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    • 14 Mar 2014
    • 01 Sep 2014
    • Online
    Green Apple Day of Service
    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Why Sponsor?
    The Wisconsin Green Building Alliance welcomes individual, family, and company sponsorship for the 2014 Green Apple Day of Service. Each generous contribution will support Day of Service supplies, program development/promotion, and mini-grants for service projects across the state on September 27, 2014.

    Sponsors may choose to support the full program and receive the benefits outlined below, or support a school directly with cash or in-kind donations. Please note, some of the benefits include thank you materials from participating schools. You may not receive a thank you from a school in your area, but it will be from a school that received funding support. To support a specific school, please contact the school directly.


    Sponsor Levels & Benefits

    $1,000 Ultra Gold
    McIntosh level benefits, plus:
    An original production thank you video starring a class of students at a participating GADoS school.
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $500 McIntosh
    Jubilee level benefits, plus:
    Receive an electronic file of the Green Apple mark to show your association with and support of the Green Apple initiative.
    Your family or business name displayed on the GADoS webpage and on WGBA GADoS-related social media posts.
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $250 Jubilee
    Honeycrisp level benefits, plus:
    An autographed picture of a project your donation helped fund by a class of students at a participating school.
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $100 Honeycrisp
    Courtland level benefits, plus:
    A Limited Edition, original work of art, on a handwritten thank you note crafted
    by two students at a participating school.
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $75 Cortland
    A “Green Apple Donor” certificate of appreciation signed by WGBA’s Green
    Schools committee
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $50 Earligold
    A handwritten thank you note from a student at a participating school.
    Our deep gratitude for your support.

    $25 SweeTango
    Our deep gratitude for your support.
    • 17 Apr 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Engberg Anderson, 320 E. Buffalo St. Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI
    Third Thursday Lunch n' Learn
    Introduction to LEED v4 - Key Concepts & Strategies

    Eligible for: 1 CE Hour

    Explore key foundational concepts of LEED v4 and network with other green building professionals. 

    In this session, experts share background on the development process of LEED v4, what it means for project teams, the structure of rating system, and how its flexibility lends itself to wider use.

    Please bring your lunch. Lunch will not be provided.


    Session hosted by:

    • 19 Apr 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Spring Harbor Middle School, 1110 Spring Harbor Drive, Madison, WI
    • 6
    Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity
    Construct a Straw-Clay Outdoor Classroom for Spring Harbor Middle School
    Where we learn matters.

    Led by science teacher, David Ropa, the Spring Harbor Middle School in Madison is building a greenhouse where students will gain a deeper appreciation for biological diversity and the complexity of ecosystems through hands-on experiences. An initial design concept was developed by Design Coalition Architects to include salvaged materials, local timbers, and straw-clay construction.

    Design Coalition Architects, who has spent several years developing straw-clay construction for the upper mid-west, will lead a full day workshop for WGBA volunteers. While participating in this portion of the greenhouse construction, volunteers will learn how to prepare and stuff straw-clay material into pre-framed stud walls.

    Anyone is welcome to volunteer!

    Volunteer Details
    • Dress in old work clothes and work boots that are appropriate for the weather.
    • Work gloves are recommended, but not required. 
    • Food, drink, safety glass, and restroom facilities will be provided by Spring Harbor Middle School. 
    • All volunteers will be required to sign a waiver provided by the Madison Metropolitan School District on the day of the event.
    • Volunteers of all experience levels are welcome, but if you have carpentry experience of any kind, please mention this when you sign up.


    Like us and learn more on Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irwin-A-and-Robert-D-Goodman-Greenhouse-at-Spring-Harbor/192770364099406


    Why use straw-clay?

    Straw-clay is a very low-impact material, made of unprocessed earth and waste agricultural fiber on site. In various forms, straw-and-earth mixtures have a long history of successful use in buildings of many cultures. It is solid, durable, non-toxic, and semi-structural (self-supporting within reasonable limits). It is both a reasonably good insulator and a thermal storage medium. It also handles water vapor well in a cold climate, and is resistant to rot, vermin and fire.

    • 24 Apr 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Environmental Systems, Inc. (ESI), 3410 Gateway Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045
    • 42

    LEED v4
    Green Associate
    Exam Prep Course


    A LEED Green Associate credential is your gateway to green.
    USGBC is upgrading the exam to LEED v4 in June! Get prepped for the new exam with WGBA.

