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Current Events

What a fantastic autumn and early winter full of activities!  From participating for the 3rd year at the CBIA Sustainable Manufacturing Forum to our own Awards Ceremony to our first multi-organization Holiday Party, as well as a Habitat Build Day and educational events, the CTGBC continues to hold events that foster community and promote sustainable building!

Holiday Party

We held our first ever joint holiday party at innovative co-working space District in New Haven on December 5th.  Together with CT Passive House and Living Building Challenge CT Collaborative, the event included a 50/50 raffle with proceeds going to Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity in support and recognition of the first Net Zero Habitat home.

Habitat for Humanity Build Day

On November 3rd, CTGBC Board Members worked alongside other volunteers to build with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity on the first Net Zero Habitat home!  We're so proud to have our Board volunteer onsite, as well as raise donations for the organization!  Pictured above: Andrew Baumer, Tanya Cutolo, Katie Symonds, Caroline DiDomenico, Melissa Kops, and Ilona Prosol.

CBIA Sustainable Manufacturing Forum

Executive Director James Ablis and Kris Coperine represented the CTGBC for the 3rd year at the Connecticut Sustainable Manufacturing Forum on November 1st.  The event, hosted by CBIA and Pratt & Whitney and held in the Hanger in East Hartford, explored topics including Sustainability, Technology, and Business Investments. 

2018 Awards Ceremony

On October 4th, the CTGBC hosted its annual Award Ceremony, this time at Stony Creek Brewery in Branford.  The top award (the Atelier Ten Award of Excellence) went to UCONN Hartford Campus.  A full list of 2018 CTGBC Green Building Award winners is found below:

Atelier Ten Award of Excellence: UConn Hartford Campus, Hartford
Judy Swann Green Advocate: Melissa Kops
Residential Award of Merit: Restoration on Garner, Norwalk
Passive House Award of Honor: Stonington Passive House, Stonington
Passive House Award of Merit: Hudson County Farmhouse, Staatsburg, NY
Carrier Institutional Award of Honor: Charter Oak International Academy, West Hartford
Institutional Award of Merit: Thompson Exhibition Building, Mystic
Student Award of Honor: New Haven Urban Canopy Parklet, New Haven
Student Award of Merit: Dixwell Avenue Redevelopment, New Haven
Out-of-State Award of Merit: River Point, Chicago, IL

More information on the 2018 award winners can be found on the CTGBC website.

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 sustainable building practices.

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Special Announcements

NESSBE Last Call for Presenters - December 19th!

Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment

March 8-9, 2019
Kroon Hall, Yale University, New Haven, CT 

Friday, March 8th - Keynote and Educational Sessions ( 1 day pass)
Saturday, March 9th - Workshops, Tours, and Shoulder events (a la carte registration)?

  • The Call for Presentationsfor NESSBE 2019 is due December 17th. 
  • Want to join the planning committee?  Sign up here.
  • Please consider sponsoring.  Sponsors are critical for a successful event and this event specifically is in need of sponsors to be able to offer scholarships, and associated community actions

NESSBE (Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment) is a biennial northeast regional summit meant to include a larger community of building professionals, owners, academics, policymakers and advocates in a conversation about sustainability in the built environment. The theme of the second NESSBE is Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment. The focus areas are material health and social justice, climate justice and conservation, resilience, community engagement, and affordable housing.

This event is building upon the first NESSBE held in April 2017 with the theme Health of Place: Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment, which was a great success. The organizers are The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) and Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative (LBC CT) with the help of the Yale Office of Sustainability, and the Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development. 

CTGBC is Seeking a New Treasurer!

As current Treasurer Rob O'Meara's term expires at the end of 2018, his position is now available for Board members and CTGBC members to apply!  Anyone who is interested in the position, or would like more information, can contact Ross Spiegel at  Final candidates will be elected by the Board at the January 7th Board meeting.

Today, U.S. building sector CO2 emissions are 20.2% below 2005 levels - Architecture 2030

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, energy efficiency and power sector decarbonization have reduced U.S. building sector CO2 emissions by 20.2% below 2005 levels, despite adding approximately 30 billion square feet to our building stock during the last 12 years. Read Full Article Here!


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Events Calendar

Check out our remaining events for 2018, as well as what we're cooking up for early 2019!

December 18th - Tour of Trifecta Ecosystems, Meriden

It's time to face the facts: as urban populations skyrocket and the average age of farmers continues to rise, a new wave of growers is needed to create a sustainable food system for the future.  Trifecta Ecosystems are creating incentives for communities to grow their own food while raising awareness about sustainable farming though education, workshops, and city projects.  They call this the City that Feeds ItselfTM initiative.  Check out this aquaponics tour and sample products!

Become a HERS Rater with the NEHERS Alliance!
Early Bird Discount: Register by December 20, 2018 and get $200 off! 

The Alliance is pleased to offer high quality HERS rater training classes in the Northeast, approximately 2-3 times per year. We offer a comprehensive training package that includes everything a student needs to be fully prepared to become a HERS rater. Our hybrid HERS rater training classes have an online component, which includes all of the building science theory, and a classroom component, which includes all of the hands-on practical training and testing that is necessary to become a rater. HERS rater training is the first step towards rater certification. To learn more about the requirements for certification, click here. Both online and classroom components are required for certification. 

This course has been approved by the Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, which has funds available for employee training. Please visit our website for details about how to apply.

Online Component: NEW- On-Demand Training Modules (with Live Office Hours)
Office Hours: January 21-February 1, 2019 - (Times TBA)

5-Day Classroom/Field Component:
February 11-15, 2019 -  Weekdays 8:30am-5pm – Springfield, MA 

Training Fee is $2595 (Get $200 off if you register by December 20th!) and includes: the combined online and classroom components; all three RESNET Exam Fees- including the new HERS Rater Exam ($525 total value); the Northeast HERS Training and Reference Manual ($100 value); a one-year Associate Membership in the Alliance ($50 value); 30 hours of online study (pre-approved for 17.5 hrs of BPI CEUs); 5 days of classroom/field study; a thorough review of basic energy concepts; field experience with blower door testing and duct blasting; two of the five Probationary Ratings overseen by a  RESNET certified Candidate Field Assessor required by RESNET; and training on the latest version of rating software. Both online and classroom components are required for rater certification. Final registration deadline is January 3, 2019. For more information contact Betsy Ames at or register online here.

LEED Fundamentals has been rescheduled!  The new date is February 27th at Eversource Energy in Berlin, 4:00pm-8:pm.  Registration reminder for the new date will be sent early 2019.

Click this link and scroll down to see the CTGBC Partner Calendar for more events.

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Meet the Board

Thank you Board Meetings who are rolling off the Board for all your hard work! Welcome New and Returning Board Members to the Board!

Board Members Rolling Off the Board:
Brian Dwyer
Rob O'Meara
Aris Stalis

Returning Board Member:
Ross Spiegel
Caroline DiDomenico
Melissa Kops

New Board Members:
Adam Yarnell
Emily Gordon

Learn more about them in future Board Member Spotlights!


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