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March 2013 Newsletter

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Upcoming Events
2013 Green Building Competition
Call for Project Entries!

Regional Leadership Summit: You're invited!

April 18-19, 

E. Greenwich Rhode Island


Sign up today - it's a great conference!


The program starts Thursday night.


Friday starts with an address from Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.


Author and AIA Fellow Richard Saul Wurman is the Keynote speaker. Sessions throughout the day focus on organizational excellence, marketing, membership recruitment, energy, LEED, climate change, and more! 


Each year, volunteers and staff from the USGBC chapters across the northeast region gather for a summit. You can come join the fun and excellent networking opportunity. 


Learn more here


Become a Member


Help us accelerate change and further our mission to advocate, educate and promote sustainable development in Massachusetts.


Join as a member today!


 Organizations that share our goal of a more sustainable built environment should consider becoming a USGBC national member or partner of USGBC MA.   


Learn more here


Our Chapter Sponsoring Partners

National Grid

Boston Properties

Citizens Bank; Nitsch Engineering; AHA Consulting Engineers; Vidaris; P&G Gilette

NStar; Mark Richey Woodworking; Robinson & Cole; 
The Green Engineer, Inc.; Structure Tone; SMMA; New Buildings Institute; Sterritt Lumber

Looking for Volunteers 


The Chapter is looking for volunteers interested in getting involved.  Some of the areas we are looking for help in are: Chapter Website, Newsletter, Speakers Bureau, Membership Campaign, and Graphic Design.


If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Grey Lee 


Chapter Committees

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Special Events


Emerging Professionals (EPMA)


Green Schools 


Residential Green Building


Regional & Statewide Outreach 

Cap & Islands Group

Central MA Group


Western MA Branch  


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

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Attendees at last year's Earth Day Celebration enjoying the ceremonies!
March 2013



It has been a very busy month at the Massachusetts Chapter of the USGBC. Thank you for being part of our efforts to change the built environment.


April has more excitement: we have the big Earth Day Celebration and Awards Ceremony on the 10th, in downtown Boston. Tickets are going fast. I urge anyone who has recently completed a green design project to look at our Innovation in Green Design and our Best Green Building of the Year awards. I hope you will scroll through the past years' winners (below) in this newsletter - we have a good history of recognizing and supporting innovation in green design here at USGBC MA.


We are in the middle of the hiring process for our second full-time employee: the Green Schools Program Manager. This position, funded by the USGBC, will manage a series of programs to faciliate more green buildings in Massachusetts.


Our membership drive is going smoothly: We set a goal to bring in 100 new members before the Earth Day event.  We only need another 18 people to join - so if you've been listening but bashful about joining, please take the plunge! We want to grow this organization and our collective impact on the industry.


I hope to see you at some of our upcoming events. Take a look at our calendar to see our many opportunities to come together to learn and to socialize.


You can connect with us on facebook, through LinkedIn and tweeting @usgbcma - and connect with each other which may even be more fun! 


Thank you for your involvement!


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Upcoming Events
Remember to check our calendar of events regularly to see what's going on in our many locations throughout the state, sponsored by our many different committees. There's something for everyone!

[Cape & Islands] Green Building Tour: International Friends of Animal Welfare Headquarters - a LEED Gold building, designed by designLAB Architects. This is a joint event with BSA's Cape & Islands Group, GreenDrinks, USGBC MA, and IFAW.


When:       March 27th, 6-8 PM
Location:   290 Summer Street, Yarmouth PortMA 02675 

RSVP on the Chapter website  


[Metro Boston] Film Night with EPMA: "Biophilic Design: the

 Architecture of Life;" networking at the Queen's Head following the film showing.


When:       March 27th, 6:30-8:30 PM

Location:   Harvard Grad School of Design, Stubbins Rm 112, Cambridge MA 02138

RSVP on the Chapter website  



[Metro Boston] LEED Study Group:

 the first of a 6-course series, facilitated by experienced LEED pros! 


When:        April 4th, then 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9 from 5:45-7:30 PM 
Location:     281 Summer St, 5th Floor, Boston MA 02210

Sign up on the Chapter website  



Call for Entries - The 2013 USGBC MA Award Competition 

The call for entries is now open! Enter your most innovative and exciting projects or technologies. All submissions will be displayed at the Chapter's Earth Day Party, where the winners will be announced. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 29th at 5pm.  Click here

to learn more about the award categories.


We have three Categories this year:

Entry criteria and project submission requirements differ for the Innovation in Green Design Awards (IGDA) and the Massachusetts Green Building of the Year Award (MGBY). IGDA entries should be presented on a single 24" x 36" board of recycled or recyclable material. The MGBY award includes providing a 1-2 page executive summary and the project's current ENERGY STAR rating.

2012 Innovation in Green Design Awards 

Building Project: Blackstone South Facility at Harvard University, submitted by Harvard Green Building Services 


Building Project Honorable Mention: Grousbeck Center for Students and Technology at Perkins School for the Blind, submitted by Gund Partnership 


Building Project Second Honorable Mention: Castle Square Apartments, Tremont Street, Boston, submitted by the Castle Square Tenant's Organization, Inc. 


Technology/Product: Cambridge Public Library Double Wall Glass Facade, submitted by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. 


Technology/Product Honorable Mention: Drain Bricks Stormwater Harvest Technology for Urban Tree Planting, submitted by Richard Burck Associates 


Green Building Programs: Devens Sustainable Housing Project, Devens, Massachusetts, submitted by Devens Enterprise Commission 


Green Building Programs Honorable Mention: Boston Zoning Article 37, Green Buildings - City of Boston, submitted by the Boston Redevelopment Authority

2011 Innovation in Green Design Awards 

Building Project: Harvard Yard Childcare Center, submitted by Triumph Modular, Inc.

Building Project Honorable Mention: Weston Corporate Center, Deep Water Source Cooling, submitted by Boston Properties 


Technology/Product Co-winner: FreeStyle Flooring, submitted by SelecTech, Inc. 


Technology/Product Co-winner: City of Boston Green Roof Study, submitted by Arrowstreet

2010 Innovation in Green Design Awards 

Building Project: National Grid Headquarters, LEED Platinum, submitted by NGRID and Sasaki 


Building Project Honorable Mention: Saint Polycarp Village Apartments, submitted by Mostue & Associates 


Technology/Product: Net Zero Energy Training Program, submitted by The Green Roundtable/NEXUS

2009 Innovation in Green Design Awards 

Building Project: GreenLAB (Sasaki Offices), LEED Gold Existing Building certification, submitted by Sasaki Associates 


Honorable Mention: Our House for Design & Technology, submitted by Elton + Hampton Architects 


Honorable Mention: Energy Efficient Building Technologies

2008 Innovation in Green Design Awards 

Building Project: Artist for Humanity Building, LEED New Construction, Platinum certification,  submitted by Arrowstreet Architects 


Honorable Mention: Ulfelder Healing Garden, submitted by Halvorson Design Partnership 


Honorable Mention: Shawmut Employee Bike Initiative, submitted by Shawmut

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