March 2019 Print

Special Announcements

Welcome Letter From New Executive Director - Alicia Dolce!

I am very honored to have been selected as the new Executive Director of CTGBC and have the opportunity to work with a team of committed Board members and volunteers who believe in the organization’s mission - to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous Connecticut.

At this point in time, the importance of our mission cannot be understated. With the reality of climate change already on our doorstep, it is gratifying to be part of a visible and growing community of professionals and practitioners who represent different areas of passion and expertise, united by their dedication to advancing sustainability in the built environment and in our communities.

As the new Executive Director, I look forward to hearing from all of you and I invite you to tell me what you think.  What do you especially like or appreciate about CTGBC?  What else can we be doing to serve and support your efforts?  What are your ideas on how we can generate more interest and attract a broad group of stakeholders to this dynamic organization?

Thank you for your involvement and engagement.  I look forward to seeing what all of us, working together, can achieve!

Alicia J. Dolce

*For now, please continue to respond to emails from james@ctgbc.org, as we're managing this transition.  To reach out to Alicia directly, email her here.

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Current Events

Thank you for making NESSBE 2019 such a successful event!

The Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Build Environment was held at Kroon Hall at Yale on March 8th.  The second of the bi-annual event, sold out its 175 maximum capacity a week beforehand!  NESSBE also was Green Event Certified Platinum by the Yale Office of Sustainability.

The following excerpt was written by guest blogger, Antonia Ciaverella of Tecton Architects:

The power of the NESSBE conference is its ability to unite individuals around a common purpose.  This year, one theme immediately emerged: “The people closest to the pain should be closest to the power.”  This message from Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, quoted during one of the workshops, echoed a call to action given by Dr. Julian Ageyman during the keynote address.  He challenged each of us to do everything we can to invite true belonging in our cities and buildings.  From spatial justice and livable streets, to food justice and heritage narratives, the opportunities for equity of place are vast, and yet often discouraged or unexplored.  We have to work together to solve the world’s greatest challenges, and in that spirit of thoughtful ingenuity, the rest of the day unfolded.

Read the entire blog post HERE.

Read Melissa Kops and Pirie Associates Architects blog post with more takeaways from NESSBE HERE.


Delightful conversation over breakfast


Keynote Speaker Roseanne Haggerty of Community Solutions


Keynote Julian Ageyman of Just Sustainabilities and Tufts University


Q&A during the Keynotes


Engaged listeners during a presentation


Public Health Research Panel


Equity of Place: The Role of Business and Investors


CTGBC Board and ILFI NESSBE Contributors!


A very special thanks to Melissa Kops of Pirie Assocates and Nora Rizzo of Fusco Corporation for all their hard work and dedication!

Thank you once again to our 15 Sponsors and 12 Promotional Partners!

Gold Sponsors:
EversourceEnergize CT

Silver Sponsor:
Atelier Ten

Bronze Sponsors:
InterfaceSteven Winter AssociatesAKFWells Fargo

Scholarship Sponsors:
Pirie AssociatesAssa AbloyConnecticut Green BankSESNew Alliance FoundationConnecticut Passive HouseGreenBox-IS

Promotional Partners:
Sustainable CTConnecticut Fund for the EnvironmentCT Roundtable on Climate and Jobs, Urban GreenBuilding Green, CIRCAAmerican Sustainable Business CouncilASLA ConnecticutResilient BridgeportSustainable Solutions Lab, Construction Instituteaashe

NESSBE Announcements:

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Updates from the Advocacy Committee

CTGBC Advocacy Committee Sends Letter of Support for HB 7366: An Act Concerning Incentives for Energy-Efficient Construction.

On March 25th, the CTGBC Advocacy Committee, Chaired by Ross Spiegel, sent a letter favorably supporting House Bill 7366, which if enacted, would result in a one-time state tax credit to Connecticut residents of $2,500 for single filers or $5,000 for joint filers who purchase a newly constructed home with a Home Energy Rating (HERS) of 60 or better.

This legislation supports the State's Comprehensive Energy Strategy which prioritizes energy savings as both a financial and energy resource as well as improving the performance and productivity of buildings.

The Committee is also tracking the following pieces of legislation:

HB 7154 – Sustainable Construction Code: Replaces the requirement that state funded construction projects achieve a LEED or Green Globes certification where the funding from the state exceeded certain limits to now require use of a certification system that is (1) based on a nationally recognized model for sustainable construction codes that promotes the construction of high performance green buildings that have reduced emissions, have enhanced building occupant health and comfort, are designed to conserve water resources, are designed to promote sustainable and regenerative materials cycles and provide enhanced resilience to natural, technological and human-caused hazards, and (2) include a standard for inclusion of electric vehicle charging stations.

HB 5002 – An Act Concerning a Green Economy and Environmental Protection: This bill has morphed from what was originally introduced to the current version. It was originally called a “Green New Deal”.

SB 771 – Adding Requirements for Electric Vehicle Charging Parking Spaces to the State Building Code: CTGBC is a member of the EV Coalition and a signatory on the letter in support of this legislation.

SB 927 – Creating the Environmental Infrastructure Fund Within the CT Green Bank.

The Advocacy Committee holds a phone call every third Friday of the Month.  Please contact Ross Spiegel for more information or to participate! 

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Events Calendar

Join us at our upcoming events!

April 3rd: Career Fair - Eastern Connecticut State University

April 3rd: Open House - Tunxis Community College

Learn about exciting careers in Renewable Energy, Commercial Building Energy Management and Residential "Home Performance". Hear from employers, professors and students.  The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Energy Management can prepare you for these great jobs.

For more information, contact Eric Gribin egribin@tunxis.edu, 860-773-1318

April 23rd: Trifecta Ecosystems Tour - Meriden 

Back by popular demand! Trifecta Ecosystems is Connecticut’s leader in aquaponics technology and controlled environment agriculture. For more information on Trifecta Ecosystems, visit  www.trifectaecosystems.com.

Check out our events calendar here!

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Meet the Board

Alicia Dolce - Executive Director

Alicia Dolce is the co-founder of Celebration Green Design & Build, a design/build company on the CT shoreline committed to high performance and energy efficiency with a specialty in passive house and zero net energy.  The firm has received multiple Home Builder Industry Awards (HOBIs) and in 2016, were honored to be selected as the grand prize winner of the 2016 CT Zero Energy Challenge.

When Alicia is not engaged in marketing and management activities for Celebration, she is very active raising awareness & teaching other stakeholder groups “why, what & how” sustainable building matters for our future.  Her passion to educate, advocate and inspire has resulted in a broad spectrum of outreach efforts including organizing a variety of events – pro tours, open houses, trainings, and conferences.  She also published articles and collaborated on a multi-part series on building a Zero Energy home for Builder magazine.  Additionally, Alicia is a founding board member of CT Passive House (CTPH), an organization dedicated to providing resources and education on passive house; a building science strategy that minimizes the use of energy while maximizing comfort, health, and resiliency.  In recognition for her outreach and achievements, Alicia was the recipient of the 2017 Judy Swann Green Advocate Award.

Originally from Ohio, Alicia has made the northeast her home for over thirty years and has been a resident of CT since 1989.  In her spare time, she enjoys digging in the dirt and enjoying the beauty of Connecticut backroads from the handlebars of a bike.

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