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Conference News

An Invitation from the 2020 Conference Chairs

We are your BuildingEnergy Boston 2020 Co-Chairs, and we couldn’t be more excited!

In our professional lives as practitioners and personal lives as parents, we are intensely aware of the urgent need to decarbonize our society. We are passionate about the need to reduce GHG emissions and enhance climate resilience in our built environment rapidly, at scale, and in a way that centers social equity, justice, and inclusion.

This year’s conference theme of Transforming Existing Buildings will bring this lens to YOU―the building and energy professionals, both seasoned and up-and-coming―who are poised to lead this charge.

We know that the majority of buildings standing today will still exist mid-century, and that many more being built today will stand long past that. Our sincere hope is that we can come together to learn how to pursue a transformational future that increases opportunity and advantage for all. We can’t wait to share the stellar conference content with you, and we urge you join us on this exciting journey.

We look forward to seeing you on Monday & Tuesday, March 23 & 24!



Sonia Barrantes (energy geek), Ripcord Engineering & Cammy Peterson (policy wonk), Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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A Limited Number of Early Bird Tickets Are Available!

With member pricing, an early bird 2-day pass is $540, and a 1-day pass is $360. View full pricing info here. Please note: you must log in to your NESEA account to receive member pricing when registering.

Nominations Open for the 2020 NESEA Awards

The following awards will be presented during NESEA Night 2020 to recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals in our community. All members are welcome to submit nominations for committee consideration. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, February 5.

Kate Goldstein Emerging Leader Award: This award recognizes a NESEA Member early in their career for current and potential engagement. Submit a nomination and learn more about the award here. If you are interested in being on the committee to select the year's recipient, contact Florence MacGregor at

Distinguished Service Award: Since 1993, this award has recognized a NESEA Member who has made a significant contribution to the organization. Submit a nomination, learn more about the award, and view a list of previous winners here.

Scholarships for Students & Emerging Professionals

NESEA is now accepting applications for the spring 2020 BE the Future scholarship cycle. Each scholarship includes a day pass to BuildingEnergy Boston, a one year NESEA Membership, and a pass to a BuildingEnergy Pro Tour. Applications are due on Friday, February 7. Learn more and apply here. You can learn more about sponsoring a participant in the program here.

Showcase Your Business on the Trade Show Floor

This year's trade show floor is filling up! Ensure that your business receives maximum exposure to attendees by securing your spot today. Contact Miriam Aylward at or (413) 774-6051 ext. 14 or view our Exhibitor Packet to learn more.

Featured Member Benefit

Volunteer Work Exchange: One of your NESEA Member benefits is the option to apply to volunteer at BuildingEnergy Boston. We use a work-exchange model: in exchange for working during part of the conference, you get to attend part of the conference for free. You can read about the volunteer program and to find a link to the application here.

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

Boston Wine & Cookies Gathering

We want to hear from you! On Wednesday, January 22nd, join NESEA Staff in Boston 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.  

Can’t make it? You will have an opportunity to participate remotely. Look for a link to a survey in a future Members Monthly.


Other NESEA News

2019 Pro Tour Series Summary

Thank you to all the attendees, sponsors, presenters, and partners who made the 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour Series possible. This year's series featured 14 high-performance projects across the Northeast, ranging from single-family Net Zero Energy homes to North America's largest affordable Passive House development. For the first time, we offered a New York City/New York State Series, including 4 NYC Pro Tours and 4 in other parts of the state.

You can view the photos of the December 6 tour in Cold Spring, NY of a ZNE residence striving for LBC certification here, and of the December 13 tour of a Brownstone DER in Brooklyn, NY here.

Board Election Results 

Thank you to all who voted this year to elect the new members of NESEA's Board of Directors. Lauren Brust Moss (NORESCO) and Ben Southworth (Garland Mill) were re-elected for 3-year terms. Jodi Smits Anderson (DASNY) was elected for a 3-year term. Matt Root (Integrated Eco Strategy) was appointed to a 3-year term, and Loic Chappoz (NYSERDA) was appointed to a 1-year term.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our retiring board members Jennifer Kearney (Gotham 360), Rob Meyers (South Mountain Company), John Skipper (Legend Power Systems) for their service to NESEA's mission.

Welcome to Our Newest Lifetime Members

We are proud to have welcomed 4 new NESEA Lifetime Members to our community in the past 6 months: Lauren Brust Moss (NORESCO), Tom Rossmassler (Energia), Stephen Stuart (Sullivan County Office of Sustainable Energy), and Ellen Watts (Architerra). Read the testimonials of why so many have chosen to become NESEA Lifetime Members and why they encourage you to do the same.

