BuildingEnergy Access: How Can NESEA Support MWBEs

Event Date: 

Monday, February 6, 2023

Time: 

12:00-1:30 -or- 4:00-5:30

Location: 

Roxbury, MA

Compensation: $100 for attending a session and completing a post-event survey.

If you identify as Black, Indigenous, a Person of Color, a Woman, or as a member of another group underrepresented in the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) industry and related fields, then you may be a candidate for BuildingEnergy Access, a new program NESEA intends to launch to better support your work. Our long-term goal is to bring more MWBE professionals into the high performance space and to connect them with the resources of the NESEA community. On February 6, NESEA will be holding the first in a series of conversations with members of our community who come from historically marginalized groups and would like to get more from NESEA’s resources and programming.

As we explore funding opportunities to support this work, we aim to better understand how our future programming can be as useful and impactful as possible. Given the nature of the program we hope to offer, we are particularly interested in hearing from business owners or individuals who serve in a leadership/managerial role within their organizations.

The cornerstone of BuildingEnergy Access will be entry into Bottom Lines, NESEA’s business development program. Bottom Lines is a network of more than 60 companies split into professionally facilitated peer groups, all working together to improve their triple bottom line - people, profit, and planet. Other offerings may include assistance with the MWBE certification process, professional coaching, marketing opportunities, and invitations to have work highlighted through NESEA’s other programs (i.e. hosting a project tour, presenting at a conference, writing for our magazine, etc).

Program development for BuildingEnergy Access is funded by a grant from MassCEC. If you are interested in learning more about BuildingEnergy Access or sharing your feedback, but cannot attend either of the two sessions on February 6 or are not from an underrepresented group, please contact Florence MacGregor at fmacgregor@nesea.org.