Illinois Green Alliance, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the 2018 Greenbuild Conference Host Committee are pleased to announce Project Exploration’s Science Giants program as the recipient of the Greenbuild 2018 Legacy Project grant. Project Exploration is a science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to youth from communities historically underrepresented in the sciences, especially girls and students of color.

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National Volunteer Week is April 15–21, 2018.

Through the help of volunteers, Greenbuild/ABX 2017 was able to achieve a diversion rate 90.5% at the convention center.Powered by Points of Light, National Volunteer Week, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of volunteers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more resilient communities.

Greenbuild takes this opportunity to thank our wonderful Volunteers, who were critical in helping us reach a waste diversion rate of 90.5% at Greenbuild/ABX 2017 in Boston, Mass.

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter and Host Committee focused efforts on waste diversion education. The Host Committee helped to create training materials for volunteers regarding proper waste disposal. In turn, the volunteers helped exhibitors and attendees properly dispose of waste. These volunteers were well-versed on not only the event itself, but with local and federal waste guidelines and end of life processing and reuse options for many of the materials that are found at Greenbuild/ABX.

Through the help of waste volunteers, Greenbuild/ABX 2017 was able to achieve a diversion rate 90.5% at the convention center. The highest diversion rate of any Greenbuild and most likely one of the best diversion rates of any large expo in the United States!

This was one of the cool takeaways from the Greenbuild/ABX 2017 Sustainability Report. Read the whole report here.

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.

 

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!

Requirements

  • 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!

 

 

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The U.S. Green Building Council is pleased to announce this call to filmmakers for the Ninth Annual Greenbuild International Film Festival. The Film Festival will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Thursday, Nov. 19, during the 2015 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Monumental Green, Greenbuild is seeking submissions including documentaries, films, and informational videos that promote innovative green building practices and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers passionate about the environment to join in on the conversation of sustainability that takes place every year at Greenbuild!

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world come together for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers, green building tours, special seminars, and networking events. If you would like to see your film shown at Greenbuild 2015, USGBC is taking submissions until Thursday, July 30th.

To qualify for consideration, films must have been released since June 1, 2014, and should feature information that promotes sustainable practices. The total run time of the submission cannot exceed 120 minutes, and must be at least 30 minutes long. Any submissions in a language other than English must have English subtitles. If you have a film that meets our criteria and would like to see it at Greenbuild Film Festival, please consider submitting your film for review!

For more information on the festival and how to apply, please visit Greenbuild’s Film Festival page.

 

GEA-bannerThe Green Exhibitor Award is an optional program that rewards booths for innovation and exceptional performance. This unique program recognizes winners in three categories that we feel truly designate the best from the rest:

  • Best in Show
  • Smallest Impact
  • Most Innovative

To participate, exhibitors simply log into the Exhibitor Dashboard and visit the “Booth Greening” section to launch the application. The application consists of 10 questions relating to a booth’s features, and points are associated with each response. Exhibitors are eligible to earn between 0-20 total points depending on the level of each booth’s sustainability efforts. So go ahead, login and take a look.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to complete this survey.

Those companies scoring 17 points or higher are entered into the pool to win one of the three Awards. Finally, our Exhibitor Advisory Working Group pours over the submissions to identify those three booths that have really gone the extra mile to ensure a smaller impact while exhibiting at Greenbuild.

The three winning booths will be recognized in a variety of ways both pre-show and onsite, including a press release, online presence at greenbuildexpo.com, and a special plaque to display in your booth at Greenbuild 2014. In addition – Best in Show wins a free 10×10 booth at Greenbuild 2015 in DC!

If you are a Greenbuild exhibitor, show us how you walk the walk by entering to win the 2014 Green Exhibitor Award. Your unique sustainability practices and innovative exhibition operations could earn your company some serious recognition among our community of industry leaders. A very small portion of your time can end up providing you with some great benefits!

Applications are due September 17. Good Luck!

Film Festival

Greenbuild Film Festival
Wednesday, Oct. 22 -23
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Looking for a unique experience at this year’s Greenbuild? Why not check out the conference Film Festival! What is the Greenbuild Film Festival, you ask? It is where creative types from around the world showcase their “green-minded” films and videos. The film festival includes documentaries, films and informational videos that promote the global green building movement and address social, environmental, and health topics related to the built environment. But you can do more than just view the films. If you or even someone you know has produced a film that has been released since June 1, 2013, that film can be submitted for consideration to be part of the festival line up.

