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This Wednesday - Architecture 2030 Challenge: a networking gathering...

Have you heard of the 2030 challenge? Have you asked yourself what does the AIA 2030 commitment mean to me? Join us for an interactive discussion that will include an overview of the 2030 Challenge, and highlight specific reporting requirements, metrics, and case studies to help explain how this movement affects all of us in the building community.

Please join the USGBC MA and the Young Professionals in Energy Boston Chapter as they co-host this exciting event with presenter Jim Stanislaski. As an architect with Gensler, Co-Chair of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Committee on the Environment, and participant on the National Architecture 2030 Advisory Board, Jim will be able to provide all attendees with insight into the 2030 challenge.

Leigh Anne Mays with Guardian Industries, our sponsor for this event, will speak about Guardian's focus on the Net Zero 2030 guidelines and initiatives by improving the energy performance of glazing products through new technologies.

When: Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 290 Congress St, BSA Space, Boston, MA
RVSP: On the Chapter website
Cost: Free

POSTPONED: Building Smarter Buildings! Connecting Tenant and Landlord Incentives

Postponed: Building Smarter Buildings, originally for 5/9/13 at Suffolk University, has had to be re-scheduled. We expect to finalize a new date within the next week - for sometime in September. Please check back on our website to track the new development.

Meet our New Green Schools Program Manager

Meet our new Green Schools Program Manager: Stephen Muzzy! Steve will be attending our Green Schools Committee meeting on Thursday, May 9th at our office in Boston. Please let us know if you'd like to join us or call-in.

When: Thursday, May 9th 5:30-7PM
Location: 281 Summer Street, 5th Floor - Boston, MA 02210

City of Boston's proposed Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO)

The City of Boston's proposed Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance will create a public database of energy use in buildings. Many cities have embraced such a process in order to help find efficiencies and to design support programs and incentives so they really make a difference.

We support this measure and urge anyone in Boston to contact their City Councillor to let them know how you feel about it. You can connect to the NRDC to write a letter. A vote is expected on Wednesday, May 9th! Please reach out to your colleagues to help move this important tool into reality. Learn more about BERDO here.


Come to this high-caliber gathering of energy & sustainability professionals connecting technological solutions to environmental issues. May 13-14 in Bostonat the Renaissance Waterfront. Produced by, this conference brings together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation. 
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The USGBC MA Chapter is an event sponsor. This will be an excellent learning opportunity for all involved in the green building industry. Use our discount code VBOSUSGBCMA to receive 10% off when you register.

When: May 13-14th
Location: Renaissance Waterfront Boston, 606 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Successful Passive Design: How to design for maximized daylighting and natural ventilation 

As the building industry moves towards more demanding energy codes and towards net zero energy buildings, the use of daylighting, natural ventilation and hybrid ventilation strategies will become more and more critical to any buildings design. Our discussion will be focused on describing the process to follow when moving from deciding to use daylighting and natural ventilation strategies to reduce a building's energy consumption, to the various analyses that should be performed during the early design phase to ensure a maximum system performance at a lower cost. Presenting will be Diego Ibarra and Alejandra Menchaca from EA Buildings.

On the daylighting topic, we will focus in particular on designing to maximize the availability of useful daylight in a space, including the effect of building orientation, shading from the surrounding buildings, optimization of shading devices and accounting for annual glare in a space. We will also address how to design for natural ventilation and some easy tips to maximize the system's potential.

When: May 21st, 7:30 - 9:15am (networking for the first half hour)
Location: Conference room at Space with a Soul, 281 Summer Street, Boston, MA
RSVP: On the Chapter website
Cost: Free for Members, $10 for Non-Members

This is one of our Green Breakfast Club discussions, which are morning interactive discussions with an expert.

How do we engage with the "human element" in energy efficiency?

How can we affect behavior patterns to support sustainability initiatives? How can we engage more people with energy efficiency? Come hear from Kurt Roth, from Fraunhofer USA, and Dallase Scott, from Greener U, as they present the latest research on building user behavior intervention strategies. We will facilitate an active discussion from the attendees. 
This is a FREE event co-sponsored by the USGBC MA and the Garrison Institute's Boston Hub for Climate, Mind & Behavior.

When: Wednesday, June 5th, 4:30-6PM
Location: 5 Channel Center Street - Boston, MA 02210

Facilities Management Exhibition & Conference in Boston

Come to the ProExpo Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show and Conference for free seminars and a huge expo trade show.  

When: Wednesday, June 12-13th, 9:00AM - 2PM
Location: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center - Boston, MA 02210

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