March 2018 Print

Special Announcements




The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) and the Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative (LBC CT) announced their collaboration as partners in Connecticut. CTGBC signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) to operate LBC CT. This mutually beneficial relationship allows the LBC CT to benefit from the CTGBC network and staff, and the CTGBC to expand its mission and audience.

According to James Albis, CTGBC Executive Director, “CTGBC’s goal is to be the hub of green building awareness and action in Connecticut, and partnering with LBC CT is a step closer to that goal. CTGBC continually seeks to partner with other like-minded organizations that provide education and advocate for sustainable and resilient communities and a sustainable built environment.”

The Living Building Challenge is a green building certification program and sustainable design framework that visualizes the ideal for the built environment. It uses the metaphor of a flower because the ideal built environment should function as cleanly and efficiently as a flower. The LBC CT Collaborative was founded in 2012 with the mission to raise awareness and advocate for a Living Future in Connecticut through educational events, building tours, social activities, and advocacy work. The co-facilitators are Nora Rizzo of Fusco Corporation and Melissa Kops of Pirie Associates Architects. CTGBC and LBC CT cohosted the NESSBE Health of Place summit at Yale University in April 2017.

“I founded the LBC CT Collaborative 5 years ago with the intent to promote a more resilient, just, and healthy built environment in Connecticut,” said Nora Rizzo. “Now, more than ever, our mission is essential for supporting Connecticut’s future as a leader in sustainable development and energy independence. The CTGBC has been a driving force in this effort and we are proud to be partnering with such a prominent organization.”  

With this partnership we are able to offer all CTGBC members a complimentary Basic Membership with ILFI. Basic Membership with the Institute offers valuable benefits such as complimentary online education about the Living Building Challenge, access to becoming a Living Future Ambassador, and discounts on workshops, books, and more.

If you want to learn more about the LBC CT Collaborative, visit our website, like our Facebook page, join our mailing list, or contact if you have any questions or are interested in joining the Living Building Challenge committee in any capacity.

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Current Events

CTGBC Board Chair Brian Dwyer speaking in Branford.  

The CTGBC continues to speak publicly in support of sustainable environmental programs.  Above, Board Chair Brian Dwyer participated in a panel discussion with the Citizens Campaign for the Environment Clean Energy Forum at Stony Creek Beer in Branford.  He and the other panelists advocated restoring funding to green programs, such as the Energy Efficiency Fund.

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News from the Emerging Professionals

The CTGBC Emerging Professionals plan to reschedule their event and brewery tour at Counterweight Brewing Co. in Hamden soon!  Check out their events on our calendar or email them for more information.

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Meet the Board

Kris Coperine has been a Connecticut Green Building Council Board Member since January 2017, and is the Marketing and Communications Chair and an Awards Co-Chair.  She relocated to Glastonbury, Connecticut from Minneapolis in September, 2015, and is a newlywed as of September 2017.  An enthusiastic entrepreneur with a passion for sustainability, she launched a sustainability strategy company, Green Thread Consulting (, in April, 2016.  She has an International MBA from the University of Denver and a BA in Geography from the University of Minnesota. She is a LEED Green Associate, volunteers with the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, and is a GPRO Instructor through New York’s Urban Green.

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Green Tours

On February 8th, the CTGBC hosted a presentation on the fuel cell industry at Doosan in South Windsor.  Although it was a chilly winter morning, the tour successfully informed participants on fuel cell technology and the emerging industry as a viable alternative to fossil fuel.

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Updates from the Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee continues to educate, inform, and voice its support and concern for environmental issues in the state of Connecticut.  Thus far 2018 has been a challenging year to make progress as budgetary constraints have severely limited the amount of funding available to the CT Green Bank and other green programs that promote sustainability.  The future of diverse energy sources, such as nuclear power from plants like Millstone, is complicated and have far-reaching ramifications for the business, political, and environmental climate of the state.  However, shared alliances with organizations such as the CT Fund for the Environment are helping CT combat climate change.  Support for solar, wind, and other alternative energy sources in CT continue to be a priority for the Advocacy Committee.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever thought about volunteering?

Volunteers help define the Connecticut Green Building Council and determine the effectiveness with which we carry out our mission, programs and activities. They provide the leadership, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help our local efforts thrive. Volunteering is also a fun and hands-on way to network and socialize with like-minded people in your community. Volunteering is a great resume builder, and it also offers continuing education hours for LEED professionals.

See below for a list of our current and ongoing volunteer needs. If you would like more information, please contact us. We look forward to volunteering with you!


The goal of the Marketing/Communications committee is to increase the visibility and strengthen the presence of the CTGBC in the state. We aim to achieve this goal by creating both member and outreach related communications utilizing: newsletters, targeted email, trade shows, events, social media, and the web.

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