    LEED credential holders have a deep understanding of the most current green building principles and practices, and show a clear commitment to professional growth in the field. Gain the core knowledge needed to become a green building expert with the LEED Green Associate credential.

    The LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive one day workshop designed to provide the information you need to study, prepare, and pass the LEED v4 GA exam.




    Thank you ESI for hosting!



    Instructor:
    Joe Azzarello,
    Senior Staff Engineer - Sustainaiblity
    Kohler Company

    Joseph (Joe) Azzarello is Senior Staff Engineer, Sustainability, for the Kohler Co. Mr. Azzarello is one of the original 10 founding members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1993...click here to read more


    Parking & Travel:
    Click here for directions to ESI in Brookfield.
    Free lot and street parking available.
    Bicycle parking available.
    No electric vehicle charging.
    No direct bus route.
    • 26 Apr 2014
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Urban Ecology Center, 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53215
    Earth Day Volunteer Opportunity
    Help us keep the Menomonee Valley clean and beautiful!
    Where we live and labor matters.

    WGBA is participating in the Urban Ecology Center's Menomonee Valley clean-up day for Earth Day. Bring friends and family to help beautify the area.

    Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. 300 acres of brownfields have been developed, 35 companies have moved to the Valley, and more than 4,700 family-supporting jobs have been created. One million square feet of green buildings and seven miles of trails have been constructed, and 45 acres of native plants installed, leading to improved wildlife habitat and water quality.

    The clean-up involves bending and walking. Please make sure to notify us about any physical restrictions.

    Following the clean-up all participants are welcome to join WGBA's Regional Committee on a tour of the Urban Ecology Center's Menomonee Valley facility. Learn more about the building here: http://urbanecologycenter.org/our-branches/menomonee-valley.html
    • 07 May 2014
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Kohler Design Center, 101 Upper Rd, Kohler, WI 53044
    Happy Hour & Networking
    w/ USGBC LEED User Group for Industrial Facilities
    presented by The Kohler Co.

    Join us for an exclusive evening at the Kohler Design Center for  cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while networking with members from the LEED User Group for Industrial Facilities (LUGIF)Comprised of some of the largest manufacturing companies in the United States, LUGIF’s mission is to establish a collaborative community to identify, share, publicize and partner with USGBC thus enabling the LEED Certification of industrial facilities in their design, construction, and operations. Learn more about LUGIF from some recent articles: NY Times & EDC Magazine

    The event is free to attend but please RSVP by Friday, May 2.


    • 13 May 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • UWM School of Continuing Education, 161 West Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI
    Sustainable Building for Municipalities
    Session 2: Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Workshop

    Join us as WasteCap Resource Solutions leads a session covering:
    • The necessary skills to develop, manage, monitor, document and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris.
    • An overview of deconstruction will be discussed along with information on how LEED applies to construction and demolition waste.
    • Real life case studies of municipal projects will be discussed to make the C&D waste recycling workshop more tangible to you.

    Registration is restricted to municipal employees. 
    For questions, please contact Heather at (414) 224-9422 or hgoetsch@wgba.org. 


    Course Fee:
    Municipalities within Milwaukee County: $37 per person
    Municipalities outside Milwaukee County: $53 per person


    Instruction By:

    WasteCap Resource Solutions, Inc. is a nonprofit, industry supported 501(c)(3) organization that provides waste reduction and recycling assistance to businesses. WasteCap assists and encourages companies to effectively drive costs out of their operations through improved solid waste management practices. WasteCap offers a variety of services that target solid waste issues head on and helps organizations find workable, cost-effective solutions. WasteCap and its clients have diverted over 501,500 tons of construction and demolition waste from landfills! WasteCap’s construction and demolition projects are currently achieving an average 90% recycling rate.
    • 15 May 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Engberg Anderson, 320 E. Buffalo St. Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI
    Third Thursday Lunch n' Learn
    Introduction to LEED v4 - Performance

    Eligible for: 1 CE Hour

    Explore performance as a foundation of LEED v4 and network with other green building professionals. In this session, experts describe how the rating system's credit requirements are more closely aligned with performance. 

    Please bring your lunch. Lunch will not be provided.


