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This Monday 11/4: Networking Night at EnerNOC: Energy Disclosure 

Come join us at EnerNOC to hear about Building Energy Disclosure and Reporting and
how building managers can improve energy efficiency. New government ordinances require large commercial buildings to report on energy usage, forcing busy property managers to think more creatively about energy efficiency strategies.

EnerNOC, the USGBC MA, and representatives from the City of Boston present a complimentary Energy Networking Reception:

  • Network with your peers about their proven energy management strategies
  • Learn about the latest technology available to help you manage and report usage while meeting efficiency goals. 
  • Hear from Brian Swett, the City of Boston's Chief of Environment and Energy, about Boston's recently announced Building Energy Reporting & Disclosure Ordinance.

  • When: November 4th, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Location: EnerNOC Headquarters, 1 Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA
    Cost: Free
    RSVP: On the Chapter website

    Next Monday - 11/11: Our 3rd Annual Sustainable Dinner 
    Get together with cool peers in an intimate dining setting to dig into good conversation and good food. This is a great way to do some deeper relationship building with other members of the Chapter.
    Photo credit: Henrietta's Table

    This year we are proud to be hosting the event at Henrietta's Table in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Henrietta's Table is the sustainability-focused restaurant in The Charles Hotel, which hosts the Farmer's Market at Charles Square.
    Attendees will be able to choose their individual meal selections from a three course prix fixe menu featuring the freshest tastes of the season. During the evening, Chef Davis of Henrietta's Table will visit the group to provide insight about the preparation of the meal and the sustainable goals of the restaurant. 
    When: November 11th, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Location: Henrietta's Table at The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA
    Cost: Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts $ 40.00
    Chapter Members $ 50.00
    Non-Chapter Members $60.00
    RSVP: On the Chapter website


    Weds 11/6: Regenerative Development and Design


    Come for this interactive workshop led by Bill Reed and Jim Newman. The current trend of making buildings, products and processes more efficient is simply 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 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 workshop explores 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. The current trend of making buildings, products and processes more efficient is simply the beginning point for the shift required to sustain life.  
    CrossPoint Associates Sponsored Regenerative Development and Design Forum with Bill Reed and Jim Newman.

    When: November 6th, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM 
    Location: Workbar Cambridge, 45 Prospect St, Cambridge, MA
    Cost: Free
    RSVP: On the Chapter website
    Tues 11/12: Building Techne Forum with ASHRAE 
    Produced in conjunction with ASHRAE - Boston, we have created a technical session ahead of their monthly meeting. You are welcome to attend the ASHRAE dinner meeting and presentation on ASHRAE's bEQ rating system that follows, but you must sign up separately through this link

    This month's technical session will focus on building rating systems. LEEDv4, Massachusetts' current and stretch building code, and Architecture 2030 will be presented.  We will hear three fast-paced presentations from leaders in the building engineering field based in Boston. Co-sponsored by ASHRAE and IBPSA. 

    When: November 12th, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Location: Embassy Suites Waltham, 550 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
    Cost: Technical session is Free. For the monthly dinner meeting, go here.
    RSVP: On the Chapter website

    Weds 11/13 [Cape & Islands Group]: Residential Ventilation Essentials

    USGBC MA Cape & Islands Interest Group together with co-host Cape & Islands Self Reliance are thrilled to welcome Paul Raymer, who literally wrote the book on residential ventilation, as he explains the essential aspects of this very important but often overlooked topic. 
    Paul Raymer will present simple ventilation explanations you can share with your clients/vendors/etc, and answer questions such as:

    - Do houses really need mechanical ventilation? 
    - Why is ventilation important? What is its role in tighter homes? 
    - Where/when are key ventilation decision points in new construction/renovation? 
    - Where are more ventilation resources available to help on my next project? 
    WhenNovember 13th, 2013 5:00 PM through 7:00 PM
    LocationFresh Interiors, 16 Forsythe Avenue, South Yarmouth, MA
    Cost: Free
    RSVP: On the Chapter website
    Greenbuild in Philadelphia, 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 will 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.

    To learn more or register, go to the Greenbuild website.
    EcoDistricts Summit in Boston, Nov 12-14, 2013

    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.  


    Now in its fifth year, the Summit exists at the intersection of the community development and urban planning movements, and this event is one of the world's best for linking the two. The Summit has grown from a local, invite-only gathering to one of the world's premier conferences dedicated to sustainable neighborhood development.  


    When: November 12th, 12:00 PM to November 14th, 12:00 PM
    Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA

    Cost: Contact if you would like a discount code

    RSPV: At EcoDistricts  



    Come attend our in-person webinar presentations for your credential maintenance. Learn, network, socialize and connect to the Chapter. Show up and earn your GBCI hours. This is a great benefit for Chapter Members!
    November 14, 2013, 12:00 pm
    LEED 259: Best of Greenbuild: Multi-Variate Study of Stormwater BMPs (1.5 GBCI)

    November 20, 2013, 4:30 pm
    LEED 263: Solutions to Challenging Credits: Materials Issues (1.5 GBCI)

    Committee Meetings and Study Groups

    November 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
    Quarterly Combined Committee meeting - time to do some planning for next year. 

    November 7, 2013, 5:45 pm
    Boston Branch Study Group: Green Building Jeopardy. 

    November 11, 2013, 6:00 pm - the Residential Green Building Committee meeting has changed to 11/18 (see below).

    November 14, 2013, 5:45 pm
    Boston Branch Study Group: Wrap-up and Green Associate Exam Prep. This is the final meeting of the study group. Good luck!

    November 18, 2013, 6:00 pm
    Residential GB Committee Net Zero House Tour.  RSVP to attend a tour of a near-net-zero home in Newton MA.

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