Friday, August 29, 2014

The Weekly Bulletin to 8/29/14

I hope you're all looking forward to a great Labor Day Weekend - it's that time of the year to squeeze out the last drops of summer. 

Have you seen these green buildings?





As for the USGBC in Massachusetts, we have a few things coming up:

Next Monday the 8th: Residential Green Building Committee. They will be hosting a presentation about sustainable forestry and timber construction from Michael Sigmon and Jack Mackin of Chapter Sponsor Sterritt Lumber. 

Our Combined Committees Quarterly Gathering will be Thursday, Sept. 11th, and will be our official "Open House" at our new offices. All Chapter working group and committee leaders are invited to attend.

Coming up in September: The LEED Project Showcase! Reach out to your colleagues now! We want their certified projects to be in our show. This is a major fundraiser for the Chapter and it's going to be an excellent time for all. If you know someone who is "on the fence" - put them in touch with Grey.

This is the LEED Gold East Boston Neighborhood Health Center - 

eligible for the Showcase!



Also, in October, DisruptCRE is a mini-conference we're participating in to bring together innovators and startups who are going to reshape the way real estate is done - from crowdfunding to co-working, and also how buildings are created and operated. The Chapter is sponsoring a panel on "The Science of Buildings" to go into the technologies that are transforming our practice. And often saving energy and improving tenant experience at the end of the day. We won't mention how LEED was a major disruptor of the entire industry when it came out 15 years ago and is still making waves...

Big news from USGBC: we are partnering with the American Chemistry Council to explore how to improve sustainability in materials and product supply chains. And to help the ACC stop trying to ban LEED. Very interesting development.

We hope to see you at an upcoming Chapter event, or, just bump into you in a green building!


Where is the green building? (hint: recent event was there)


And here is a REALLY green "building!"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Member Spotlight and Marathoner Samantha DeMagistris

Today we get to know Samantha. I just met her via phone during our last Membership Committee meetings. She brings a breath of fresh air and diversity to the Committee. Let's get started!

USGBCMA: What is your current job and how does it differ from past jobs in regards to Sustainability?

Samantha: I have worked in the Real Estate Services Industry for over 5 years. Since 2013 I have focused on commercial janitorial services for the United Services of America located at One Beacon Street where I have been working as Director of Account Services focusing on business development and account management. My specialties include implementing Green Cleaning programs and helping companies achieve their LEED certification. Before I joined my current employer, I worked at Capital Paper Recycling/Mass Hauling managing recycling programs in over 25 million SF of office space! I was able to save 75 accounts a total of $3.5million through various recycling programs and marketing efforts by diverting over 40,000 tons from the waste stream between 2009-12. In addition, I worked on 2 dozen LEED certification projects in Boston assisting clients with their MR, EA and EQ credits as well as conducting LEED compliant waste audits for everyone ( WOW Sam really puts her money where her waste is! - editor )

USGBCMA: When did you first become interested in Sustainability?

Samantha: While working at Capital Paper Recycling/Mass Hauling, I became an expert in comercial recycling and waste disposal services in the downtown Boston market. Helping buildings increase their recycling rates and promoting building sustainability efforts. Organic/food waste recycling has become another passion of mine in which I worked with both retail and office tenants to develop and implement programs which resulted in decrease disposal costs; Green Restaurant Certifications which is complying with the state and local regulations on the upcoming food waste ban ( eg. City of Boston's enacting a mandatory composting program for facilities producing a certain amount of food waste - editor )

USGBCMA: Why are you a member of the Chapter and how did you get there?
Samantha: In 2012, I achieved my LEED O+M accreditation by maintaining my credentials through LEED projects and seminars. At the Chapter, I've had the opportunity to meet interesting people and attend informative events on green building regulations.

USGBCMA: How are you an environmental steward?

Samantha: Professionally I help businesses reduce their environmental impact by replacing conventional cleaning product with those that can be naturally derived, safe and non toxic. Along with improving indoor air quality, green cleaning products can also increase work productivity. On a personal note, I try to recycle as much as possible both in my office and at home. When I go grocery shopping, I concentrate on buying in bulk and look for products with as little packaging as possible. Community Service is important to me. In the past, I've volunteered through Building Impact to help clean Pope John Paul II Park Reservation on National Service Day. I've also volunteered with one of my former clients, Fidelity, at the Mario Umana Middle School Academy for their site "transformation day" where I leveraged painting and planting skills to create site improvements.

USGBCMA: How do you help raise environmental awareness?

