Wednesday, 4/22/15, 5-7pm in Boston

 April 2015
There's a new feeling around here - time to celebrate the Earth.

We hope to see you at our annual Earth Day event. This year, we are hosting a mega-mixer to connect innovators in the clean tech and building tech space directly to real estate professionals designing, specifying components, constructing & operating buildings.

It's going to be a great time - sign up now! Sponsorship opportunities are available. Special thanks to National Grid & Eversource, our headline sponsors for this event!

Upcoming Activities:

Spring Quarterly Combined Committee Gathering: Thursday 4/2/15, 5-7pm - in Boston

Non-Toxic Fire Safety in Massachusetts Symposium: Thursday 4/9/15, 9am-12:30pm - in Boston

LEED Green Associate Study Group: Friday, 4/10/15, 8:45am-5:15pm - in Holyoke

Earth Day Building Tech Forum: Wednesday, 4/22/15, 5-8pm - in Boston

EPMA's Earth Day Service Project: Saturday, 4/26/15, 9am-12pm - in Boston (at beautiful Franklin Park)

 Upper Northeast Regional Committee - Annual Regional Summit: Friday, 5/1/15, 8:30am-4:30pm - in Portland, Maine 

Committees & Working Groups (express your passion for green buildings!):

Residential Green Building Committee - featuring Oliver Klein of 475 Systems: Monday, 4/13/15, 5:45-8pm

Outreach Team: Tuesday, 4/14/15, 5:45-8pm

Emerging Professionals: Wednesday, 4/15/15, 6-7:30pm

What else is new? Did you know we have 992 LEED Certified buildings in MA? Who will be number 1000? Stay tuned. Congrats to March Certifications: BU's Leventhal Center (LEED-NC Gold), Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology (LEED-CI Platinum), and the Converse Store in Somerville (LEED-CI Gold).  If you were involved in the currently-listed-as confidential 291,816 s.f. LEED-NC Gold project in Boston (02210) (certified 3/4/15) - let us know so we can help you share your success! 


City of Cambridge is presenting "The Path Toward a Net Zero Cambridge" on 4/8 at City Hall.


MassSave has a program on "High Performance Solar Homes & New Construction" in Lexington on 4/9.


Are you coming to "The Pursuit of Sustainable Living" conference at Devens on 4/16? We'll see you there!


National Grid is sponsoring Building Operator Certification Level I courses throughout Massachusetts in 2015. 



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


See you all soon. Enjoy the flowers...

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Grey Lee
Executive Director

EPMA's Earth Day Service Project

April 25, 2015, 9am-12pm

 Come join us for a clean-up at Franklin Park!


As part of the Charles River Watershed Association's (CRWA) annual Earth Day clean-up event, we have volunteered to chip in and remove litter and debris in order to maintain our community's network of green space and parklands. Our group has been assigned a portion of Franklin Park, as part of the Muddy River Reservation and Emerald Necklace.


All are welcome! Join us for a great opportunity to give back to the community and spend some time getting to know others in our chapter and industry.

When:          Saturday, April 25th, 9am - 12pm

Location:     Franklin Park (exact meeting location TBD)


Non-Toxic Fire Safety in Massachusetts Symposium

April 9, 2015, 9am-12:30pm

This important & free 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.

Program includes: 

Impact of flammability standards on chemical exposures and risks
Robin Dodson, ScD, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
Cancer in the Fire Service, a Modern Day Dilemma
Tony Stefani, Founder of the San Francisco Firefighter Cancer Prevention Foundation
Fire Risks and Fire Safety Today 
Jay Fleming, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts
Fire Safety without Harm: California's Changing Flammability Regulations
Arlene Blum, PhD, Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute

When: Thursday, April 9th, 9am - 12:30pm
Where: 50 Milk St, 17th Floor, "Milky Way" reception area, Boston, MA

Deadline tomorrow 4/2: Register here!


Spring Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering

April 2, 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.

Plus, special training on leadership and social media!

When: Thursday, April 2nd, 5-7pm
Where: 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Conf Room Aristotle, Boston, MA

 Upper Northeast Regional Summit

May 1, 2015, 8:30am-10pm


"Way Beyond Extra Ordinary" - Connecting the Chapters

This is our annual regional gathering to connect green building professionals involved in USGBC Chapters throughout the Upper Northeast. This includes all the New England states and New York Upstate. Traditionally, we have invited Green Building Council envoys from Quebec and the Maritime Provinces as well.

When: Friday, May 1, 2015, 8:30-
Where: Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress St, Portland, MAINE

Credential Maintenance in-person Webinars:

A USGBC MA Silver Sponsor

Over the past few months, SMMA I Symmes Maini and McKee Associates is honored to have participated in several green building events around the Commonwealth as well as helping to elevate and promote current best design and building practices.


A few of the more notable happenings include joining forces with the USGBC MA Chapter to become Education Sponsors responsible for helping create national education content. As part of this strategic partnership, SMMA provided an in-depth LEED v4 for Schools training workshop at the NESEA Building Energy 15 conference. The content of this training workshop will soon turn into a national webinar for the Education Partner Program and will be available on-demand through the Education@USGBC website.


Additionally, SMMA has recently submitted one of the firm's more prominent K-12 public school projects, Winchester High School, into the LEED design review. The school showcases an array of sustainability features and has benefited from the guidance of both SMMA and the Town of Winchester's Sustainability Sub-Committee.  Click here to learn more about the project.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor:


Thank you to our Gold Sponsor:


Thank you to our Silver Sponsors:



Thank you to our Bronze Sponsors:



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