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February Events 

Upcoming events and programs with the Chapter:

Green Building Awards - enter now! And the Earth Day Gala (save the date for our big event in Boston: 4/22)!  
LEED v4 Master Class Tues 3/4 9am - Last chance for early bird registration is TODAY
West Branch: Envelope Retrofit Analysis Weds. 2/12 4:30pm
Boston: Emerging Professionals Soiree Thurs. 2/13 6pm - Dress to impress!
Boston: PACE+R - Mon. 2/24 8:30am - What is PACE, and how are we incorporating Resiliency? Join our campaign. 

Boston & Worcester: LEED GA Study Groups are forming now! Start 3/6

LEED v4 Master Class - 6h course at NESEA BuildingEnergy14

LEED v4 Master Class - last chance for early bird registration is TODAY! 
$159 - go sign up now! Write for the Chapter Members-only $50 discount code.
This is an amazing opportunity to delve into LEED v4 and prepare yourself and your firm for the changes that are arriving with the new rating system. Sign up NOW

Call for Entries - The 2014 USGBC MA Award Competition  

The call for entries is now open! Enter your most innovative and exciting projects or technologies. All submissions will be displayed at the Chapter's Earth Day Gala, where the winners will be announced. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 14th at 5pm. This is a great opportunity to share and be recognized for your most innovative projects.  

We have two categories:

2014 Massachusetts Green Building of the Year Award - This category recognizes the project or building that best exemplifies the Chapter's passion for sustainability in the area of design, construction and operations.

2014 Massachusetts Green Innovation Award - This category recognizes a product, process or technology that best exemplifies the Chapter's passion for sustainability in the area of design, construction or operations.

Entry criteria and project submission requirements differ for the Massachusetts Green Innovation Award and the Massachusetts Green Building of the Year Award. Entries for the Green Innovation Award should be presented on a single 24" x 36" board of recycled or recyclable material. The Building of the Year Award includes providing a 1-2 page executive summary and the project's current ENERGY STAR rating.  Please see our website for instructions on submitting your project.  

One of last year's winners:  Richard Burck Associates, Inc. for Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA.

West Branch: "Green Tea" afternoon program at UMass Amherst: 
Envelope Retrofit Analysis

Hear from the investigators as they describe how different software programs can quantify the predicted energy savings of a scheduled envelope retrofit on a UMass Amherst dormitory (Grayson Hall). 
When: February 12th, 2014 4:30 PM through 6:30 PM
LocationUMass Amherst Campus Center Rm 165 69
RSVP: On the Chapter Website

Annual Emerging Professionals Soiree

Please join The USGBC MA Emerging Professionals (EPMA) Chapter for some light refreshments and food in our beginning of the year gathering and networking event.

The purpose is to find out what the Emerging Professionals of the MA Chapter are up to during the 2014 year.  This time, we will gather at The Baseball Tavern in the Fenway- February 13th from 6-9pm. We'll think about warmer times and the green grass of our favorite ballfield...Special thanks to Lee Kennedy for sponsoring this event.

Whether you are a college student, recent graduate, or professional new to the sustainability field, all are invited to attend. EPMA members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about what we do or becoming more involved with any USGBC groups and committees. We will also be taking suggestions on events or topics you would like to see EPMA focus on in the coming year. This is a great way to get more involved in the industry and to make connections across the spectrum.

All those who RSVP and attend will be entered to win a free Chapter Membership (or chapter renewal if already a member). Must be present to win. Other door prizes are in the works, including a 50/50 raffle, so be sure to bring some old-fashioned cash to this event!

When: February 13th, 2014 6:00 PM through 9:00 PM
Location: The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston St, Boston
RSVP: On the Chapter Website

PACE+R - Property Assessed Clean Energy + Resiliency Preparation

How can Massachusetts be a leader in the financing of efficiency, renewables, and disaster resiliency?

Join State Senator Brian Joyce for an informative program on PACE financing legislation being introduced at the State House which will include a resiliency component. This will be a forum full of stakeholders looking at how state policy can unleash funds to strengthen our communities. 


When: February 24th, 2014 8:30 AM through 11:00 AM

Location: Fort Point Room, 290 Congress St, Boston 

RSVP: On the Chapter Website


LEED Study Groups - sign up now in Boston or in Worcester

LEED Credentials from the Green Building Certification Institute indicate professional excellence and a strong depth of knowledge as well as practical understanding of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems and how they apply to the high-performance design and construction of the built environment.


Become a LEED Green Associate by joining a self-directed, participatory study group facilitated by Chapter members and seasoned green building professionals.


When: Starting March 6th, 2014 

Location: One series in Boston, one series in Worcester 

RSVP: On the Chapter Website


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