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Built Environment Plus News |  August 7th, 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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Conversation Series Finale Features Dr. Joseph Allen!

Join us on Aug 18th to close the conversation series: we are bringing back all of our industry expert presenters for a final 90-minute discussion with Dr. Joseph Allen! Please join us as we debate the merits of various COVID-19 mitigation strategies, their sustainability impacts, and suggestions for moving forward addressing health and sustainability in the built environment.

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BE+ Executive Director Speaking at BuildingEnergy Boston

Meredith Elbaum, along with BE+ members Colin Booth, Jacob Knowles, and Nicole Voss, will be presenting research from 2019 report, "Zero Energy Buildings in Massachusetts: Saving Money from the Start." The panel will tackle myths surrounding Zero Energy buildings, particularly those related to perceived cost. Register for BuildingEnergy Boston to see the session.

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<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.
See if Your Business Qualifies

Built Environment Plus Seeking Fall Interns - Remote Position!

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?

As an intern for Built Environment Plus, you will be doing a variety of tasks, from supporting day to day work, small research projects, and media design tasks. Internships with Built Environment Plus are fairly general, and projects are chosen based on interest. You will be able to put the final products in your portfolio to show others your skills and your expanding knowledge base related to the green building industry. We will also help you build connections across the state among green building professionals. We especially encourage students from community colleges to apply.

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Healthy Air Guidelines Petition Delivered to WHO

Thank you to everyone who joined us in urging the World Health Organization (WHO) to adopt and advance indoor environment best practices proven to help protect building occupants worldwide from the spread of COVID-19. The petition has been delivered, and 3BL Media has released a statement about the campaign.
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Learn About the BERDO Building Emissions Performance Standard

The City of Boston has launched a process to update the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) and they want all BERDO covered building owners, managers, tenants, and other parties to be part of this process. The City of Boston will be hosting two webinars on August 18th and 20th to introduce the community to the building emissions performance standard. Register below:
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Building Tech Forum materialsCAN Postponed To October 2020

Building Tech Forum materialsCAN has been postponed until October 2020. We have been in communication with our panelists about rescheduling and we will update you as soon as we decide upon the new date. We thank you for your patience as we work with our speakers to plan out the next steps for Building Tech Forum materialsCAN: Getting to Zero With Embodied Carbon.

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

Emerging Professionals of Massachusetts Meeting
Aug 17th | 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.
How Sustainable Are COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for Buildings?
Aug 18th | 8:00am - 9:30am | $35
A conclusion to our conversation series "New Perspectives on Health & Well-being" features a discussion between Dr. Joseph G. Allen (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and the series’ building industry experts. 

Bypass Your Inner Critic in Public Speaking: How to Speak up Without Feeling Like an Imposter
Aug 20th | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | FREE
Despite popular belief, people’s top fear is NOT public speaking. That is a myth. For many people, especially women, the top fear is public JUDGMENT. Mary Cheyne, public speaking trainer and coach, will walk you through how to stop overthinking and start speaking powerfully.
Two-Part Building Energy Modeling Course
Aug 20th & Sept 3rd| 9:00am - 5:00pm | $699
Building Energy Modeling is a versatile, multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, green certification, qualification for tax credits and utility incentives. Learn how modeling is used as part of the integrative design process as well as methods for interpreting results.
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.

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 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


Want to Learn More About Embodied Carbon? Check Out the BSA's Embodied Carbon 101 Series!

The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) Embodied Carbon 101 series is in full swing, taking place Mondays this summer, June through August. National leaders on embodied carbon will help you define the issue, understand the key concepts and players, and empower you to take action. The next session is on mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, which are critical to operational energy but often overlooked in the embodied carbon conversation. Don’t miss this multi-part program series designed to give AEC professionals the knowledge they need to incorporate embodied carbon considerations immediately into their work. Sit in on one that piques your interest, choose a handful that are most relevant to your worklife, or attend as many as you can! 

Built Environment Plus members: use discount code
to receive a member's discount when registering!
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BuildingEnergy Boston is Going Virtual!

The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is an event designed by and for practitioners in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. It brings more than 1,000 industry leaders and emerging professionals together to learn from and share ideas with each other. The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 is Transforming Existing Buildings, with additional emphasis on decarbonization and on bringing more diverse communities into the discussion. This year's event has been rescheduled and will now take place as a virtual conference and trade show, Wednesday through Friday, August 12-14, 2020.
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MassCEC Announces the Triple Decker Challenge - Up to $25,000 In Prizes!

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is announcing the launch of the Triple Decker Design Challenge, which seeks design proposals for all-electric building retrofit approaches. Through the design challenge, MassCEC will be awarding nine prizes, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.

Questions about the Invitation for Proposals are due by August 15, 2020 at 5 P.M. Please send questions to

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