Saheel Chandrani, Board Secretary
Loic Chappoz leads the Multifamily team for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). He joined NYSERDA in 2014. Prior to his work with NYSERDA, Loic worked as an independent consultant on energy efficiency policies in France, as a fuel efficiency specialist in the airline industry, and as a commercial pilot for ten years. Loic Chappoz received a Master of International Affairs in Energy and Environmental Policy from the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, and was a visiting student at Columbia University in New York City.
WHY WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE NESEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
The work I was able to contribute toward as a first term Board member and the interactions with NESEA staff and other NESEA Board Members have only heightened my motivation and resolve to dedicate time and energy to support NESEA, help it continue to develop in a meaningful way and serve the community of NESEA Members, help NESEA and the clean energy community continue to become more inclusive and accessible, and support the organization in continuing its critical work through the COVID-19 crisis. I would like the opportunity to continue this work as a Board member.
As someone who made a radical career change from aviation to energy efficiency in the built environment a decade ago, I experienced firsthand the value of NESEA’s work to bring together practitioners in a way that encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing, and enables new practitioners from diverse backgrounds to work in our field.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF CONTRIBUTING TO THE WORK OF THE BOARD?
With a first year as a NESEA Board Member and Development Committee member under my belt, I would like to increase my contribution to the work of the Board over the next three years by continuing to get more deeply involved with the Development Committee and, in 2021 or 2022, starting to contribute to a second Board committee. Having gained a much finer understanding of the organization in 2020, I would also like to spend additional time and energy acting as an ambassador for NESEA and its programs, alongside NESEA staff and other NESEA Board Members.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is a Senior Director at BlueWave Solar, which has a mission to make solar available to everyone, everywhere. At BlueWave, she works to deliver solar power to public and private entities through community solar. Based in Boston, Betsy has a history of working with local communities and multifamily building owners to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable power to low- and moderate-income households by connecting on-the-ground realities to program designs and policy leadership.
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.
Phil Kaplan and his firm, Kaplan Thompson Architects, founded in 2004, have emerged rapidly. His firm's motto, 'Beautiful Sustainable Attainable,' reinforces their commitment to creating vibrant, healthy and durable buildings for all.
His newest venture is BrightBuilt Home, which provides affordable, modular net-zero homes throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Nancy Ludwig, FAIA, LEED AP is the President of ICON Architecture, a 50-person Boston-based, women-owned firm. Her work focuses on sustainable urban projects that create new paradigms for city living, and range from transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, and from low-rise to high-rise construction. She has contributed to the design and construction of over 15,000 housing units throughout New England, with 2,000 currently under design or in construction this year, including Modular and Passive House designs. Her projects have been case studies for nationally distributed books on sustainable housing, published by the ULI, Harvard University Press, and Global Green, and honored by multiple national awards. Nancy sits on the Boston ULI Advisory Board, is a former co-chair of the Housing and Economic Development Product Council, is a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and is an active board member of Homestart, a non-profit seeking to prevent homelessness in Greater Boston.
Lauren Moss, Board Chair
Lauren Brust Moss is the program director of the NORESCO Sustainability Services New York City office Lauren joined NORESCO after seven years with another New York City-based energy and sustainability consulting firm. As program director of commercial building energy services, Lauren managed a team that provided commissioning energy audit services on more than thirty million square feet of commercial space for both new construction and existing buildings.
Lauren is also a part of the Urban Green Council speakers bureau (an active resource of New York City's U.S. Green Building Council® chapter) for New York City's Local Law 84 and Local Law 87. In this role, she helps building owners and managers understand local laws and achieve compliance with them. In addition, she managed her previous firm's team for the NYSERDA Buildings Outreach program, where she navigated commercial projects through the incentive program for energy-efficiency upgrades.
Lauren is an active member of industry organizations such as Building Owners and Managers Association, and the New York City, Real Estate Board of New York. She earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Masters in Urban Planning from New York University.
Fortunat Mueller, Board Treasurer
Fortunat Mueller is a partner and co founder of ReVision Energy, Maine’s largest full service renewable energy installation contractor. ReVision Energy is dedicated to the professional design, installation and service of renewable energy systems and has offices in Liberty and Portland, Maine and Brentwood and Enfield, NH, as well as North Andover, MA, serving all of ME, NH and MA.
Fortunat received a Masters Degree in Mechanical engineering from Brown University with a concentration in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics and is a licensed Professional Engineer in ME and NH. Fortunat also serves on the board of directors of MABEP (Maine Association of Building Efficiency Professionals), NESEA, the Amicus Solar Cooperative and is a Captain on the North Yarmouth Volunteer Fire Department.
