In This Issue
2014 LEED Project Showcase at Genzyme
Green Schools Update
The Net Zero Imerative
Upcoming Chapter Events: 


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Fresh from the BLOG

What is this awesome community doing for the green building movement?

Standard 189.1 + the IgCC + LEED = the Philips Head Hammer

Leading Edge Green Partnership Program for residential transaction donations to USGBC MA Chapter 

Passive House Conference in Portland, MA 9/22-9/23

Member Spotlight: Samantha DeMagistris

The Net Zero Imperative with Eric Corey Freed

Putting Solar On It: Boston Properties' Waltham Garage 820kW Photovoltaic Array

Press Release:
 USGBC and the American Chemistry Council Work Together to Advance LEEDm

Read more about our many activities at the USGBC MA Chapter blog - you can scroll and scroll and learn a lot!
Chapter Committees
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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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North American Passive House Network 
Conference & Expo in Portland, Maine

September 22-23 2014
This is the premier gathering for Passive House professionals - featuring international specialists Wolfgang Feist and Gernot Vallentin.

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Credential Maintenance


We've Got Webinars!


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


Amherst on  9/16 at noon - LEED v4 (BD+C and ID+C): Water Efficiency


Boston on  9/17 at 4:30  - Vegetated Roofs and their use in LEED


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Welcome back to business! 


Upcoming events:

Committee work sessions:


2014 Massachusetts LEED Project Showcase: The Big Night Out for LEED is all set for September 30th at Genzyme in Cambridge. Individual tickets now on sale.


Are you going to Greenbuild? We'll be in New Orleans from October 22-24. This is always a great way to learn and network. The Chapter is renting out a house and we'll be sure to have a social gathering during the Greenbuild week. 


Let's get ready to jam out on the green building movement through the end of the year!


Grey Lee

Executive Director

USGBC MA Chapter


The LEED Showcase 2014

At Genzyme in Cambridge


We are Ready!
The biggest LEED gathering in New England - the 2014 LEED Project Showcase. Over 200 projects qualify for this year's Showcase.

We want to hear about your recent LEED Projects. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

If you were involved in a LEED project, plan on attending: Tuesday, September 30 from 5:30-8:30pm at Genzyme, 500 Kendall St in Cambridge.


Green Schools Update 
$5600 in Green Apple Day of Service Mini-Grants Awarded
By Steve Muzzy, Green Schools Program Manager

Thanks to the generous support from a number of sponsors we have awarded a total of 14  mini-grants of $400 each to schools in support of Green Apple Day of Service projects. National Grid and NSTAR funded a total of 12 projects focused on energy conservation (National Grid split their grants between MA and RI) - and Arrowstreet, Capitol Waste Services, Re-Stream, and Triumph Modular provided support for five more projects. 

Congratulations to our awardees!

NSTAR - NGRID Energy Focused Project Awardees

Alighieri Montessori School
East Boston
Manning Elementary School
Jamaica Plain
Boston Green Academy
Boston Latin School
Clark University
Dallin School
Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School
McKinley Middle School
Medford High School

General Project Awardees

Brooke Charter School
Curley K-8 School
Jamaica Plain
Lillian Jacobs Elementary School
Quincy High School
Wentworth Institute of Technology

We also thank Excel Dryer for their in-kind donation of four XL-SI Green Apple dryers to Brighton High School. 

It's not too late to get involved with Green Apple Day of Service. Projects can still be coordinated and registered at If you're looking to volunteer with a project see the  current MA registered projects for service days in your community. 

Thank you to our generous Green Apple Day of Service Mini Grant sponsors and their support of healthy, sustainable schools. 

Granny Smith

Honey Crisp


Recap of EPMA Sustainable Bike Tour of Boston's Green Necklace

By Ryan Montoni, EPMA

Overall, the bike tour turned out to be a huge success!


All who attended would all like to thank Jessica Mink from MassPaths for providing us with a wonderful, seventeen mile ride through places that most of us were previously unfamiliar with.  


During the three hour ride, we were able to see Franklin Park, the Arnold Arboretum,  the Audubon Boston Nature Center (Boston's first LEED-rated building), and much more.


MassPaths is a non-profit organization whose goal is to increase the proportion of non-polluting, human-powered vehicles in the transportation mix by promoting the development of off-road routes or bike paths that allow bikes to travel all the places that cars can.


Below: the Boston Nature Center (on the inside)


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