In This Issue
Networking Night with the Materials Transparency Tool
LEED Showcase
Combined Committees Gathering
The Regenerative Practitioner
Green Schools Update
Webinar Schedule
Beyond Buidlings Recap
Upcoming Chapter Events: 


This Evening! Thursday, May 29th, 2014 (Hudson, Central MA) - Green School Tour with the Central MA Committee - This will be a great tour and reception at the Quinn Middle School, which has really embraced "going green!" Sponsored by

Bacon Construction, OMR Architects, Bacon Sardina and Chandler Architectural ProductsClick here for more details


Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (Boston) - It's time for the Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering - join us to connect with your peers working all angles of green building promotion and advocacy. Together, we can plot out the next steps on our action agenda and coordinate upcoming events. Click here to sign up for the meeting


Tuesday, June 3, 2014 (Eastham, Cape Cod) - LEED Learning & Networking Night with the Cape & Islands Interest Group. Sponsored by Jill Neubauer Associates and Cape Associates. Click here to sign up


Friday, June 6, 2014 (Boston) - "The Regenerative Practitioner Intro Session" with Regenesis Group. Presented by Bill Reed and Jim Newman. Come to learn more about "what's next" in our practice. Click here to register - Also available on June 19th - click here for more info


Monday, June 9, 2014 (Boston) - Residential Green  Building Committee meeting & presentation. "LEEDv4 for Homes" - what is changing, what is the same, what you need to know. Come hear from Will D'Arrigo from Conservation Services Group Click here for details


Tuesday, June 10, 2014 (Boston) Networking Night! Come out to hear about the new Transparency Tool from Perkins+Will in Boston. Click here to register 


Thursday, June 12, 2014 (East Boston) Green Building Tour of the East Boston Branch Library with the EPMA. Come out for a great networking & educational experience Click here to register


Thursday, June 26, 2014 (Boston) "Envelope Renovation Energy Modeling: How Effective? How Reliable?" Come hear from experts as they compare eQUEST, Revit, and Autodesk software used on a renovation at UMass Amherst. 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 Blake Jackson

by Grey Lee

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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Northeast Building & Facilities Management Show


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


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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!



By some reckonings, it's summer now. I hope things are heating up for you in your work for more green buildings.


The USGBC is hot - the transition to LEEDv4 is moving right along. The LEED AP & Green Associate Exams are about to change.  


Big projects are coming up for the Chapter - are you interested in rolling up your sleeves? We are looking for organizers to help with our 2014 LEED Project Showcase, slated for Sept. 18th. Also, the Green Apple Day of Service will be huge this year.


Are you tuning in to our social media discussions and notes? We hit 1850 members on LinkedIn, but we are at 1857 on Twitter. These social media tools are a great way to stay abreast of green building industry activity in MA. Are you tweeting? We'll follow you if you let us know.


But more importantly, live and in person: come out to our Networking Night. We have one June 10th focused on "Materials Transparency" at Perkins + Will. 


I look forward to seeing you soon,


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


Advocacy Alert: PACE Financing


Time to move some legislation!


The Chapter has been supporting S.177, to improve Property Assessed Clean Energy financing in Massachusetts. 


The initiative has moved to the Ways & Means Committee. You can help by sending a letter to the Chair, Senator Stephen M. Brewer. 


We have more information about S.177 and PACE financing on our advocacy resource page. Please take a look and consider sending a letter to your legislator - here's an example you can use as a template.


Transparency Tool


Come to learn about this at our Networking Night on 6/12/14 in Boston, at the Perkins+Will offices.


The built environment has a significant impact on human and ecological health and wellness and this impact is currently quite negative. Most buildings pollute and have the potential to make us sick. Many times this is the unintentional consequence of the complexity of buildings and the negative synergies between materials selected for construction, interior fit-out, mechanical systems or operational products. We know it can be done better.


The Perkins+Will transparency tool is a publicly accessible web site that is designed to encourage material health in the built environment. We believe this will help many professionals in the green building industry improve their materials choices and improve the buildings.


Join us on June 10th in Boston, 5:30-7:30 at 225 Franklin St, for an engaging evening presentation & reception.


The LEED Showcase is coming!


Get ready for the biggest LEED gathering in New England - that's right, the LEED Project Showcase is coming back. Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 18th.



If you would like to participate in organizing this major gathering of our tribe, please contact Grey Lee or reply to this message. You could have a lot of fun with this, and make a lot of great connections. Thank you!


Combined Committees Meeting next week, Tues 6/3 
It's time for the Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering - join us to connect with your peers working all angles of green building promotion and advocacy. Together, we can plot out the next steps on our action agenda and coordinate upcoming events. Click here to sign up for the meeting

The People, together, shall plan amazing programs!


The Regenerative Practitioner

Boston, 6/6/14 3-5pm


Come to one of our two intro-sessions for this amazing program with the Regenesis Group. Bill Reed and Jim Newman will be presenting.


Regenerative Development is a way of thinking and working through situations where the long-term and large-scale effect of an organization, project or community is optimized. The ultimate goal of regenerative practice is that a project or organization will add value in a social, environmental, cultural and economic sense that goes beyond just remaining sustainable, and that it has a continual ripple effect by design. 


Green Schools Update 

The 3rd Annual Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS) is set for September 27, 2014. It's time to get the word out. To provide some incentive, Grey Lee will buy dinner for the individual that shares the GADOS opportunity with the most schools and gets the most projects registered by July 1, 2014. Contact Steve Muzzy for more details about winning dinner with Grey and for GADOS marketing templates and resources.  


New this year we are launching a GADOS Mini-Grant Program that will provide a modest amount of funding for qualified GADOS projects. We are in the process of soliciting sponsorship of the grants and will have more information about applying for the grants shortly - stay tuned! If you are interested in being a GADOS Mini-Grant Sponsor, contact Steve Muzzy for details. 

Sign up now!


Keeping the Credential


We've Got Webinars!


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


Amherst on 6/17 at 12pm


Boston on 6/18 at 4:30pm 


Worcester on  6/19 at 6pm


This is one of our ways of helping our community stay on top of our LEED credentials - free for members!


Beyond Buildings: 
A Review of LEED ND

Our program last week was a major success - over 80 people attended from the planning and community & neighborhood development professions - we are now actively engaging professionals through our Sustainable Neighborhood Development Working Group.





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