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Built Environment Plus News |  September 8th, 2020

We need your help - like all of you, this pandemic has threatened our revenue stream and while we are doing okay, we are YOUR organization and provide you with valuable programs. Now, more than ever, we need our members' support.
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Building Tech Forum Rescheduled

Building Tech Forum materialsCAN has been rescheduled for
October 28th, 2020, from 4pm - 6pm.
Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero With Embodied Carbon brings together members of the Materials Carbon Action Network to explore the future of embodied carbon. Through five-minute lightning talks, experts will discuss the future of materials that prioritize embodied carbon, important materials to consider, and other critical design challenges. Afterwards, meet your favorite speakers in our breakout room session and talk about the issues that struck you. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and to connect with the people behind the amazing innovations happening within our community!
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Deep Dive into Net Zero Water with Our Brand New Course Series!

The New England Living Building Collaborative is presenting a series of webinars on how water management, water efficiency, and water and energy nexus concepts can be incorporated into project planning, design, construction and operation. The first session is on October 15th, but there are special deals when you register for multiple sessions.

Register for our Early Bird Package, and you'll receive admission
to all three sessions for the price of one!
Save $35 with this promotional deal.
You'll want to hurry, this deal ends October 15th.

Register Here

How Do Sustainability and COVID-19 Mitigation Intersect?

Over the summer of 2020, industry experts presented an overview of a specific COVID-19 mitigation topic, through a sustainability lens. The conversations with attendees that followed addressed issues like what building owners are asking for, which solutions are proving most effective, and how these strategies measure up against various sustainability imperatives.

We’ve summarized the conversations into a series of white papers compiled into a hub on our website. The hub is a resource for members of the green building industry who wish to become more informed about the current strategies, while also balancing sustainability priorities.

Visit the Hub

Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Prep Course

This WELL AP Prep course covers the financial, societal, and environmental benefits of WELL certification, the seven concepts of the WELL Building standard, and even touch upon the overlap between the WELL Standard and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for buildings. This course will not only help building designers and operators build healthier buildings, but environments that help protect against COVID-19.

Meet the Instructor
Steven Burke
Sustainability Manager | Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

Steven is a Sustainability Manager at Consigli Construction Co., Inc., a regional construction firm based in Massachusetts. Steven has guided the sustainability process on over twenty million square feet of projects across many different building types and sizes, including but not limited to: k-12 schools, higher education facilities, mid-rise and high-rise residential, commercial interiors, retail interiors, and commercial office buildings.

Learn More and Register Here
*This course is now funded through the Commonwealth Workforce Training Fund’s Small Business Direct Access Program (SBDAP). If you are a small, Massachusetts-based business that employs 100 people or less, you and your employees may be eligible to take this training session for free! Learn more about this opportunity at our Green Building Training Program website.

<100 Employees in MA = Free Training

No really: national, international, it doesn't matter. We only count your Massachusetts employees! Visit our website to learn more. All courses are virtual and will be completed remotely.

Are you a business that has an office in Massachusetts? Do you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts? Do you pay into unemployment? Then you might be interested in our FREE training program! Even if your company is nationally or internationally-based, as long as you employ less than 100 people in Massachusetts, your organization may be eligible to participate! All courses available through the Green Building Training Program are completely free for qualifying businesses. Our current course list is:
The LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams are now available virtually! Learn more here. 
Employers must submit to qualify for this program and then register employees. Approval can take over 2 weeks so apply now. New courses are being added over time at our website - if you're interested in participating in a course not scheduled, please reach out to
See if Your Business Qualifies


Events in blue are part of the Green Building Training Program
Free for members

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Sept 21st | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | FREE
The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

LEED® BD+C Exam Preparation
Oct 8th| 9:00am - 5:00pm | $699
The LEED Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive course which will prepare attendees for the LEED AP professional exam. This LEED AP Building Design and Construction training will walk through the requirements and calculations required for the following LEED credits: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality.
WELL AP® Prep: Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era
Oct 13th| 9:00am - 5:00pm | $699
With the advent of COVID-19, our perspective on building health has changed: building designers and operators must re-examine how we navigate offices, restaurants, stores, schools, and residential common areas. Fortunately, the WELL Building Standard provides the knowledge necessary to make the health and well-being of building residents an even greater priority.
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center
Oct 15th | 8:00am - 10:00am | $35
This session will focus on the R.W. Kern Center, at Hampshire College in Hampshire MA as a case study. The R.W. Kern Center received Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification, with a very robust means of addressing the LBC’s water petal needs, without connection to the municipal sewer.

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Oct 19th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | FREE
The Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts (EPMA) Committee is a community of ascending professionals cross the green building industry and allied fields helping drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of the built environment.

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City
Dec 9th | 8:00am - 10:00am | FREE
This session will focus on urban water reuse, which has recently become practical in Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) sewer service communities, due to a 2019 housekeeping rule revision. To introduce how urban water reuse works, case studies from Battery Park City and other projects in New York City will be highlighted.
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus
Feb 25th, 2020 | 8:00am - 10:00am | FREE
This session will explore how energy is involved with water by looking at the energy embodied in water infrastructure, and the energy available from water and how these can be utilized to contribute to an overall energy budget. The implications of embodied and operational carbon in the built environment water cycle will be addressed. Case studies to be included in this third workshop will include thermal extraction of water from reuse water in Manhattan.
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