NESEA now offers the ability to set up monthly PayPal payments for your lifetime membership. Why wait when you can be a lifetime member now for $62 a month? Learn more here. Questions? Contact Katie Schendel, Membership Manager, at or (413) 774-6051 ext. 20.

Bottom Lines Center Live! Report

On December 4, representatives from NESEA's BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines program gathered at Smith College in Northampton, MA for an energizing day of deep discussion with their peers around a range of topics, including employee management, carbon, climate, employee ownership, and fostering and respecting diversity in the workplace.

Bottom Lines is a business development program that uses the peer coaching model to improve the triple bottom lines (people, planet, and profit) of participating companies. Learn how your business can benefit from participating, and apply to the program here.

Welcome to Our Newest Business 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:

Daylighting Product Consultant at 475 High Performance Building Supply

Brooklyn, NY - 475 is currently experiencing rapid growth in our Daylighting department, which is responsible for developing custom solutions to provide high-quality daylight to high performance buildings by working with European manufacturers who supply highly energy-efficient, triple-pane, thermal bridge-free window, door, skylight, and glass roof systems. We seek a highly motivated Product Consultant interested in working with architects, engineers, builders, and project owners to optimize these high performance solutions for energy efficient buildings. Learn more...

Solar Design & Sales - Residential at PV Squared

Greenfield, MA - PV Squared is driven by a commitment to building a healthier environment, strengthening the communities we serve, and demonstrating the value of worker-owned cooperatives as a generative business model. We are looking for an experienced Design & Sales Consultant to join our growing team. This person is responsible for managing residential project leads, establishing trusting relationships with clients, listening to client needs, evaluating sites for feasibility, preparing proposals and preliminary system design and executing contracts. Learn more...

Project Manager, Residential Construction & Renovations at Taggart Construction

Freeport, ME - Taggart Construction, a leader in creating high performance healthy homes, has an opening for an experienced Residential Construction / Renovation Project Manager. This position estimates and manages all phases of challenging and innovative residential construction and renovation projects. It is responsible for successfully completing such projects on-time and on-budget, ensuring the interconnectedness of company values regarding job-site safety, quality of work, a focus on building performance, and a high level of customer satisfaction. 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.

Webinar: Picking a Drone - Job Performance vs. Cost

Heatspring is offering an unbiased, free guide to buying a commercial drone for your business. Drones are an inexpensive and amazing tool for doing inspections, site surveys, marketing, training, and a lot more. This free lecture will help you identify which drones are best suited for the job and about how much it will cost. Learn more...

Webinar: Understanding The Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge RFP

When: January 7 & 16 at 2pm

Cost: Free

These webinars are for potential applicants of the Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge, which invites innovators to participate in a competitive application process with an opportunity to receive a grant to advance scalable housing affordability solutions. Proposals must specifically address up to two of the challenge’s three focus areas: construction, financing, and resident services and support. Learn more about the January 7 webinar here and the January 16 webinar here.

Solar 20/20 Call for Participation

Where: Online

When: Wednesday, January 15

Cost: Free

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) will hold its 2020 conference, ASES SOLAR 20/20: Renewable Energy Vision (Advances to Achieve 100% Renewable Energy Now), June 23-26 at George Washington University in Washington DC. Share your research, programs, operations, personal actions, visions through a variety of presentation options. Learn more...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Where: Boston, MA

When: Monday, January 20

Cost: Free

Excel High School is a mid-size College Preparatory High School that fosters academic achievement and creative expression. Join City Year, a proud partner serving thousands of students in Boston, to support the school’s climate goals and ensure that Excel High School teachers and students have helpful supplies for the second half of the school year. Learn more here or contact NESEA Member Nick Falkoff at for more information.

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...

Construction Business Bootcamp

Where: Crawford Notch, NH

When: Thursday & Friday, April 2 & 3

Cost: $1,350 ($1,250 for NESEA Members)

Join Mel Baiser and Kate Stephenson of HELM Construction Solutions for a 2-day immersion into the essentials of running your own construction business. This workshop is specifically geared to owners who want to make their company more efficient, productive, and profitable. We will focus on how to understand your financials, what you need to be tracking, and how to measure success, with a focus on the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, and Prosperity). Develop your vision for the future and get ready to inspire your team! Learn more...

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
20 Federal St., Ste. 8
Greenfield, MA 01301-3324
United States

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