workshops  Hosted by: The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association


Date: Various dates and times

Where: New England

Learn more about NESEA's upcoming events  

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MARCH 2011



We hope you can join us for our rescheduled Meet USGBC Massachusetts networking event and Annual Meeting on March 24th at the Boston Architectural College.  Meet Chapter leaders, network and learn how we can help you become educated and connected!


In addition, attendees will have a chance to win a free annual membership to the MA Chapter.  


Meet USGBC Massachusetts Annual Meeting

Date: Thursday, March 24th

Time: 5:30-8:30pm

Location: Boston Architectural College  

320 Newbury Street, Boston, MA   

RSVP through the Chapter website.   


This event is Free. 
Appetizers and beverages will be served.


Feel free to invite your colleagues, friends and others who you think might want to become involved with the USGBC MA Chapter this year. You don't have to be a current member - just interested in learning more about the Chapter!


Innovation in Green Design Award  


Call for Entries: 4th Annual Innovation in Green Design Award


IGDA Consider submitting an entry to highlight your green project or technology.  All award project boards will be displayed at the Chapter's annual Earth Day Celebration (April 28th) and the winners will be announced and recognized at the event.  

Award Categories:

  • Innovative, high-performance building project 
  • Innovative, green product or technology

Learn more about the Award submission criteria and read about past winners.

Entries are due no later than April 7th!                         


Emerging Professionals Open House


EPMA Open House and Elections

EPMA Bike Tour, 2010


If you're in the green building field, interested in sustainability, or just want a fun group to join, EPMA is a great committee to get involved with. There are also several leadership opportunities available through EPMA, including EPMA Co-Chair, Design Competition Co-Chair, Events Chair, and EPMA Graphic Designer.  Stay tuned for more information on upcoming elections. 


Don't miss our Open House at the BSA, March 30th.   Join us to learn about the USGBC MA Chapter, the exciting events EPMA is planning for 2011, and new leadership opportunities.  A great opportunity to network as well. 

Date: March 30, 2011

Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Location: Boston Society of Architects, 52 Broad Street, 5th floor conference room, Boston, MA 02109

RSVP: Click here to register.


Light snacks and drinks will be provided. This event is Free.


APA-MA - A Partner in Sustainable Development 


The American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter and the USGBC MA,  Partners in Sustainable Development


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By: Neil Angus, AICP, LEED AP

Environmental Planner, Devens Enterprise Commission


As an active member of the American Planning Association - Massachusetts Chapter (APA-MA) and a member on the Board of Directors of USGBC MA, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce USGBC MA Chapter members to APA-MA.  


As the USGBC and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) suite of programs promote integrated design, I have always felt it was imperative for land use planners to be represented as an important part of the design and development process. From site planning, and regulatory reviews, to drafting legislation and policies that guide development patterns, planners play a key role in the development of the built environment and preservation of the natural environment. Both organizations share many similar goals and objectives in their quest for creating sustainable spaces and places and have much to gain from each other.


APA-MA is the official Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association, a national not-for-profit organization of professional planners and planning officials representing government, private sector and not-for-profit organizations. Like USGBC-MA, APA-MA, achieves their mission through the hard work of its numerous volunteers who share a passion for creating great places and spaces.


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March BLUG: The Cost of LEED 


How Much Does LEED Really Cost?Cost of LEED


Everyone wants LEED certification, but no one wants to pay more for it.  The presenters for March's BLUG were part of the team that studied local LEED projects and the cost of individual LEED credits and prerequisites for more than a year. The result was the publication, "The Cost of LEED, A Report on Cost Expectations to Meet LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations".


Come and hear about the methods used for the study, some of the projects that formed the basis of the study, which credits and prerequisites cost more, and which don't really cost anything at all.


Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Boston Society of Architects, 52 Broad Street, 3rd floor conference room, Boston, MA 02109

Click here to RSVP  

Presenters: Robert Andrews, P.E., CEA, LEED AP; AHA Consulting Engineers and Inga Leonova, LEED AP


Pizza and refreshments will be provided.


Upper Northeast Region "Drop In" Calls  

Successful Partnering With Other  Organizations 

The USGBC Upper Northeast Region is hosting a series of calls designed to get you the information you need to succeed with USGBC!

Topic: Successful Partnering With Other Organizations
Date: April 5, 2011; 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Presenter: Tracie Hall, Executive Director of New York Upstate USGBC Chapter.  Tracie will share two successful initiatives in which the New York Upstate Chapter has
engaged with other partners, sharing how to make partnerships work and "lessons learned."
Learn more about these calls.

Event link
Event password: UNeRC2010!

Lenox Green Building Tour - Recap

Fitchburg State students tour the Lenox's mechanical room

Did you miss the Lenox Hotel tour last month?  


Read the recap of the event, written by a Chapter member, John Bergdoll. 


As a proactive innovator, Tedd Saunders has established the Lenox Hotel as a proving ground for showcasing how environmental leadership is good for business, our environment, its hotel guests and the community.


Saunders explained how the Lenox has been able to strike the right balance of new sustainability measures by introducing and incorporating its environmental agenda in a gentle positive way rather than in a dogmatic fashion. To avoid overwhelming visitors and employees with an onslaught of green change, steady incremental changes and programs of sustainability initiatives have been implemented at a measured pace. Departmental incentives also serve as motivational drivers for management since performance impacts their internal scorecards.


Read the full Blog article.  


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