By Grey Lee

It's been a busy summer so far with the Chapter. We had a great time at Spaulding Rehab on the 17th – take a look at the pics for more on that!

Then on Wednesday our wonderful Emerging Professionals (EPMA) put together a great “Oceanview Summer Social” at the Atlantic Beer Garden. Special thanks go out to Forbo Flooring Systems who were able to provide appetizers for everyone and a few minutes of a presentation on healthy building materials – which of course is something we all appreciate.

What is coming up?

The City of Cambridge may be voting on the Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance (BEUDO) this coming Monday. This is similar to Boston's BERDO and other energy benchmarking & disclosure ordinances throughout the country. The USGBC and our Massachusetts Chapter are strong proponents of these measures and have been lobbying hard to see a good ordinance pass in Cambridge. We will keep you posted.

On Tuesday August 12th, we'll be hosting a related “Making the Best of BERDO” Forum from 8-10am at Atlantic Wharf in Boston. Thank you to our event sponsors Cadmus!  We'll hear an excellent panel of heavy-hitters from Gerding Edlen, Boston Properties, National Grid and of course, Cadmus. We'll learn how leading firms are using building energy benchmarking and reporting to beef up their property management processes and embrace whole-portfolio energy management for competitive advantage. Sign up now!

That same week on Thursday the 14th, we have an in-depth morning workshop on Net Zero Energy design & construction. Taught by Eric Corey Freed, this will be an important opportunity for people from across our industry to delve deep into net zero design – the imperative of which no one can deny!  See you there.


Speaking of “going green,” join the EPMA for the “Sustainable Bike Tour” of Boston's Back Bay and Fenway on Saturday, August 23rd. Starting from Central Square in Cambridge, the tour will last a few hours in the afternoon. Last year was a real hit, so we hope to see even more green building & bike ethusiasts this year.

And before I forget, there's also some big news – the 2014 MA LEED Project Showcase is coming to town on Tuesday, September 30th at Genzyme in Kendall square. We just settled the venue and the date. It's going to be great – over 75 project teams and over 200 guests from all ends of the industry. A major green building networking event sure to be. Don't miss it! Sponsorship opportunities are available. You will be hearing a lot about it over the next few weeks.

Last but not least: what the greenest building in this picture?

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