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Built Environment Plus News |  October 15th, 2020

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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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Lightning Fast Talks at Building Tech Forum

Tired of long webinars and lengthy presentations? Want to learn about what many organizations are doing about embodied carbon? Check out the lightning talks at Building Tech Forum! Every presenter will have 5 minutes to talk about the latest and greatest happening within their organization. And you'll even have time to chat with other participants and the presenters during our networking sessions!
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Virtual Building Tech Forum will take place Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EDT) through Zoom Web Conferencing

Casey, Marketing and Graphics Associate, Says Goodbye to Built Environment Plus

Today is my last day with Built Environment Plus and the last newsletter to be addressed from me. It's been a great experience meeting and working with all the wonderful people who dedicate themselves to building a better world through sustainable design. Much has happened since I joined the team a year and a half ago: we launched our first conference, finalized the rebranding to Built Environment Plus, made the shift to virtual events. I never imagined that I would be celebrating my one year anniversary under lockdown! I've learned so much and I'm grateful for the professional experience I've gained from my time here. I wish everyone at Built Environment Plus the best of luck!

Casey | Reach out on LinkedIn

Welcome Chinmai and Amelia, Our Fall 2020 Interns!

We would like to welcome Chinmai and Amelia to the team!

Chinmai is earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics at Northeastern University. Amelia is a earning a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Policy at Boston University. We're excited to work with them (virtually, of course!).

Congratulations to Kim Vermeer for Her Shero Nomination!

Kim Vermeer, Built Environment Plus member, was recognized by USGBC National in their September Shero lineup! USGBC has been recognizing female professionals in the industry who exemplify the power of purpose to shape our world.
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The 2019 Summary of the AIA 2030 Commitment Has Been Published

AIA recently made their annual summary available, which examines the sustainable commitment of 20,331 projects. The summary notes that "building sector carbon dioxide emissions are down 21% since 2005 even though more than 47 billion square feet of built space have been added in the United States since then. The majority of this improvement happened after AIA started collecting 2030 Commitment project data in 2010."
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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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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

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!
Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero with Embodied Carbon
Oct 28th | 4:00pm - 6:30pm | $35
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. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn and to connect with the people behind the amazing innovations happening within our community!

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.
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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


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.

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The Green Engineer is Seeking a Sustainability Consultant

The Green Engineer is seeking  a Sustainability Consultant to serve as project lead for all aspects of sustainable design consulting and the LEED /WELL/Fitwel certification process on projects ranging from small commercial tenant fit-outs to multi-million-dollar new construction projects.

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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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Green Jobs in Blue Fields: Where they are, what they are, and how to ensure equitable access to them

Date: Oct. 19 | Time: 6:00 pm | Virtual Event

The Charles River Watershed Association decided to take a closer look at what the Green New Deal would mean in terms of employment in the space we occupy: water, wastewater, and green infrastructure. In their panel, they've pulled together experts in not only these established and growing industries, but also those with expertise connecting young people from low income and minority neighborhoods to good jobs, for a hopeful conversation on how we can do more to deliver a Green New Deal here in the Commonwealth.

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Join Green Building United for Their 2020 Sustainability Symposium
Date: Oct. 22-23 | Virtual Event

From energy democracy, to the new Building Tune-Up Legislation, to construction waste management, learn about sustainability practices happening across the region! Join Green Building United for the 2020 Sustainability Symposium - two days of workshops and sessions happening Oct 22-23!

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