    Session hosted by:

    • 16 Jun 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Edgewood College Campus, 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI 53711
    Building Tour & Networking
    An Evening at Edgewood College
    w/ WGBA Southwest Regional Leadership Committee

    Learn more about Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Graduate Certificate Program and the new Master of Arts in Sustainability Leadership launching fall 2014; and take a tour and learn more about the award winning new visual and theatre arts center, The Stream, a LEED registered project. Network with WGBA's Southwest Regional Leadership member, representatives from Edgewood College, and other green building professionals.



    All attendees must check in at Predolin Hall (#1 on the campus map). Then, meet in room #104 of Mazzuchelli Hall (#8 on the campus map) at 5:00 PM. 

    Parking & Transit Information
    • Limited street and lot parking
    • #3 Bus Line of the Madison Metro City Bus System
    • Bicycle and moped parking available
    • Driving electric? Plug in down the street from campus at the Madison Public Library. Click here for more info
    • 19 Jun 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Engberg Anderson, 320 E. Buffalo St. Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI
    Third Thursday Lunch n' Learn
    LEED for Neighborhood Development - Getting Started

    Eligible for: 1.5 CE Hour

    The session will provide background information about the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System, specifically covering:
    • Key elements and unique features of LEED-ND
    • Stage of certification and timeline for your project
    • LEED-ND registration and certification process
    • If LEED-ND is a useful tool for your project
    It's also a great opportunity to network with other green building professionals!

    Please bring your lunch. Lunch will not be provided.


    Session hosted by:

    • 20 Jun 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley, 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53215
    • 19
    Introduction to Fly Fishing: The Nuts & Bolts

    Join us for an evening of fishing and learn about the Menomonee Valley's redevelopment

    Registration closes June 18

    Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. 300 acres of brownfields have been developed, 35 companies have moved to the Valley, and more than 4,700 family-supporting jobs have been created. One million square feet of green buildings and seven miles of trails have been constructed, and 45 acres of native plants installed, leading to improved wildlife habitat and water quality. In fact, fish can thrive in the water and we can enjoy the natural resource.

    During the session, we will:
    • Have an instructor-led fly tying and casting demonstration
    • Discuss the river ecology and basic river environmental issues
    • Give the story of the revitalization of the Menomonee River Valley
    Instruction led by the Badger Fly Fishers. Instructors are Todd Polacek and Margaret Fischer.

    Who can attend?
    Anyone! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced fishers are all welcome. Please join us if you enjoy fishing, want to learn about the valley, and find out more about WGBA.

    The event does require walking, standing, and arm movement. Please let us know of any physical limitations.

    Location
    We will meet at the Urban Ecology Center Menomonee Valley building, then walk together to the river. The address is: 3700 W. Pierce St., Milwaukee, WI 53215.
    • 17 Jul 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Engberg Anderson, 320 E. Buffalo St. Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI
    Third Thursday Lunch n' Learn
    LEED v4 Rating System Review for Overview & Location & Transportation (BC+C & ID+C)

    Eligible for: 1.5 CE Hour

    The session explore the LEED Location & Transportation credits, which encourage project teams to take advantage of the infrastructure elements in existing communities that provide environmental and human health benefits. Specifically, attendees will walk away being able to:
    • Identify the intent, requirements, and strategies for success with Location and Transportation, Innovation, and Integrative Process credits
    • Consider the advantage of existing infrastructure supporting the project site
    • Recognize the importance of pursuing these credits early and options available after site selection
    • Recognize synergies between multiple credits
    It's also a great opportunity to network with other green building professionals!

    Please bring your lunch. Lunch will not be provided.


    Session hosted by:

    • 22 Aug 2014
    • Miller Park, 1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214
    SAVE THE DATE!
    Take Me Out to the Ballgame Social
    Enjoy a Brewers home game, delicious food, and network with green building professionals.

    Registration will open Monday, May 26, 2014.

    More details coming soon!





    • 10 Sep 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Madison, WI
    SAVE THE DATE!
    Sustainable Building Credential Maintenance Blitz
    Refresh with the latest trends and updated information, earn a minimum of 6 CM units, and network with green building professionals.

    Great way to get credit hours in before
    Greening the Heartland & Greenbuild!

    More details coming soon!



 
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