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2021 Annual Meeting Recap

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 8:00 AM | Kim Pyszka (Administrator)

This year’s Annual Meeting took place in early December virtually. Even though this was another tough year of the pandemic, we were able to do four Green Egg in-person building tours and start selling logoed merchandise. The Green Egg events included touring the USGBC NH 2020 Building of the Year winner, the NH RANG Hooksett Field Maintenance Shop, a co-gen plant at UNH Durham, William Boyce Thompson Field House at Phillips Exeter Academy and Kingston Hall at Southern New Hampshire University. All tours were informative about current green building practices in New Hampshire.

The 2021 Building of the Year Award went to The Goel Center for Theater and Dance at Phillips Exeter Academy. The building received 60 points and is certified LEED Gold. Be sure to continue to check your emails for updates on the Green Eggs tour of this building!

Eric Corey Freed’s keynote was about “The Urgency of Carbon”. Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and lecturer and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Sustainability for CannonDesign, leading the healthcare, education, and commercial teams toward better and higher performing buildings. For over 20 years, he was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

As a mentor and lecturer, Eric brings a high level of passion and drive for sustainability and challenges those he teaches, speaks to, and practically everyone he meets to think, design, and present outside of the box and outside their comfort zone. As a facilitator, adjunct professor, and lecturer, Eric has educated more than 300,000 people across all 50 states and 7 countries on issues related to sustainability, high-performance building, and the built environment and does so in his own comedic and entertaining style.  

Eric was previously the Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, a nonprofit that helps cities and developers create regenerative, resilient, and socially equitable neighborhoods for everyone, and Vice President of the International Living Future Institute, a nonprofit that developed the Living Building Challenge, a global, regenerative, deep green building standard. He is the author of 12 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies", "Sustainable School Architecture," and “Green$ense for your Home”. His latest publication, "Circular Economy for Dummies" was released in the Spring 2021.

Eric is considered a leader in the field and was previously named “Best Green Architect" in 2005; "Best Visionary" in 2007; and "Green Visionary" in 2008.  In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects."  He also holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council. Eric’s keynote was engaging as he delighted attendees with his knowledge on the circular economy and global climate change. The entire keynote was recorded and can be found on our website.

Through your donations we were able to raise over $300.00 to the following local organizations: Bridge Street Recovery, Family Promise, NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, and Families in Transition. One of our USGBC NH members even won a Door Prize that consisted of items for a covid-19 survival kit. Thank you to all who joined us, and we look forward to what 2022 brings!

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