Chapter New Board Members
New Members of the Board: Mike Davis, Barbra Batshalom, John Dalzell, Shawn Hesse, Tiffany King and Carrie Havey

March 2015

In like a Lion? Let's see about this great month full of green building excitement.

Greetings Advocates for Sustainability in our Communities!

I hope to see many of you this week at NESEA's BE15 in Boston. USGBC MA will be at booth 422 and we are holding two LEED education sessions tomorrow (see below).

Our advocacy work is kicking up - we are pushing for major improvements to clean energy, retrofit & resiliency financing, for better building codes, and for improvements to the distributed power grid & net metering. You can help us by connecting with your local district legislator - let us know if you want to be a part of our green building & sustainability promoting network. Also, please come to our forum on 3/19.

Thank you to our three new (joining in February) Sponsoring Partners: ICF International, ASSA ABLOY, and Chapman Design/Construction.

We are looking forward to many ways for your to connect with colleagues and to learn about the greening of our communities. 

Upcoming Activities:

Spring Quarterly Combined Committee Gathering: Thursday 3/26/15, 5-7pm - in Boston

Green Breakfast: Advocacy Forum: Thursday, 3/19/15, 8-9:30am - in Boston

Committees & Working Groups:

Residential Green Building Committee: Presentation from Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister - Monday, 3/9/15, 5:45-8pm

Outreach Team: Tuesday, 3/10/15, 5:45-8pm

Emerging Professionals: Meet new co-vice-chairs Suzi O'Leary and Jenna Dancewicz - Wednesday, 3/18/15, 6-7:30pm

At NESEA's Building Energy 2015 conference, starting tomorrow, we have two workshops - on LEEDv4 and on Green Schools. Email Steve Muzzy directly if you would like to attend. We'll be at booth 422 all day on Wednesday and Thursday - stop by to say hello!

Thank you for subscribing to our mailing list, and don't forget to check us out on LinkedIn, twitter and facebook!

Grey Lee
Executive Director

Green Breakfast: Advocacy Forum

March 19, 2015, 8-9:30am


Our Green Breakfast Club in March will focus on advocacy, an important realm of our activities as a Chapter.


We will have presentations on our key advocacy issues for 2015, and a recap of past and continuing efforts on secondary advocacy issues. We have some great interdisciplinary organizations working on advocacy this with us this year, including IBEW, ELM, and PACENow. This will be a great event to learn more about the issues and what you can do for the Chapter, the Commonwealth and the environment! 
  • Property Assessed Clean Energy
  • Net-Metering Improvements
  • Net-Zero Building Codes

When: Thursday, March 19th, 8am - 9:30am
Where: 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Conf Room Aristotle, Boston, MA


Two Options for LEED Green Associate Prep Workshops!


Have you been looking for that extra something to make your resume stand out? A LEED Green Associate accreditation could do the trick! USGBC MA is offering 2 study groups to prep for the Green Associate exam. 
Weekly Thursday Sessions

Time & Location: The Study Group convenes on Thursdays from 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM at USGBC MA Chapter (CIC Boston), 50 Milk Street, Boston, 02109


Course Overview: This course introduces core concepts of the USGBC LEED Rating Systems and assists 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. 

Details & Registration


One Day Prep Workshop

The Class will Include:

  • 8 hours of live instruction by a LEED Expert
  • Green Building Core Concepts Guide (PDF format)
  • 200 LEED Green Associate Practice Exam Questions
  • Copy of Workshop Presentation
  • LEED Standards Reference Guide
  • Lunch
Time & Location: March 20th 9am-5pm at USGBC MA Chapter (CIC Boston), 50 Milk Street, Boston, 02109


 See you at NESEA BE15 on March 3rd and 4th!
USGBC MA will be at the Trade Show and our two workshops!

Come find us at the Trade Show at NESEA's BuildingEnergy15 Conference! We will be at Booth 422 from 10:30-6 on Wednesday and 10-4 on Thursday. 


Make sure you give our presenters, Jim Newman, Andrea Love, and Chris Schaffner a high-five for their presentation on "The Arrival of LEEDv4" (3/3 10am-1pm) and a pat on the back to our presenters, Jim Newman, Martine Dion, Steven Burke, and Phoebe Beierle for teaching us about the "Greenest Schools" (3/3 2-5pm)!


If you have questions of would like to volunteer, please contact:



Credential Maintenance in-person Webinars:

California Schools Connect the Drops

Wednesday, 3/11 12:00pm in Boston


 Improving Healing Environments with LEED for Healthcare

Tuesday, 3/17 12:00pm in Cambridge


A Life Cycle Assessment: A revolution in green building design

Wednesday, 3/18 4:30pm in Boston


 Construction IAQ Management in LEED

Thursday, 3/19 6:00pm in Worcester


Come Learn about GPRO


USGBC Massachusetts is partnering with Urban Green Council to bring GPRO to Massachusetts. GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training is a certificate program that teaches the principles of sustainability & green construction to the people who build and operate buildings.


To launch this exciting initiative, we are holding an information session for local leaders in the building sustainability community. Ellen Honigstock, Urban Green's Director of 

Education Development will lead this session and be available to answer any questions you may have.

We've reserved March 6th for this presentation. If you'd like to learn more about the curriculum and how this program can benefit your staff and contractors, please RSVP at this link. For questions about this informational session, please contact Steve Muzzy



Spring Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering

March 26, 2015, 5-7pm


Each season, we convene representatives from all corners of the USGBC MA Chapter to focus on our strategy. As an organization, we attend to a lot of different initiatives collectively. At the Quarterly Gathering, we reconnect to synergize, share, and coordinate plans for the coming months.

When: Thursday, March 26th, 5-7pm
Where: 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Conf Room Aristotle, Boston, MA
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