On Saturday, March 24,  at 8.30 pm local time, millions across the globe will switch off their lights for one hour to celebrate our planet and take some time to reflect on how they can make a more positive impact on the environment. This is part of  World Wildlife Fund (WWF’s) annual Earth Hour

Turning off your lights and shutting down your computer this Saturday is just the beginning. This week, Greenbuild will be sharing other changes can you make that will have a big impact on the environment.

  1. Treat yourself to a reusable bottle: Help to reduce the millions of tons of plastic that end up in our oceans and landfills every year.
  2. Changes in the kitchen: Try to consume less meat (a plant-based diet is good for your health and good for the planet). Plus, compost the refuge, purchase food in bulk (without buying foods in plastic packaging), utilize reusable bags, and stop sucking (aka, using plastic straws).
  3. Look into the light: LED bulbs are up to 10 times as efficient as traditional bulbs. Plus, solar panels are a great energy source to power your whole house.

Stay tuned to this post the week of March 19, as we add more tips and advice for living sustainably. 

Today, Informa Exhibitions, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA announced the results of the 2017 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo and the ArchitectureBoston Expo, held last week from November 6 through 10, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Boston, MA. The week-long event included an overall attendance of 24,731 and 703 exhibiting companies participating in 169,000 square feet of exhibit and display space on the trade show floor. Read more.

braindate_logo_verticalSince 2013, e180 has transformed world-class events into vibrant collaborative learning hubs with partners like Airbnb, TED, Cannes Lions and Salesforce. To do so, e180 deploys their unique social technology which generates thousands of braindates– knowledge sharing conversations that participants book with each other while they’re at an event. The recommendation engine curates an individualized selection of braindate topics for each participant, based on your behaviour and interests.

Next week, they are bringing braindates to Greenbuild/ABX so that you, the participant, can more strategically tap into the unexplored knowledge in the room. We want to give you the capacity and flexibility to decide what you want to learn about or share with the community.

What’s a braindate?
Braindates are about sharing knowledge. They are one-on-one or group conversations that you book with other participants while you’re at Greenbuild/BX. e180’s web app, Braindate, helps you find the right people on its crowdsourced knowledge market. Then, you meet face-to-face onsite,

What’s in it for you
Did you ever stop to think–you, the participants, are the event’s most precious content providers? Every participant has valuable knowledge that deserves to be uncovered, shared and tapped into. Because everyone on Braindate posts the knowledge they’re willing to share in the form of conversation topics, each participant can curate their experience based on what they can learn from the collective genius around them.

Create your profile and learn from others by logging in here: greenbuild.braindate.com.

– Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild/ABX

By Jen Cole

As part of the Road to Greenbuild, the USGBC MA has begun a legacy project at Madison Park High School called the Green Building Tech Club. The after school IMG_1238program starting in September will run 3-5 pm once a week and introduce and prepare the underrepresented community at the vocational high school to “green economy” careers in facilities management. Students involved will be engaged with presentations from various local professionals, a trip to the Expo Hall at Greenbuild 2017, tours of high-performance green buildings in our area, as well as mentorship from Wentworth Institute of Technology Environmental Collaborative.

Over 30 students came out to the informational session last week and 15 signed up to be apart of the club when they return to school in the Fall. Almost 50% of the interested IMG_1218students were female and 90% of all students at the high school are people of color. All of the students were interested in the jobs and internships that will come from the participation in this program. It is our hope that the legacy of this club at Madison Park will be a catalyst for developing green building programs in curricula of vocational schools throughout the Commonwealth.

The idea for the Green Building Tech Club came from a need to build awareness of the ‘green economy’ career opportunities and to encourage young people to explore these options that they might not have otherwise considered. The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter wants students to be interested in pursuing careers in the trades with a specific eye towards sustainability. We cannot thank Madison Park High School administration and faculty enough for being excited and in full support of this new club for their students.

Visit the USGBC MA website for more updates about this year’s Legacy Project, and don’t forget to register for Greenbuild!

Our thoughts on Paris…

Last week, the U.S. Government decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a pact the U.S. made with 194 nations to reverse the negative effects of climate change. As sustainability leaders, this is perceived as a giant setback to our mission and what we’re trying to achieve in our daily work—to create a more sustainable future for all.

