West Branch

Welcome to the USGBC MA West Branch!



The West Branch is part of the Greater USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, and meets in the Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.  We welcome individuals who are passionate about improving the sustainability of 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 individuals who are beginning their careers, as well as seasoned practitioners with decades of experience and commitment to green building and sustainable living.


The West Branch convenes an active community dedicated to the advancement of green buildings & sustainability in Western Massachusetts.


This page is here as a resource for you.  Please read our member bios. and browse our most recent newsletter to learn more about who we are and how you might fit into our community. We invite you to get involved and to use this page as a resource to discover upcoming events rooted in our shared commitment to green building and sustainable education and awareness. Do you see an opportunity to connect with us to make something happen? Let us know!


Please Check Out Our Current Involvement in Educational Initiatives

LEED education in-person webinars hosted at UMass Amherst, Integrated Sciences Building, Room 145 (see schedule for time).  They will begin again in 2015, so check back for a new schedule in January!

We want to hear from you! If you would like to see webinars hosted closer to home, please email us and let us know how we can coordinate with you to bring these sessions to a broader audience. 


See Us in Action and Get Involved!

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Richard Boucher took the above photo of our January Steering Committee meeting.  For your reference, we are, from left to right: Jeff Dalzell, Chris Cabelli, Lawson Wulsin, Karen Northup-Scudder, Ben Todd, Ludmilla Pavlova, Mark Dunn, Walter Chadwick, Soroush Farzinmoghadam.


Steering Committee Meetings

Branch Steering Committee Meetings are open to the public and occur at 9:00AM on the second Friday of each month at UMass Amherst, 360 Campus Center Way, Physical Plant Building, Amherst, MA 01002. Meetings last between 1.5 and 2 hours.

Contact us if you are interested in attending one of our meetings, events, or have any questions:

West Branch Chair Mark Dunn (mtdunn@facil.umass.edu)

West Branch Communications (wbcommunications@usgbcma.org).


Current West Branch Steering Committee Members

Chair: Mark Dunn

Past Chair: Ludmilla Pavlova

Acting Vice-Chair: Ted Mendoza

Secretary: Jeffrey Dalzell

Treasurer: Karen Northup-Scudder

Communications: Kylie Landrey

Programs: Soroush Farzinmoghadam


To become involved with the USGBC MA - West Branch or learn more about their programming, please email wbcommunications@usgbcma.org


The West Branch is very active. You can read a recap of 2013's events and programs here.