By Molly Cox, Residential Green Building Committee

The USGBC Annual Meeting on January 21st, 2016 was a big hit. As a new Chapter member of the Residential Green Building Committee (RGBC), I could not have been more inspired by the talent that surrounded me. So much was accomplished by all Committee members in 2015, and I can tell we are more motivated than ever to raise the bar in 2016.

You can see photos of the event on this album.

We have new board members! 

New Directors:

Julie Conroy of MAPC
Darien Crimmin of Winn Development
John Markowitz of MassDevelopment
Johanna Jobin of Biogen
Sarah Brylinski of MIT 
Steven Burke of SMMA
Samira Ahmadi of AHA


Ben Myers of Boston Properties
Andrea Love of Payette

There was an overwhelming (in a good way) sense of passion in the room, of volunteers who are truly trying to make a difference. These people really believe in our mission. The event allowed for like-minded individuals of various Committees to share their interests, experiences, and goals. It seemed to me that each Committee is only getting larger, and staying as committed as can be.

Shining Star of the Chapter: Phoebe Beierle

Stepper-Uppers: Jessie Miller, Kimberly Le, Brice Hereford

New Hit Wonders: Colleen Brisport, Mark Pignatelli, Suzy O'Leary

Special: John DiModica & Dan Whittet

Fundraiser Rockers: Ben Myers & Jim Newman

Emerging Professionals of the Year: Vinoth Kumar Sekar & Rebecca Slocum

Noteworthy Mention: Stephanie MacNeil, Kristin Malyak, Matt Smith, Ryan Montoni, Marie Nolan, Alana Spencer, Suzy O'Leary, Mark Dunn, Laura Fitch, Aelan Tierney, Jared Gentilucci, Craig Foley, David Bliss, Bill Tobin, Kate Bubriski, Adrian Charest

Thank you to Celis and Grey for their enthusiasm and energy towards the work USGBC has accomplished, and for sharing exciting news.


Reflecting back on 2015:

  • MA was ranked third in possessing the most per-capita LEED buildings.
  • Many people received special recognition for their efforts in their respective Committees in 2015.

Looking ahead into 2016:

  • USGBC will be hosting Greenbuild in Los Angeles, CA
  • In case you missed in, Greenbuild will be in BOSTON in 2017
  • Congratulations to the new board members, and those returning!


After the meeting, we all convened at the Vanderbilt Kitchen and Bar, to continue the conversation at a networking event hosted by our Residential Green Building Committee.


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