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Built Environment Plus News |  December 3rd, 2020

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Coming Soon: Board Elections this Month & Annual General Meeting to follow.

December 17: Nominations for BE+ Board of Directors Opens. There are four incumbent directors up for re-election, and three additional seats. Keep your eyes out for nomination link.

January 28th: Virtual Annual General Meeting. We will announce the Board of Director election results at the meeting. More details, including the full agenda, are in the works. Contact us with agenda items for the meeting.
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Consider adding value back into your BE+ community with your year end giving.

Did you know that if every person who received this email contributes $10, that would keep us going for an additional 3 1/2 months?

This year has changed the way we have all showed up and is bringing about big changes for the future. This community is where it is now because of your contributions. This pandemic has threatened our revenue stream and while we are doing okay, we are your organization and provide you with a forum for valuable programs, connection, and advocacy. Now, more than ever, we need our members' support.
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Graphic: Deep Dives in Design: Towards Net Zero Water. Three-Part Webinar Series. Part Two: Register for the remaining series for the full Virtual Tour. Sponsor Logos: Built Environment Plus, Living Future Collaborative New England, and Natural Systems Utilities. Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City is on December 9th, 8-10am, and is a webinar. Featuring speakers Zach Gallager, exec. Vice President of NSU, Bruce Douglas, Vice President at NSU, Hannah Doherty, policy analyst at New York City DEP, and Kathy Watkins, assistant commissioner and city engineer for the City of Cambridge.

Deep Dive into Net Zero Water:
Webinar & Part One of Virtual Tour

Wednesday, December 9th 8:00am-10:00am

  • Urban Water reuse is practical and makes a lot of "cents!" This second webinar in the series 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 highlight how urban water reuse works, as urban onsite water reuse has been in place in Manhattan since 2002.
  • Catch Part One of a Virtual Tour during this session. Catch Part 2 with a focus on Energy in the final webinar of the series: Deep Dive into Net Zero and the Water-Energy Nexus on February 25th, 2021, from 8-10am EST.
  • CEUs Available: AIA, GBCI LEED, and Living Future.
Register Here
Virtual Deep Dive into Net Zero Water will take place Wednesday, December 9th, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
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BE+ Morning Brew: Zero Carbon Zoning
Boston’s Future in Context

Tuesday, December 15th 9:00am-10:30am

  • Start your day with the Built Environment Plus (BE+) community for a live virtual conversation, hosted by Meredith Elbaum, with three leading professionals driving our Zero Carbon Future. This session will be a morning talkshow style discussion with opportunity for audience participation.
Register Here
Virtual BE+ Morning Brew: Zero Carbon Zoning will take place Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing
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ILFI Education Series Hosted by your Living Future Collaborative 

Join your local Living Future Collaborative for the third event in a series of live-viewings of an assortment of the International Living Future Institute’s online courses, curated by the collaborative's facilitators. 

This next event, Achieving Healthy Materials, is coming up on February 11th, 8:00-9:30am EST. Registration is coming soon.
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FREE* Training Available! 

*Free for companies with fewer than 100 Massachusetts-based employees. 

The Green Building Training Program gives you expert training for free! There are many courses available, including WELL and LEED specific exam prep, building energy modeling, Green Professional Building Skills Training Operations and Maintenance (GPRO), Preparing and Managing Change, and more. See if your organization qualifies at the Green Building Training Program website.
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Deep Dive into Net Zero Water in the City
Dec. 9th | 8:00am - 10:00am EST | $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.

BE+ Morning Brew: Zero Carbon Zoning – Boston’s Future in Context
Dec. 15th, 2020 | 9:00am - 10:30am EST | $35

This session will be a morning talkshow style discussion looking at Boston's dive into Zero Carbon Zoning (ZCZ), how Boston's efforts fit in context with other cities around the country, and how ZCZ could affect business. The key consideration of the balancing of priorities will be addressed and stakeholder input is desired.

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Dec. 21st | 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST | 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.
Achieving Healthy Materials
Feb. 11th | 8:00am - 9:30am EST
Join your local Living Future Collaborative for a live-viewing of the International Living Future Institute's online course.

Registration Coming Soon...
Deep Dive into Net Zero Water and the Water/Energy Nexus
Feb. 25th | 8:00am - 10:00am EST | $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.
Be a part of our community!
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 Ethan, 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


Green Leases: A Critical Tool to Address Resiliency and Drive Efficiency

Dec. 9th | 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST | Virtual Event | FREE
Green leases can hold the key to energy efficiency, resilience and managing in crisis. Learn how landlords and tenants benefit and get value. Register.

Passive House Advanced Construction Workshop Series | Part 3 & Part 4

Virtual Events | FREE
This innovative virtual "hands-on" trainings series features presentations and discussion on all aspects of constructing high-performing Passive House buildings. Geared towards general contractors, carpenters, project managers, air sealing and insulation trades, HVAC and plumbing trades, window installers, and quality control specialists - as well as all members of a project team. Learn more.

Workshop 3: HVAC and Plumbing Trades
Dec. 11th | 9:00am - 12:00pm EST

Workshop 4: QA/QC Techniques for Ensuring Success
Dec. 18th | 9:00am - 12:00pm EST

Climate action and justice in the built environment.

Mar. 25 - 26th | Virtual Event 
We have less than a decade to reverse current greenhouse gas emissions trends to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. The intention of this summit is to explore the means and solutions for meeting this challenge in the built environment, while improving the quality of life for all CT residents, and lifting up our most vulnerable communities. Learn more.

Placetailor is Seeking a 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.

Learn More and Apply

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.

Learn More and Apply
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