Monday, September 15, 2014

$5600 in Green Apple Day of Service Mini-Grants Awarded



Green Schools Update 
$5600 in Green Apple Day of Service Mini-Grants Awarded

Thanks to the generous support from a number of sponsors we have awarded a total of 14  mini-grants of $400 each to schools in support of Green Apple Day of Service projects. National Grid and NSTAR funded a total of 12 projects focused on energy conservation (National Grid split their grants between MA and RI) - and Arrowstreet, Capitol Waste Services, Re-Stream, and Triumph Modular provided support for five more projects. 

Congratulations to our awardees!

NSTAR - NGRID Energy Focused Project Awardees

Alighieri Montessori School
East Boston
NSTAR
Manning Elementary School
Jamaica Plain
NSTAR
Boston Green Academy
Brighton
NSTAR
Boston Latin School
Boston
NSTAR
Clark University
Worcester
NGRID
Dallin School
Arlington
NSTAR
Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School
Manchester
NGRID
McKinley Middle School
Boston
NSTAR
Medford High School
Medford
NGRID















General Project Awardees


Brooke Charter School
Mattapan
Curley K-8 School
Jamaica Plain
Lillian Jacobs Elementary School
Hull
Quincy High School
Quincy
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston








We also thank Excel Dryer for their in-kind donation of four XL-SI Green Apple dryers to Brighton High School. 

It's not too late to get involved with Green Apple Day of Service. Projects can still be coordinated and registered at http://mygreenapple.org/. If you're looking to volunteer with a project see the  current MA registered projects for service days in your community.

We especially encourage Chapter Volunteers to attend the projects that received funding support from our sponsors.

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

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Pippin



Friday, September 12, 2014

The Weekly Bulletin to 9/12/14


Are you going to volunteer with us? That's right - we have a great opportunity in two weeks (most of the projects are on Saturday, Sept. 27th) with our Green Apple Day of Service! You can participate in a project at a school or other learning facility near you. Sign up by looking up a project on the map at the Center for Green Schools, our USGBC-affiliated partner organization for projects throughout the WORLD!

Upcoming Events:
9/25 - Hostelling Int'l Green Building Tour with the EPMA in Boston
9/30 - LEED Project Showcase in Cambridge
10/2 - Bring the Outside In with Gunnar Hubbard and Dan Nall in Boston
LEED Study Groups are forming - stay tuned
10/30 - Halloween LEED Credit Costume Party with the EPMA in Boston

Also we have a Green Schools Committee Meeting on Thursday 9/18 at 6pm at our main office on Milk St.

Speaking of green schools and academic communities - I recently met up with three wonderful people who are working hard on improving educational outcomes for sustainability and organizational change. Pictured below are Leith Sharp, leading the Harvard/USGBC "Core Business Integration of Sustainability (CBIS)" executive education program, Christine Renauld, founder and CEO of E-180 "Brain Dates for Learning Humans" (a platform for peer-to-peer informal learning exchanges), and Margo Street, manager of community advancement at USGBC, with whom I'm in constant correspondence at the national office. It was a great conversation which I'm sure will go forward into programming at the Massachusetts Chapter.





And surely you are already thinking about it: Tuesday the 30th of 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" and interested in sponsoring - put them in touch with Grey. Thank you to the many existing sponsors so far:
  • National Grid - Platinum
  • NStar / Northeast Utilities - Platinum
  • Suffolk Construction - Gold
  • Boston Properties - Silver
  • Richard Moore - Silver
  • ICF International - Bronze
  • Urbanica - Bronze
  • Chapman Construction
  • Columbia Construction - Bronze
  • and over two dozen other project sponsors...
See you there!


Below is a set of notes taken during the recent Combined Committees Quarterly Gathering - a great and engaging evening of about 35 chapter volunteers. After an overview and introductions, we broke into two groups to explore Membership & Engagement and also Leadership and Learning Communities. It was a very dynamic gathering of truly committed and inspiring fellow green building advocates. I look forward the continuing conversation!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Green Buildings Set the New Standard

by Jessica Roche, Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Cambridge has joined Boston in enacting a building energy disclosure ordinance, under which owners of buildings more than 50,000 square feet will be required to report their energy use beginning in May 2015. 

