We kick off June with some welcome rain! (Seriously)

 June 2015
It's summertime!

Progress in our green building movement continues. You are making it happen! We had 345,417 sf LEED certified (four Gold, two Silver) in May. You are collectively working on Living Buildings, Passive House, GRITS, GRESB and many other systems to validate our intentions around improving real estate performance. Send me your story - I want to share more of what's happening within our community.

I recently attended a collaborative event of environmental advocacy organizations where Secretary Matt Beaton (Energy & Environment) said "There's no way we're losing our status as #1 in energy efficiency under my watch!" - so let's work to help him & the Commonwealth's dutiful bureaucracy with that. 

Last week, I attended a reception where Boston's Chief of Energy, Environment & Open Space (don't forget Open Space), Austin Blackmon announced that the BERDO reporting has been going smoothly - he expects over 90% compliance with the new energy reporting mechanism. This shows that after the belly-aching and crocodile tears subsided, our colleagues in asset management and facilities operation were able to embrace the simple EnergyStar Portfolio Manager tool and provide their data to the City. We will be working with the City to help investigate the data to develop new and improved incentives and programs to reduce energy use in buildings. Maybe you would be interested in such a hackathon?

The USGBC has a lot of great opportunities for you to connect with in June. Take a look at our calendar of events and the programs highlighted below. 

Upcoming Activities:

Quarterly Combined Committee Meeting: Monday, 6/15/15, 5:30-8pm 50 Milk St. Boston Mass. 02109 15th Floor Conf Room: "Aristotle." Come out and connect with your peers to plan upcoming events and brainstorm on our next big moves.

Green Building Policy Forum: Tuesday, 6/23/15, 9-11am Massachusetts State House,
House Members Lounge 24 Beacon St, 3rd Floor Boston01233.
Learn more about our advocacy priorities and rub elbows with the Beacon Hill-billies.

Committees & Working Groups (meet colleagues who share your concerns):

Residential Green Building Committee - Will D'Arrigo and Alec Danaher from ICF will speak on New Residential Green Construction through the Mass Save program: Monday, 6/8/15, 5:45-8pm, 50 Milk St, 15th Floor, Conf Room "Aristotle," Boston

Outreach Team: Build the membership - develop our impact! Tuesday, 6/9/15, 5:45-8pm, 50 Milk St, 17th Floor, Conf Room "Hercules," Boston

Events Committee - Green Building Showcase Planning Meeting: Help us plan Showcase 2015 Thursday, 6/11/15, 5:30-7pm 50 Milk St, 15th Floor Conf. Room "Aristotle," Boston. This includes event logistics, the Green Building Awards and connecting with project teams throughout the state and all of New England.

Other Events of Note:

"e-inc" Urban Green School Awards Ceremony - join e-inc to celebrate students and leaders who have improved environmental science education in their schools. Alicia Barton, CEO of MassCEC will be speaking! Tuesday, 6/16/15, 5:30-7:30pm at Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. Get your tickets now!

Earth Night with the Environmental League of Massachusetts - a party to support a healthy environment and the clean energy future of the Commonwealth: Tuesday, 6/9/15, 5:30-8pm at 100 Federal Street, 36th floor, Boston. 

Boston Living with Water Final Awards Ceremony - Please join Mayor Martin J. Walsh in recognizing the awardees, finalists, and all of the Boston Living with Water participants. June 8th 6-8pm at 290 Congress St #200, Boston. Space is limited - RSVP here.

Reminder: if you would like to volunteer with the USGBC MA for a service project or to support a campaign or program for LEED credential maintenance units, you can fill out this short form. This is our "Opt-In" list for volunteer opportunities. Our Outreach Team will alert you to project opportunities where you can put your talent and passion for green buildings to use! Did someone say Green Apple Day of Service?


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Enjoy the changing seasons, and thank you for participating in our mission to make green buildings available to all within a generation.

Grey Lee
Executive Director

 June 11, 2015, 5:30-8pm in Boston


Are you ready to start it up?



The Events Committee is meeting this evening to plan the Chapter's premier fall event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings built by our community or practitioners over the past year.


The event will feature informational displays about completed green buildings, as well as present the Innovation in Green Design Award winner and recognize the Green Building of the Year.


