Monday, August 26, 2013

EPMA Committee hosts USGBC MA's 6th Annual Sustainable Buildings Bike Tour

(Guest Post by Javier Burgos)

On Saturday August 17th, the USGBC chapter gathered for the 6th annual Sustainable Buildings Bike Tour, organized by the EPMA (Emerging Professionals) committee.  It was a gorgeous day for a bike ride.  The ride was a great success, as nearly 30 bike riders traveled along the streets of Cambridge and stopped at different buildings to learn how each one incorporated sustainable building practices.  Several of our riders used the 'Hubway' bike-sharing system with great results! 

The bike tour gathered in Kendall Square and all sorts of bikes were there.

The bike tour started in Kendall Square, went up towards Harvard, and came back towards MIT before ending up at Kendall Square again.  The bike tour included stops and descriptions of:

Attendees stop along the Esplanade to learn about Harvard's sustainability initiatives. 

In addition, we were fortunate enough to have a representative from the Cambridge Public Library (CPL) speak to us and provide a quick tour, as well as a representative from Harvard's Green Building Services group.  Mike Craig of the CPL provided a great description of the libraries green features, while Joel Mckellar of Harvard rode with the group and provided a long description of all of Harvard building and emissions goals.  A big thank you to both of them!

Joel McKellar of Harvard's Green Building Services group talks about the green buildings on campus as Kristin Malyak (EPMA Bike Tour organizer) listens in.

Javier Burgos (EPMA Bike Tour Organizer) talks about MIT's sustainable building goals and initiatives.

At the end of the tour, a group of riders headed towards a local bar to continue our green building conversations.  We are already looking forward to next years event!

Map of the bike route

List of green buildings visited

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