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USGBC Massachusetts Chapter Inc.

 50 Milk Street, 15th Floor
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 7522422
[F] --
Grey Lee
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EIN 27-1215143

LAST UPDATED: 06/22/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names Massachusetts Membership Forum (2009)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

“We drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities in Massachusetts”

Mission Statement

“We drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities in Massachusetts”

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $240,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Residential Green Building Committee

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

“We drive sustainable and regenerative design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities in Massachusetts”

Background Statement

The Chapter is a volunteer run organization but staff is critical for ensuring daily operations and growth of the organization. Suzanne Abbott is the main point of contact for the Chapter as the Chapter Operations Consultant. The USGBC MA Chapter was originally established as the Massachusetts Membership Forum Affiliate of the US Green Building Council under the Nexus/Green Roundtable. In 2010 the MMF leaders founded the US Green Building Council's Massachusetts Chapter. Currently there are 200 members and over 14 committees working to make a more sustainable built environment in Massachusetts

Impact Statement

One of the goals of the Chapter is to be inclusive of the entire state, and to reach out to the world of design, construction, and development to engage as many as possible who share our passion for sustainability. The road to this point began three years ago when The USGBC MA Membership Forum was formed with the support of The Green Roundtable/NEXUS. Since that time, progress to Chapterhood has been steady due to the efforts of many dedicated members and the Board of Directors as well as support from our partner organizations. The USGBC MA Chapter provides engaging and transformative education, networking, advocacy and leadership opportunities for the sustainable building community and beyond. Our events and programming is supported by the volunteer efforts of our community members. We encourage participation from the green building industry and beyond in helping us achieve our mission.

Needs Statement

The Chapter is making significant headway in regional emissions and healthier buildings for the communities in the Commonwealth. This impact is driven through our programs, committees and research. Financial support and in-kind donations of services are our organizations needs to increase impact and to succeed on our mission. 

CEO Statement

Our Community,

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter has made significant advances in 2015 and will continue to build on successes to ensure it grows to meet its mission. We made headway with our membership, sponsorship, advocacy & service work. We realized limitations in our communications, fundraising and event planning abilities, but have moved to address these situations for 2016.

The green building movement continues to absorb more and more market share of the real estate industry. 1682 projects were certified LEED as of 12/2015 in the state, among them 51 platinum. Many of these projects were celebrated at the Green Building Showcase, this past year at Harvard. Above is the net-zero facility that won the Design and Innovation Award from our event.

Our organization continues to depend on volunteers for the vast majority of our work. We are the result of a community of green building practitioners beyond our specific ranks, but who are working on, advocating for, and generally making green buildings happen in Massachusetts. We want to continue to reach out to those folks and help anyone who wants to make a green building, from owners, to builders & designers, to facility managers and of course end users.

Thank you all for your contributions in the past and for your commitment moving forward. Our mission is needed now more than ever and I hope to keep encouraging us to rise to the challenge of climate change and the need for sustainability in the built environment.


Grey Lee, Executive Director, USGBC Massachusetts Chapter

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
The entire State of Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Energy Resources Conservation & Development
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  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Residential Green Building Committee

The Residential Green Building Committee works to raise the awareness of the benefits of residential green building and remodeling and to increase the quantity of projects registering for LEED for Homes. The committee, through education and outreach, focuses on the following:

  • Holding education sessions on topics such as Zero Net Energy, Deep Energy Retrofits and REGREEN, as well as various other sustainable improvements to residential applications.
  • Helping the community understand and implement LEED for Homes and residential green building, remodeling and retrofits
  • Ensuring that our target markets are aware of available green building tools and resources
  • Partnering with other Green Building Programs
  • Establishing a collaborative relationship with professional and/or community organizations
  • Developing case studies and green residential building content for the USGBC MA website
Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  The short term success of the program is tracked in the number of attendees at events and the level of engagement at our programs. 
Program Long-Term Success  The residential green building committee is transitioning new construction to build better buildings for the occupants they serve. The Committee works to develop higher building standards, programs to connect families with services and to educate the residential green building industry. 
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is measured by GHG emissions and the number of LEED Homes in Mass reported each year. 
Examples of Program Success  The Committee has seen a steady growth of LEED Homes and the increase of the implementation of building codes. Success would be to have all homes in the Commonwealth to be net zero emissions. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Grey Lee
CEO Term Start Mar 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 200
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Quarterly


Board Chair MR. Shawn Hesse
Board Chair Company Affiliation Emersion Design
Board Chair Term Apr 2016 - Apr 2017
Board Co-Chair Mr. John Dalzell
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation City of Boston
Board Co-Chair Term Apr 2016 - Apr 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Samira Ahmadi AHA Engineers Voting
Ms. Barbra Batshalom Sustainability Performance Institute Voting
MS. Sandy Brock Nitsch Engineering Voting
Mr. Steven Burke SMMA Architects Voting
Mr. Darien Crimmin WinnCompanies Voting
Mr John Dalzell City of Boston Voting
Mr. Mike Davis Local Support Initiatives Coalition Voting
Mrs. Carrie Havey Green Engineer Voting
MS. Andrea Love Arrowstreet Voting
Mr. John Markowitz MassDevelopment Voting
Mr. Ben Myers Boston Properties Voting
Mr. Jim Newman Linnean Solutions Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 50
Male: 50
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $240,000.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 2013 IRS 990 - USGBC MA

2012 2012 IRS 990 - USGBC MA

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $155,448 $197,077 $155,448
Total Expenses $135,746 $196,568 $135,746

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions $77,992 $117,619 $77,992
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $16,955 $22,959 $16,955
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $181 $0
Membership Dues $60,501 $56,318 $60,501
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $93,658 $104,538 $93,658
Administration Expense $26,028 $66,724 $26,028
Fundraising Expense $16,060 $25,306 $16,060
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.15 1.00 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 53% 69%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 21% 22% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $156,376 $151,546 $156,376
Current Assets $155,334 $151,546 $156,376
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $17,626 $12,287 $17,626
Total Net Assets $138,750 $139,259 $138,750

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 8.81 12.33 8.87

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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