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April 8th, 2021

Join our 2 Week Virtual Sustainability Scavenger Hunt starting April 14th!

We have been so excited to get this launched 🚀, and it's been a long time coming. Here's what you need to do:
  1. Find teammates (or go alone and we can help you pair up later)
  2. Register for access as an individual or a team
  3. Download the Goosechase app
  4. Create an account on Goosechase
  5. Sign into the BE+ game with access codes provided after registration
  6. Create your team or find one to join
  7. You are ready to start! 👏
  8. April 14th, 8am: game goes live in Goosechase
  9. April 14th, 5pm: Kickoff event to share in the excitement
  10. Complete as many missions as you can by 4pm on April 28th
  11. April 29th, 5pm: Celebrate the winners! 🏆
Want to Sponsor?
Sponsoring the Scavenger Hunt helps BE+ in achieving our mission, and demonstrates your company's leadership in driving the sustainability of the built environment. Sponsor a team, a mission, or the entire Scavenger Hunt. Check out the great sponsorship opportunities at the bottom of the page, and get in contact if you would like to support in this community fun!
Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Main Headlines

Fenway Park is WELL Health-Safety Certified!

Photo by Lauren Thimmesch on Unsplash

The Red Sox had their Opening Day Ceremony last week and they welcomed over 100 healthcare heroes to the ballpark. To demonstrate the organization’s commitment and adherence to high quality health and safety guidelines, Fenway Park has become WELL Health-Safety Certified through the International WELL Building Institute!

Read the MLB Press Release
Visit the WELL Health-Safety Website

Consider adding value back into your BE+ Community with a donation.
Donate Here

Breaking the Cost Barrier

Green Building Training Program

Photo by Sarah Gudeman via BSA
Apr. 14th | 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST | $175 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies
Next week is your opportunity to gain valuable wisdom from 4 experienced industry leaders on how to achieve high performance project goals, while breaking the cost barrier. Join and enjoy firsthand experiential learning through a fun design decision game!
Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED AP, WELL AP
    Vice President | Thornton Tomasetti
Heather Jauregui, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, CPHC
    Director of Sustainability | Perkins Eastman
Jacob Knowles
    Director of Sustainable Design | BR+A
Jana Silsby, AIA, LEED AP
    K-12 Education Client Leader / Principal | DLR Group
Learn More & Register

Intro to Healthy Materials

Green Building Training Program

Apr. 19th | 1:00pm - 4:00pm EST | $265 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies
This workshop will highlight the trends and tools available to find and select healthier products. Participants will learn the key product categories and how to research and find products that are better for the environment and building occupants. Including: Health Product Declarations (HPDs), Declare labels, C2C Certification, and Low-emitting materials.
Learn More & Register

Leading From The Middle

Green Building Training Program

Photo by Luis Alvarez/DigitalVision/Getty Images
May. 12th | 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST | $350 per person or FREE* for qualifying companies
  • Do you ever find yourself in situations where you want to challenge what’s going on or make a change, but don’t have the authority to dictate what you want?
  • Have you ever seen an opportunity for improvement or innovation, but you aren’t in a position to make it happen?
  • Do you struggle to get a project team aligned or focused on goals or working truly as a team?
These situations are especially challenging given the urgency of addressing carbon, the increased impacts of climate change and public health. To champion sustainability goals and outcomes, these skills are critical, yet few of us get them in school!

Well, the good news is – even if you are not the titled “leader”, all of these things are possible. This four-hour experiential learning workshop will breeze by and introduce you to different skills and frameworks that you can apply immediately to be more effective in anything you do, and in any role you hold.
Learn More & Register

50% Off for All First Time Sponsors!
Become a Sponsor in this Community

Board of Directors Meeting

Apr. 12th | 4:00pm - 6:00pm EST Virtual Event | Free
Meetings are open to the public - please reach out about how to join.

BE+ Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
🎬 Kickoff Event!

Apr. 14th | 5:00pm - 6:00pm EST Virtual Event
Join the BE+ Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and get access to the events.

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting

Apr. 19th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST Virtual Event | Free
Learn More and Join In

BE+ Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
🏆 Celebration Event!

Apr. 29th | 5:00pm - 6:30pm EST Virtual Event
Join the BE+ Sustainability Scavenger Hunt and get access to the events.
145 Broadway (Akamai Headquarters), Cambridge MA, a 482,000 sq ft office building, received Platinum Certification status on March 31st under LEED BD+C: Core and Shell v4 - LEED v4

Client - Akamai
Developer - Boston Properties
Architect - Stantec / Pickard Chilton Architects
Structural Engineer - Magnusson Klemencic Associates
MEP Engineer - BALA
Landscape, Interiors - Sasaki
Construction - Turner
Hyatt Place Boston, Boston MA, a 187,587 sq ft hotel, received Silver Certification status on March 31st under LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009
Photo by Arrowstreet

AIA Guide: Creating a Sustainability Action Plan that Works

Thanks to our very own Board Chair Emeritus, Barbra Batshalom, and community supporter Utile, there is now a great resource to support architecture firms in creating their own Sustainability Action Plan! This document includes: 
  • Key principles for effective change management at your firm
  • Suggested elements to consider for your Sustainability Action Plan
  • Excerpts from other 2030 Commitment signatory Sustainability Action Plans
  • Resources and worksheets that help you set goals and align with other programs, such as the Framework for Design Excellence
Read the Guide

New Climate Law Stretches Massachusetts Building Codes to the Next Level

RMI - Article

Photo via RMI

March 29, 2021  |  By Sneha Ayyagari  Stephen Mushegan 

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a landmark climate bill, An Act Creating a Next Generation Roadmap for the Massachusetts Climate Policy, into law. This law raises the state’s climate ambition by setting the emissions targets at 50 percent reduction by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050. It also provides a new tool for Massachusetts communities to help achieve these targets in an equitable and focused way—a municipal opt-in stretch energy code with a net-zero buildings provision.

This opt-in stretch code represents a major win for Massachusetts municipalities after several setbacks in the last year, including the attorney general’s disapproval of Brookline’s bylaw prohibiting fossil fuels in new buildings and Governor Baker vetoing an earlier version of this bill in January. Following the bill’s reintroduction, 59 municipalities, representing approximately 40 percent of the state’s population, signed a letter to Governor Baker expressly calling for the development of an opt-in net-zero stretch code to allow communities to address building sector emissions.

Read the Article

BSA Client Conversation Series: Life Sciences & Sustainability: Exploring Opportunities with Alexandria Real Estate

Apr. 13th | 8:30am - 9:45am EST | Virtual Event | Pricing Varies. 

Living Future 2021: Inclusion + Unity

Apr 20th - 23rd | Virtual Event | Pricing Varies.
Learn More

Decon Hackathon!

Apr 28th | 3:00pm - 5:00pm EST | Virtual Event | Free
Learn More

NESEA BuildingEnergy Boston

May 5th - 7th | Virtual Event | Pricing Varies.
Learn More

USGBC LIVE - Call for Proposals

June 8th - 10th | Virtual Event

USGBC Live Call for Proposals is now open and invites you to showcase your leadership through a regional lens. Submit Here.


Sustainability Consultant | The Green Engineer

Exciting opportunity to join a team of well-respected and dedicated sustainability experts in the greater Boston area! We are an employee-owned MA Benefit Corporation, located in Concord, MA, recognized as “Best for the World” for our environmental performance by B Lab.

Learn More and Apply

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