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Call for Entries - The 2014 USGBC MA Award Competition  

We want your awesome green building projects! 

The call for entries ends March 14th! Enter your most innovative and exciting projects, solutions, or technologies. All submissions will be displayed at the Chapter's Earth Day Gala at the Federal Reserve Plaza on 4/22, 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 in either category.  

One of the winners from back in 2011: City of Boston Green Roof Study
Submitted by: Arrowstreet Architects

Residential Green Building Committee: Presentation this Monday

Policy makers at the state and federal levels made great strides to support green market transformation of homes in 2013. Craig will review these policies and discuss the challenges the real estate industry needs to tackle in 2014. 


When: March 10th, 2014, 5:45pm - 8:00pm 

Location: 281 Summer St, 5th floor, Boston

RSVP: Residential Green Building Committee: "Greening the Residential Market"


Green Breakfast Club this Tuesday morning:

Patricia Arp, SRF Green Project Coordinator for the Mass DEP, Central Office, will discuss renewable projects installed on state/municipal land, both owned and leased to private companies, the incentives (net metering, tax breaks and RECs/SRECs), how incentives apply to commercial projects and how the market is changing. The Green Breakfast Club is a very engaged and talkative bunch. Certainly, the discussion will be very engaging. See you there!


When: March 10th, 2014 7:30-9:00am

Location: 281 Summer St, 5th floor, Boston 

RSVP: Green Breakfast Club: "Financing Renewables in MA"


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

Go for it! Become a LEED Green Associate!


Get started by joining a self-directed, participatory study group facilitated by Chapter members and seasoned green building professionals. 


When: Continuing on Thursday evenings - March 13th to April 10th, 2014 

Location: One series in Boston, one series in Worcester 

RSVP: On the Chapter Website


Networking Night at Nitsch Engineering on 3/26

We will be exploring the concept of "Mentorship" at this gathering. We will help connect those who might be interested in either receiving or providing mentorship. In the words of Michael Shenkman, in "The Arch and the Path," professionals who move toward leadership don't arrive there on their own, "All leaders...have had a mentor that has put them on this path." 


When: March 26th, 2014, 5:30 - 7:30pm 

Location: Nitsch Engineering, 2 Center Plaza, ste. 420, opposite Boston City Hall Plaza 

RSVP: On the Chapter Website


Earth Day Gala 4/22


Are you ready! Let's celebrate!


This year's Green Building Awards (as per above) will be held during our Earth Day Gala, generously hosted at the Federal Reserve Plaza in Boston. 


Sponsorship packages and tickets are on sale now! Special thanks to National Grid for taking the Platinum Sponsor package already, and to New England Real Estate Journal for partnering with us to create these packages and the printed event program.


All award contest entries will be published in the event program and distributed to 20,000 subscribers prior to the Gala. 


When: April 22nd, 2014, 6-9pm 

Location: 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston 

RSVP: On the Chapter Events Website (scroll down for tickets)


Advocacy for Updating the MA Stretch Code


We need your help!


Send a letter to Mark Sylvia, Commissioner of the Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER), to let him know you join with the USGBC MA to support a timely and bold update to the state's Stretch Code. This is an important way for us to advance our mission of green buildings for all within a generation: strengthen the building code and especially Massachusetts' energy-efficiency-improving and green-community-enabling Stretch Code.


Read more about the Stretch Code situation on our Advocacy page 


Social Media Part II & Networking 
with the EPMA

Come together with other Emerging Professionals for this FREE event with social media mogul Eric Wilson of the New England Real Estate Journal. Eric will help guide us to greater familiarity and functionality with social media for work and recreation.


The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) is a group of gung-ho green building champions who gather each month to network and connect across disciplines and sectors. 


When: March 19th, 2014, 6-8pm 

Location: Alibi at the Liberty Hotel, 245 Charles St, Boston 

RSVP: On the Chapter Website




Credential Maintenance with USGBC in-person webinars 

We have an ongoing series of webinars presented for you to attend with your peers. These are a great way to pick up GBCI continuing education hours. Free for Chapter Members! (nominal fee otherwise)


Webinars are hosted in Amherst, Worcester and Boston. 


3/13/14 (Thursday) 12pm in Boston at Bergmeyer Associates: "Indoor Air Quality under LEEDv4" 


3/18/14 (Tuesday) 12pm at UMass Amherst: "Integrative Process: Charettes and Team Workshops"


3/19/14 (Wednesday) 4:30pm in Boston at Space with a Soul: "LEED v4 - Sustainable Sites"


3/20/14 (Thursday) 6pm in Worcester at the Sustainability Hub: "LEED v4 - Sustainable Sites"


Sustainable Neighborhood Development: Save the Date - May 22, 2014 


We are hosting an intense morning symposium on sustainable neighborhoods and how the LEED ND rating system is facilitating sustainability throughout communities in Massachusetts.


When: May 20, 2014 8:30am - 12:00pm

Location: Atlantic Wharf, Fort Point Room, 290 Congress St, Boston 

RSVP: "Beyond Buildings: LEED ND"


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