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Jun 6

LEED for Starters: A Contractor's Guide (*FREE WEBINAR*)

Construction Institute is hosting this webinar moderated by CTGBC Board Member Nick Jones.

The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) is a chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) which covers the State of Connecticut. We are committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. 

Throughout the year, we hold a series of workshops on green building topics, networking opportunities, membership meetings, educational forums, seminars on green buildings and periodic Connecticut based LEED™ training in connection with the US Green Building Council. The CTGBC also monitors activities in Connecticut related to high performance green buildings and maintains a speakers bureau.

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Dimeo Construction Company Becomes CTGBC Sponsor


We are pleased to announce a new annual sponsor: Dimeo Construction Company!

Dimeo fully embraces and is an engaged participant in the effort to support and build sustainable buildings. As builders and construction managers, they understand the importance of sustainable construction and its critical impact on creating cleaner, healthier, more energy efficient, environmentally conscious environments in which to live, work and learn. Dimeo regularly works under several rating certification systems including LEED, Energy Star, Green Globes, SITES and NE-CHPS.

Dimeo's track record in facilitating teams in the achievement of sustainable buildings is significant. Recent examples include Yale's new Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray Colleges, the Yale Sterling Teaching Laboratory, and the new Duxbury Middle/High School. All three projects achieved certification at the Gold level. Dimeo project teams have been involved in delivering approximately 10 million sf of certified structures over the past 10 years.

Dimeo is currently working on various projects that will seek certifications, such as MA College of Art + Design-Bakalar & Paine Galleries Renovation, and UMASS-Amherst Isenberg School of Management and the Lowell Justice Center.

Please join us in welcoming Dimeo to the CTGBC community!


 

CTGBC AND LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE CT JOIN FORCES
March 6, 2018

          

 

The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) and the Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative (LBC CT) are excited to announce 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 recently 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 Living Building Challenge, register for our next event on March 26.

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

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Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut | Draft Report Released

The Draft Report, Sea Level Rise in Connecticut, authored by CIRCA Executive Director and Professor of Marine Sciences, James O’Donnell has been released as of March 27, 2018. CIRCA is accepting comments on the Draft Report.

 

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