USGBC Host Chapter

2017 Host Committee: USGBC Massachusetts

The Mission Statement of USGBC MA is: “We drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities in Massachusetts”and, our Vision Statement is: “We envision a thriving and diverse community, working together for a built environment that is ecologically, socially and economically healthy, resilient and prosperous for all.”

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter is a membership-based community advocating for green buildings at the state and local level. The USGBC MA Chapter provides green building education, networking, advocacy and leadership opportunities for the sustainable building practitioner community and beyond. Our events and programming are supported and enhanced by the volunteer efforts of our community members.

Over 500 people participate as members & active volunteers, and over 15,000 people subscribe to our various communication lists. Through our many committees, we address all aspects of the greening of the real estate sector: planning, design & engineering, construction, management & operation, and beyond. We help all practitioners by promoting market transformation. 

Outcomes of our activities are better buildings and corresponding environmental and social benefits. We know buildings are better when they are certified through the LEED system, the WELL system, and when they achieve the Living Building Challenge and associated petal challenges. Utilization of the EPA's Energy Star system and other similar tools combine to improve building operations and management. Using various components of the broad matrix of building assessment processes lead to reduced energy use and corresponding greenhouse gas reductions, reduced water consumption, reduced toxicity and improved indoor environments for occupants.

These environmental and social benefits are shared by many of our peer organizations, professional associations, and municipal and state jurisdictions, leading to sustainability for our communities.

Meet The Host Committee – The Host Committee is led by Judy Nitsch of Nitsch Engineering and Bryan Koop of Boston Properties.

The Co-Chairs are the primary leaders of our Greenbuild efforts.  The Host Committee Chairs help to plot our overall vision and work with subcommittees to set and ensure they are meeting their goals and timelines. This Committee will also be populated by the Co-Chairs of each subcommittee, the USGBC MA Executive Director, and a board liaison.