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USGBC NH 2021 Building of the Year and Annual Meeting

Our 2021 Annual Chapter meeting was held Thursday, December 9 2021. It included a year in review, the 2021 Building of the Year, and a Keynote presentation from Eric Corey Freed, Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign and an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker.  

202Building of the Year

The 2021 Building of the Year Award went to The Goel Center for Theater and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy. The 56,000 SF building received 60 points and is certified LEED Gold. Designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and completed in 2018, the Goel Center concept creates a vessel that can be celebrated as a building, a place, and an activity. The design concept embraces the notion of a beehive, where generous social spaces reveal glimpses of activity and create integrated experience.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Green Eggs tour of this building in 2022

Keynote Presentation:

Eric Corey Freed, RA, LEED Fellow, EcoDistricts AP, LFA

Eric Corey Freed’s keynote presentation “The Urgency of Carbon," gave a fast paced, humorous, and thoughtful look at Climate Change and the state of the world around us. Eric discussed the impacts of building materials, outcomes from sustainable buildings, and the "why" of designing sustainably.  

A recording on the presentation is available here with the password: 4xMgR?@Q

Charitable Donation: 

Every year, the NH USGBC supports a local non-profit through donations from guests at our annual meeting. We have previously supported organizations such as the Manchester Salvation Army, The Friendly Kitchen, New Horizons, and the Capitol Center for the Arts.

This year we raised over $300 to support several organizations, with donations to be divided between Families in Transition, Neighborworks Southern NH, Bridge Street Recovery and Family Promise

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USGBC NH Merchandise!

We are thrilled to share with you that you can now support the NH USGBC by purchasing merchandise through Tee Public! Hoodies, T-Shirts, Mugs, Stickers, Notebooks, Phone Cases, Tote Bags, and yes, even Face Masks (non medical grade) are now available with the NH USGBC logo! With each purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to the Chapter.

Tee Public Merchandise is produced Sustainably. All of the apparel printing is done with non-toxic print materials. The inks used are water-based, 100% biodegradable, non-hazardous, toxin-free, and vegan. All items from Tee Public are produced on demand, reducing the level of waste from the traditional retail model. Returned items can also recycled or donated by the home office. 

For more information and to check out our items, be sure to visit our Storefront and grab yourself a sticker! 

Happy shopping and thank you for your support!


USGBC NH 2020 Building of the Year

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the USGBC NH Chapter held it's annual meeting where we recognized the 2020 Building of the Year, the NHRANG Hooksett Field Maintenance Shop. Building of the year is awarded annually by the chapter to a project that receives the most LEED points in their certification that year. This exemplary project earned 58 LEED points (including all available energy efficiency points!) and negotiated a difficult site to achieve LEED Silver Certification. Congratulations to the team of North Branch Construction, the New Hampshire Army National Guard, and Smith Alvarez Sienkiewycz Architects and everyone else involved! For more information and images, you can visit North Branch Construction's Website and be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming tour!

Chapter Vision
USGBC New Hampshire envisions a built environment where we live, prosper and play within the sustainable cycles of nature.

Chapter Mission
The USGBC NH Chapter promotes, educates, and advocates for sustainability in New Hampshire with the intent of transforming the built environment to one that supports a healthy community built on social responsibility, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity.

What is LEED? 

 LEED is a third-party certification program that considers site design, water conservation, energy use, building materials, and indoor air quality. LEED also looks at things like light pollution, transportation choices, and linking the project to the local community. It’s more than just a system of checklists and credits though.  If you have a LEED building, you’ve taken a much broader approach to planning and design by addressing issues that go beyond the building.  You’ve also take into account the end-users of the building, and everyone who will maintain that building, by including them in the design process.

LEED has really proven its value.  It’s the most recognized and widely-used certification program in the world.  It’s supported by a network of over 185,000 LEED credential holders.

Click here for an interesting article on why LEED certification matters  

Green Building Education Services

The New Hampshire Chapter has secured a discount to program offered by Green Building Education Services for programs, credentials, education, exam prep, and testing materials for our NH membership. These materials can assist with USGBC programs and help with education support for your building professional needs. The programs available are:


LEED AP BD+C                    - 30 Hour Package

WELL AP                            - 6 Hour Package

Receive a discount of 25% on any purchased products with discount code: USGBCNH25

Click here to get started.

Partner with local community colleges through Community Green

The Center for Green Schools recently launched Community Green, a program to support community colleges in bringing green building training and education opportunities to their campuses. Through this program USGBC is offering all public two-year institutions a first free year of USGBC membership, which now includes a revised benefits package created specifically with the college in mind. Please spread the word about this exciting opportunity to the community colleges in your area and to contact Vanessa Santos to get involved. We are seeking chapter leaders who are able to offer their expertise as guest speakers and/or advisors for college members as they work to develop green building courses and training opportunities, so please contact Vanessa if you're interested.


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