Meet the Conference Chairs

The content of BuildingEnergy Boston is curated by a volunteer committee of NESEA members, who collectively put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to ensure that sessions are data-driven, diverse and genuinely useful to attendees. To be a part of next year's planning committee, contact Miriam Aylward, Program Director.

2018 Conference Co-Chairs

Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is the Northeast Regional Manager at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), which has a mission to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. Based in Boston, she serves as the organization’s regional lead. Betsy is appointed as a voting member of the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, representing residential consumers. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College.


Andrew Webster is a Designer and Project Manager at C&H Architects, where he specializes in Residential Design, with a focus on energy-smart retrofits and small, high-performance spaces. He is also trained as a HERS rater and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. Andrew taught for three years at Boston Architectural College as an instructor for a course he helped write and was recently published in NESEA's Spring 2016 BuildingEnergy issue for an article about residential design. He loves his high-performance clients and their high-performance homes, and he comes to BuildingEnergy Boston to get ready for another year of challenges.


2018 Conference Vice-Chair

James Petersen began his career in this industry in 1986 and founded Petersen Engineering, Inc. in 1992. His expertise has expanded over the years from HVAC engineering and plumbing design to encompass building science, enclosure design, and integrated design. James is passionate not just about his work, but also about the people who perform the work. Using a collaborative, collegial approach, he and his project teams consistently leverage the unique strengths of all participants to create well-designed, occupant-friendly, high-performance buildings.

James is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire (#8139), Massachusetts (#36560), New York (#089372) and Maine (#7231), as well as a LEED® Accredited Professional. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.