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Green Breakfast Club Presents:

Social Equity Pilot Credit

May 28th 8:30-10am
At 50 Milk St, 17th Floor


Learn how you can address the social equity of your green building project through the LEED system. 


The USGBC has identified "fostering social equity" as a driving principle in its strategic plan, and in 2014, launched three new Social Equity credits as part of the LEED v4 Pilot Credit Library. The three credits; Social Equity in the Project, Social Equity in the Community, and Social Equity in the Supply Chain reward project teams for implementing best practices in improving social equity.


Presenter Shawn Hesse serves on the LEED Technical Working Group, where he coauthored the new Social Equity LEED credits, and is on the board of the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter.  Shawn also serves on the national board of ADPSR, working to improve social justice in the built environment.


Register here for this exciting program



Get ready for the Green Apple Day of Service

The Green Schools Committee and USGBC MA Chapter will again participate in the Green Apple Day of Service to advance healthy, sustainable schools in 2015! 

Are you interested in supporting this exciting project? We are going to see over 75 projects in the Commonwealth this year and need a big team to help coordinate all the volunteers and support the mini-grant program. Projects will occur throughout the fall at schools, with the main event intended for Saturday, September 27th.

Examples of service projects include indoor or outdoor clean ups, preparing a garden, creating signage that helps to reduce waste, or any other project that promotes healthy schools and community service. If you are interested in helping out, please email our Programs Manager, Celis Brisbin, at celis@usgbcma.org




Education Committee Conference Call

If you are interested in exploring how the USGBC MA Chapter can better meet the needs of our stakeholders as an educational resource and instructional provider, join us for this conversation.

When:    Thursday, 5/28/15, 10 - 11am

How:      Dial in to 712 432 1496 x4037   




Quarterly Combined Committees Gathering

50 Milk St, Boston, 15th Floor

June 15th, 5:30-7:30pm


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.


We have a lot of events and campaigns in process and each committee will report briefly on what they are working on. This includes:

  • The Green Building Showcase
  • Advocacy campaigns for green building policies
  • Our educational programming
  • ADVANCE: the service project dimension of the Chapter, including the Green Apple Day of Service

During the working session we will break out into small teams to explore how our community can organize and make progress with:

  • Recognizing "Green Giants" - the people who are making a difference in our industry and in the sustainability movement in general (in Massachusetts)
  • Regional programming to support our colleages throughout New England and Upstate New York
  • Organizing our Massachusetts contingent going to Monumental Greenbuild in DC, in November this year 
  • Building our membership base to connect with important constituencies related to: green schools, building tech, our advocacy work, national USGBC member firms, and others

Come join us for this important work. Refreshments will be provided.



Register here for this meeting


Always a great group and lots of collaborative brainstorming!


Credential Maintenance:

In-person webinars with the USGBC MA

June 2015:

America's Oldest Net Positive Home Remodel: How did they do it?

Tuesday, 6/11, 12-1pm in Boston 


Cultivating Young Minds: A Net Zero School for Tomorrow's Leaders

Wednesday 6/17, 4:30-6pm in Boston


The Pursuit of Net Zero Energy: The Walgreens Experience

Tuesday, 6/23, 12-1pm in Cambridge



Save the Date: Chapter Service Project 

Saturday July 11th

Exact Location TBD


The Chapter's Emerging Professionals Committee is organizing their annual summer service project to help our community connect and make a difference. 

Stay tuned for more information.




Sign up for the Education Platform Subscription!


You can now subscribe to unlimited green building education resources through the Chapter's partner arrangement with the national USGBC. It's like Netflix for green building & sustainability education videos. For $199 you can watch as many programs as you want, and can manage your LEED credentials from wherever you want.


Learn more here


Building & Facility Managers:

NEBFM is Coming to Boston 6/17-6/18!


The 10th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference will feature over 300 exhibitors displaying products and services necessary for the operation, management, maintenance and renovation of buildings and facilities in the greater New England region. Running concurrently with the trade show is an educational conference featuring 42 individual one-hour talks covering a wide range of topics including: LEED, Green, Sustainability, Energy, Building Commissioning, Facility Maintenance, Construction and Renovation Planning.


You can register here


Pro Tour of Berkshire County Jail
Friday, June 5th, 1:30-5pm

Join NESEA on a Pro Tour of the Berkshire County Jail, the site of one of the deepest reductions of energy use by a state facility in Massachusetts.


The project is expected to result in a 52% reduction in energy use through operational improvements, electrical and mechanical systems optimization and onsite renewable production. 

Space is strictly limited & registration closes on May 29, 2015 for a security check.



Greenovate Boston 
Saturday, June 6th, 10am - 4pm

The Greenovate Boston Community Summit brings together residents, businesses, government officials, and organizations to help Boston reach its sustainability and climate goals. The second annual Summit will focus on how these groups can work together to implement the Climate Action Plan. The Summit fosters collaboration, new ideas, and action; it helps align our community-wide goals so that we can work together and achieve more. 




Earth Night 2015 with the ELM 
Tuesday, June 9th, 5:30 - 10pm

Our friends at the Environmental League of Massachusetts invite you to raise a glass on behalf of the planet!  Come together for an old tradition with a new twist. Enjoy drinks, hors d'ouevres and spectacular views of Boston from high above the city at our biggest bash of the year. Bringing friends, allies and the environmental community together, Earth Night will feature music, merriment and ways to make a difference for the Massachusetts environment.  



Summer BBQ with the CSI 
Wednesday, June 10th, 4 - 7pm

Please join the Construction Specifier Institute, Boston Chapter, for their annual Summer Social to be held on June 10th!  This year will feature a New England Cookout and Beer & Wine Open Bar as catered by the famous Woodman's of Essex at the 100 year old Building Science Firm, The Thompson & Lichtner Co. in Canton, MA. 


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Connect With Us
The UChapter LogoSGBC Massachusetts Chapter is a non-profit organization serving the sustainable design community throughout the Commonwealth by providing a wide range of green building education, networking and advocacy services. 

For more information visit: www.usgbcma.org