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Upcoming August Events

6th Annual Sustainable Building Bike Tour

The EPMA committee would like to invite everyone to their 6th annual sustainable building bike tour. This year's tour will focus on the Cambridge area, including a number of buildings at Harvard and MIT, and a few others that are in the area.

The tour is taking place on Saturday August 17th (rain date of August 24th), and we will be meeting at Kendall Square (in front of the Boston Marriott Cambridge) at 10:30 AM. The tour will cover about 8 miles around Cambridge, and return to Kendall Square after about 2 hours. We plan to have lunch at a local restaurant that is LEED-certified, so we hope you stick around!

WhenAugust 17th from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (followed by lunch)
Location: Starting at 2 Cambridge Center (The Marriott), Cambridge, MA 02142
Cost: Free
RSVP: On the Chapter website

TONIGHT: August Ensemble - Networking Night

Our monthly networking nights continue with another fun evening at City Bar - Waterfront in Boston! This is another great opportunity to meet old and new faces in the USGBC chapter. We are hosted by the Emerging Professionals, but open to everyone! We would be very excited if you could come meet us and share a drink or two; we will also be providing updates on the chapter's direction and future events. 


Our gracious sponsor for this month is MBCI - the metal roof & wall systems experts - thank you MBCI!

When: August 7th from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Location: 425 Summer Street, Boston, MA
Cost: Free
RSVP: On the Chapter website 

Residential Green Building Committee Meeting & Presentation from Joyce Masicotte at Next Step Living  

Join us for a conversation with Joyce Massicotte, Senior
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Institutional Programs Manager at Next Step Living. Next Step Living provides whole home energy solutions to New England residents. 38,000 families have welcomed them into their homes since 2008. They help families lower their energy bills, increase the comfort of their homes, and most importantly to reduce their carbon footprint. Next Step Living gives families access to state and utility incentives to make energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades easy and affordable. 


When: August 12th, 2013 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM 
Location: 281 Summer Street, 7th Floor, Boston
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please contact Bill Holland if you are interested in joining this committee or plan on attending an upcoming meeting. 

Networking Night at Knoll with Carl Brown 

Come to Knoll at 281 Summer Street in Boston on September 10th for our monthly interactive networking opportunity. We'll check out the awesome LEED Platinum Knoll Showroom, munch on fancy goodies and have a few drinks as a community of green building practitioners. We'll pause briefly to hear from guest speaker Karl Brown of the Mass School Building Authority on how the new building code will affect school buildings projects and the State's green goals. Generously sponsored by Knoll, celebrating 75 years of iconic design for the home and office. 

When: September 10th from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: Knoll, 281 Summer St. 1st Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: Free

PACE Financing: Property Assessed Clean Energy   

Come to this multi-speaker presentation and workshop on Property Assessed Clean
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- PACE - financing for renewable and clean energy installations on buildings.

What is PACE financing? Generously sponsored by National Grid, USGBC MA and the City of Boston bring to you a comprehensive presentation and accessible panel of experts to answer all the questions you have on this important subject.

WhenSeptember 18, 8:30 - 11:30 am  
Location: District Hall in Boston: 75 Northern Avenue - South Boston Waterfront
Cost: Free
RSVP: Go to our Website for full event details & registration information. 

Green Apple Day of Service


The USGBC's Center for Green Schools is once again promoting
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to advance healthy, sustainable schools. The Green Schools Committee of USGBC MA Chapter is aiming to have more than 50 projects registered across the state. Use the following link to register or volunteer for a project today.


The inaugural Green Apple Day of Service held on September 29, 2012 had more than 1,250 service projects in 49 countries. The second Green Apple Day of Service will be held September 28, 2013 - advocates around the world, including students, teachers, parents, business owners and more will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools by participating in local service projects.

2013 Massachusetts LEED Project Showcase   

Almost 200 building projects have earned LEED certification since the beginning of 2012. Each of these is a significant accomplishment and we want to celebrate the effort of all the green building professionals involved. Thus, we are hosting the Massachusetts LEED Project Showcase!

Each project team is invited to attend and submit a storyboard of their project - we are finalizing the submittal process but it will have less than 10 questions and you'll be able to do it simply on-line. This information will be used to create posters of each project to be shown at the Showcase. 6 special projects will be chosen to present to the crowd and to be highlighted in our multi-media follow-on promotions.

This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to connect with the strongest proponents of high-performance buildings in Massachusetts, and a great way for teams and owners to be recognized for all they've accomplished.

Several sponsorship opportunities will be available. Please contact if you would be interested in having your project and team highlighted.

When: Thursday, October 17 from 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM
LocationGoogle, 3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 
Cost$15 Tickets ($25 for non-members)
To Learn More and RSVP, go to our Website


Boston Branch LEED Study Group   

This self-directed, participatory study group is facilitated by members of the USGBC
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MA Chapter and seasoned green building professionals.  The Study Group convenes on Thursdays from 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM.
− FOCUS: General LEED GA knowledge, GBCI, Rating Systems, etc.
− Facilitators: USGBC MA Chapter volunteers including Andrea Love, Erik Ruoff & Tom Hardey. 

When: First Study Group is October 3rd from 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: 281 Summer Street, 5th Floor, Boston, MA
Cost: The course costs $60 for Chapter Members, $90 for non-members, or $12 ($16 for non-members) per session.
RSVP: On the Chapter website.


Come attend our in-person webinar presentations for your credential maintenance. Learn, network, socialize and connect to the Chapter. 
September 18, 2013, 4:30 pm
PRACT 205: Leading Edge - 1.5. GBCI

In the Community - Design Competitions and Courses

TOBY Awards
The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBYŽ) Awards are an annual recognition of outstanding buildings in the local, regional and international arena. BOMA Boston is the host of the local TOBYs for the Greater Boston real estate community.

Submit by 9/7/13. Learn more here.  

FSC Awards
The Forest Stewardship Council US invites all commercial and residential building projects to submit applications for the 9th Annual Design & Build with FSC Awards.

Project teams must complete and submit an application form to FSC by Friday, September 20, 2013. Learn more here. 

IFMA Sustainable Facility Course at UMASS Boston
This program provides a complete and comprehensive picture of how individuals can improve their facilities by focusing on three areas: Strategy and Alignment for Sustainable Facility Management, Managing Sustainable Facilities, and Operating Sustainable Facilities.

Starts 9/27/13. Learn more here.

Greenbuild International Conference and Expo - Philadelphia 
November 22nd - 24th

Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals
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dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated and inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

Greenbuild 2013 Special Features:
- USGBC's 20th Anniversary: In 2013 USGBC turns 20. At Greenbuild Nation we'll convene the industry for what will be a truly amazing tribute to our past and inspiration for the work we have left to do.
- LEED v4: At Greenbuild 2013 we will provide you with the opportunity to understand how LEED is evolving as well as offer the latest in LEED education.

Learn more about Greenbuild 2013
International EcoDistricts Summit 


Coming to Boston November 12-14, the EcoDistricts Summit is the premier conference dedicated to the global movement to promote sustainable neighborhood development.  

Each year the EcoDistricts Summit convenes leading municipal policymakers, developers, business leaders, planners, and community leaders - people with decision-making power - to share best practices and shape the growing EcoDistricts marketplace. More than 30 plenary sessions and panel discussions are carefully curated to introduce conference participants to cutting-edge projects and thought leadership in green buildings, smart infrastructure and community action.  Join us for this can't-miss event for leaders who are shaping and building the cities and urban neighborhoods of the future.


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