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December Newsletter
In This Issue
Member Recognition Event Recap
BOD Call for Nominations
Upcoming Education Programs
Greenbuild 2012 Recap
ABX 2012 Recap
UMass Medical School LEED Building

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December 2012



Best Wishes for the New Year from the MA Chapter of the US Green Building Council!


(A message from the new executive director)


I am thrilled to be able to work for you all! We are really looking forward to an awesome 2013. I have been hard at work since November, learning the ways and patterns of the Chapter and meeting a lot of wonderful and dedicated volunteers. 


Our committee volunteers have put together an awesome calendar of many educational, networking, and community-gathering events in the coming year. I have ambitious plans to leverage these programs to show green building professionals throughout the state our benefits. I want to grow our membership by 100 new people in the next three months, and I want to double our corporate and institutional partnerships next year.


Here's our press release from last month, with more details on my background.  


Working together, we can enhance this organization so we can have a greater influence on policy and market adoption of green building strategies going forward.


Thanks for participating in this great and good campaign to change the built environment. Thanks for sharing our mission to ensure that everyone works, lives, plays and studies in an environmentally beneficial green building.


I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event or program!


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Member Recognition Event Recap


Over 80 Chapter members came together last week for our annual Member Appreciation Event!  We were able to catch up with old friends, make new connections and welcome new people into the fold. A relaxed atmosphere, open bar, and wonderful appetizers from Season to Taste (caterers out of Cambridge). Right at our base of operations at Space with a Soul, just across the channel from South Station in the Seaport.

And the winners of our various Member Awards were:
- Most Likely to Send an Email at 3AM: Carrie Havey
- Most Likely to Take Recycling Home from the Office: 
  Dee Spiro
- Most Likely to Be Completely Off the Grid in a Year:         Laura Fitch
- Advocate of the Year: Kathleen Arthur
- Educator of the Year: Chris Schaffner
- Mentor of the Year: Jim Newman
- EPMA Rising Star: Laurel Kruke and Javier Burgos

AND, we had a special mention to our awesome previous Chapter Operations Manager, Suzanne Abbott, now at Vidaris. She showed up in style and managed to score the biggest contribution of the night - a $1000 partnering sponsorship from Jack Mackin at green products supplier Sterritt Lumber. Thank you Suzanne, and thank you Jack!

The night also meant the community had a chance to give back. We brought in $667 for the Downey Elementary School in Brockton. We have partnered with the school as they have been working on greening the facility and engaging the students, and we want to continue to support their efforts.
Board of Directors - Call for Nominations

Are you interested in running for a Board of Directors position with the U.S. Green Building Council, Massachusetts Chapter? In general, a Director is expected to uphold the principles upon which the Chapter is founded;
act as a steward of the organization in all respects; provide oversight of the Chapter's relationships and activities; and maintain the solvency of the Chapter.

The membership of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter will elect up to six members to two year terms on the Board of Directors to join the nine continuing directors. Voting members are encouraged to consider diversity of membership categories and of geographic regions as well as skills, experience and commitment when nominating candidates.

Completed Nomination forms must be received by January 9, 2013.

Go to our website to learn more ...

Upcoming Education Programs 


CERT 200: LEED Certification - Summary and Overview Documentation
Jan 16, 5pm at Space with a Soul at 281 Summer St in Boston

Live Roundtable:
2030 in 2013: Where are you?
[In partnership with the Sustainable Performance Institute]
Jan 17, 12pm at Cannon at 100 Cambridge St, Boston


Greenbuild 2012 Recap


This year over 24,000 people attended Greenbuild in San Francisco, including many members of the USGBC MA Chapter.  Chris Schaffner, LEED Fellow and founder of The Green Engineer, LLP shares some thoughts on this year's Greenbuild.

My Greenbuild highlight: Friday morning I got to ask two of my heroes, Alex Wilson and Bob Berkebile, a question at the end of their Vision 2020 session. I wondered, given the enormous task in front of us, and the slow rate of change, how they stayed optimistic, how they got out of bed in the morning.


ABX 2012 Recap


by Paul Brown


ABX is the annual building and design trade fair formerly known as "Build Boston," and was held this year on Nov. 14, 15 and 16. Educational opportunities at ABX abound. In your planning for next year, these workshops, tours and other learning opportunities should not be missed. Workshops at this year's event were organized by day and by "track".

Courses included many green building topics, such as: The pros and cons of green roofs for the nation's largest property owner. The GSA recently commissioned a study on the benefits and challenges of green roofs on federal and commercial buildings. This session discussed these benefits and challenges, as well as an approach to valuing the social, economic and environmental factors involved. The study includes a cost benefit analysis of different sized green roofs, quantifying capital costs and maintenance costs, as well as more qualitative benefits that are often harder to define.

ABX 2013: Call for Proposals
Do you have ideas for the ABX 2013 Conference Program? The submission deadline is March 31, 2013.

UMass Medical School - New LEED Building

Ambulatory Care Center Earns LEED Silver


The University of Massachusetts Medical School Ambulatory Care Center has earned LEEDŽ Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 253,000 SF Ambulatory Care Center earned LEED Silver through optimal site utilization of resources, prudent energy efficient design and a particular focus on the interior materials and environmental quality.  


"A clear advantage of the design build process used on the Ambulatory Care Building project was an integrated team approach to all aspects of design and construction. This integration allowed the team to prioritize options and make well-informed decisions reflecting a commitment to good design, sustainability, and responsible building stewardship. The process led to a building that we are all very proud to have played a role in shaping. Congratulations are particularly due to Consigli Construction for the quality of their leadership on this project."
-- Milly Baker, Architect, Payette  


USGBC MA Has a New Blog!

USGBCMA has launched a blog! We will be highlighting our members, their achievements, and all the great things happening in the green community in Massachusetts. Look for Spotlights to learn about your fellow members; announcements of gatherings happening around town, sponsored by the Chapter and not, and recaps of what happened at them; celebrations when members have great things to share including; announcements when members are presenting at conferences; and expert information so members can share their knowledge with us. Go to to see what is going on!

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