Webinar showings allow the Chapter to deliver up-to-date green building and LEED-related education using the U.S. Green Building Council’s catalog of high-quality recorded webinars. Webinar showings are in-person programs that include an introduction, webinar showing and discussion period. All webinars offer program participants continuing education hours for professional credentials including LEED/GBCI, AIA and more.
Green Homes Lecture Series
Launched in 2010, the Green Homes Lecture Series is a six-week lecture series designed to help homeowners make good, green decisions about their homes. If you’re considering a home renovation, an upgrade to your home’s systems, or just want to learn more about greening your home, then this series is for you!
Session topics include: Overview and Financing; Evaluating Your Home; Your Home’s Core Systems; Mechanical Systems and Alternative Energy Systems; Healthy Homes + Kitchens and Baths; Green Landscape and Productive Land Use.
Past faculty speakers include: Peter Taggart of Taggart Construction; Andy Meyer of Efficiency Maine; David Milliken and Margo Billings of Horizon Residential Energy Systems; Chris Briley of Green Design Studio; Jesse Thompson of Kaplan Thompson Architects; Dan Kolbert of Kolbert Building; Fortunat Mueller of ReVision Energy; Naomi Mermin of Naomi Mermin Consulting; Steve Prescott of Fiddlehead Designs; Lisa Fernandes of Resilient Homes; Ken Fengler; Irene Brady Barber of O’Donal’s Nursery.
Green Building Tours
The USGBC Maine Chapter hosts tours of green buildings on a regular basis. The buildings toured include LEED Certified buildings, green buildings, and buildings that have notable “green” components. Past tours include the BrightBuilt Barn, PowerPay’s offices, the Redfern House, and Oakhurst Dairy. The Emerging Professionals Green Building Walking Tour of Portland is popular day-long annual event.
Green Careers Series
The Green Careers Series is organized and presented by the Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Committee. Each event takes place at a Portland location, highlighting local businesses and professionals that, in some way, promote environmental responsibility and awareness through their operations or services. Each session of the series is organized around a theme. Past themes include: Green Start-Ups, Energy and Women in Green Building. This program offers a relaxed, conversational atmosphere in which the panelists can tell their stories and engage in dialogue with “emerging professionals” or anyone interested in learning more about ’green’ careers.
Typically lasting from 1.5 to 4 hours, lectures are offered on a variety of green building topics and technologies. The format of a lecture may be in-person or may allow participants to join remotely. Lectures may offer continuing education hours for professional credentials such as GBCI/LEED and AIA.
LEED workshops are in-person, typically full-day, faculty-led educational programs that are aimed at preparing participants for a LEED professional credential and/or to participate in a meaningful way on LEED projects.
Participation in a LEED workshop may help a LEED professional credential candidate fulfill the prerequisites of credential application.
LEED workshops may offer continuing education hours for professional credentials such as GBCI/LEED and AIA.
Topic-based workshops are half- to full-day educational programs that provide in-depth information on and experience with a particular green building topic. Typically in-person programs, involve participant interaction with the faculty, other participants and exercises designed to increase comprehension and familiarity.
Topic-based workshops may offer continuing education hours for professional credentials such as GBCI/LEED and AIA.
In the Limelight
In the Limelight, the Chapter’s Annual Meeting and Celebration, offers the Chapter the opportunity to engage its community and showcase green buildings and happenings in the State of Maine. The dynamic program includes:
In past years, green homes and colleges and universities have been “in the limelight” and the subject of the event’s green building tours and educational presentations. In the Limelight 2011 will focus on K-12 schools. Future foci may include commercial properties, municipal buildings, non-profits, etc.