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NYC Wine & Cookies Gathering

We want to hear from you! Next Thursday, December 12th, join NESEA staff for a casual get together to chat over wine and cookies. We want to know why you are involved with NESEA, what your hopes for the organization are, and how you see our evolving community and your role in it. RSVP here.

We'll hold a similar gathering in the Boston area this January. Can't make it to either? Participate remotely! Look for a link to a survey in next month's newsletter.


Pro Tour News

December 6 NZE Living in the Hudson Valley

Cold Spring, NY: Join us on a tour of a two-family, NZE residential project within walking distance of Metro-North! Hosting teams from The Figure Ground Studio and Third Floor Corp. will detail the process for designing and building these two structures, including open floorplans with passive solar heating, a green roof, and compact, efficient, and accessible design. This project is striving for Living Building Petal certification, so you'll learn about the process of selecting materials with low toxicity and environmental impact.

Please note: To receive member pricing, you must log in to your NESEA account.

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December 13 Brooklyn Brownstone DER

Brooklyn, NY: Join NESEA for the final Pro Tour of 2019, featuring a deep energy retrofit of a brownstone in Sunset Park – a retrofit that was performed with occupants in place! Attendees will learn the steps that were taken to meet a net-zero energy target, improve thermal comfort and air quality, protect the building from moisture, satisfy historic guidelines, and stay within the client’s budget.

Please note: To receive member pricing, you must log in to your NESEA account.

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View photos from the November 8 Pro Tour in West Lebanon, NH of an Affordable NZE Housing Community.

View photos from the November 15 Pro Tour in Northampton, MA of Multifamily Housing Under Construction and Completed.

Other NESEA News

Every dollar donated or pledged up to $10k will be matched!

Abode Energy Management, proud NESEA Business Member, has generously offered to match up to $10,000 in donations and pledges made to NESEA's Annual Appeal before the end of the calendar year. Since launching the appeal last month, we've already reached 50% of our goal!

The team from Abode is offering to match your donation this year because they believe that:

  • NESEA is an organization of progressive thinkers and doers who are working to build a more sustainable and just world.
  • NESEA is influencing an industry which will have either a lasting positive or lasting negative impact on climate change.
  • Each dollar donated to NESEA has a real impact on programming.
  • NESEA works locally and regionally to foster a supportive community of professionals and practitioners.

All donations and pledges made by the end of the year will count towards this goal. Help us meet Abode's match by donating or pledging today!

NESEA is Hiring!

NESEA is now accepting applications for a full-time Program & Event Coordinator to provide planning, logistical, and on-site event support to multiple NESEA programs, with an emphasis on Pro Tours and Bottom Lines. The coordinator will also provide administrative assistance for conferences, BuildingEnergy magazine, and NESEA's Emerging Professionals program. Learn more here.

Save the Date for BuildingEnergy Boston!

BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 will be held on Monday & Tuesday, March 23 & 24. Registration opens to the public on January 6, but—because you are a NESEA Member—you'll receive a special invitation in mid-December to register for one of only 100 early bird passes.

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting? Check out our Sponsor/Exhibitor Packet or contact Miriam Aylward at or (413) 774- 6051 ext. 14. Meet our current exhibitors here.

Diversity Caucus Report

In case you missed our recent announcement, we are proud to present NESEA's first-ever Diversity Caucus Report. At BuildingEnergy Boston 2019, a dedicated group of NESEA Members organized the first NESEA Diversity Caucus, bringing together members of our community who identify as people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA individuals, women, and people with disabilities.

This gathering resulted in a series of recommendations for what NESEA can do to foster a truly inclusive conference, organization, and industry. A core team of individuals from the Caucus continued to meet after the initial event and have produced a report outlining their recommendations. NESEA's Board of Directors met in September 2019 to review this report, and you can read their responses to its specific recommendations here.

Amazon Will Donate .5% of Your Purchase to NESEA

As you go about your online holiday shopping, we encourage you to select NESEA as your AmazonSmile charity. When you do this, Amazon will donate .5% of the value of your purchases to NESEA. This is also a great way to support your network of sustainable energy professionals year round!

Welcome to Our Newest Business & Academic Members

For a directory of all NESEA Business and Academic Members visit the NESEA Business Member Directory. You can learn more about business and academic membership on our website.

Featured Jobs

The ability to post on NESEA's Jobs Board is a NESEA Business and Academic Member benefit. To post a job, click here or contact Florence MacGregor. Individual members can also post their resumes to our Resume Bank, which business and academic members can access to search for new hires.

Here are a few of this month's featured jobs:

Sustainable Building Associate at Integral Building + Design

New Paltz, NY - Integral Building + Design is dedicated to improving the sustainability and resilience of buildings. This position will be responsible for implementing sustainable, green building and related energy efficiency rating programs, including USGBC LEED, Enterprise Green, National Green Building Standard and EPA ENERGY STAR Homes program among others. Learn more.

