In This Issue
Advocacy Re-Boot
GBIG Data Jazz
Green Schools Update
Green Schools Update
LEED v4 for Schools in MA
Beyond Buidlings
Upcoming Chapter Events: 

TOMORROW! Saturday, April 26, 2014 (Cambridge) - Earth Day Service Project with EPMA - Come on out to help us clean up a section of the Charles River Reservation. Click here for more details


Wednesday, April 30, 2014 (Boston) - Green Schools Committee meeting. We are deep in the planning and registering mode for the Green Apple Day of Service. Click here to sign up for the meeting


Monday, May 12, 2014 (Boston) - Residential Green Building Committee meeting. Click here to sign up


Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (Boston) Green Breakfast Club "Beyond LEED: Passive Design for a Sustainable Future" - with Yanel de Angel and Jordan Zimmerman. Click here to register


Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (Boston) Beyond Buildings: A Review of LEED for Neighborhood Development in Massachusetts. This 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? Click here for details


Friday, May 23, 2014 (Boston) LEED Green Associate One-Day Workshop w/ Chris Liston of CBRE - click here to register for this great crash-course


Thursday, May 29, 2014 (Hudson) Green Building Tour of Quinn Middle School. Also, our Green Schools Committee will meet directly following the tour & reception. Click here to register

Webinars: for GBCI credit; take a look at our calendar to see the options across Massachusetts

Fresh from the BLOG

We keep writing up stories about things we're doing

by Grey Lee

Foam-Free High Performance Buidling Enclosures (Cape & Islands Meeting) by Adam Prince

 Member Spotlight: Conor McGuire by Steven Wychorski (Membership Committee)

Read more about our many activities at the USGBC MA Chapter blog - you can scroll and scroll and learn a lot!
Chapter Committees
Become involved with a Committee!


Emerging Professionals (EPMA)
Green Schools

Residential Green Building



The Chapter has groups meeting throughout Massachusetts:


Central Mass Group



Western Branch Group



Cape & Islands Group



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 "e" inc. Environmental Film Festival
May 18th 2014,
throughout Boston
Come to a variety of amazing and insightful films through out Boston for this year's Environmental Film Festival produced by our partnering organization, "e" inc.
Films include: "Drill Baby Drill," "Growing Cities," and "A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax"

Northeast Building & Facilities Management Show


Coming to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center June 18-19


Click here for more information


We'll be at booth #642 and we invite Chapter members to attend - you'll get a free lunch! for more info 

News you can use!



Happy Springtime! have to admit I am still on a high from Tuesday night's Earth Day Gala. It was great weather for 150 of us to enjoy the roof deck of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The views of the seaport and of the downtown were fabulous. I wrote a little blog entry about it, and more photos are at our facebook page.


What an amazing group of people - all committed to improving our environment and our society through our work on buildings. 


The award winners are pictured on the blog and you can also read a bit about the projects and past year projects on our website.


Please come out to our Earth Day Service Project, organized by the EPMA, tomorrow (Saturday) morning 4/26 in Cambridge. The morning weather should be good for us to get dirty cleaning up a nice stretch of nature.


Are you tuning in to our social media discussions and notes? We hit 1800 members on LinkedIn and now I want to go for 500 on facebook! Like us right now, if you please. It's a great way to stay abreast of green building industry activity in MA. Thank you for reading these emails, too, the old-fashioned way.


Even as we mop-up after the Earth Day Gala, there is a lot more coming up: our LEED ND program in May, various webinars, the Green Breakfast Club, Networking Nights and more. I look forward to seeing you soon.


Thank you again for working for MORE GREEN BUILDINGS!


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Advocacy Committee Returns


Recently, our volunteers have rejuvenated our advocacy work and begun a more focused effort to place the USGBC MA Chapter at the forefront of the policy conversations around green buildings, 
sustainable communities 
and associated issues. 
Please let us know if you would like to connect with us to push forward with the green building agenda. 

Fresh Numbers, whenever you need them! 


The USGBC has just created a new resource for everyone involved in green building.


The "State Market Briefs" are the latest expression of the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) which houses all the LEED certification information of every certified building, and more.


Check out the latest Massachusetts summary sheet. Massachusetts is at 87M s.f. certified space so far.


Green Schools Update


By Steve Muzzy


April 30, 2014

Green Schools Committee meeting. Join us for our April meeting. 


May 10, 2014

Boston Youth Climate Action Network (CAN) 2014 Summit will be held  at MIT's Stata Center. The event is free - keynote speaker will be Rachel Gutter, Director of USGBC's Center for Green Schools.


May 29, 2014

Quinn Middle School Tour (Hudson, MA). The school was designed by OMR Architects and is anticipated to receive LEED Gold certification. The tour is being coordinated by USGBC MA's Central Mass Committee and is free and open to the public.  


Congratulations to Boston Latin School (BLS) for receiving a 2014 Green Ribbon School Award from the Department of Education. BLS joins Acton-Boxborough, Berkshire School, Manchester-Essex, and Quincy High School as the only schools in MA to receive the honor.


Credential Maintenance?


We've Got Webinars and All-Day Workshops


We have USGBC official webinars for in-person, group viewings: 

Amherst on 5/6 at 7pm


Boston on 5/15 at 12pm


Amherst on 5/20 at 12pm


Boston on 5/21 at 4:30pm


Worcester on 5/22 at 6pm


AND - one big all-day LEED Green Associate Exam Prep course on 5/23 from 9am-6pm. Come out to study and then sign up for the exam before it changes to LEED v4!


You can read about our last all-day workshop here. 


See you there, LEED people!


Schools in MA now must
use LEED for Schools v4
Last month, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) Board of Directors approved an update to their Sustainable Building Design Guidelines that will require projects beginning June 5, 2014 entering schematic design to register under LEED for Schools v4
You can read the full memorandum here - that outlines the MSBA's current practices, discussion, outcome, and recommendations.  Our blog about it is here.
Karl Brown of MSBA announcing the change
Welcome: Tsoi/Kobus & Associates
Congratulations and thank you to Blake Jackson for connecting the Chapter to Tsoi/Kobus & Associates of Cambridge. We are excited to work with these leaders in green building who are now Bronze Sponsoring Partners.  
Stokes Hall at Boston College
Beyond Buildings: 
A Review of LEED ND 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?



We'll gather at Atlantic Wharf in Boston - a LEED Platinum, transit-oriented development building. Thanks to Boston Properties (USGBC MA Chapter Gold Sponsor) for securing the location, and thanks to our many partners and volunteers for coming together on this important topic. We look forward to seeing you there.


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