This is a call for volunteers to help in the planning process for the event - helping to iron out the details of what the event will include, organize the awards program, as well as the logistics of how we'll make it happen.




2015 will be even bigger than last year!    


There's Still Time to Enter!
Deadline June 13, 2015, 11:59 PM EDT

Submit your ideas on how to address climate change before June 13th to receive feedback from our Fellows and expert Judges.

You'll have a chance to revise your work before being considered for the finalist round.
If you win, you could win a cash prize, meet people who can help implement your idea, and be invited as a special guest to our conference this fall!

Contests closing June 13 (see all open contests)
  • U.S. Carbon Price
  • Transportation
  • Buildings
  • Energy Supply
  • Attitudes & Behavior
  • Industry
  • Land Use
  • Waste Management
  • Adaptation
  • Rural Resilience
  • Urban Energy Efficiency
  • Atypical Ideas for Carbon Neutrality
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Energy Solutions for Latin America



2nd Annual Greenovate Boston Community Summit

Curry Student Center, Northeastern University 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM




The Greenovate Boston Community Summit brings together residents, businesses, government officials, and organizations to help Boston reach its sustainability and climate goals. Now in its second year, the 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. 





Statewide Event!

Saturday, September 26, 2015





The Green Schools Committee and USGBC MA Chapter will again participate in 

Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS) to advance healthy, sustainable schools in 2015! 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. Link below to more project ideas.





Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Wednesday-Thursday, June 17-18, 2015

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


NEBFM 2015



The USGBC MA Chapter is proud to sponsor the 10th annual Northeast Buildings & Facilities Management Show & Conference. This event 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: LEEDv4 for Existing Buildings, with Dan Whittet, Green Technologies, Sustainability, Energy, Building Commissioning, Facility Maintenance, Construction and Renovation Planning. 





 November 18-20, Washington D.C.


Mark your calendars now!



Greenbuild is the premier event for sustainable building. Featuring three exhilarating days of uplifting speakers, unmatched networking opportunities, showcases, LEED workshops and tours of green buildings in Washington, DC, Greenbuild offers a place for tens of thousands to gather and renew their commitment to the green movement.


With so much to see and do, you can't miss the excitement and energy of Greenbuild 2015 in Washington, D.C.  





 Green Building Policy Forum

Massachusetts State House, 

24 Beacon St. Boston, MA

3rd Floor - House Members Lounge, 

June 23, 2015, 9-11am



Green Buildings and the businesses that make them are a major component of Massachusetts having a thriving economy and being a leader on environmental & quality of life issues.


Join us at the Members Lounge at the State House from 9-11am for a Green Building Policy Forum.


Experts from our Chapter community will be presenting on various and specific pieces of legislation which collectively form and expand the beneficial green building policies of the Commonwealth.


Join us to hear about active legislative initiatives such as:

  • Property Assessed Clean Energy & Resilience Finance 
  • Net Metering Reform and Smart Grid Expansion
  • Net Zero Building Code

We will also review other aspects of state policies such as energy use disclosure, green building incentives, and how green buildings connect to other important issues.

Thank you for your interest in this forum. We look forward to seeing you there.



Welcome to our Advocacy Fellow:

Cherie Ching, J.D. '16




Cherie Ching is joining the USGBC MA Chapter as our Summer Advocacy Fellow - in an internship funded by the MassCEC. She recently completed her second year at Suffolk University Law School, in the Juris Doctor Program, and is concentrating in Legal Technology and Innovation.  At Suffolk, Cherie has researched and studied the effects of net metering for energy efficiency and environmental protection while taking courses such as International Environmental Law and Technology, Energy, and the Environment Law.  


She is an editorial writer for the Journal of High Technology Law, currently working on her research Reinforcing the Net: Net Metering to Advance Deregulation in an Electric World (forthcoming note, 2016).


Cherie is excited to participate in the Chapter's mission of promoting a network of green building advocates as well as the legislation that supports the movement. Feel free to connect with Cherie at cching@usgbcma.org . 


Credential Maintenance in-person Webinars:


America's Oldest Net Positive Home Remodel (Webinar)

June 11th, 2015 12:00 -1PM Boston


Cultivating Young Minds: A Net-Zero School for Tomorrow's Leaders (Webinar)

June 17th, 2015 4:30 - 6:00 PM Boston


June 23rd, 2015 12:00 -1:00 PM Boston 

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