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February Newsletter  
In This Issue
Green Building Awards
Stretch Code Update
Regional Summit
Building Energy 14
Green Schools Update
Note from California
Upcoming Events with the Chapter!  

3/4/14 9am-5pm
LEED v4 All-day Master Class at NESEA BE14 in Boston
3/6/14 5:45-7:30pm
LEED GA Study Group series (6 weeks) begins in Boston
3/10/14 5:45-7:30pm
Residential Green Building Committee Meeting: Market Recap
3/26/14 5:30-7:30pm
Membership Networking Night at Nitsch Engineering
Webinars: for GBCI credit; take a look at our calendar to see the options throughout Massachusetts

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Sponsoring Partners gain access & exposure to our membership and subscriber base. 

You can show your stakeholders that you are directly involved with the heart of green building advocacy and professional development in Massachusetts.

Fresh from the BLOG

We keep writing up stories about things we're doing

 Congratulations to our New Board Officers

 Introducing Julia Meijia, Outreach & Communications

 Deep Energy Retrofits

 Innovations in Sustainability & Resiliency
Our Chapter Sponsoring Partners

National Grid

Boston Properties


Nitsch Engineering 


Citizens Bank 

The Green Engineer, Inc.

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Central MA Group (Worcester-based)


Cape & Islands Group



Western MA Branch



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February 2014



I hope you are doing great. Our Chapter is growing and we have the most members ever - take a look at our Member Directory. If you're not already part of the movement - please join us!


Our Chapter is composed of a dedicated community of practitioners working to make more green buildings in Massachusetts. Our vision is a healthful, prosperous and sustainable community for all. Together we are making it happen.


We advocate for sustainability in the built environment - see below for a note about the Stretch Code.


We celebrate the best in green buildings and we invite you to join us at our Earth Day Gala on 4/22. We want to hear about your building projects. Please enter our Green Building Awards program (see below). Check out our new promo video!


Outside of events, we connect on social media: LinkedIn, facebook and twitter. Our blog has a lot of great articles. We want to be more of a resource for you - so please, send us your ideas.


We have many networking and educational opportunities to keep our community informed and connected. Click here for upcoming events and activitiesI hope to see you soon.


One last note: thank you and congratulations to our new Board members! We appreciate your service to our mission: Chris Liston (CBRE), Conor McGuire (Columbia Construction), and Ben Myers (Boston Properties).   


Thank you very much, everyone, for your ongoing support.


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


2014 USGBC Massachusetts 

Green Building Awards


By Chris Liston & Carrie Havey


Enter now: we want to hear about your awesome green buildings and innovations!

Since 2008, USGBC Massachusetts has recognized the most innovative green buildings, products, processes and technologies in the Massachusetts real estate community. 

Past winners have demonstrated ingenuity, replicability, and scored well on the triple bottom line - an important concept in sustainability that considers the building's overall impact on economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social equity. 


This year's entry deadline is March 14 and winners will be announced at our Earth Day Gala on April 22nd.


2014 Entry Categories:

Stretch Code Advocacy 

Please check out our Advocacy page for information on what you can do to support a stronger building code for energy efficiency in Massachusetts. 

The DOER needs to hear from you! They are currently accepting feedback from the public. Are we the voice of energy efficient buildings or what?
We have a template letter you can use to send a supportive remark for the Stretch Code. Thank you for participating in our advocacy efforts.

Regional Summit
Burlington, VT on 4/4/14


Join us in Vermont in April for a day-and-a-half intense networking and training program for volunteer leaders in the green building advocacy community. This year, we have an educational networking dinner on 4/3/14 and then a full-day of presentations and regional visioning and strengthening workshops on Friday, 4/4/14.


This is a great way to tune in to what's going on and connect with peers who are not only green building all-stars, but also champions of our mission of green buildings for all.


Each year, the USGBC Upper Northeast Regional Committee hosts a summit for representatives from the various Chapters from Upstate New York and all of New England. Scholarships are available for emerging professionals.


Come and enjoy a great gathering in Vermont. Thank you to the UNRC for organizing and to National Grid and the Steel Institute for sponsoring this program.

Come to BE14 NEXT WEEK!
Boston 3/5-3/6


The biggest green building show in New England is coming to town next week: NESEA's Building Energy 14 is March 4th-6th.


The USGBC MA is hosting an all-day LEEDv4 "Master Class" taught by Andrea Love, Jim Newman and Chris Schaffner. This is a great way to pick up 6 GBCI credits and get the low-down on the changes coming to LEED.


Come to the whole conference, or come to the trade show. There will be thousands of your peers to connect with, hundreds of vendors and presenters to fulfill your green building thirst. The USGBC MA will have a booth on the trade show floor and we'll be happy to chat with you. 


See you there!

Green Schools Update
By Steve Muzzy


The February Green Schools Committee meeting was well attended! We got a great jump on planning for Green Apple Day of Service 2014. We are scheduling our March meeting - please fill out the poll asap so that we can confirm the date.  


It's not too late to register - we have Green Associate Study Groups planned in Boston and Worcester. Sign up now - sessions begin March 6th.

The Center for Green Schools and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) have just released the results of their independent nationwide survey revealing that 3 out of 4 Americans are supportive of green schools. Visit the Center for Green Schools' blog for more survey results. 
Upcoming Events 


March 7, 2014 3PM EST
The Center for Green Schools monthly webinar will discuss a national action plan for Educating for Sustainability, as developed by the Center for Green Schools in partnership with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a variety of education organizations. Details on the webinar will be sent shortly - please contact me directly to acquire the login privileges.
National News: Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Completed 


By Carrie Havey

Image credit: The Press-Enterprise (


The recently completed Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System located in California's Mojave Desert is the largest solar power plant of its kind. The solar project will power about 140,000 homes and will be a benefit to the state's renewable energy goals. The solar project is comprised of a 377 megawatt net solar complex using close to 200,000 mirrors to focus the power of the sun on solar receivers atop power towers. These mirrors heat a giant boiler on top of the tower, where water turns into steam. The steam then powers a turbine that generates electricity. The complex will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by more than 400,000 tons per year. 


The project ran into many issues along the way. It took several years to get permits from close to a dozen state, federal and local agencies. In addition, developers found nearly 200 tortoises onsite. The cost for finding and relocating them is around $55,000 per tortoise. Environmental groups were able to negotiate with the Ivanpah project and others to set aside nature preserves in the desert. The state is now trying to head off future conflicts with a new plan. The concept is to divide up the desert into renewable energy zones and zones that are off-limits. 


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