March 2020 Print

A Few Words From Your Friends at the CTGBC

Dear Members, Sponsors, and Friends of the Connecticut Green Building Council,

In these unprecedented times, we hope that are you are staying safe and in good health. The last few weeks have had an impact on all our lives and how we work and interact with each other. Our goal is to keep you informed and engaged during this time. We are working on reconfiguring how and when we offer events and educational content. You can expect to hear from CTGBC on a regular basis.

Even though we can’t gather in person for the time-being, here are some of the benefits of your membership that are and will be available going forward:

  • Annual Green Buildings Awards -  Planning is underway for our annual program, traditionally held in the fall so this is a great time to begin thinking about projects you’d like to submit for consideration. Please stay tuned for upcoming ‘Call for Entries’ notices.
    • Additionally, the Awards committee welcomes input and fresh ideas. Consider this an invitation to get involved in some way by sending us an email or by joining upcoming Awards committee meetings!
  • Education & Professional Development Offerings - Over these last few weeks, we’ve been reminded of how deeply equity impacts our society on many levels. With that in mind, CTGBC is offering complimentary access to more than 40 hours of recorded sessions from both of our 2017 and 2019 Northeast Summits For a Sustainable Built Environment to CTGBC members!
  • Community & Connection - Because so many of our members value networking, CTGBC is looking into hosting live networking events so that members can continue to connect and stay in touch with each other. If you have suggestions for a virtual networking event or would like to host one, we’d like to hear from you!
    • Every Friday - Free Virtual Happy Hour: The International Living Future Institute (ILFI) is hosting free virtual happy hours every Friday from 3:00pm-5:00pm EST. 
      • This is a great way to learn more about the organization and connect with other like-minded sustainability professionals. Register here
  • Advocacy - Finally, CTGBC continues to actively promote awareness of the role that buildings play in the built environment to legislators and key decision-makers.  We advocate for policies that will advance goals to reduce GHG emissions, resulting in a healthier, more sustainable and resilient Connecticut.
    • If you’d like to learn how CTGBC is making an impact and/or be part of this effort, please join in our monthly advocacy committee calls. The next one is scheduled for Fri, April 17, 3pm-4pm (click on the calendar date for call-in info).
  • Please see our events calendar (Google Calendar) for information on upcoming events, including upcoming Committee Meetings.

Until we can see each other in person again, please stay safe and healthy!

Ross Spiegel, Chair and Alicia Dolce, Executive Director

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Special Announcements

The CTGBC Green Building Awards Committee is Planning for 2020!

Did you attend last year's event with Keynote Speaker John Mandyck at the Award-winning Common Ground High School? Or have you attended previous Green Building Awards at Stony Creek or other venues?  Do you have ideas for VENUES or KEYNOTE SPEAKERS? If so, please consider volunteering for this year's event!

Volunteering opportunities abound! We are seeking out potential jurors, help for reviewing promotional materials, and more hands on deck for coordinating all the moving pieces that ensure a great event!

The Green Building Awards is dependent upon our generous Sponsors! Companies and organizations can sponsor specific Awards (like our Award of Exellence), the venue, catering, or they can become general sponsors at the Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Green level.  

Check out last year's Green Building Events to reminisce about the evening, or look at our Awards Page to see events going back to 2014! Contact Awards Chair Sheri Dieso or [email protected] for more information or to make suggestions.

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Recent Events

Thank you to those who took the time to join us at the Capitol on the 11th! We are grateful to Representatives Jonathan Steinberg, Phil Young, and Joe Gresko, for coming by and engaging with us! We hope we conveyed the myriad reasons why green building ought to be included in the legislative agenda, from job creation to climate change mitigation and resiliency.






This event is part of a larger, on-going conversation between the CTGBC and the State government. If you haven’t already contacted your legislator (find them here), then please reach out to them and ask to meet with them within your district. Have a conversation with them about why you feel green building is so important that it deserves their consideration. Offer them one of our informational handouts, scroll through the latest e-blast, or tell them about the last CTGBC event you went to (and invite them!). This is a conversation we all need to be part of, so please continue to spread the word!

If you missed our handouts on Embodied CarbonOperational Carbon, and Greenhouse Gas Emissionsyou can find them here.

Read our Blog Post on the lack of legislation for high-performance buildings (and how CTGBC can fill that knowledge gap), as well as the updated Advocacy Committee Page on CTGBC Policy Positions, Recent and Past Initiatives, Resources, Partner Organizations, and more!

