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We are a branch of the USGBC MA Chapter and meet in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties in Massachusetts. We welcome individuals who are interested in sustainability for the built environment, and we are committed to building partnerships and regional alliances with other Pioneer Valley organizations in supporting the green building community. We have an executive board with diverse experience that includes passionate individuals who are beginning their careers, as well as seasoned practitioners with decades of experience and commitment to green building and sustainable living.
This program honors the work of trades people, educators, and owners/program directors who help build, teach about, envision and fund the green buildings in Hampshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Berkshire counties. This program is intentionally distinct from other building design awards in its attempt to look at and honor a wider range of participants behind the sustainable building movement in our region.
Buildings consume a huge percentage of our energy and resources and create a tremendous amount of waste:
Source: U.S. Green Building Council
In this time of global climate change, the USGBC is actively promoting green buildings as part of the solution. This goal however is largely implemented by Trades People, Educators or Building Owners –the true unsung heroes in this critical movement. We choose in this program to call them “Green Giants”.
We invite you to nominate the “green giants” you know from any of these three categories:
Trades people: any individual or firm from any building trade or building maintenance professional who has gone the extra mile to ensure that a building (or campus) meets its sustainability goals. Work on new construction, renovation, and on-going maintenance categories since January 2008 will all be considered. Download nomination form here.
Educational Programs: any teacher, administrator, institution, or organization behind an innovative green building program that inspires and actively teaches the design students, engineers, trades people and citizens who will in their turn advance our green building revolution. Educational programs since January 2008 are eligible. Download nomination form here.
Owners: any owner or institution that has envisioned and funded an exemplary green project initiated after January 2008 or currently underway. The project itself should be one that greatly reduces energy use of the building or campus and/or showcases sustainability to our community. Download nomination form here.
Award Evaluation Criteria:
The criteria for evaluation and award selection will be based on answers to the questions in the attached forms and the overarching goals of the program as described above and at the discretion of the Jury.
Due Date: October 4th, 2pm via mail or email
Nominations and questions can be sent to:
110 Pulpit Hill Rd, Amherst, MA 01002
Submittal Requirements (8 ½ x 11 format)
· General Information Form
· Nomination Form A, B or C
· Additional Answer Sheet attached to Nomination Form (limited to one page)
· Photos (one page) with signed release for use of photos
Branch Steering Committee Meetings are open to the public and occur at 8:30AM on the second Friday of the month at Conference room A, UMass Amherst, 360 Campus Center Way, Physical Plant Building, Amherst, MA 01002. Meetings last between 1.5 adn 2 hours. If you plan to attend a meeting, please RSVP a week before to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair (2 yr. term): Ludmilla Pavlova, AIA, LEED A.P. BD+C, UMass, Amherst, email@example.com
Co-Chair (2 yr. term): Jeffrey Dalzell, LEED A.P., UMass, Amherst
Secretary & Communications (3 yr. term): Ivan Chow, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate, UMass, Amherst
Treasurer (3 yr. term): Karen Northup-Scudder, CPA, MBA, Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, Holyoke
Education (1 yr. term): Katherine McCusker, LEED Green Associate, UMass, Amherst
Events (1 yr. term): Aelan Tierney, AIA, LEED AP, Kuhn Riddle Architects, Amherst
Newsletter (1 yr. term): William Stanton, LEED Green Associate, UMass, Amherst
BSC Member (3 yr. term): Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED A.P., Kraus Fitch Architects, Inc., Amherst
BSC Member (2 yr. term): David Scudder, LEED A.P. BD+C, David R. Northup Electrical Contractors, Inc, Agawam
BSC Member (1 yr. term): Lawson Wulsin, LEED Green Associate, Architecture + Design, UMass, Amherst
BSD Member (1 yr. term): Mike Weed, Budderfly, Shelton, CT
Other committee members: Mark Dunn (UMass Amherst), Ezra Small (UMass Amherst), Charley Stevenson (Integrated Eco Strategy, LLC), Benjamin Todd (Strategic Energy Group)
To become involved with the USGBC MA - West Branch or learn more about their programming, please contact Ludmilla Pavlova - firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes from past meetings: