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Upcoming September Events

TONIGHT: Networking Night at Knoll with Karl Brown 

Come to Knoll at 281 Summer Street in Boston tonight - 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
TOMORROW: Regenerative Development and Design - an evening discussion with Bill Reed & Jim Newman
The current trend of making buildings, products and processes more efficient is just the beginning point for the shift required to sustain life. In order to truly achieve sustainability, we will need to redevelop a conscious understanding of the whole
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system of life-giving processes that shape the places we live in order to reintegrate our buildings, ourselves -- and our communities -- with life on Earth. 

By shifting the role of humans to participating with nature as co-equals and, even, 'tending the wild,' we move from being occupants of the land to becoming inhabitants again. This gathering introduces the practical and vital concepts of integrating technical and living system design. This is not as hard as it may seem; but it is a real change in the way we think. 


We look forward to working with you in this interactive workshop.



When: September 12th, 2013 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM 
Location: 281 Summer Street, 5th Floor Board Room, Boston
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please contact  Jim Newman if you are interested attending this meeting. 

SEPT 18: 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. 

SEPT 18: Green School Insider Tour   

In celebration of USGBC's Green Apple Day of Service, please join us for a tour of Plymouth North High School, a green, energy efficient school built for the 21st century, on Wednesday, Sept 18th at 4pm.
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Tour guides include Chris Hastings, Energy Conservation Coordinator for the Plymouth Public Schools and representatives from the design team of Ai3 ArchitectsGriffith & Vary, Inc., PARE CorporationBirchwood Design, and Andelman & Lelek Engineering.



REMINDER: Green Apple Day of Service volunteers eligible for CE hours



Maintain your LEED Credential by participating in Green Apple Day of Service! This year, LEED professionals can earn one CE hour for each hour they volunteer in planning Day of Service activities or volunteering onsite. LEED Professionals can self-report these hours since everyone's level of participation is so varied.


WhenSeptember 18, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm  
Location: 41 Obery St, Plymouth MA
Cost: Free
RSVP: Go to our Website for full event details & registration information 

SEPT 24: Green Home Tour in Brewster    

USGBC Cape & Islands Interest Group presents:

Tour a new house currently under construction in Brewster, review and discuss the project's LEED checklist. Targeting LEED Gold, the home is weather-tight and nearing insulation installation. Designed by Jill Neubauer Architects and built by Cape Associates, staff from each will be on hand to discuss project challenges, the LEED process and specific LEED credits.

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Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be available.


MEETING SPONSORJill Neubauer Architects - Thank you!

WhenSeptember 24, 5:00 pm  
Location: Address will be shared with your RSVP confirmation.
Cost: Free
RSVPRequired due to limited parking. Email: 

OCT 17: Massachusetts LEED Project Showcase 2013  

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
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Each project team is invited to attend and submit a storyboard of their project - the submittal process has less than 10
questions and you can do it simply on-line . There are sponsorship opportunities for you to present to the crowd and to be highlighted in our multi-media follow-on

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.

WhenOctober 17, 6:00 - 8:00 pm  
Location: Google, 3 Cambridge Center, Cambridge
Cost: $25 Tickets ($40 Non-Members)
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 has helped organize over 20 projects 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.

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.  
If you are pursuing the LEED credential (GA or AP) - this is a great way to dedicate time to studying for the exam and to learn from people who have gone through the process and are now working with LEED on a daily basis.
The Study Group convenes on Thursdays from 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM in our board room. Facilitators include Chuck Berg, Erik Ruoff, Grey Lee, and Tiffany King.

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

September 26, 2013, 12:00 pm

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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