Samantha: While I am not one for shaming my friends for buying numerous packs of bottle water or for not recycling them afterwards (let's face it, no one is perfect and there are times that plastic water bottles are convenient and no recycling bins are around), I do like to educate them on the benefits of being green. Being green isn't just about recycling. I think it's less about 'stuff', more about supporting local businesses and farms, reusing 'stuff' when possible and being a green advocate.


USGBCMA: If I needed to find you on a Saturday afternoon, where would it be?

Samantha: Training for my upcoming marathon in Savannah, GA.


Friday, August 22, 2014

The Weekly Bulletin to 8/22/14

Summertime and the green building is easy!

Especially with the new announcement of integration across Standard 189.1 - linking ASHRAE, IES, the IgCC, and LEED. Read about it in a great post by Brendan Owens at USGBC



We have our EPMA Sustainable Building Bike Tour tomorrow in Boston (starting in Cambridge).

We have a Green Schools Committee meeting on Tuesday, 8/26 at 6pm in Boston. We'll be finalizing planning for the Green Apple Day of Service. So far we have about 25 projects in the works, throughout the state. This year we are offering "mini-grants" to help fund supplies for the service projects. Sponsors of the mini-grants include: National Grid, NStar, Capitol Waste Services, Re-Stream, and Triumph Modular.


Coming up in September: The LEED Project Showcase! Reach out to your colleagues now! We want their certified projects to be in our show. This is a major fundraiser for the Chapter and it's going to be an excellent time for all.

Also, in October, DisruptCRE is a mini-conference we're participating in to bring together innovators and startups who are going to reshape the way real estate is done - from crowdfunding to co-working, and also how buildings are created and operated. The Chapter is sponsoring a panel on "The Science of Buildings" to go into the technologies that are transforming our practice. And often saving energy and improving tenant experience at the end of the day. We won't mention how LEED was a major disruptor of the entire industry when it came out 15 years ago and is still making waves...

Another pic of our finally fit-out office - now on the 15th floor of 50 Milk Street - at CIC Boston!


The view from our new corner cubicle - hey! It's a green building right there! Who knows which one it is? 


Thanks for being a part of the USGBC. See you at an event real soon!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

$5600 in Mini Grants Available for Green Apple Day of Service Projects

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On September 27, 2014 students, teachers, parents, and companies from around the world will come together in support of healthy, sustainable schools as part of Green Apple Day of Service. Through local service projects, we are bringing attention to the fact that "where we learn matters".

Green Apple Day of Service (GADOS) is the Green Schools Committee's biggest program - and this year we have mini-grants available to support schools in their greening efforts! Please pass along this opportunity to your local school - even better take advantage of this opportunity if you work for a school. Details about the mini-grant application process are below. The deadline is tight - August 25, 2014 - but if you are interested and need more time contact me directly - Steve Muzzy smuzzy@usgbcma.org


Green Apple Day of Service Mini-Grant Details

Thanks to the generous support of Capitol Waste ServicesTriumph ModularRe-Stream,ArrowstreetNational GridNSTAR, and Excel Dryer,  the USGBC MA Chapter is providing a total of 14 grants of $400 each to help Massachusetts schools fund Green Apple Day of Service projects such as a recycling assembly, garden planting, waste free lunch, clutter cleanouts, etc.

In addition, local utilities, National Grid and NSTAR have made an additional twelve mini grants of $400 available to schools that are in these respective service territories for ENERGY RELATED TOPICS. Note that National Grid has split their 6 grants and are offering 3 grants each to schools in MA and RI. To see which utility your school is under check the following links - NSTAR communities and National Grid communities. 


Grant Eligibility:
  1. Any K-12 school or college, university in the State of Massachusetts is eligible to apply for a USGBC MA Green Apple Day of Service mini grant.
  2. Schools applying for NSTAR or National Grid grants must be in these utility service territories. 
Grant Deliverables - if awarded the grant, you agree to the following:  
  1. Register your Green Apple Day of Service project at www.mygreenapple.org by September 1, 2014. See current MA registered projects.
  2. Document your project/event by taking pictures and/or video and sharing them along with a 300-word blog post with USGBC MA.
  3. Share your event via social media and include the @usgbcma in your tweets.
  4. Provide USGBC MA with the total number of students, staff, and community members involved with your project, any leveraged funds and total cost of the project by October 1, 2014.
To apply for a GADOS Mini-Grant:  

Green Apple projects are held at schools on or around September 27th, 2014. Application deadline has been extended to August 25, 2014. Awards will be made in early September.

Contact USGBC MA Green Schools Program Manager, Steve Muzzy at 413-376-5078 or learn more on our website: http://www.usgbcma.org/MiniGrants


Thank you to our generous Green Apple Day of Service Mini Grant sponsors and their support of healthy, sustainable schools. 

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