By Grey Lee


Is it the greatest show on earth? Or maybe for the earth? Well, you won't know if you don't go! The Upper Northeast Regional (UNRC) Summit is only once a year–this time on April 18th and 19th. So if you're ready to rock Rhode Island with your fellow USGBC Chapter members from your state and chapters from CT, MA, ME, NH, NY (Upstate), and VT, then mark your calendars now.

The UNRC summit is kinda like Coachella, but not a lot of music and a whole lot more green building/organizing, help/learning from each other. A large crew from Massachusetts will be there, so don't miss out!  Jim Newman, the UNRC Regional Rep, is the info man if you want more deets.




What’s the program like? Glad you asked. You can read about it in-depth here or see below for the set list:

Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Continuing Education Course

7:00 PM – 9:30 PM: Opening Reception

Friday, April 19, 2013
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration and breakfast bar

8:30 AM – 8:40 AM: Welcoming remarks

8:40 AM – 9:15 AM: Keynote Address from United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse


9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: First Morning Session – Doing the Extraordinary–Chapter, Members, and Leadership

Four panels: 

1. Building Teams That Rocket and Rock It – Boards That Takeoff and Go BOOM! BAM! POW! – Going byeond the basics, we can ll walk, now we run

2. Chapter Steering Committee (CSC)/Emerging Professionals (EP) – Who are they, what do they do, and how we can use these resources as one of our bridges and connections to the national USGBC, our Upper Northeast Region, and Between our Chapters

3. Membership/Membership Touches ~ Chapter Programs/Positioning of the Chapters ~ Fundraising/Partnerships – The engine oil, transmission fluid, and the renewable fuel that keeps your Chapter running.

4.Ideas Charrette – Brainstorm Ideas and Initiatives for your Chapter, Chapter to Chapter, Chapter to Regional Committee, Chapter to Regional Committee to National USGBC





10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break



10:30 AM – 11:30 AM: Second Morning Session – Repeat Panels 1 through 4


11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch & Keynote Speaker Richard Saul Wurman
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Break
1:15 PM – 2:15 PM: First Afternoon Session – Doing The Extraordinary–Changing The World
Four panels:

5. LEED v.4 and LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) – Powerful Ideas, Powerful Tools, Powered by You!

6.Energy Initiatives – Who Else Is Pushing Envelopes and Moving the Horizon Line

7.Climate Change – Why It Matters to the Northeast: Irene, the 100-Year and 200-Year Flooding in RI, and Extra-tropical Super Storm Sandy – The Then, The Now, and The To-Be

8.Kicking A** Organizations – Who Are Those Guys and How Did They Do That? Tales Far Flung From the USGBC Ranch



2:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Break



2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Second Afternoon Session – Repeat Panels 5 through 8
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM: Plenary Session – Where Do You See Your Members, Chapter and the Region Going From This Point Forward? Doing Anything Extraordinary?



The Lowdown




When: April 18-19, 2013




Where: New England Institute of Technology


East Greenwich Campus
One New England Tech Boulevard
East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818


To Register: If you are interested in registering, please visit the New York Upstate Chapter event registration page. 4/18 education program is $20, full program Thurs eve and Friday all-day is $50 – an incredible bargain!

Rock on!


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