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A Quick Summary of Opportunities

The pilgrimage is about to begin: Tens of thousands of green building professionals are heading to New Orleans for the big international Greenbuild Conference.

Massachusetts continues to lead in green buildings and in the allied sector of cleantech. MassCEC recently reported how the clean energy industry is growing at a whopping 13% and employs more people than the insurance sector. Our green buildings are a big part of the cleantech sector. We are hosting a panel at the DisruptCRE innovation summit connecting innovation to the building sector. Check it out below.

Our community is doing a lot to make a difference in our communities. Take a look, and join us!

DisruptCRE - tomorrow 10/16 - 25% discount code "USGBCMA" - sign up now

Halloween LEED Credit Costume Party 10/30 at our new office event space

A Net Zero Legislative Mandate for Massachusetts 11/10

Credential Maintenance in-person Webinars:

You can read a ton about our activities on our blog now - events, programs, advocacy campaigns and more. Following our blog is another way to keep track of our opportunities.

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Grey Lee
Executive Director

How is the Innovation Economy Disrupting Real Estate?




Come to DISRUPT CRE on 10/16 from 1-7pm


DisruptCRE is a first-of-its-kind commercial real estate / technology event designed to connect disruptive ideas with capital and commercial real estate professionals. It is these innovators and professionals who are disrupting the status quo by bringing the new ideas to market. Our goal is to be a catalyst of change by merging the interests of funders, implementer and users to see the real estate of the future.


USGBC MA Chapter is convening a panel on "The Science of Building Systems" with experts on the changing nature of the AEC industry including Barbra Batshalom of Sustainable Performance Institute, Suzanne Robinson of Vanderweil and Kurt Roth of Fraunhofer.


Chapter Members receive a 25% discount using the code "USGBCMA"


Join us Thursday, 10/16 from 1-7pm at District Hall in Boston's Seaport - sign up now!




LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Begins 10/16/14


We are offering our 6 week LEED Green Associate Exam Prep beginning October 16, 2014 at our new offices at 50 Milk St. This 6 week course introduces core concepts of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems including updates of task and knowledge domains under the new LEED v4 to assist students with study and preparation for the LEED Green Associate exam. It is sponsored by the USGBC MA Chapter, facilitated by green building design and construction professionals with LEED credentials, and has a track record of student success. Sign up early as this study group does fill up. 




Greenbuild Massachusetts Group Photo!
  Thursday at 1:30pm at the Exhibit Hall Entrance

Meet in at the entrance in front of the USGBC National booth.

If you are going to be in New Orleans next week at Greenbuild, please join us for a Massachusetts group photo at 1:30 on Thursday. We'll meet at the entrance to the Exhibit Hall, near the Registration area adjacent to the USGBC Washington-office booth. You will see it right there near the main entrance. Do please spread the word to colleagues from Massachusetts who are not on this email list.



When: Thursday, October 23th, 2014, 1:30-1:45pm

Location:  Morial Convention Center, New Orleans



"LEED Credit Category" Costume 
Halloween Party and Zombie Talk


Join the Emerging Professionals with your best credit costume on.


That's right, we want everyone to show up in their best outfits of LEED credits. Please be sure to come with a broad diversity of credits - we aim to make this event a LEED Platinum Halloween Party!


Thank you to Guardian Industries who will be underwriting the refreshments and beverages.


We will hear a brief presentation from Shawn Hesse on "Resiliency in the face of a Zombie Apocalypse" - zombie LEED credits are welcome to join us (bike racks, anyone?)


When: Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 6-8pm

Location:  50 Milk St, 17th Floor, Boston

RSVP: On our website



What is the Living Building Challenge? 


 Connect with the LBC Boston Collaborative on 11/6/14!


The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a building certification program; advocacy tool and  philosophy that attempts to dramatically raise the bar from a paradigm of doing less harm, to one in which we view our role as steward and co-creator of a true Living Future. The Challenge defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. It is the world's most rigorous design and construction standard.

The LBC's goals overlap with the various leading industry groups out there, but also has its differences and benefits. TheInternational Living Future Institute (ILFI) recently released version 3.0 of the challenge. 

When: Thursday, Nov. 6th, 2014, 6-8pm
Location: 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Boston
RSVP: On our website



Green Apple Day of Service RECAP!


Here is just a sample of the many projects we supported and that came together because of awesome volunteers like you: 


YouthBuild Boston Partners with McKinley Middle School for Green Apple Day of Service


Curley K-8 involves many partners for Green Apple Day of Service 


Hull Public Schools - Green Apple Day of Service connects High School and Elementary School 


Brooke Mattapan Charter School's Huge Green Apple Day of Service Collaboration 


The Green Apple Day of Service was a tremendous success in Massachusetts this year. We had 60 projects throughout the state - our largest turnout to date. Over 3700 projects were embraced throughout the world.


You can read about many of the projects that we've highlighted on our blog:



Thank you to the sponsors of the mini-grants:  NStar, National Grid, ArrowstreetRe-Stream, Triumph Modular, Capitol Waste Services, and in-kind sponsor Excel Dryer

The USGBC started the Green Apple Day of Service in 2012 to advance healthy, sustainable schools for all students in America (and beyond). This is a great opportunity for our green building community to come together and support our communities. 



Profiles in Green Entrepreneurship:

UVME presents: 


David Blittersdorf, CEO All Earth Renewables 11/4 


Join renewable energy and entrepreneur enthusiasts for a presentation for David Blittersdorf who will share his story of growing a business in the "green" industry and how he helps other connect and build on their aspirations. Sponsored by UVME and the Green Catamounts.


When: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 6-8pm

Location: MassChallenge, 23 Drydock Avenue, 6th Floor, Boston (out in the Seaport)

RSVP: Through this link



Anatomy of a Sustainable Real Estate Project

Suffolk University Professional Development


Drawing upon Suffolk University's $62 million development project at 20 Somerset Street, students will learn why and how to incorporate sustainability into real estate projects and property management. This course will also encompass additional case studies such as Partner's HealthCare Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston Properties' Atlantic Wharf, Urban Edge's Jamaica Plain Apartments, and more. Topics include: high performing buildings (new construction and existing buildings), green leases, preparing for a changing climate, and developments in energy policy. 


Among the instructors are Chapter members Barbra Batshalom, Caitriona Cooke, John Bolduc, Jim Newman, Brian Swett and Grey Lee.  


Sign up now - course holds it's second meeting today, Wednesday, Oct. 15th


Committee Meetings:

Emerging Professionals: TONIGHT Wednesday, 10/15, from 6-7:30pm in Boston. Prepare materials & decorations for the Halloween Party with us!

Green Schools Committee: Thursday, 10/23 from 6-7:30 in Boston. Sign-up here for more information.

Residential Green Building Committee: Monday, 11/10 from 5:45-8pm in Boston. This meeting is a presentation from State Senator Jamie Eldridge about a Net Zero Mandate.

Membership Committee: Tuesday, 11/11 5:45-8pm in Boston. Strategize with us about the Leadership Circle and the fall Membership Drive!


Safer Materials Engineering Summit - Friday, Dec. 3 at the EPA - McCormick Courthouse in Boston's Post Office Square.

Are you going to Greenbuild? Let us know - we want to meet up in New Orleans!
Examining the Showcased Projects: what will be there next year?

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