USGBC MA had a blast at NESEA's BE15 Conference 
seeing lots of colleagues and making new connections 
[Seen here at the booth: Grey, Sharon and Steve]

February 2015 
Up and onwards to Spring:

 

Hello Green Building Advocates!

I hope to see many of you at our Advocacy Breakfast on Thursday morning, 3/19/15 in Boston. Our Advocacy Committee is helping people see the merits of PACE+R legislation, improving net metering regulations, and improving the state's building code. We are also tracking a number of other issues in the legislature. Come learn, share, and connect with others who want to see Massachusetts continue to lead in our industry.

For you or your peers starting out in the green building profession, we offer LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Classes - this Friday 3/20/15 in Boston and also, for people in Western MA, on 4/10/15 at Holyoke Community College. These are expert-instructed intensives full of practice questions and answers to make sure you are in the best shape to take the exam.

Every three months our volunteer project team leaders gather to coordinate programs and cross-fertilize ideas and initiatives. The upcoming Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering will occur on Thursday, 4/2/15. This is a great way to roll up your sleeves and engage with our activity groups.

For those concerned about flame retardants, we have the thing for you: we are co-sponsoring a morning symposium on toxicity in flame retardants on 4/9/15 with Silent Spring Institute including speakers from the Boston Fire Department at our headquarters in Boston.

EARTH DAY is right around the corner! We are convening at MassChallenge (in Boston's Marine Industrial Park) on 4/22/15 to host a Building Tech Forum. This will bring together dozens of firms and research teams who are helping transform the building industry with innovative technology. We will hear from Secretary of Energy & Environment, Matt Beaton as well. I hope you will join us. Sponsorship packages are available! 

Thank you for subscribing to our mailing list. We are also on LinkedIn, twitter and facebook for those who like their updates in microbursts!

Thank you for your support,

Grey Lee
Executive Director 


Green Breakfast Club: Advocacy Forum

March 19th at 8:00-9:30am 

 

Come hear about our advocacy priorities for 2015. 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! 

Contact our Advocacy Committee leaders or review our Advocacy Resources page for more information. We want to help you connect with our legislative advocacy efforts.

 

 

Join us for an exciting conversation. 


When:   March 19, 2015 8:00am-9:30am

Where:  50 Milk St, 15th Floor
      Conf. Room "Aristotle"
      Boston02109

 

REGISTER HERE

 

 

    

 

 


Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering

April 2nd 5:00-7:00pm


Our Quarterly Gathering is coming up on April 2nd at our headquarters at CIC Boston. Join us to re-connect with your peers in the many different working groups of our organization. We will host a lively speed-networking round and a brief presentation on the topic of leadership.

Inter-committee projects include:
  • Advocacy & Outreach
  • Green Building Showcase 
  • Service Projects
When:    Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 5-7pm

Where:   50 Milk St, 15th Floor
Conference Room "Aristotle"
Boston, MA 02109 

 

Register here to attend

We look forward to another fun and engaging evening!

 

    

 


Prep for Your LEED Green Associate Exam

 

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. 



1. Weekly Thursday Sessions (starting on 4/2)
 

Time & Location: The Study Group convenes on Thursdays (starting 4/2) 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.  


2. One Day Prep Workshop 

- 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, 50 Milk Street, Boston, 02109

 

Details & Registration

 

 


TODAY! EPMA Monthly Meeting 3/16

This is our awesome monthly gathering to plan our events, programs and advocacy for green buildings!

 

Come out and connect with your peers in the green building world. We will be making plans for the coming months - including a tour of a green healthcare facility, our April Service Project, and more.

 

You can also meet our new co-vice-Chairs Suzy O'Leary and Jenna Dancewicz.

 

 

March 16th, 2015 6:00 PM   through   7:30 PM
Gensler
  One Beacon Street
  BostonMA 02108
  United States
kristin_malyak@gensler.com to get on the building security list.  

Earth Day 2015: we are going BIG!


We are innovating for Earth Day this year (4/22/15): a streamlined program focused on practitioners, with interactive games to stimulate new insights and networking.


 

Come gather with your colleagues in the real estate sector to discover, share, and converse on the topic of innovation in building design, construction, facility management and related realms.


 

Sponsorship opportunities are available!


 

  • When: 5-8pm, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
  • Where: MassChallenge, 23 Drydock Ave, 6th Floor, Boston
  • Who: Problem-solvers and innovators in the building industry


 

We want to collect firms who are making products and designing services which will improve the performance of buildings, improve the building user experience, and improve the environmental sustainability of buildings. 


 

This is a major component of the Massachusetts economy and we want all involved to meet and mix to raise the profile of the "Building Tech" sector!


Non-Toxic Fire Safety in Massachusetts:

A symposium to learn about new policies and products to create healthier environments to work, learn, and heal 

April 9th 9:00am-12:00pm

 

Where: 
CIC Boston, 50 Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

When: 
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., April 9, 2015

Breakfast, coffee, and snacks will be served.


Description:

This symposium will educate stakeholders from multiple sectors about recent changes in the Massachusetts and Boston fire codes that allow flame retardant free furniture in public spaces. Our speakers will discuss the impact of these code changes on health, fire safety, firefighter health, sustainability, architecture and design, and policy. You will learn how to make changes to reduce exposures to flame retardant chemicals and improve the health of your organization.


Registration:
This is event is free, but requires registration by March 27, 2015


Click here to register now

 



Credential Maintenance In-Person Webinars:

 

March

 

Improving Healing Environments with LEED for Healthcare

Tuesday, 3/17 12:00-1:00pm in Cambridge

 

A Life Cycle Assessment: A Revolution in Green Building Design

Wednesday, 3/18 4:30-6:00pm in Boston

 

Construction IAQ Management in LEED

Thursday, 3/19 6:00-8:00pm in Worcester 


 

You must follow the links above to the relevant registration page to sign up.


 


 

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For more information visit: www.usgbcma.org