By Ryan Duffy, Communications Fellow

The USGBC MA has a great group of dedicated volunteers in new leadership positions. Congratulations to these worthy servants of our mission, we are looking forward to a great year with this group's guidance.

Earlier this month, the Board of Directors of the USGBC MA Chapter elected, through the consensus-based process of Dynamic Governance, this new slate of officers for the Executive Committee:



Shawn Hesse |
 emersion Design, Architect

Hailing from the great city of Cincinnati, Shawn has been an active volunteer with the Chapter for the past three years. He is an active member of the Outreach Committee and has served the USGBC (nationally) on many boards and working groups including the Social Equity Pilot Credits. He is a co-chair of the Living Building Challenge Boston Collaborative and an Living Building Ambassador.

Shawn leads the Cambridge office of emersionDESIGN and focuses on integrating sustainability into all of his design, planning, and policy work for clients. He has proudly designed and consulted Net Zero energy projects and LEED Platinum Certified buildings. Furthermore, Shawn has educated and trained hundreds in LEED with support from USGBC as a LEED Faculty member. He also serves on the national board of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility. 

Vice Chair

John Dalzell | 
Boston Redevelopment Authority, Senior Architect

John has a unique perspective as an architect working in a major planning agency, engaging stakeholders and managing outreach programs. He has been heavily involved in the City of Boston's E+ program for energy positive pilot projects and with the district energy program looking at how component buildings of neighborhoods can coordinate energy resource management.

John has been deeply involved with USGBC and LEED for many years now, as illustrated by his awarded position as LEED Fellow, Accredited Professional in BD+C and Neighborhood Development, and as a founding member of the USGBC Massachusetts chapter. John is also a senior architect for sustainable development at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and a champion for Green Building and Community Programs.



Carrie Havey | The Green Engineer, Project Manager

Carrie has served the Chapter in many capacities including Chair of the Communications Committee and the Green Building Awards Committee, and more recently as Treasurer of the Chapter.

Carrie joined the USGBC MA within her first few months in Boston and has brought sustainability into all aspects of her work. She currently works as a Project Manager at The Green Engineer. Carrie has over twelve years of experience in planning and landscape architecture from Concord Square Planning & Development, Stantec, Tompkins County Planning Department, and others.




Steven Burke
 | Sustainability Manager, SMMA

Participating in Chapter life as an Emerging Professional, Steven has delivered countless hours of peer education and supported our fundraising efforts. 

Steven is a Sustainability Manager at SMMA, an integrated, multi-disciplinary design, engineering, and commissioning firm. Steven has guided green building certifications on projects of many different types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings.

Steven has a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and his professional and educational backgrounds blend business development and management, building analysis, weatherization, energy auditing, solar installation, and sustainable design and construction.

Immediate Past Chair

Jim Newman | Linnean Solutions, Founder

Jim is just stepping away from the Board Chair position (which he has held for the past two years) and taking on a more subdued senior leadership position. He has been engaged in Chapter activities since its inception and has provided incredible support through education, fundraising and strategy over the years.

Jim transforms complex environmental performance information into valuable tools for decision-makers. His experience includes over two decades in strategic planning and operational efficiency management with educational institutions and real estate firms.

As Director of Strategy and Business Development at BuildingGreen, LLC – the ‘go-to’ green building resource for North America – Jim was a driver of green design into the standard practices of design and construction firms. He led the development of the BuildingGreen Suite, through funding from NYSERDA, and a research and writing project to create Green Guideline Specifications, funded by EPA. Jim also led the development of the recently launched LEEDuser information resource.

Jim serves on the Board of the Green Resources Institute. He is a regular speaker at numerous conferences and seminars around the US, including SXSW Eco. Jim was educated at Lehigh University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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