Green Building May Newsletter
May 2012 Newsletter

We've picked up the pace this spring!  From our new Executive Director to Chapter elections to our Education Sale (25% off!) to our Fall Barbecue and everything in between (bike tour, magazine launch, Municipal Green Policy Hub, Green Doors Open and more!)... we're packing the season with exciting initatives and outdoor events.  Read on to see about what we're up to and how you can get involved!


Welcome Hazel Farley

Chapter Elections

Chapter Barbecue

Spring Education Sale 

Spring Open has Sprung!

Toronto Focus -Spring 2012 Issue

Ontarion Green Policy Hub 

Emerging Green Builders Bike Tour

Green Doors Open

Streamlining to dramatically cut effort for Regional Priority credits
Green Real Estate Conference 2012 
Race to Reduce - Peel Region launch anouncement

Workshops + CE Hours

Welcoming Hazel Farley
Hazel_linkedin 2We would like to officially introduce you to Hazel Farley, the Greater Toronto Chapter's new Executive Director.  Hazel is an experienced leader who is passionate about her role in creating a more sustainable built environment for Canadians and the many other living systems vital to our economic and ecological prosperity. Read her biography.

Chapter Elections
Members of the Greater Toronto Chapter, it's time to vote for your favourite candidates! Six Directors are to be elected in the upcoming election to maintain a Board of eleven Directors. Read more about the candidates and vote. Voting closes on May 8.

Chapter Barbecue
Distillery_WGBC delegaes_Chapter membersbisWe're excited to invite you to our post CaGBC Conference barbecue on Wednesday June 13. Celebrate the arrival of summer and unwind with green building supporters at the Harbourfront Centre - only a 5 minute walk from the CaGBC Conference at MTCC.
Click to read more and register now!

Spring Education Sale!

Save up to $155 for the following upcoming courses: 
Green Economics (May 2)
Living Building Challenge (May 8)
LEED Green Associate Study Course (June 26-27) - in Hamilton!

Spring Open has Sprung!
Spring OpenWe kicked off spring at Evergreen Brick Works last Wednesday with over 170 people at our first large networking party of the year.  Our guests got the chance to play with our interactive green building map (on at 4'x6' touch screen!) and listened to eleven presenters blast their way through 2-minute presentations on local green building projects. To read more, see the map and view the presentations, click here

Toronto Focus - Spring 2012 Issue

Toronto%20FOCUS%20-ISSUE%203%202.JPG?0.48386837518773973The Chapter is pleased to announce the publication of its Spring 2012 Toronto Focus Issue, developed in collaboration with SAB Magazine.  Inside, you'll find: 32 pages of local green building industry projects; 2-page spread on leading water conservation intiatives; tear-out Green Homes checklist; review of LEED EB:OM and more!  Read it online here.
Ontario Green Policy Hub
Launching our unique online searchable resource of the most innovative best practices implemented to promote and develop sustainable built environments by Ontario Municipalities -- now availble!  The OGPH is a project of the Greater Toronto Chapter's Municipal Leaders Forum, generously supported by the Ontario Power Authority and the Chapter’s founding partner, the TRCA. Check it out at
Save the Date: Emerging Green Builders Bike Tour
Tour Toronto's green buildings by bike on May 26th!  Stay tuned for news about this great EGB event!

Green Doors Open
The Chapter will be partnering with Clean Air Partnership, Doors Open Toronto and the Green Heritage Trust to showcase some of Toronto's most impressive green buildings during Green Doors Open on May 26 -27.  Check out Toronto's list of buildings.


Streamlining to dramatically cut effort for Regional Priority credits
The CaGBC is undertaking to dramatically streamline the submission process for Regional Priority credits.  Canadian LEED APs are invited to provide their input in a survey to select the six most important credits for each region. Read full article and complete survey.

Green Real Estate Conference 2012

On April 4, the Green Real Estate conference provided a high-level discussion and strategic update on the economics, benefits, and value of green buildings, along with some of the best practices that can be used to create these types of properties. Hundreds of real estate professionals attended this year -- and attendees made a goal of hitting 5,000 real estate professionals in 2013!  Click here for the program and slides.

 Race to Reduce Launches in Peel Region
On May 28, Peel Region real estate executives will join CivicAction and the region’s political leaders to formally launch the Peel Race to Reduce smart energy office challenge, which aims to reduce office energy consumption by at least 10% by the end of 2014. Find out more by clicking here.


Don't forget that there are a lot of green building workshops and other chances to gain CE hours:

May 2 Green Economics: Financially Successful Green Buildings **25% off!
May 8 Understanding the Living Building Challenge  **25% off!
May 8 Lunch + LEED 
May 15-16 LEED Green Associate Study Course - SOLD OUT
Jun 18 Solar Energy: Best Practices for Residential Buildings
Jun 26-27 LEED Green Associate Study Course - Hamilton **25% off!
Jul 17-18   LEED Green Associate Study Course

Complete list of workshops.

Lunch N LEED

Quick News: Best of Twitter

Changes in OBC could mean fewer glass buildings...

Learning about so many great green buildings at Spring Open!

RT @CaGBC National Conference early bird deadline extended to May 15! Register now to take advantage of savings 

India has the 2nd largest number of green building space with 1 billion sq. ft. (The US is #1 with over 3 billion)

Speakers announced! @CaGBC June Conference

Islands in the Humber? They could help improve Toronto beach water quality. 

Nice stats RT @TorontoHydro Congratulations Toronto, you helped take 193 MW or 7% off the grid, which equals about 128,000 homes. #earthour

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