Friday, May 2, 2014

Building a Healthy Future: Setting Our Goals for the Next Generation

Saturday, May 3rd from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Cary Memorial Hall, 1605 Mass. Ave., Lexington, MA

Many Massachusetts communities like Lexington are embarking on their biggest building campaigns in a generation. This is an excellent time to have a conversation about how the next generation of municipal buildings can help us achieve our goals for the next generation of our students, teachers, and public employees. Studies show that buildings with clean and healthy air, lots of natural sunlight, great thermal comfort and moisture control, result in fewer sick days, improved staff productivity, heightened student participation, and even higher test scores! Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has recently launched the “Pathways to Zero Net Energy” program to encourage the construction of zero-net energy buildings throughout the Commonwealth.

We’ve got an amazing panel: 
Paul Eldrenkamp, Owner, Byggmeister –  Sustainable Builder & Chair, 2013 Building Energy Conference
Ellen Watts & Dan Arons, Co-founders Architerra – Sustainable design and zero net energy building architects
Ellen Tohn, Tohn Environmental Strategies – Nationally recognized expert on indoor air quality & healthy buildings
Tina Halfpenny – Director of Energy Efficiency at the Mass Dept. Energy & Environmental Affairs (DOER)

The panel will address these questions:
-      What goals should we be considering for the next generation of our buildings? 
-      How can high performance buildings benefit our health, productivity, and resilience? -      Are zero-net energy and zero-emission buildings possible and affordable in Massachusetts?  -      How do we choose the best sustainable building standards for our community? -      What support is available to help our community get started building a healthy future?

Who should attend?  Anyone interested in the health, efficiency, and resilience of public buildings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This workshop is open to the public—regardless of where you live.

Sponsored by LexGWAC, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), & Sustainable Lexington

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