Greening Greenbuild

Map visualization courtesy of Armin Akhavan, Northeastern PhD, Interdisciplinary Engineering (www.arminakhavan.co)

This fall, Greenbuild 2017 will bring together green building champions from across the globe in Boston, the most energy-efficient US city (in the most energy-efficient state) according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The USGBC Massachusetts’ Greening Greenbuild committee chairs Todd Isherwood, Green Project Manager, and Christina McPike, WinnCompanies, with a dozen volunteers will encourage and promote Greenbuild attendees towards sustainable efforts in the City of Boston.  In 2017, we are “All In” to “walk the sustainable walk” before, during, and after the largest Greenbuild conference ever!

The Greening Committee will educate Greenbuild 2017 attendees on recycling and waste management by equipping our student volunteers with the appropriate background knowledge and expertise. This effort will help advance the conference’s waste diversion rate and reduce the waste footprint of the conference. Greening Greenbuild will also support Climate Ready Boston’s outreach and education initiatives with the hospitality industry while creating tools for attendees to help promote choosing green hotels, restaurants, and means of travel while participating in the Greenbuild conference.

Why?

Greenbuild will bring upwards of 30,000 green building professionals to the City of Boston. They (all of you!) will be choosing hotels to stay in, restaurants to eat and network at, and navigating Boston’s transit system to get to and from the conference and its many offerings. The Greening Committee is here to provide tools and resources to empower our hotel industry to be leaders in sustainability, and to promote recycling, environmentally conscious food choices, and low-carbon active transportation decisions among conference attendees.

How?

At past Greenbuild conferences, the host chapter’s Greening committees have organized river cleanups, distributed light bulbs and aerators to restaurants, and prepared resources on energy retrofit rebate programs and special financing. In anticipation of Greenbuild 2017, Boston’s Greening Committee will focus on four projects, described below:

Waste & Recycle: Since 2012, Greenbuild has diverted over 336.82 tons of materials from landfills. Greenbuild 2016 achieved the highest diversion rate of any Greenbuild. Boston’s challenge is to surpass this rate. Education is one of the best methods to increase the public’s perception and awareness of sustainability. This year, Boston will leverage one of its greatest education assets: student volunteers! Students will be “Talking Trash” with attendees at all waste and recycle stations throughout Greenbuild 2017.

Green Buildings: Let Greenbuild 2017 attendees know how their hotel compares to others by breaking down Boston’s Building Energy Rating and Disclosure Ordinance data and GreenLeader certifications. Leverage Greenbuild 2017 to promote energy efficiency and resiliency for the hospitality industry by educating hotels on energy and water conservation while driving Climate Ready Boston adaptation initiatives.

Green Eating: The agricultural sector is a leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing the amount of meat in your diet will reduce water, land, and carbon consumption. The Greening Committee with research area restaurants and help Greenbuild 2017 attendees make informed decisions about what and where they choose to eat while in Boston for Greenbuild.

Green Transit: Transportation accounts for 27% of all GHG emissions in the United States. The Greening Committee will promote active, low and no carbon modes of transit by creating a resource that helps attendees compare the GHG emissions of different modes of transportation, including walking, biking, single-occupant car trips, carpooling, buses, and the T.

Resilience Information for Boston Hotels: To help educate Greenbuild hotels about the City of Boston’s leadership in climate adaptation and preparedness, which you can learn more about here and here, we also created 2-page resiliency assessments for all 17 Greenbuild hotels. You can download those at the links below to learn more about specific risks each hotel faces and resources from the City to help mitigate and adapt to climate change. A big thanks to Linnean Solutions for their help compiling this great resource.
Aloft Boston Seaport
Boston Copley Marriott
Boston Hilton Back Bay
Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Colonnade Hotel
Doubletree Hilton
Element Boston Seaport
Hyatt Regency Downtown
Midtown Hotel
Omni Parker Downtown
Renaissance Boston Waterfront
Revere Hotel
Seaport Hotel
Sheraton Copley Square
Westin Boston Waterfront
Westin Copley Place

Co-Chairs: Christina McPike of WinnCompanies and Todd Isherwood of The Green Project Manager