RIGBC to host First Annual Meeting

The U.S. Green Building Council – Rhode Island Chapter (Chapter) will celebrate the success of its inaugural year at its First Annual Members’ Meeting on February 9th starting at 5PM at the new FM Global headquarters in Johnston, RI.

In a year epitomized by rapid response to an escalating demand for educational seminars, professional workshops, green building tours, and advocacy efforts with the RI legislature and the Governor, the Chapter, led by Founder Connie McGreavy, looks to 2010 as a solidifying year for the organization.

The First Annual Meeting will be both a look back at 2009 and a look forward to 2010. The event will showcase a gallery of some of the best, green building projects completed in Rhode Island, designed to the U.S. Green Building Council’s high performance LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard. Members and others will also be treated to a multimedia presentation of FM GLobal’s LEED Gold facility.

 “One of the Chapter’s main initiatives in 2010 will be the launch of its  virtual Green Marketplace, a website to guide people in their selection of verifiable green building products as well as profile LEED projects that feature multiple building types and local green service providers in standardized formats,” said McGreavy. Attendees will get a sneak peek of the new website design.

 William Sisson of United Technologies Corporation will keynote the Annual Meeting and address the topic “Transforming the Market for Energy Efficiency in Buildings – A Global Perspective”.  Sisson, who is presently the Director, Sustainability for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Buildings Program, will offer strategic insight on how Rhode Island can develop a road map for a green and healthy economy. UTC is a research facility and manufacturer of heating/cooling equipment, fuel cells and building systems.

McGreavy noted, “The RI Green Building Council must accelerate its work to advance the state’s awareness and opportunities for education regarding green building. This past year has been a tremendous success but we are looking to increase our presence in the form of membership, volunteers and sponsors in order to keep up with demand for information and services. Our Annual Meeting will be a great opportunity to meet with peers, network and gain insight into the future of Rhode Island’s green building economy.”

For more information or to register for the event, visit the Chapter’s website at www.usgbcri.org.

posted by Kimberly Lancaster | Twitter

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