But hurry – call for submissions end on Friday, August 15 at 5 pm. If your film is selected, you will be notified August 25. So go on – share that inspirational film that you’ve been tinkering around with. It could be just the thing to motivate people to do something to make our world a better place. For more information on the submission process, eligibility and scoring visit the Greenbuild website today!

Julia Hughes is Architect at Chair, AIA AAJ Sustainable Justice

Julia Hughes is Architect at Chair, AIA AAJ Sustainable Justice

Julia Hughes

As the leading group of architects and planners who design facilities for the criminal justice system, we wondered if today’s justice system is socially sustainable, and if not, how can we get there? Our session will introduce an innovative and unique piece of work that has begun to look at finding answers to those questions.

At this year’s Greenbuild, we’re going to present a set of social sustainability guidelines developed by the Sustainable Justice (SJ) Committee of the AIA Academy of Architects for Justice, a multi-scalar analytical and planning tool that looks at the system functions at various levels. We’ll also talk about the social sustainability guidelines through case study presentations of real, completed buildings.

Raphael Sperry is President at Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Raphael Sperry is President at Architects/Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility

We developed a model of assessing social sustainability that is both idealistic and applied, and fairly advanced for the field based on what we’ve seen. So people who want to know what’s on the cutting edge should attend this session. This session is also a chance for everyone to reflect on how LEED, augmented with a unique approach to sustainability can help their communities capitalize on the human potential of all citizens. According to Miranda Gardiner, Senior Sustainability Specialist at Stantec and Greenbuild Program Working Group member, “Sessions like this (Session A13) will inform us and help redirect efforts to missed opportunities in our sustainable mission. Striving for holistic approaches to all types of buildings, we can impact behavior that will ultimately lead to better lifestyles for everyone.”

Raphael Sperry and I are really looking forward to presenting on this topic. We both have years of experience in this area of learning that we think can benefit the attendee. We were both the lead co-authors and coordinators of an AIA committee that drafted the sustainable justice guidelines over the past three years. I became passionate about these projects while doing facility work for troubled youth, which brought purpose to my project approach and the drive to advocate for the human potential in all people, especially our community’s kids. Raphael is a green building specialist who has championed sustainability strategies for a wide variety of institutional projects, including more than a dozen LEED Gold and three LEED Platinum projects. He is an outspoken advocate on the role of architecture in social justice issues and President of the non-profit Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR).

We hope that sharing this work will help inspire and advance work in other fields, and we hope that participants can help push our advocacy further as well!

Julia Hughes is working toward several exciting SJ endeavors including the development of a TEDx series and a documentary that will highlight the advocacy and our society’s journey toward a new future of restorative justice. Raphael Sperry will be teaching what he believes is the country’s first course on architecture and human rights in San Francisco this fall, and is writing a book on the topic.

 

Jenny Rushmore is Director of Responsible Travel with Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel website. She also runs two sewing blogs with over 50,000 readers a month!

Presenter, Jenny Rushmore, is Director of Responsible Travel with Trip Advisor, the world’s largest travel website. She also runs two sewing blogs with over 50,000 readers a month!

Jenny Rushmore

Sustainability is increasingly important to organizations, stakeholders and the public, and expectations are rising. Companies need to be able to talk about what they’re doing to meet their environmental responsibilities in a way that’s compelling and meaningful.

Setting up the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, the largest green hotel program in the world, has allowed me to hear and learn about the depth and breadth of green practices currently being implemented by hotels around the world who are excited to share their ideas – from hotels that are trying to help with colony collapse disorder by having beehives on the roof, to those that grow all their own food on site.

During Tools & Tips to Tell Your Story (A11) we will discuss how organizations can promote their sustainability practices to stakeholders and the public, building both their business and reputation. This session will include leaders in sustainability marketing from multiple industries, and will offer you useful information on how to make practical improvements to your organization.

According to Grace Carlson, President of Carlson Studio Marketing and Greenbuild Program Working Group Member, “Greenbuild attendees should attend this session because we all need to be telling the story of the value of sustainability more effectively – not just marketing professionals. Inspiring and reaching your most qualified prospects is essential to making the business case for green in the first place.”

Other presenters for this dynamic session include:

Taryn M. Holowka, LEED AP – VP, Marketing & Communications, U.S. Green Building Council

Ron Reeves, Jr. – Public Relations & Social Strategist, Herman Miller, Inc.

Katie Weeks, LEED Green Associate – Director of Communications, Institute for Market Transformation

Learn more about the great education offered at this year’s Greenbuild in New Orleans.