Hello Green Building Advocates! Victory is in the air.

Last night, the MA Legislature wrapped up the session after a weekend flourish of procedure and the results included an energy bill. There is a lot to be happy about, a lot to be annoyed at.

On the positive: we have a huge new mandate for offshore wind energy, and hydro procurement, and most importantly: commercial PACE (C-PACE) has made it through, with the provision that renewable installations qualifying for financing in addition to retrofits. Rockin'!

We did not see victory for residential PACE nor the home energy audit provision, and the growth of the renewable portfolio standard will not go forward as fast as we (and the Senate) wanted. Overall, though, it's great that so much has been updated and authorized. Read more about it here. Of course, as Sen. Rosenberg said, we'll have more to do in January when the Legislature convenes again for the next session. 

Thank you to all who helped push for strong energy policy in Massachusetts and for the provisions that will benefit our green building industry. Our Advocacy Committee will review, with our allies, what next steps to take and how to position our efforts for the coming state elections. Stay tuned as we determine our next priorities, having won on C-PACE and our other priorities this cycle.

Happy summer to you all!

Thank you again for your commitment to our mission,


[ Above photo: "in the air"...but you tell me where!]

Events in August
Bristol Community College - ZNE Lab Tour

Thurs, 8/4: 5 :30pm - 8:00pm
Bristol Community College, 777 Elsbree St,
Fall River 

Join us on Thursday, August 4th to tour and learn about the recently completed John J. Sbrega Health and Science Building at Bristol Community College (BCC) in Fall River, MA.

  Click here  to learn more and to register!

Living Building Challenge Tour: Hampshire College and Hitchcock Center
Fri, 8/12: 2:00p m - 5:00pm
893 West St, 
Amherst MA 01002

Check out these two awesome living building projects in Amherst at Hampshire College. This is a great way to see commercial-scale successes with the LBC system. Wright Builders will be leading the tour and sharing their experience. 

Following the tour at Hampshire, we will be proceeding to the historic city of Holyoke for a mini-adventure finding green buildings. Join us!

Click here  to learn more and to register.

Tue, 8/16: 8:30a m - 10:00am
50 Milk Street

In this workshop you'll discover a new framework to transform existing neighborhoods through the lens of Equity, Resilience and Climate Change to prepare a roadmap and structure for how to move forward.  This hands-on exercise will help you develop an action plan for how to move forward. .

Click here  to learn more and to register.
WELL Accredited Professional Exam Prep
Thurs, 8/18:  8:30am - 5pm
50 Milk Street
Join us for an in-depth course to prepare for the WELL AP exam. We will cover the ideology, structure, and certification process. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day, and a hard-copy material for attendees.
Click here  to learn more and to register.
WELL Intro + Discussion
Tues, 8/23:  8:30am - 10:30am
50 Milk Street
Interested in learning about WELL, the new building rating system?
Everyone is welcome to jump in and learn with us.

Click here  to learn more and to register.

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
Wed, 8/24:  8:30am - 5pm
50 Milk Street

This comprehensive course will prepare attendees for the Green Associate and other specialty exams. The day-long curriculum will get you psyched for the exam!

Click here to learn more and to register!

Also in August

Vanguard Series: New Approaches to Designing Net Zero Buildings (and sell them to our clients)! 
Sun, 8/17: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
50 Milk Street
Join us for a great session with the always-engaging Eric Corey Freed! In this workshop, you'll learn how to rally your project team to achieve net zero energy on your projects. You'll discover ways to sell your clients on being committed to never having to pay a utility bill ever again.  Using specific case studies and stories from the field, you'll develop an arsenal of ideas you can apply to your current projects right now.  You won't want to miss this workshop by a pioneer in regenerative buildings.  Follow our 20 step process to getting to net zero in your buildings.

Click here  to learn more and to register!

As a Community:

Boston GreenFest

Fri - Sun, August 19-21
Boston City Hall Plaza
Come out for GREENFEST! It's free and fun! August 19-21 at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Let us know if you'd like to volunteer and spread the good word about green buildings. We will have a booth and help more and more people see the benefits of green buildings.

Click here  to learn more and to register!

Are you interested in volunteering? Click here to sign up!

Coming soon!
Sign up now: Green Building Showcase 2016 
Thurs, 9/22: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
888 Boylston Street, Boston
THIS IS GOING TO BE HUGE! Join us at the 2016 Green Building Showcase, to celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built & operated by our community of practitioners over the past year. Thank you to Boston Properties for being our venue sponsor.

If you had an awesome green building come into being in the last 3 years - put a showboard together to share the story with our entire community. 

Click here to learn more and to register!

Sat, September 24th 

Green Apple Day of Service gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service events. Since 2012, more than 750,000 volunteers in 73 countries have had an impact on the learning environments of 7 million students and teachers around the world. This year's Green Apple Day of Service will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. 

Be sure to check out event ideas, pick up helpful event resources, and register your event today!

 Click here to learn more!

 Save the Date: Greenbuild 2016
Wed, 10/5  - Fri, 10/7
LA Convention Center

Greenbuild, the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building, will be held in Los Angeles this year!  Let us know if you are going - we have rented a great big old house three blocks from the convention center - you could join the party!

Click here to learn more!

Wed, 8/17: 4:30pm - 6:00pm
50 Milk Street

Join the conversation about water conservation:  Click here to learn more and sign up!

Big Thank You to our Sponsors!