Once again, thank you to those who joined us, and we look forward to offering an even better event next year!

CTGBC was featured in Urban Green's Partner Highlight!

Click on the image or here to read the full blog post!

UPDATED! 2020 Green Tax Incentive Compendium

Our friends at Robinson & Cole have just released their updated 2020 version of the GreenTax Incentive Compendium. Thank you to Jerome Garciano of Robinson & Cole for sharing his work with us.  Read it here.

New Connecticut Green Buildings GeoMap

CTGBC, in collaboration with GZA Geo Environmental, Inc. is proud to launch the only visual database which maps all the LEED buildings in Connecticut. The goal is to add other performance designations such as Net Zero Energy, Passive House, and more as they become known. Learn more about the GeoMap here. Please take a moment to find your project(s), and let us know if updates are needed!

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Welcome New Members

Thank you to our new Members thus far in 2020!

Diane Boston, Diane Boston AIA, LLC
Margaret Tarampi, University of Hartford
Rob Freeman, Rob Freeman (NEW GREEN SPONSOR!)
Marc Goodman, Spray Tech Insulation
Dean Matus, Lionshead Energy
Andy Mayshar, Antec Energy LLC
Matthew McCarthy, CRCOG, Sierra Club and UConn
Megan O'Connell, Skanska USA
Kathleen Schomaker, Town of Hamden
Catherine Young, George Penniman Architects LLC

To simplify joining and renewing memberships, we now offer one-, two-, and three-year membership renewal rates! See them on our Dues page.

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Updates from the Advocacy Committee

HB-5008 An act concerning the establishment of high-performance green building standards for voluntary adoption by municipalities.
CTGBC submitted public comment in support of a proposed bill to establish a stretch code in Connecticut.
  • It pointed out the built environment's out sized contribution to the State's greenhouse gas emissions, 
  • applauded the intention to address more than just energy with a more comprehensive sustainability code, 
  • recommended that DEEP establish a task force to develop and implement the code and a committee to evaluate updates and review appeal requests, 
  • recommended that green building rating systems such as LEED, Living Building Challenge, and Passive House be established as alternate compliance paths, and 
  • quoted cost data from Massachusetts that shows that small increases in construction costs due to their stretch code are far outweighed by lower operated costs
GC3 Working Group Activities
A number of CTGBC members have been appointed to Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) Working Groups whose activities are ramping up to get Connecticut in the right position to meet the State's greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. 
Progress on Mitigation Strategies - Building Sector Subcommittee
CTGBC Vice Chair, Melissa Kops of Pirie Associates Architects
CTGBC Award Winner, Paolo Campos of Patriquin Architects
Adaptation Planning and Implementation
CTGBC Board Member, Nora Rizzo of Fusco Construction
CTGBC Board Member, Alysse Lembo-Buzzelli of the Connecticut Green Bank

Financing Adaptation
Former CTGBC Chair, Wayne Cobleigh of GZA

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Events Calendar

Just because we aren't currently meeting in-person doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of online learning opportunities!

WEBINAR: Materials Matter - Living Building Challenge, LEED, and Industry Trends

April 8th, 3 PM - 4 PM Presented by: Melissa Kops, AIA, Larry Jones, LEED Fellow and Adam Yarnell. 1 HSW CE Credit Available! FREE for AIA Members, $15 for Guests

Join us for an in-depth look at specifying building materials. We will talk about the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal, including the red list, embodied carbon footprint, responsible industry, living economy sourcing, and net positive waste. Adam will take a deep dive into the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization (BPDO) and Low-Emitting Materials credits in LEED v4 BD+C. Learn why transparency matters, how VOC emissions affect indoor air quality, and what to expect in LEED v4.1. Larry will share a few insights of how designers, owners, and institutions are starting to make headway in changing how they prioritize what is important with respect to eliminating toxic ingredients of products and how they ultimately choose materials for their spaces.

RECORDING: Save The Sound Online Talk with Charles Rothenberger
Last week, climate and energy attorney, Charles Rothenberger, gave an online talk about Connecticut’s climate goals, the policies needed to reach them, and what’s happening this year—including what the challenge of COVID-19 means for legislative business. 

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Webinars and Virtual Events!

Don't forget to access more than 40 hours of complimentary NESSBE content as a CTGBC Member! 

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