Before joining ReVision energy to start the Portland office in 2006, Fortunat was a project manager and senior systems engineer at United Technologies Fuel Cells in Hartford, CT.
Matt Root helps building projects of all sizes achieve their healthier materials and building performance goals. He supports design and construction teams with strategies and solutions for installing Red List free products, an effort often perceived to be too difficult, but which has proven, affordable answers. Matt works closely with projects pursuing Living Building Challenge certification, and others inspired by the program’s intent. His wide-ranging experience encompasses mechanical systems, enclosure detailing, and performance testing. Matt is an active NESEA member, currently serving on the Board, and previously presiding as Co-Vice Chair and then Conference Chair for BuildingEnergy Boston ‘14 and ‘15.
Jodi Smits Anderson
Jodi Smits Anderson is the Director of Sustainability Programs for DASNY, an architect, LEED AP BD+C, WELL-AP, AIA member, NESEA Board member, past regional and national U.S. Green Building Council committee member, wife, mom, hiker, kayaker, knitter, and storyteller. She has spoken at the ILFI unconference in Seattle, WA, at the NACUBO conference in Austin, TX, at the first Wellness in Design conference in San Diego, CA, and several times each at Greenbuild, NESEA’s Building Energy Boston, and the NYS Green Building Conference, and has been a guest teacher at SUNY ESF, RPI, Ithaca College, NYU, Cornell, and SUNY Albany. She is a NY Energy Code trainer, the 2018 recipient of the Green Building Advocate award, and has assisted in research and writing for Project Drawdown, which cites the 100 market-proven ways we already have in our toolkit to reduce CO2 in our atmosphere. She had a featured article appearing in the Journal of Green Building's V14 N3 in July of 2019, on “Excellence in Building Envelopes”, and is working on ultra-low energy achievement, approaching ZNE, in existing residence halls in order to inform and change how we do renovation projects in New York State. Jodi’s goal is to understand and incorporate informed sustainable practices into design, construction, and living, and to share whatever she has learned and learn still more from whomever will talk with her.
Ben Southworth, Board Vice-Chair
Ben Southworth is a second-generation owner of Garland Mill Timberframes, a family-owned business specializing in the design and construction of heavy timberframe structures and high performance buildings. While design/build is at the heart of the company, its soul resides in the water-powered sawmill GMT uses to saw timber for their frames and lumber for their homes.
Kate is a partner in HELM Construction Solutions, which works with owners, designers and builders to create high performance and sustainable buildings and businesses. She is an experienced leader in the fields of green building, professional education, sustainability, and business management. She’s worked with established and emerging businesses and non-profits to achieve triple bottom line metrics, develop business systems, and plan for a dynamic and resilient future. She has deep experience in post-secondary education, and led the Yestermorrow Design/Build School for over thirteen years. Kate manages the Vermont Farm Fund, a revolving loan fund providing low interest loans to farmers. Kate helped to develop and is a facilitator for NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program. Kate is the Chair of the Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. She holds a MS in Management from Antioch University New England and a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Haverford College.
WHY WOULD YOU LIKE TO JOIN THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
I have enjoyed serving on the Board for the past year and now that I'm up to speed I'd like to continue. I think there's value in having representation from Bottom Lines on the Board.
HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF CONTRIBUTING TO THE WORK OF THE BOARD?
I have experience both as a nonprofit executive director, as well as a Board member for other nonprofits. As a result I have empathy for the NESEA staff, understand governance, can read financials, and get excited about strategic planning.
We specialize in energy-smart residential design - in existing buildings or new construction. Winner of NESEA's Zero Energy Challenge, and Fine Homebuilding's Best Retrofit award (with C&H Architects). Andrew has trained as a HERS rater and a Passive House consultant, and is licensed as an Architect in VT. He's teaching sustainable design at Greenfield Community College, and was the co-chair of Building Energy Boston in 2018. studioWEBSTER is a member of Building Energy Bottom Lines.
Rachel White is CEO of Byggmeister Design/Build, a 37 year-old residential remodeling company that is striving to serve as an exemplary steward of homes and to prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Rachel has been affiliated with Byggmeister since 2008, when she hired the firm to renovate her house. What started as an effort to reduce the energy and carbon footprint of her own home became her life’s work. Prior to joining Byggmeister Rachel taught modern Jewish history to adult learners. She holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Brown University and a BA in Religion from Haverford College.
NESEA's Board of Directors consists of 13 independent, voting members who are elected on a rolling basis. Each year, NESEA members elect three Board members and the Board appoints one Board member. In addition, every three years the Board appoints a Member Services Liaison. Board members serve for three-year terms, with no term limits.