By Grey Lee

Are you going to volunteer with us? That's right – we have a great opportunity in two weeks (most of the projects are on Saturday, Sept. 27th) with our Green Apple Day of Service! You can participate in a project at a school or other learning facility near you. Sign up by looking up a project on the map at the Center for Green Schools, our USGBC-affiliated partner organization for projects throughout the WORLD!

Upcoming Events:
9/25 – Hostelling Int'l Green Building Tour with the EPMA in Boston
9/30 – LEED Project Showcase in Cambridge
10/2 – Bring the Outside In with Gunnar Hubbard and Dan Nall in Boston
LEED Study Groups are forming – stay tuned
10/30 – Halloween LEED Credit Costume Party with the EPMA in Boston

Also we have a Green Schools Committee Meeting on Thursday 9/18 at 6pm at our main office on Milk Street.

Speaking of green schools and academic communities, I recently met up with three wonderful people who are working hard on improving educational outcomes for sustainability and organizational change. Pictured below are Leith Sharp, leading the Harvard/USGBC “Core Business Integration of Sustainability (CBIS)” executive education program, Christine Renauld, founder and CEO of E-180 “Brain Dates for Learning Humans” (a platform for peer-to-peer informal learning exchanges), and Margo Street, manager of community advancement at USGBC, with whom I'm in constant correspondence at the national office. It was a great conversation which I'm sure will go forward into programming at the Massachusetts Chapter.



And surely you are already thinking about it: Tuesday the 30th of September…The LEED Project Showcase!  Reach out to your colleagues now!  We want their certified projects to be in our show.  This is a major fundraiser for the Chapter and it's going to be an excellent time for all.  If you know someone who is “on the fence” and interested in sponsoring – put them in touch with Grey.  Thank you to the many existing sponsors so far:


  • National Grid 
  • NStar / Northeast Utilities 


  • Suffolk Construction 


  • Boston Properties 
  • Richard Moore 


  • ICF International
  • Urbanica
  • Chapman Construction 
  • Columbia Construction
  • And over two dozen other project sponsors.
Below is a set of notes taken during the recent Combined Committees Quarterly Gathering – a great and engaging evening of about 35 chapter volunteers.  After an overview and introductions, we broke into two groups to explore Membership & Engagement and also Leadership and Learning Communities.  It was a very dynamic gathering of truly committed and inspiring fellow green building advocates.  I look forward the continuing conversation!

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