Is one of these green buildings laughing?
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September 2015

We want your project to shine at the Showcase! Register your green building to show off at this event on 10/1/15 at Harvard. You could win an award!

The "early bird registration" ends tomorrow:  Sign up for the event at this link. This is our biggest event of the year and always an incredible mix of professions, all passionate about building performance. 

We are excited for the participation of our Showcase Sponsors: Harvard University Green Building Services, National Grid, Suffolk Construction, Skanska, View Glass, SemaConnect, Touloukian Touloukian, The Green Engineer, Chapman Construction, Tsoi/Kobus, Arrowstreet, PCA, RDK & how about your firm!

Consider entering your awesome project in our Green Building Awards: for Innovation in Green Design and Exemplary Building Performance.

Starting later this month is our series of school-based service projects in the Green Apple Day of Service. Thank you to our generous mini-grant sponsors: National Grid, Eversource, Boston Properties, NORESCO, Triumph Modular, TOTO, Re-Stream, ICF & HMFH! 

You can find a project and sign up to volunteer at the My Green Apple website - enter your zip code to search. 

Please explore our events and gatherings opportunities below. These will help grow your professional network and are always time well spent.

As we transform the real estate market for improved environmental performance, we help bring our communities closer to sustainability. Thank you,


PS: Why, indeed, do green buildings never laugh? 


Green Building Showcase: Oct. 1, 2015 6:30 - 8:30pm
Calderwood Courtyard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA


Early Bird Registration rates in effect through tomorrow: sign up today!


Join us at the  2015 Green Building Showcase, the Chapter's premier event to showcase and celebrate exceptional green buildings conceived, designed, built & operated by our community of practitioners in recent months. 

Over 75 projects will be on display. Join Harvard's Green Building Services, Suffolk Construction, and more than 250 leaders in our industry who will be in attendance for this open bar reception and entertaining collection of green buildings.  Come celebrate with us!

Project teams are given the opportunity to display information about their buildings, highlighting the project team members and their successes. You may also enter your project into our Green Building Awards for Exemplary Performance and/or Innovation in Green Design

Attendees are invited to critically browse the projects and review the displays while networking over cocktails and appetizers.

The hall will be full of awesome design & real estate professionals and display boards of fabulous green buildings!

Register here to attend, display, or sponsor.
Thursday, October 1st 
6:30-8:30pm  Calderwood Couryard, Harvard Art Museums
23 Quincy St, Cambridge 
LEED Green Associate Exam  Preparation

This is a fast-paced class for green building and emerging professionals who have little previous knowledge of the LEED rating system, green building operations and green building construction.  Upon completion of the class employees will be eligible to sit for the LEED Green Associate exam at a local testing center.  By passing the exam, employees will earn the LEED Green Associate credential. If interested in attending a LEED Green Associate Exam Prep class, more information available here.

Please refer your junior colleagues and others who want to get this credential!

Wednesday, October 14th
8:30am - 5:30pm  Edison conf. room
50 Milk Street, Boston, 16th Floor

Green Apple Day of Service!


Green Apple Day of Service


We are looking forward to the largest Green Apple Day of Service in Chapter history. We have mini-grant sponsorship support from Eversource, National Grid, ICFI, HMFH Architecture, ReStream Recycling, TOTO, Triumph Modular, & NORESCO. 


We have hundreds of students who are registered with us for the big day. 


We still have a few energy efficiency mini-grants that are going to be matching with qualifying projects. If you, or an educator that you know, is interested, please email Celis Brisbin, [email protected].


Thank you to Phoebe Beierle and Debbie Shepard for organizing the program this year!


Saturday, September 26th

Actual projects may happen in the weeks preceding and following the 26th

Various locations throughout the Commonwealth!



GRESB Networking Night at EnerNOC:
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark


Join your fellow commercial real estate peers on September 22nd for an evening of networking at EnerNOC's headquarters on the Boston waterfront. Hear how top REIT's are utilizing GRESB data to make smarter energy decisions across their portfolios.

Register here to connect with other leaders to dive deep into GRESB.

Tuesday, September 22nd
5:15 - 8:00pm 5th Floor Cafe
EnerNOC Headquarters
One Marina Park Drive, Boston 

Green Breakfast Club:  Designing for Sustainable Transportation

This live presentation will discuss the elements that make up a comprehensive multimodal transit system and how to integrate sustainable transit into a LEED project. Join presenters Carrie Havey of The Green Engineer and Alyson Fletcher of Nelson/Nygaard for a thorough exploration of the topic.

Discussion will include: LEED credit options, cost implications, and tips for documenting credits. Also, how to design communities that balance the needs of those who walk, bike, take transit and drive. If you are concerned about how green buildings connect together in communities, come on out to this important conversation!

Wednesday, September 23rd
8:30 - 9:30am in Hercules conf. room
50 Milk Street, Boston, 17th floor

Green Giants: Recognizing Leaders in our Communities

This is the second year of the West Branch Biannual Green Giants Awards program!

The program honors the work of trades peopleeducators, and owners/program directors who help build, teach about, envision and fund green buildings in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties.  

This program is intentionally distinct from other building awards in that it honors a wide range of participants in the sustainable building industry of our region.

The West Branch Green Giants program will occur in December, 2015, in Hampshire County TBD.

Green Giants programs will occur in other parts of the Commonwealth, as well.

Greater Boston will host a program on Dec. 12, 2015. Stay tuned for more details on how we will recognize leaders in the green building industry.

Chapter New Board Members
If you would like to be more involved with our mission and impact,
 look no further! We have created a space to harbor our organizational needs by listing them as volunteer opportunities on this page. 

We have fun roles for everyone:

To learn more, email Celis Brisbin, Programs Manager.

You can still register for GREENBUILD at the early bird pricing: $600 for the whole show - but you should add-on a tour or one of the all-day education sessions such as "Successful Energy Modeling for LEED Projects" taught by our colleagues at The Green Engineer.

For more information, check out the Greenbuild 2015 website. It might take you 45 minutes to go through the options for tours, but only 5-10 mins to just register for the conference. You can sign up for workshops and sessions later, as well.

Do let us know you are going so we can put you on the "Massachusetts Party Patrol List" and alert you to any good receptions we can crash or otherwise manifest.
The U SGBC 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.  

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