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09/08 Sunday Funday Quote


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I am fully and intensely aware that plants are conscious of love and respond to it as they do to nothing else.

~ Celia Thaxter

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Emerging Professionals Meeting Write-Up


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What’s up, fellow readers?  Boy do I have some REAL exciting stories to share this week.  A lot of new surprises have been happening within the entertainment industry these days.  Some good (PR miracles!), some bad (PR nightmares!), and all in between.  This is has truly been an eventful week, especially for yours truly.

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Let’s kick things off – every now and then I leap off from my blog MakeSandcastlesNotWar in order to write for other blog pages.  Ever since creating the blog back in 2016, I have received a wide range of readers from across the nations.  Friends, family members, and mutual acquaintances alike have enjoyed my blog so much that they ask me to get involved in their work.  It’s at this point where I dive into a new topic for their blog page about their special line of work.  One of those special projects was for USGBC MA.

The USGBC Massachusetts Chapter is a membership-based community that advocates for green buildings at both the state and local level.  They provide green building networking, education, advocacy, and even leadership opportunities for the sustainable practitioner community as well as others.  There are over 600 people that are members and active volunteers for the community.

Half a month ago, I attended one of their Emerging Professionals Meeting.  Emerging Professionals Meetings are where members of young professionals come together to provide professional support, advocacy tools, and development.  They do this through monthly programming, active networking, and community events.  The Emerging Professionals hold meetings every 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00-7:30.

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My write-up was about the presentation on the LEED certification for the lab and biotech facility on 828 Winter Street in Waltham.  The presentation was given by Roland Jenkins, assistant project manager of B.W. Kennedy & Company in Arlington.

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This facility measured at 144,000 sq. ft. and would come with a four-tier parking garage that would cover over 155,000 sq. ft.  It would seat over 500 cars total.

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For this write-up, I chose to cover all aspects of the process.  Rather than just provide the LEED score, I wanted to create the story of what the process actually entails.  There were lots of steps taken so that each and every phase ran smoothly.  Documents, security, regulations, and many other things were involved in completing the construction of the building.

After the construction phase was over, the final phase was the LEED verification and certification.  Again, lots of steps were involved during the process to ensure that the design would be complete.  All these steps were necessary for the best LEED score possible.

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At the end of the day, the building scored a total of 51/110 for LEED certification requirements.  The Waltham lab and biotech facility earned a Silver LEED certification for the building.  Many sustainable materials and tactics were utilized to make this happen.  This kind of unique creativity will truly make the building stand out more.

That right there is one of my various side projects I worked on besides MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  A special thanks to Roland Jenkins as well as the Emerging Professionals for making this happen.  The meeting was absolutely entertaining and the material was just enough to craft this brilliant story.  It was truly an honor to craft a blog piece about the lab and biotech facility in Waltham.

Be sure to check out my blog post on the USBGBC Massachusetts website at https://usgbcma.org/blog/epma-presentation-recap-bringing-sustainability-to-life/

Springing Forward Into Daylight Savings Time


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A phenomenal natural event happened just a few days ago.  The day was slowly coming to a close just before 6:00 PM on Saturday March 9th.  Night was coming in, yet the weather wasn’t getting any colder.  Days were getting longer during this last leg of winter.  It was surely then that something amazing would happen the next day.

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Within the next day, time shifted over one hour.  This segment of time jumped from 1:59 AM to 3:00 AM within seconds, causing us to lose an hour at night; thus, causing the day to become both longer and lighter.  The sunset that next day happened an hour after the last one.

This is commonly known as the occurrence of Daylight Savings Time.

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Daylight Savings Time is an unusual holiday happening every year.  We lose an hour of sleep in the near the middle of the year (Spring forward) and we gain the hour back in the Fall (Fall back).  It’s a yearly event where we coincide our time with the movements of the earth.  Now that we have officially sprung forward, the days will become a lot longer for a while.

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Not only will the days be longer, but it will become much lighter as well.  As the weather becomes even warmer, we will see more sunlight coming through.  That spike in temperature will start to occur now that Spring is just one week away.

We first had to change our clocks back one hour on Sunday.  But now, the real fun begins after just one week.  With temperatures increasing around the nation, the best seasons are yet to come this year.

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There are two instances of Daylight Savings Time happening each year.  When it comes down to it, I prefer to Spring forward each time.  I truly love it when the day gets longer because it gives me more time and energy to be outdoors.  It was nice being inside every now and then during the cold winter days, but now I am ready to get outside again.

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At this point, we have just ONE week of winter left.  Spring is just around the corner, which means many more adventures to come in the year.

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Be ready to Spring forward into new days, new months.  But most importantly, into new adventures.