By Grey Lee

A sizeable contingent of Massachusetts Chapter members attended the USGBC Upper Northeast Regional Summit in Portland, Maine, on May 1st.

The gathering brought together representatives from the six New England state chapters and the New York Upstate chapter as well. Each year, the gathering draws attendees from the USGBC community to share best practices, explore regional priorities for the movement, and build social capital among our professional networks.

This year had a theme regarding resilience and we participated in charettes for local Portland organizations who are dealing with sea level rise.

Below are some of the crew from Mass who came up for the day and the associated meetings of the Upper Northeast Regional Committee.

From left to right: Suzy O'Leary, EPMA; Sandy Brock, Board; Jim Newman, Chair of the Board; Conor McGuire, Regional Rep & Board; Shawn Hesse, Regional Rep & Board; Grey Lee, Exec Direc; and Jared Gentilucci, Central MA Committee. The backdrop image was part of a charette showing downtown Portland's future flood zone perimeter (in purple).

Thank you to all on the UNRC who organized the event, especially Ken Filarski (Chair of Rhode Island Chapter) and John Pietroniro (Chair of New Hampshire Chapter) and the team from the Maine Chapter, Doc Brudzinski, Diane Milliken, and Mick Dunn (Maine Chair). It was a very interesting, informative, and enjoyable summit.

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