Commercial Field Energy Auditor at Center for EcoTechnology

Eastern MA - CET is hiring an experienced Commercial Field Energy Auditor to identify and document envelop/weatherization, HVAC, domestic hot water and process load systems for energy savings opportunities for existing small and medium commercial facilities. This position has a primary focus on gas energy efficiency measures although secondary knowledge of lighting and HVAC technologies is required. Learn more.

Commercial Solar Consultant at ReVision Energy

Liberty, ME - The CSC will advise and assist business owners and community leaders (nonprofits, schools, municipalities) through the renewable energy system development and investment process. They will work closely with the Estimating/Engineering team, Operations Managers, and Sales Manager(s) to provide turnkey solar systems to our clients. By establishing, building, and maintaining relationships with existing and new clients, the CSC will cultivate our mission of reducing fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions in the Northeast while leading clients toward an investment that will achieve a positive economic and environmental return on investment. Learn more.

Community News & Events

We’d like to help spread the word about upcoming member events and news items. Submit news items via this form or post an event to our community event calendar, and we’ll try include it in the next Members Monthly.

R.W. Kern Center Tour

Where: Amherst, MA

When: Friday, December 6, 2:30pm–3:30pm

Cost: Free

Come explore the R.W. Kern Center, one of just 23 certified Living Buildings in the world. Learn what makes the center special and see what it means for a building to function in collaboration with the natural environment. We’ll talk on-site water treatment, resource efficiency, solar energy, local materials, student research…and whatever you’re most interested in. Bonus points if you solve a secret puzzle or two, or pay a visit to the composting toilets! Learn more...

14th Annual North American Passive House Conference

Where: Washington, DC

When: Wednesday–Saturday, December 4–7

Cost: $305–$690

PHIUS's NAPHC is the oldest, biggest and best way to learn about all things passive house. Attendees get real-world case studies on projects ranging from single family homes to high-rises, the latest on mechanical systems, building science, constructions details, and expo hall full of the latest building components. Not to mention a whole lot of fun! Learn more...

Hudson Valley Passive House Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Where: Cold Spring, NY

When: Wednesday, December 11, 4pm–9pm

Cost: $10–$15

Join the Hudson Valley Passive House Alliance for their Winter Quarterly Meeting. This meeting will feature dinner, networking, and updates on the 2020 NYStretch Code and NYSERDA's Buildings of Excellence competition. Learn more...

An Inside Look at NYPA’s NY Energy Manager

Where: New York, NY

When: Wednesday, December 11, 5:30pm–8:30pm

Cost: Free

Join the New York Power Authority and the Building Energy Exchange to celebrate the launch of a new exhibit featuring NYPA’s NY Energy Manager. This event will take place at BE-Ex and give an inside look at NY Energy Manager’s digital energy management services. NY Energy Manager drives insights to improve building energy performance, sustainability and savings through equipment-level metering, real-time data, advanced analytics software and expert advisory services. Beer, wine and light hors d’oeuvres served. Learn more...

RESNET Hybrid HERS Rater Training

Where: Springfield, MA & Online

When: January 6–February 14

Cost: $2595 (funding available)

The Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance offers HERS rater training classes that include an online and a classroom training component. HERS Rater Training is the first step towards Rater Certification. This course has been approved by the MA Workforce Training Fund, which has funds available for employee training. The deadline to register is December 17th. Learn more...

GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green

Where: New York, NY

When: Thursday, January 30, 9am–3:30pm

Cost: $175–$200

In Urban Green Council's GPRO Fundamentals of Building Green, you'll learn how to see buildings differently and discover strategies to make them efficient, healthy and resilient. This course is designed for a range of real estate, construction, architecture and engineering professionals. It is ideal for anyone who needs a better understanding of high-performance building, including sales or administrative staff in real estate, construction, architecture or engineering, workforce development providers, facilities and operations support staff, and college students interested in entering the building and construction industry. Learn more...

Eemax Joins USGBC with Silver Membership Status

NESEA Industry Leader Business Member Eemax recently joined the U.S. Green Building Council with Silver Membership status. You can learn more about Eemax tankless electric water heater solutions and how they are contributing to the green building community here.

$1.73M in MassCEC Awards to Support 8 New Affordable Passive House Projects

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced $1.73 million in awards to support energy efficient new construction for affordable housing developments in six cities and towns built to Passive House standards. The grants, awarded to eight affordable housing developments in Cambridge, Gloucester, Hanson, Northampton, Holbrook and Boston totaling 540 high-efficiency units, will provide energy savings and improved indoor air quality for low-income households.

The funding was awarded through NESEA Business Member MassCEC’s Passive House Design Challenge program, part of the current Administration’s $15 million Affordable Access for Clean and Efficient Energy initiative. Read the full article here.

Featured Member Benefit

One of your NESEA Member benefits is the ability to display the NESEA Member Badge on your social media accounts, business cards, email signature, or website to show that you are part of a community dedicated to creating a sustainable built environment.

View all individual, business, & academic NESEA Member benefits.

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