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MA 'Green' Building Design

Organization(s) Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance
Project Description As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts investigates ways to foster sustainable development, it is clear that a broad program to incorporate sustainable design principles into public buildings will become an integral part of the state's policy. To move this effort forward, open discussion is necessary between those responsible for funding, planning, and managing public construction projects, and those who bid to design and build them. An important step is to bring to light some of the key barriers that impede effective sustainable design efforts and start a dialogue to address these obstacles.

With funding from the EPA, the Office of Technical Assistance co-sponsored a full-day Sustainable Design Roundtable Discussion to initiate this important dialogue between the public and private sectors regarding the integration of Sustainable Design Principles in the Commonwealth's public buildings - primary schools. On February 6, 2002, 54 representatives from private industries (such as architectural and construction firms) and various state and municipal agencies gathered to participate in the Roundtable. During the Roundtable, all of the participants were engaged in an open discussion about sustainable design and construction programs in Massachusetts. Existing barriers were identified and opportunities to address these barriers were discussed, all in an effort to assist state agencies in determining where they can most effectively leverage their internal resources to facilitate green building and green school programs. Process, planning and communication issues were also discussed at the meeting, while leaving the technical concerns for future discussions. The Roundtable was identified as the first step to bring Sustainable Design into the design of public buildings. The participants made a commitment to continue this effort into next steps and focus on resolving or overcoming the barriers identified during the meeting.

More Info www.state.ma.us/envir/sustainable/resources/pdf/Resources_SusD_Green_Roundtable_Notes.pdf
Project Contact
Name Denise Zambrowski
Phone 617-616-1071
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Facility Design
Industrial Sectors Construction/Demolition
Activity Keywords Conference
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 12 No. 2, Summer 2002 [PDF]


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