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Happy Monday!

What a funny weekend spectrum of weather, but I did soak up some sunshine yesterday on my back deck. The ice-coating from Saturday melted out from under my chair and the birds were singing! It's looking like Spring is finally coming around, and it'll be good to get outside more often.

What did you do this weekend to connect with nature?

A big theme of our organization right now is Greenbuild 2017 - we are the host Chapter, after all. Last Thursday's Greenbuild Networking Night was the most fun I've had in a long time. Thank you to our Host Committee (above) - they are doing tremendous work. It was great to see our growing staff take charge and even perhaps upstage me! We saw lots of familiar faces, but plenty of new ones as well - all ready to go All-In this November. Thank you Shawmut for hosting us.

Tomorrow and Wednesday is MED|Ed 2017, where we're an educational partner. Will I see any of you there? Stop by booth 115 and say hi if you're heading to the Seaport World Trade Center this week!

Are you looking for a new opportunity? With my departure coming up in May, we're searching for a new Executive Director. Apply or share with a friend. 

Let me draw you in to my situation. As I peruse the course catalog at the Kennedy School, I am faced with the challenge of choice. I am going to keep building my career on the theme of sustainability in the built environment, but allow me to ask you: what can you see me doing after this program, on the other side of a Master's in Public Administration? What kind of classes do you recommend? I would be delighted to hear your suggestions.

Meanwhile, let's focus on the upcoming programming coming up this month right here at USGBC Massachusetts! Please see below.

I hope to see you soon,
Thank you,

What's new?
We're All-In for Greenbuild - are you?

Last Thursday, we held a Greenbuild 2017 themed networking night at Shawmut in Boston. 100 Chapter members and green building enthusiasts filled this gorgeous meeting space for a night of food & drinks, fun times, and Greenbuild preview events that were released to the public for the first time.

We love holding events like this. Our community rocks, and it never gets old seeing our community convene at great locations like this all in support of green building! 

Special thanks to Nathan Gauthier for supporting this event, and for giving our community a tour of Shawmut! We were thrilled to have VP of Shawmut New England Kevin Sullivan take the stage to say how stoked they were to be involved in sustainability and Greenbuild. Thanks to Judy Nitsch for giving everyone the scoop on what each Greenbuild subcommittee is currently working on. Our Chapter is incredibly excited for November, and we hope you are too.

Keep an eye out for more Greenbuild networking nights coming up in May.

Read the full blog about the event here and see all the pictures here.
We're a growing team - welcome Vernette Allen!

Everyone, please say hello to the 5th member of our ever-growing team! Vernette Allen recently joined us as Grants Program Manager, and will be focusing heavily on grants and workforce development. She comes from a strong background in education and fundraising, and we're excited to be working together.

Did you forget to send in your Greenbuild Tours proposal?

Fridays are always busy and sometimes people might neglect their emails a bit. We're giving you a few extra days (until this Friday (4/7) at 5:00 PM to submit any last-minute proposals. A LOT of people will be coming to Greenbuild in Boston this year, and if you have any projects in particular that you'd love to show off then this is the time to do it. Your organization can submit multiple proposals, so there's no need to hold back!

Learn more here. 
We can still save EPA programs

It's time to be more engaged than ever. The proposed 2018 White House budget plans to eliminate or greatly reduce funding to EPA programs such as Energy Star, WaterSense, and Safer Choice. Sign the USGBC letter and let your voice be heard.

Learn more here. 
The Tallest is now LEED Gold!

Boston Properties has done it again! The tallest building in New England, 200 Clarendon Street, aka the historic John Hancock building, is now LEED Gold certified. Congrats to BXP!

Read about the building.
Upcoming Events
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

Can't make it to a prep course on a weekday, but you still want to prepare for your Green Associate exam? We can help you with a Saturday info session at the Boston Architectural College!

Saturday, April 8th, 8:30am-5:00pm
Boston Architectural College
951 Boylston St, BeeHive Room
Boston, MA, 02115 
LEED BD+C Exam Prep and LEED v4 Refresher

Are you already a LEED Green Associate? Take the next steps and prepare to become LEED AP! Use the code LEED20 for 20% off any ticket type.

Thursday, April 13th, 8:30am-5:30pm
50 Milk St., 5th Floor, Windrose Room
Boston, MA, 02109
LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

It's time to take the next step in your career! Becoming a LEED Green Associate means you'll be able to make that much more of a difference in the world, one green building at a time. Our exam prep course has a 100% success rate with passing the Green Associate exam, so you can attend with confidence.

Use the code LEEDGA20 for 20% off any ticket type.

Wednesday, April 19th, 8:30am-5:00pm
50 Milk St, 18th Floor, Hemingway Room
Boston, MA, 02109
WELL Exam Prep Course

WELL is the next big thing in sustainable design: human and health-centered! Join us to delve into the program for a full day. You will leave ready to tackle the exam and become a WELL AP.

Use the code WELL20 for 20% off any ticket type.

Tuesday, April 25th, 8:30am-5:00pm
50 Milk St., 12th Floor, Hummingbird Room
Boston, MA, 02109
Living Future Regional Conference:

Come to Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment at the end of this month in New Haven, Connecticut on the Yale University campus.

Join the Connecticut Green Building Council and the Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative for this next group gathering to explore and champion the Living Future!
More events:
Keep an eye on our calendar for all other upcoming events!