Life sciences spaces have higher necessary energy use than typical residential or office buildings, as they must accommodate complex air ventilation and water flow systems, as well as meet stringent safety requirements. But lab developers and users have long worked
toward greater energy efficiency, and impressive developments in lab design and operations have made new lab spaces in Massachusetts showcase projects for replication throughout the world. 


The Center for Life Science (above), an 18-floor research building in Boston, utilizes energy sub-metering that allows users to closely monitor use. It was no small effort; it required substantial investment in new systems, consensus protocols among users, and intensive data mapping. 

“With more transparency and accountability, tenants are dialing down on their equipment usage,” said Peter Damiano, Sr. Facility Manager of BioMed Realty Trust, the company that owns the Center for Life Science. The system has changed operating conventions,
reduced energy consumption, and become a roadmap for BioMed in improving efficiencies within its global building portfolio.

At MIT’s Koch Institute building in Cambridge, completed in 2011, cutting-edge efficiency design was at the forefront. The building is oriented east to west to maximize heat and light from the sun. Light-shelves bounce sunlight to the ceiling, bringing ambient light deep into the building to reduce dependence on electric lighting. Its ventilation system uses a “cascading design” by which office cooling air is reused in lab hoods, air flow rates are at a reduced 80 feet per minute, and labs are aligned to reduce duct work. Electrical systems were “right-sized,” not overbuilt. 

The results are striking. Anticipated 14.6 watts per square foot usage are at 3.8 watts instead. Steam heat that was projected at 35,000 pounds per hour for the coldest days is at 20,000 pounds. The building reduces total energy use by more than 30 percent as
compared to a standard laboratory facility. Walt Henry, MIT’s Director of Engineering at the time, explained in an MIT News article, “To get a building that performs well requires only that you make intelligent choices.”



Intelligent choices like those made by Biogen Idec, which has already surpassed its goal of reducing its overall environmental footprint by 15 percent by 2015 even as it adds in facility square footage. Biogen Idec’s greenhouse gas intensity goal is to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 80 percent by 2020. Its two new Cambridge buildings achieved LEED Gold and Platinum certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council. Biogen Idec’s
campus is powered by its cogeneration plant, which produces 75 percent of the campus’ electricity and 100 percent of its steam. Cogeneration has helped lower emissions by more than 150,000 metric tons of CO2e on the campus since 2006. 

These examples of recent lab developments provide models in energy efficiency that set the standard and point the way for energy sustainability.

[This article originally appeared in the summer edition of MassBio News]

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bring the Outside In! 10/2 in Boston

Buildings are designed to shelter us from the harshness of nature, but the most comfortable and energy-efficient indoor environments are those that use the free resources of the outdoors for heating and cooling. For many architects, using the outdoors to create more comfortable indoor environments means using operable windows for natural ventilation. For mechanical engineers, bringing the outside in means using an airside or waterside economizer. However, these simplified versions of climate responsive building design ignore other possibilities for harvesting outdoor thermal resources to maintain indoor comfort.


 Although opening windows and using economizers have their benefits, they can also create new problems, such as indoor pollution through the introduction of outdoor particulates. These deficiencies can be overcome by smart design strategies that make better use of the exterior thermal resource. Strategies that enable the design team to minimize building energy consumption without compromising occupant comfort include:

  • Dividing free cooling into two components: humidity control and sensible cooling. This way, free sensible cooling can be provided, even when energy-consuming indoor dehumidification is required.
  • Achieving thermal comfort not only by convective heat exchange between the human body and the air but also by radiant exchange with building surfaces.  Use free natural resources to cool interior surfaces to maintain comfort.
  • Recognize that the outdoor thermal resource also has three components: sensible, evaporative and radiant.  Create systems that can use each of these components as they are available and are not dependent on their simultaneous availability.
  • Recognize that outdoor thermal resources may not be available coincidentally with indoor thermal requirements.  Add controllable capacitance (thermal storage) to the system to harvest outdoor thermal resources when available for later delivery for indoor comfort maintenance.
Attend this great educational session on Thursday morning, October 2nd – “Bring the Outside Inside: Using the Outdoors to Create Indoor Comfort”, with Thornton Tomasetti’s Gunnar Hubbard, principal, and Syska Henessy's Daniel Nall, vice president and regional director of high performance solutions, who will talk about how to make better use of available environmental resources to increase indoor comfort.