However, every cloud has a silver lining: Because of the administration’s recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, climate change continues to be an important national and international news item and discussions among political and business leaders carry on. Not only did 1,100 corporations urge President Trump to stay in the deal, but these companies also vowed to uphold their commitment to invest in clean energy. We also saw individual U.S. states and 12 major U.S. cities pledge to pursue policies from the Paris Agreement.

The work that we do in sustainable business has never been more important. Now, more than ever, it is up to us to come together and collaborate in ways that make the sustainability movement stronger and more visible—to keep doing what we believe in and to make a difference for future generations to come.  At Greenbuild, November 8 to 10 in Boston, it will be time to unite as one movement of 25,000 voices strong and continue to drive the green building movement forward.

Everyone. Everywhere. Every Project. We are ALL IN. THIS is why we Greenbuild.

The Energy Mixer:

On Friday, April 14th, Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts committee (EPMA) under the USGBC MA chapter partnered with the Northe2017-05-12_1225astern University Energy Systems Society to host local students for a night of learning and networking. They discussed opportunities and challenges that arise as internet connected household technologies become commonplace.

Emerging Professionals committee members May Dussadeevutikul and Oliver Bautista gave an informative presentation, covering how innovations in connected household products present opportunities to enhance the interaction between buildings and people.

Smart Homes is an enlightening and horizon-broadening experience. The crowd consisted majorly of engineers from programs like Sustainable Building Solutions, Energy Systems and Civil Engineering from universities around the Greater Boston area. 2017-05-12_1226Oliver Bautista and May Dussadeevutikul of EPMA clearly explained the practical use of smart devices. With sufficient pictures, specifications and accounts of their personal use of smart devices this experience enabled us to realize how effective and satisfying it is to personalize one’s home using modern hi-tech gadgets. Some of the smart devices discussed were fans, thermostats, smartphones, personal assistants (like Amazon Echo-dot), crock-pots, ovens, fridges and doorbells.

With a highly participative and aware audience questions regarding the energy efficiency of these devices were asked to which Oliver and May gave their expert opinions of how some of these save electricity while giving luxurious convenience to a customer. With the dial tilted to a customer’s convenience, it was an eye opener to realize the direction where technology of home appliances is moving. They also explained how a smart home with smart gadgets can not only bring in comfort, but also create opportunities for energy conservation.

Students questioned the advantages to energy efficiency, accessibility, and security, as well as challenges that are likely to arise with emerging technologies. After the presentation, the conversation continued regarding expectations and predictions for the smart homes industry, and the potential impact of the Internet of Things on the environmental performance of buildings.


Thanks to Northeastern University Energy Systems Society for hosting the event and our event sponsor, Atlantic Toyota Dealership in Lynn, MA on the Lynnway!


By Todd Isherwood LEED AP, Co-Chair of Greening Greenbuild 2017

Have you ever wondered where your trash ends up? I live in Downtown Boston, and twice-weekly a garbage truck comes through my North End neighborhood and picks up my trash. It magically disappears, but where does it go? Do you know where your trash goes? If you did know, would it change your behavior for how you handle your waste and recycling? What are the impacts on the environment – both inside and outside our cities?

Greenbuild’s Greening Committee wants to know the answers to these questions. Each year, Greenbuild challenges itself to walk the talk of sustainability. This year’s attendance goal of 30,000 means a lot of trash at our convention center in Boston, Massachusetts. How much trash will you put on the pile at Greenbuild 2017? USGBC plans to find out while also engaging student volunteers to provide program information, or “talking trash,” at each waste and recycling station on the convention trade show floor.

