2015 Winner Kate Goldstein Award Liz McCormick


NESEA is pleased to announce that Liz McCormick has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Kate Goldstein Award for Emerging Professionals in Sustainability. This award meant a lot to Liz:

Beyond the prizes, a little recognition can go a long way.  I am honored to have received this award as an emerging professional in sustainability.  I am especially honored since Kate was a student of MIT’s Building Technology Department, an amazing program that I am now a part of.

The Kate Goldstein Fund honors the legacy of an incredible woman and encourages young professionals like me to continue where she left off.  As I am only the second recipient of the Kate Goldstein award, I hope to see it continue for years to come.  I was able to participate in several educational opportunities in building efficiency and sustainable design.  Beyond attending the BuildingEnergy 16 Conference, I am able to participate in an online class that I am incredibly excited to begin in a few weeks!  These are two opportunities that I would not have had without the Kate Goldstein Fund. 

I am incredibly grateful to the New England Sustainable Energy Association for this honor.  Thank you also to all of you who have supported NESEA and the Kate Goldstein Fund – without you, none of this would be possible!

Liz graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from RISD and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Building Technology at MIT. As a Houston native, Liz plans to focus her research on sustainable building technologies for hot and humid climates. Liz is a Certified Passive House Consultant and has been involved with local Passive House chapters in three different cities. She served as the Chair for the Passive House Symposium in 2012 and the Speaker Co-Chair for Houston’s Gulf Coast Green Conference in 2015, hosted by the local AIA chapter. She has also served as an environmental consultant at Habitat for Humanity in Boston.