Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting

** This month’s EPMA meeting will now be hosted virtually. A Zoom invite will be sent through the EPMA newsletter and to registered attendees on Eventbrite. **


The EPMA Committee is a great venue for becoming more engaged with green building community and forming meaningful connections with colleagues across the industry. Our monthly meetings are open to anyone interested in becoming more involved.

MEETING AGENDAS TYPICALLY INCLUDE: The meeting starts with a 45 minute discussion with the committee leaders regarding planning for upcoming EPMA events and USGBC MA Chapter updates. All are welcome to this portion of the meeting as we look for volunteers to help plan events. Please join us at 6:45pm for the presentation and networking. Below is the breakdown of the meeting agenda:

  • 6:00-6:40pm: Committee Meeting
  • 6:40-6:45pm: Break/Introductions
  • 6:45-7:20pm: Presentation
  • 7:20-7:30pm: Networking


Stay tuned for an update on the presentation!a


Chairs: Lindsey MachamerJasmine Abdollahi

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals across the green building industry and allied fields that provides professional support, development and advocacy tools through active networking, monthly programming and community events. To learn more about EPMA, join the mailing list by following this link (select the Emerging Professionals e-mail list), visit our EPMA facebook group page (USGBC Emerging Professionals – MA) or send an email to [email protected].

EPMA Events Include:

  • Building Tours
  • Sustainable Bike Tour
  • Networking Nights
  • Neighborhood Clean-Ups
  • Student Programming

Check out our calendar for the latest schedule!

EMPA Event Recap: Virtual Summer Picnic

Written by Kiersten Washle

The evening of July 9th everyone gathered round their computers to enjoy a virtual summer picnic with several guest speakers to discuss ideas around the theme of “How to Green Your Life.”

The first guest speaker, Sarah Oakes, spoke about how she vermicomposts in her backyard. She shared some practical tips for how anyone can compost, even without a backyard. For instance, she suggested keeping compostable scraps in a bag in your freezer until you can drop them off at a compost point.  

The second speaker, Thea, discussed her goal of having a wardrobe that isn’t environmentally harmful. She has developed a vetting practice for the brands she works with and purchases from to make sure they have truly sustainable practices versus greenwashed marketing. Check out her YouTube channel here

The last speaker, Prachi Dhavale, showed us how she created her own urban garden on a petit apartment balcony. Her space featured many brightly colored flowers and edible plants as well as a hummingbird feeder to really bring a touch of nature to an otherwise completely urban apartment. Check out more on her instagram @theperennialgreenlab

From these speakers and the conversations thereafter, here are some ideas on how to be more sustainable in your own life:

  • Compost
  • Avoid single use coffee cups by bringing your own or asking for your drink to be “for here” 
  • Air drying your clothes rather than using a dryer
  • Purchasing food with as little packaging as possible
  • Try growing your own food, some vegetables can be grown from scraps
  • Walk instead of drive
  • Shop locally
  • Use things until their end of life

Lastly, be sure to join us at the next EMPA meeting to get to know like-minded young professionals and grow the sustainable network!

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction and operation of the built environment. The committee provides professional support, development and advocacy tools through active networking, monthly programming and community events.

Careers in Sustainability: Navigating Career Moves Amid Uncertainty

1.5 LU AIA credits available pending approval

Join the BSA EPNet and the BE+ EPMA for a virtual panel discussion to help you navigate your career moves. Whether you are a new graduate looking for your first position or looking to make a switch within the green building industry, things may seem uncertain. We will have a multi-disciplinary panel to answer questions about what to expect and how to prepare.

Panelists include:

MIT Career Advising and Professional Development

Randstad Staffing

Cadmus Group

Meridia Recruitment Solutions

This event is brought to you by the BE+ Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) in partnership with the BSA Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet).

The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) is a community of ascending professionals across the green building industry and allied fields providing professional support, development and advocacy tools through active networking, monthly programming, and community events.

The Boston Society of Architects Emerging Professionals Network (EPNet) is an active social and professional network. Geared specifically toward recent graduates, Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) participants, young architects, designers, and other design/build professionals, EPNet hosts tours, presentations, firm visits, and other programs.

EPMA Virtual Summer Picnic

Switch off from work and attend a relaxed picnic (virtual, of course) with the Built Environment Plus Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) group! Together, we’ll share ideas about how you can “green” your life: learn how to compost at home; be a plant parent & nurture your plant babies all year long; and create less waste & more value. Our friends and guest speakers will be sharing their stories, journeys, motivators in hopes that you too can live a greener and sustainable lifestyle!

POSTPONED | Building Tour: The Smith Campus Center

Photo provided by Harvard University

** In response to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19, we are exercising caution by rethinking our events programming. This tour has been postponed until further notice. We thank you for your cooperation and patience. **

You are invited to join the Built Environment + Emerging Professionals of Mass. on a tour of the Harvard University Smith Campus Center on April 9, 2020 at 6pm.

Come hear about the recent updates to the Smith Campus center – the inclusion of living walls irrigated by rainwater, the incorporation of glass and glass bridges to connect spaces, and the addition of outdoor terrace spaces.

Learn how the design and project management teams came together to update this building designed in the brutalist style and sometimes called “Harvard’s first high-rise”.

On the tour we will learn about the project, sustainability in the space and how programming will make use of the updated features.

The tour will be led by Shirin Karanfilogl | Director, Harvard Capital Projects, Julie Crites | Director, Harvard Common Spaces, and Frank Nitti |  Project Manager, Harvard Green Building Services.

We hope to see you there!