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!

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