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February 2014 Newsletter
We are gearing up for a busy year! Read through this issue for all the exciting details on how to become involved with the Chapter, participate in committees, attend courses and earn CE credits.

Featured Event:
Register today! CaGBC-GTC is hosting its inaugural professional development event on Feb 20. This action-packed day makes it easy to earn up to 8 CE hours towards your LEED accreditation. Browse through the program and register for a half day or full day. Early bird discount is available until Feb 10!


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Board Elections


Featured Events

Workshops + CE Hours


Membership Campaign
Sign up today! Time is running out to be entered in the draw to win an iPad Air when you renew your Chapter membership. The draw takes place on Friday February 7. If you haven’t had an opportunity to join or renew your membership, sign up today.

Board Election Nominations
Get involved! On March 3rd, we will be opening Election Nominations for three positions on the Greater Toronto Chapter's Board of Directors. For submission details and deadlines, please click here. All interested current Chapter members are invited to run.

Get involved! The Chapter has created a new Advocacy Committee and the board of directors has unanimously agreed that one of the Chapter’s first advocacy initiatives will be to investigate mandatory building benchmarking in Ontario. The Chapter is working with the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) on an initial stakeholder review in February, the results of which will be publicly available in the Spring. Any Chapter Member interested in becoming involved in building benchmarking should send their CV and expression of interest to Ian Theaker at igtheake

Toronto Green Standard Breakfast - Huge Success!
Thanks again to the event sponsors!
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Call for Interns!
Get involved! The Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter is seeking two motivated, hard-working individuals who are up for a challenge. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email your resume and cover letter to:

Here are some of the highlights over the next few months from our 2014 course schedule:
ENERGY into ACTION, Feb 11
Reserve your spot for Energy into Action today! Connect with experts and find new ways to reduce energy costs in 2014. Space is limited. Register now at
Green Roof Professional (GRP) Training, Feb 27 - March 1          
This newly revised suite of courses is recommended training for anyone seeking detailed information on the green roof design and installation process, or those preparing for accreditation as a GRP - North America's premier distinction for green roof designers and practitioners. Learn from industry experts, gain access to hundreds of technical papers, visit outstanding projects, and gain indispensable multidisciplinary knowledge. CaGBC-GTC members can take advantage of a $25 discount per course by using the discount code 'CaGBC-GTC25'.
ASHRAE: Commissioning Services, March 3
On March 3, attend a seminar jointly presented by the Eastern Canadian Chapter of the BCA, ASHRAE Toronto Chapter and BOMA Toronto.
LEED Green Associate Study Course, March 5-6
Our most popular course! This two-day LEED Green Associate study course provides the foundational knowledge necessary for the LEED Green Associate exam and to attain your first level of credentialing.
2014 LEED Breakfast Series Session #1 - Demystifying Commissioning
Coming March 2014! The 2014 LEED Breakfast Series targeted at building owners and managers that have achieved – or are working towards – LEED certification will be starting up again very soon. Led by the Canada Green Building Council - Greater Toronto Chapter, the series is intended to foster a community of learning and elevated performance around LEED. Join us at Session #1, which will be focused on demystifying building commissioning. Even when you think your building is working perfectly, what can commissioning efforts uncover?
TRIECA Conference, March 25 & 26
During this two-day conference hosted by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, you will hear industry experts from around North America present on the latest in technological innovations, case study findings, innovating solutions and academic research. This will be an exciting opportunity for industry professionals, government agencies, students and anyone interested in the protection of our water resources to network with fellow professionals, to expand their knowledge, and to learn about future directions in the industry.
Our Resilient Future: From Green Buildings to Green Communities, May 21
Save the Date! We will be hosting a spring forum - Our Resilient Future: From Green Buildings to Green Communities at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto. Join us for lively speaker and panel discussions on best practices from Vancouver, New York and Ontario. More information will be available shortly. In the meantime, be sure to mark the date in your calendar!

Congratulations to the latest Ontario projects for achieving LEED Certification in January

The Lodge Home Areas for Residents with Dementia (Sudbury) - LEED Canada NC Silver
ONroute Mallorytown South (Yonge) - LEED Canada NC Silver
Daniels Capital Group 2515 Meadowpine Blvd. (Mississauga) - LEED Canada CS Silver
Vale Health and Wellness Community Centre (Port Colborne) - LEED Canada NC Gold
Mackenzie Green (Richmond Hill) - LEED Canada NC Silver
HSBC Bank Canada - Waterloo Branch (Waterloo) - LEED Canada CI Gold 
Sussex Centre (Mississauga) - LEED Canada EB:O&M GoldAvaya Canada - 425 Legget Drive (Kanata) - LEED Canada CI Silver
LeBreton Flats Phase 1 (Ottawa) - LEED Canada NC Silver
Renovations of Government of Canada / Rénovations de l'Édifice du gouvernement du Canada (Timmins) - LEED Canada NC Silver
Thales, Toronto Offices (Toronto) - LEED Canada CI 
GE Grid IQ Global Innovation Center (Markham) - LEED Canada NC Gold
269 Laurier Avenue (Ottawa) - LEED Canada EB:O&M Gold
Ontario Power Generation Offices - Floors 4 & 5 (Pickering) - LEED Canada CI Silver
BDC Markham (Markham) - LEED Canada CI Gold

CaGBC National Conference
The CaGBC National Conference, “Building Lasting Change 2014” is coming to Toronto in June. It is the largest green building event in Canada and it is your best way to learn about Building Lasting Change. Whether it's through education sessions in industry-focused streams, networking with peers and potential clients, or learning about green building product innovation on the Expo floor – you are sure to come away with plenty of new ideas and inspiration. There are also several green building tours which will visit truly dynamic locations such as the rejuvenated Regent Park community, downtown Toronto’s new waterfront project, as well as the much anticipated CIBC PanAm/Parapan Am athletes' village. Click here to find out more.

Sustainable Building of the Year
The Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington was recently named the World Architecture News Sustainable Building of the year for 2013. Read more about this net zero building and see it's real time energy use breakdown here.

Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan: A Good Balance?
Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan makes use of all power options (conservation, wind, solar, hydro, nuclear and gas). Read more about it here.

Check out some of our upcoming 2014 green building workshops, opportunities to gain CE hours, and other exciting events:

Feb 20 Sustainable Building PD Day
Mar 5 & 6 LEED Green Associate Study Course
May 21 Our Resilient Future: From Green Buildings to Green Communities (details coming soon!)

Complete list of upcoming workshops.   Course Catalog.

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