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Annual Meeting
Elections Now Open
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Speaker Panel: Energy Efficiency Requirements
We're Hiring
Thanks to Departing Board Members
Castle Square Apartments-LEED Platinum

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Come for a solid immersion in LEED for those studying for the GA or AP exam. 6 GBCI LEED-specific credit hours in one fell swoop!

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USGBC MA Hires Communications Associate

The Chapter has taken another big step forward by hiring our first paid intern, Zak Patten, as a Communications Associate. Zak is already hard at work enhancing our communications capacity and working on improving the chapter contact database. You can read a quick bio on Zak at our blog, and can send him ideas on how to connect better with you at communications!     
January 2013



With the New Year, I am thankful for many things, mostly the ongoing commitment of our volunteers who maintain our steady presence as an organization through our many committees. We have regular webinars, study groups, exam prep, and networking events because committed volunteers make it all happen. This is a thriving organization with a lot of ways for people to support our mission to make every building a green building. Just take a look at our calendar to see what's coming up!


I hope to see many of you at the Annual Meeting this coming Monday the 28th (See below).


I would like to ask the some of you who are getting this but are not actually Members to consider joining this year. I have launched a Membership Drive - well, this is the "soft launch" and the formal announcement will be at the 1/28 event. I want 100 new members before our Earth Day Celebration! You could be part of the energy here!


Once again, let me thank the many volunteers who make this organization come alive. We have so much good going on - out in the West Branch, in Central Mass, and also based in Boston. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event or program!


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Annual Meeting This Monday! 


Come out on Monday 1/28 from 5:30-7:30 for a good time. We'll be at Payette, 290 Congress St. in downtown Boston.


We anticipate a quite lively event - lots of people to catch up with, but also an informative program of events:

  • Presentation from Brian Swett on Boston's Energy Disclosure Ordinance
  • Mini-pitches from our various Committees
  • and the final opportunity to vote for our Board
We'll have a lot of appetizers and a cash bar. We are always looking for people to just take a little baby step toward getting involved - nothing major. You can ask current volunteers what they are into, and how you might be able to do one thing sometime this year to help us with our mission. Maybe help at a future event, maybe attend an advocacy workshop, maybe volunteer during our Green Apple Day. There are a lot of ways to help us build on our momentum to make every building a green building.

I look forward to seeing you on the 28th!

Elections Open now: Board of Directors

Thank you to the many candidates who are running for our Board! There are 11 candidates for 7 positions. All the candidates are well qualified to support our mission. We hope every member will read through the candidate statements and select the candidate you believe will most help our organization move forward. If you are a member and did not receive and emailed link to the online voting platform, please let us know at

Go to our website to read more ...


Upcoming In-Person Webinars:


January 31, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Integrative Process: Closing the Gaps between Design, Construction, Operations & Maintenance
Location: 51 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

January 24, 2013, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Reuse  

Location: Beals + Thomas, 144 Turnpike Road, Southborough, MA 01772   


Panel: New Energy Efficiency Requirements, Incentives and Tools


Flip the Switch: [A program from NAIOP]
  • How can owners of existing properties prepare?
  • What will developers of new buildings need to consider?
  • What are the associated costs and what incentives are available?
  • Are there technologies to improve and monitor energy efficiency?
  • How will leases be impacted?
When: January 31st, 2013 7:15 AM through 9:00 AM
Location: 290 Congress St, Fort Point Room, 2nd Fl, Boston, MA  
RSVP: Via the Chapter website   

We're Hiring!


Green Schools Program Manager


The USGBC has awarded our Chapter a strategic investment grant to hire a Green Schools-focused staff position. We'll be discussing the opportunity among other things at Thursday's Green Schools Committee meeting at our offices. We welcome your ideas, within this basic framework:

1. Coordinate a "Green Schools Coalition" for the state, bringing together stakeholders to coordinate action and build on existing inertia. We want every school in the state to be a green school.

2. Establish a LEED Education & Practice Program to push LEED education (study groups) into more university and community college settings, to build both facility staff & administrators and students' proficiency with LEED and green building principles.

3. Manage a "Green Schools Project Matching Service" to link students and professionals willing to volunteer on green building projects with green schools projects across the state, helping enable schools to go green with any new construction plans.

Thanks to Departing Board Members! 


We have to send along a thank you to the individuals who have given their time and dedication over the past years as members of our Board and founders of USGBC MA.


Thanks to Pat Cornelison and Bob Brooks who have been with USGBC MA since its inception over four years ago! Bob is one of the "behind the scenes" volunteers who kept the leadership energized and made things happen! He was always involved in planning several initiatives at a time, everything from The Innovation in Green Design Award to Regional Council to the Deeper Green Symposiums. Pat has been a proponent of USGBC MA expanding to other parts of the state and we will miss her as our representative to the Regional and Statewide Outreach efforts. We thank her for her time and for her willingness to shift her work to focus on tactical maneuvers with the Communications Committee, specifically, supporting our website redesign.


Also stepping off the Board this year, Andrea Atkinson and Carl Fletcher deserve a big thank you. Andrea and Carl brought non-profit management experience to the Board establishing the USGBC MA in the green building marketplace. Thanks to Andrea for her dedication to strategic planning and membership development and to Carl for bringing new ideas and perspectives to the organization. Andrea promises to stay involved in between running her private practice in sustainability and being a new mom.

Thanks again to these four dedicated leaders who have helped transform USGBC MA from the Affiliate of Green Roundtable to an independent non-profit making great impacts in the green building industry across Massachusetts.
Castle Square Apartments achieves LEED for Homes Multifamily Platinum Certification

Castle Square Apartments - Boston, MA


Castle Square Apartments has been awarded LEED for Homes Multifamily Platinum Certification, the highest green building rating offered by the U.S. Green Building Council, after completing one of the nation's largest deep energy retrofits of an existing affordable housing community.


Located on Tremont St., in the city's South End and built in the 1960s, Castle Square Apartments is a 540,000 s/f mixed-use property comprised of 500 affordable apartment units and 20,000 s/f of retail space. LEED Platinum was awarded upon completion of the two-year renovation.   


Castle Square is a project of the Castle Square Tenants Organization, Inc. (CSTO), in partnership with WinnCompanies, who are joint owners.



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