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October Newsletter  
In This Issue
Green Schools Update
Recent Platinum Projects
Membership Drive
Grid-Bits of News & Action
EcoDistricts Summit
Greenbuild 2013

Upcoming Events 



Tues, October 29,

2:00 - 5:00pm

 LEED Day at the MGHPCC in Holyoke



Thurs, October 31,

5:45 - 7:30pm

 Boston Branch Study Group: Materials and Resources, Innovation in Design, Regional Priority  in Boston



Mon, November 4, 

5:30 - 7:30pm

Networking Night at enerNOC in Boston



Tues, November 5,

6:00 - 8:00pm

Combined Committees Meeting in Boston



Wed, November 6,

6:00 - 8:00pm

Regenerative Development and Design Forum in Cambridge



Mon, November 11,

6:30 - 8:30pm

Sustainable Dinner in Cambridge



Tues, November 12,

5:00 - 6:00pm

Building Techne Forum in Waltham



See our website for a full list of upcoming events.


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Donations are tax deductible and a great way to support our green building education, advocacy and outreach programming efforts throughout the Commonwealth!

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October 2013



Green Buildings are happening all around us. This past Thursday we were able to see many of them all in one spot. Our Massachusetts LEED Project Showcase 2013 was really impressive. It was awesome to see all the different ways our community's expertise can be expressed. Thank you to all the project teams who came out. Take a look at our blog for a few photos.


Thank you to our event sponsors for helping make it happen - you can read all about the showcased projects at our media partner, New England Real Estate Journal. They created a special "Spotlight Edition" of the Journal to highlight our featured projects and corresponding firms.


Read about our progress and follow us on facebook & twitter. Are you keeping up with the discussions on LinkedIn? I hope to see you at an upcoming event - see the listings to the left.


Shout-out to our new Bronze sponsor: Levi + Wong and to our renewing sponsors: Vidaris and Robinson & Cole - your support is very important to us, thank you.

Thank you again for staying tuned in, and for making more green buildings happen throughout Massachusetts and beyond! 


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Green Schools Update
by Steve Muzzy


2013 Green Apple Day of Service stories are still coming

Curley K-8 4th Grade Students.

in. A terrific recap can be found on the Boston Green Schools website. 15 Boston Public Schools participated in service events, including the 4th grade class at Curley K-8  (Jamaica Plain) that spent the day winterizing garden beds and ridding their grounds of garbage. A number of BPS schools participated in Alliance for Climate Education (ACE) multimedia assemblies on climate change impacts and solutions, and  City Year Boston hosted projects at Ellis, Hennigan, and Holland Elementary schools. Manchester Essex Regional School District's Green Team brought their service to the local community, cleaning beaches in Manchester and conducting sea-rise surveys in Gloucester. The Center for Green Schools reports the Green Apple Day of Service 2013 had more than 2000 events across the globe, bringing together 250,000 volunteers and impacting 2.5 million students! Thanks to everyone for making the 2nd Annual Green Apple Day of Service a success! 


Ring in the Platinum!


Platinum is getting hot. We applaud the teams that push the envelope and get the buy-in from owners to attain the highest scores in the LEED system. Take a look at three recent additions to the success stories in Massachusetts:

Dassault Systemes
Dassault Systemes  
LEED CI v2009 - Platinum 
LEED EB:OM v2009 - 


Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center LEED NC v2009 - 


--> We have a tour of this facility on 10/29!
End-of-year Membership Drive Kicks Off! 


We are looking for 100 new members by the end of the year! Many of you reading this as subscribers can help us reach our goal.

Thank you to our 400 existing members for your ongoing participation and involvement. We can't advocate for green buildings without you.

Our campaign is organized around a few demographics. If you are part of any of the following groups, please consider joining our ranks!

Emerging Professionals: those new to the industry stand the most to gain from our professional development and networking opportunities.

LEED APs: you can earn your CEUs for the GBCI (to maintain your credential) for free by attending our educational sessions. Also, members who volunteer for our committees and campaigns earn up to 50% of their required hours simply by participating in our efforts. It's amazingly easy (and fun)!

Past Members: perhaps you've once been a member, and are still subscribed to our newsletter, perhaps it's time to motivate and re-join us. We know you still believe in our mission: so please, join now!

Your colleagues at work: We are sure you have one or two people on your "Green Team" or on the latest LEED project you are working on, who would be natural fits for the USGBC MA - please talk to them about joining us. Grey Lee is happy to talk to anyone you introduce him to - Thanks!

We look forward to bringing more solid green building advocates into the organization. Thank you.



There are a lot of little things we are part of that we want you to know about:


Cambridge is going Net Zero: Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi is convening a Net Zero Task Force to support tha attainment of net zero carbon for the entire city, especially the entire building stock. Read more here.



The USGBC supports aggressive energy efficiency in the State's building code. Due to the recent update of the base code, cities & towns which are "Green Communities" and which have a "Stretch Code" above and beyond the base code will have to update the stretch part of their code. The DOER is hosting a webinar on Monday, 10/28 at 2pm to share more information.



Vote for the USGBC Board of Directors - all employees of USGBC National Member companies, are eligible to vote. You can learn more about the candidates and your eligibility at the main USGBC website.  


Attend the EcoDistricts Summit - Nov. 12-14


Experience EcoDistricts Summit, the premier conference dedicated 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. Take a look behind development and neighborhood revitalization - for this can't-miss event for leaders who are shaping and building the cities and urban neighborhoods of the future.


Boston Convention and Expo Center

November 12-14


You'll find more than 30 carefully curated plenary sessions and panel discussions to introduce conference participants to cutting-edge projects and thought leadership in green buildings, smart infrastructure, and community action. 


Learn more here.

Come with us to Greenbuild in Philly, Nov 20-22, 2013


We hope you will join us for Greenbuild 2013, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Keynote Speaker this year.

Greenbuild attracts professionals from all aspects of the building industry. Architects, building owners, code officials, contractors, developers, educators, engineers, facility managers, financial service providers, government agencies, green power providers, home builders, interior designers, landscape architects, nonprofit organizations, product manufacturers, schools, universities, students, and urban planners will all be at the conference to share ideas and promote greener building.

Greenbuild wiil include over 100 educational sessions featuring world renowned speakers, LEED workshops, off-site educational sessions, and Green Building tours of local sites. The exhibit hall will be open on November 20th and 21st. 

Check out our October newsletter to learn more about what to see and do at Greenbuild.

To learn more or register, go to the Greenbuild website.

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