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The Earth Day Gala is here - Brian Swett as Guest Speaker  

Join us as a community to celebrate Earth Day as the USGBC MA Chapter.


Together, we will hold our recognition ceremony for our Green Building Awardsthe Green Building of the Year and Green Innovation Awards.


When: 6-9pm, Tuesday 4/22/14

Location: 600 Atlantic Ave, Boston (the Federal Reserve Plaza)

RSVP: Click here to buy your tickets now! (this event will sell out)


This year we anticipate a crowd of 190 guests, with a formal dinner and brief presentations. Guest will be able to review the submittal boards of the award nominees. 


Brian Swett, Chief of Energy, Environment and Open Space for the City of Boston will provide remarks on how Boston, and Massachusetts in general, are leaders in innovation for sustainability through green buildings.


Media Partner the New England Real Estate Journal will publish an informative program detailing the award entries. The Federal Reserve has generously allowed us to use their Connolly Center facility, including their beautiful roof deck, for our evening event on Earth Day. 


Meet you colleagues and sponsors, including: National Grid, Boston Properties, AHA Consulting Engineers, NStar, The Green Engineer, Structure Tone, Robinson & Cole, Chapman Construction, A Better City, Columbia Construction, SMMA, Suffolk Construction, WB Engineers, Entegra Design and others!

Residential Green Building Committee: Presentation this Monday

"Passive House" with Chris Baczek

Passive House is gaining momentum in the United States and quickly becoming a standard to strive for. Its strict parameters have become the basis for many discussions relative to the residential building industry. Although there are not many in the country, 80 or so, we are fortunate to have three locally. 


Steven Baczek has designed two in Falmouth Ma and one on Martha's Vineyard. In this presentation he will be showing the construction means by which he solved for the Passive House parameters on these three homes. Each one has unique requirements, and therefore unique solutions.  He also designed the first Passive House certified retrofit in the US.


When: April 14, 2014, 5:45pm - 8:00pm 

Location: 281 Summer St, 5th floor, Boston

RSVP: Residential Green Building Committee: " Passive House Tricks of the Trade"


Emerging Professionals Committee Meeting on 4/16

This is our awesome monthly gathering to plan our events, programs and advocacy for green buildings. Our meetings are an opportunity to connect with other people new to the industry and to think about how we can be leaders in the green building field. Let us know if you are interested in attending so we can put you on the building security list.

The 4/16/14 meeting will include a discussion to plan a green building tour in May - please come out and help us brainstorm!


When: April 16th, 2014, 6:15 - 8:00pm 

Location: Gensler, One Beacon St, Boston 

RSVP: for this meeting on the Chapter Website


Emerging Professionals EARTH DAY SERVICE PROJECT

Clean-up along the Charles River in Cambridge!

We've organized an Earth Day outing on Saturday April 26th. We will be helping the Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) to remove litter and debris and beautify the Charles River and its surrounding parklands.  


This is a great opportunity to give back to our community and to network with peers in the green building industry. Our group has been assigned an area of the river close to Harvard Square.  


When: Saturday, April 26th, 9am - 12pm 

Location: 5 Greenough Boulevard (Boathouse parking lot)

RSVP: for this FREE event on the Chapter Website


Green Breakfast Club in May:

"Passive for the Commercial Sector" by Janel de Angel & Jordan Zimmerman

Our experts from Perkins + Will are coming to talk about their project at Bridgewater State College. They recently completed the Weygand Residence Hall at Bridgewater State University that has gone above and beyond typical LEED standards resulting in a zero net energy building (ZNEB), largely through the implementation of a uniquely clever passive design. Join us for what will be a very informative discussion.


When: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 7:30-9:00am

Location: 281 Summer St, 5th floor, Boston 

RSVP: Green Breakfast Club: "Passive for the Commercial Sector"


Beyond Buildings: 
A Review of LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts

This exciting program will look at sustainability beyond individual buildings to the district and neighborhood scale. How is the USGBC's LEED ND rating system being used as a tool for enhancing communities in Massachusetts? How can our USGBC MA community of green building practitioners move beyond single building projects to entire neighborhoods and districts? How are government, for-profit and non-profits using LEED ND as a tool for enhancing sustainable development? This workshop will answer these and many other questions through a review of people and projects in Massachusetts that have used LEED ND as more than just a sustainable development certification program. 


Thank you to our many sponsoring partners for their support: APA MA | LISC Boston | MAPC | MA Smart Growth Alliance | CHAPA | Central Mass Regional Planning Commission | BSLA |CNU New England | Mel King Institute


When: May 20th, 2014, 8am - 12pm 

Location: the Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress 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. 


4/15/14 (Tuesday) 12pm at UMass Integrated Sciences Building in Amherst: "Indoor Air Quality under LEEDv4" 


4/15/14 (Tuesday) 12pm at 51 Sleeper St in Boston: "LEED v4 Overview and Location & Transportation Credits"


4/16/14 (Wednesday) 4:30pm at 281 Summer St in Boston: " LEED v4 - Water Efficiency and Energy & Atmosphere"


4/16/14 (Wednesday) 6pm at the Sustainability Hub in Worcester: " LEED v4 - Water Efficiency and Energy & Atmosphere"


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