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Built Environment Plus News |  October 1st, 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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Looking for More Opportunities To Learn About COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies?

WELL AP Prep: Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Exam Prep Course part of the Green Building Training Program.Then check out our upcoming WELL AP® Prep course on October 13th! This WELL AP® Prep course not only walks through the general benefits of WELL certification, but focuses on the overlap between the WELL Standard and COVID-19 mitigation strategies for buildings. 

The course will cover the WELL Health-Safety Rating, an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all facility types, focused on operational policies, maintenance protocols, emergency plans, and stakeholder education to address a post-COVID-19 environment now.
Learn More and Register Here
Keeping People WELL During the COVID-19 Era: A WELL AP Prep Course will take place Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
*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.
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center is happening on October 15th from 8 - 10am | Featuring Sara Draper, director, R.W. Kern Center; Chris Chamberland, prin. civil engr., Berkshire Design Group; Christopher Nielson, architect, Bruner/Cott; Bruce Douglas, vice president, Natural Systems Utilities | SPECIAL PROMOTION: Register for all three courses, get one FREE!

With Massachusetts in a Drought, Net Zero Water is Needed Now More Than Ever

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Deep Dive into Net Zero Water at the R.W. Kern Center will take place Thursday, October 15th, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing

Networking in a Virtual World at Building Tech Forum

At this upcoming Building Tech Forum session, you won't just be passively listening to the latest and greatest in building technology: you'll have time to split off into small breakout groups to personally meet the people behind the forum! Have a speaker you want to follow up with? Heard or saw something that could change the way you design and construct buildings? Take it to the breakout session! Don't miss out on this opportunity to personally meet the innovators that are paving the way towards materials that priotize embodied carbon.
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Virtual Building Tech Forum will take place Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
Green Building Training Program: free training for qualified companies. Upcoming courses include LEED BD+C Exam Prep, which is happening on Oct. 8th from 9:00am - 5:00pm. New courses are being added weekly.

FREE* Training Available! 

*Free for companies with fewer than 100 Massachusetts-based employees.
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Built Environment Plus is Seeking Marketing and Graphics Associate

We are sad to report that Casey is moving on from BE+. Please join us in wishing her the best as she completes her Masters degree. We are seeking a marketing and graphic design professional, with at least two years of experience, to join our growing non-profit with a big mission. The role will begin remotely.
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Built Environment Plus is Seeking Spring 2021 Interns

Do you want to help make every building in the world (at least in Mass.) a green building? Would you like to participate on the inside of the movement with us at Built Environment Plus? We're now seeking interns for spring 2021!
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Events in blue are part of the Green Building Training Program
Free for members

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.

Crack the Code! Trivia Night
Oct 22nd | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | FREE
Building Codes are famous for being long, confusing, and complicated, so let’s “crack” them through trivia night! All questions will be based on the Boston climate zone requirements as set in IECC 2015 code, which is used as a basis for many codes in place today. Come join us and learn more about the IECC 2015 (International Energy Conservation Code) in a fun-filled virtual trivia night!
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City
Dec 9th | 8:00am - 10:00am | $35
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. 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 | $35
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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Built Environment Plus is a member-based organization. Members are the force behind our initiatives. Membership dues help support our staff who are actively working to educate, advocate, perform research, and strengthen the community that drives the sustainability of the built environment. All members get FREE/discounted admission to most of our upcoming events too!


Participation in our programs, membership, and sponsorship helps support the efforts of our staff members, Meredith, Vernette, and Casey, especially now as we navigate these difficult times. Please consider sponsoring our organizationmaking a donation, and becoming a member if you are not already. If you have any questions, please reach out to


BE+ Member and Sponsor Leads Talk with USGBC Mid Atlantic

Date: Oct. 6 | Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET | Virtual Event
Hear from industry expert and BE+ member Ben Myers, Vice President, Sustainability, at Boston Properties (BXP), who has taken this message of caring and strategic thinking to enabling offices to re-open successfully in the past 3 months, as he shares his experiences from the front lines of addressing concerns around office-reopening as we adjust to our new normal.

Visit USGBC Mid Atlantic's Eventbrite to Register

Zero Carbon Conference 2020 | International Living Future Institute

Date: Oct. 7 - 8 | Virtual Event

This exciting inaugural event is focused on the intersection of finance, the A/E/C community, and the building materials industry. The Zero Carbon Conference will knit together our community of developers, architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, and responsible manufacturers who are realizing zero carbon buildings and communities—along with ESG investors who can accelerate the decarbonized investments that are critical to bring them to scale.
Visit ILFI's Website to Register

The 2020 Zero Energy for Commercial Buildings Conference is Next Week!

Date: Oct. 8 | Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm | Virtual Event

At the 2020 Zero Energy for Commercial Buildings Conference, learn from the experts at NREL, AKF, The Stone House Group, and Acton-Boxborough Regional School District about how commercial zero energy buildings have been designed and constructed. Energy Efficiency Consultants from Eversource will also speak about financial and technical support available to support zero energy buildings.

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Placetailor is Seeking Mechanical Engineer

Placetailor seeks a mechanical engineer to join their team at Roxbury Crossing. This would be the first in-house engineering position, intended to lead and grow our engineering services.

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EcoRise is Seeking Green Professionals for Internship Program

EcoRise is seeking inspirational green professionals to mentor student interns, serve as guest speakers, and/or volunteer. Green professionals will provide guidance, real-world work experience, and the professional framework necessary to cultivate a dynamic green workforce, particularly for those from underrepresented groups such as female students and students of color.

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