So, what kind of trash talk will be happening? In the months leading up to and at Greenbuild, our committee will be talking about WasteWise, a program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. WasteWise helps organizations reduce their impact on global climate change through waste reduction. WasteWise also gives you a guide to tracking waste in EnergyStar Portfolio Manager. The WasteWise program will be the foundation for “talking trash” points at Greenbuild 2017.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is targeting a 30% reduction of trash by 2020 and 80% reduction by 2050 from a 2008 baseline. As of 2015, Massachusetts saw a 16% reduction. Like many other states across the U.S., Massachusetts is challenged with what do with its trash. The Commonwealth sends its waste to municipal landfills, incineration stations, and other states via waste-by-rail. On the bright side, recycling has been a tremendous success in the Commonwealth.  Another great initiative is “waste to energy” programs. Expect to learn more about the Commonwealth’s waste and recycling programs from Greenbuild 2017’s “talking trash” initiative.

The City of Boston will play a critical role in the Commonwealth’s waste reduction goals. Greenovate is “Mayor Walsh’s initiative to get all Bostonians involved in eliminating pollution…” My first involvement with Greenovate was acting as the energy efficiency and renewable energy manager for the City of Boston. Waste diversion strategies live within Greenovate’s Climate Action Plan. The City of Boston’s waste and recycling programs will be “talking trash” points at Greenbuild 2017.

What is Greenbuild 2017’s plan for waste diversion and how can you participate? USGBC has a goal of moving Greenbuild towards a Zero Waste Event. In 2015, Greenbuild had an 84% waste diversion rate. This reached 90% in LA last year. How can we eliminate the last 10%? The Greening Committee believes the answers are education, innovation, and the will to do good for future generations. We’ll provide the education, you provide the innovation, and we will collaborate towards a waste-free future.

Go ahead, talk some trash on @USGBCMA @USGBC @ToddIsherwood


Here’s five.

Greenbuild Volunteers get to:

1. Network with green building leaders and professionals.

2. Connect with students across the nation.

3. Attend sessions featuring renowned speakers with a passion for sustainability.

4. See the latest and greatest  products and services in the Expo Hall.

5. Explore Boston and have FUN!

Join your peers at Greenbuild (the largest green building conference in the world) in Boston this November 8-9, 2017. In fact, you can volunteer at Greenbuild to receive a FREE 3-day pass, in addition other benefits!


  • USGBC Volunteers must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a full time student OR a young professional age 25 and under. When you check into the volunteer room, a fall 2017 schedule or a photo ID will be necessary depending on which qualification the volunteer is participating under. Full time student is 12 credits undergraduate, and nine credit graduate.
  • You must volunteer a minimum of eight hours


Help us spread the word.


Share this sign up link with your campus or organization. We’ll keep you updated on events and opportunities and let you know when Greenbuild Volunteer registration opens this summer.


Super Volunteer Snapshot


Our Super Volunteers are getting out there on your campuses and engaging students like you to get involved with Greenbuild and the USGBC MA Chapter.

Muddy River Symposium

This month, Andrew Brieter-Wu and his team from Wentworth Institute of Technology presented several posters at the 11th Annual Muddy River Symposium. Andrew shared his experience as a Student Volunteer at last year’s Greenbuild in Los Angeles. 

This could be you! 

Energy Mixer: Smart Homes

Last Friday, we had an Energy Mixer event at Northeastern University (NU) organized by the Emerging Professionals committee, and hosted by the NU-Energy Systems Society (NU-ESS). 

On the fun filled Friday evening, we discussed a variety of newly available gadgets and Smart Home technologies and how these devices innovate our ever-changing lifestyle and offer a wide range of convenience and utility.




Join Us!

There are many ways to stay involved between now and Greenbuild.

Emerging Professionals

Come to the Emerging Professionals Committee monthly meeting and connect with other green building professionals new to the industry. 

April 24th at 50 Milk St. Learn More Here.

Annual Charles River Cleanup

Join EPMA for the 2017 Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Over 3,000 Boston area volunteers will come together to pick up litter, remove invasive species, and assist with park maintenance along the Charles River. 

April 29th. Learn more here.


We are seeking 700 volunteers…


Don’t want to wait until November? Come to our next Greenbuild Volunteer Committee meeting to find out how you can become a Super Volunteer and help spread the word to your campus and peers.

Date:       Tuesday, May 9th

Time:       6:00pm

Location:  50 Milk Street | Floor 16, “Edison” conference room | Boston, MA 02109

Register Here


We are pretty excited for Greenbuild, we hope you are too!