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Strategic Plan Survey & Focus Groups

We invite you to help our Board of Directors shape the next 5 years of NESEA’s future as we develop NESEA's new Strategic Plan. Here's how you can participate:

  1. Take this survey (~10 minutes) about your experience with NESEA and its role in the industry. Complete the survey by August 3 for a chance to win a gift basket curated by the Board's Executive Committee, including Milk Bar cookies from Lauren Brust Moss, a selection of non-fiction books from Jodi Smits Anderson, wine and beer from Rachel White, and a cashmere hippo crafted from reclaimed sweaters by Kate Stephenson.
  2. Join us for one of several focus groups (dates below) facilitated by the 2022 Strategic Plan Working Group, during which you'll meet other members of the NESEA community and discuss your experiences and hopes for NESEA.

We hope to see you there! Questions? Email NESEA's Executive Director, Miriam Aylward, at

Take the Survey

Apply to Serve on NESEA's Board of Directors!

Each year, NESEA's Membership elects individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. If you'd like to be considered as a candidate for this year's election, you can complete the application here (you'll need to log in to your NESEA account first). The deadline to apply is Monday, August 16. The board's Nominating Committee will then review and vet applications to develop a slate of candidates for the ballot. NESEA Members will cast their votes this fall, and the new Board term will start on January 1, 2022.

Prior to applying, we recommend viewing the Board Member job description. We are particularly interested in applicants who have experience applying for grant funding. We also encourage applications from individuals who identify as women, people of color, or LGBTQ+.

We recognize that serving on a Board of Directors and attending in-person meetings may be prohibitively expensive, and have made funds available to support Board Members for whom participation would be a financial hardship.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me directly at

All the best,

Ben Southworth
NESEA Nominating Committee Chair

View the Application

Get Ready for BuildingEnergy NYC!

BuildingEnergy NYC 2021 will take place as a hybrid conference on Wednesday & Thursday, September 29 & 30.

  • Wednesday will be a virtual Methods & Materials Showcase with sponsored sessions, product demos, and networking events.
  • Thursday will be an in-person conference and trade show held in NYC with select sessions live-streamed to a virtual audience.

Keep an eye out for registration opening soon. In the meantime, save the date and start exploring the session lineup.

Over the past year, we've piloted some fantastic ways for sponsors to interact with attendees on a digital platform. We're now looking forward to incorporating even more interactivity into our first hybrid conference. See all sponsorship opportunities, including exhibit tables on the trade show floor, here or contact Miriam Aylward at for more information. The priority deadline for sponsorships is July 30. After this date, we cannot ensure that all levels will be available.

NESEA Team Updates

Please join us in wishing Susan Farber all the best in her retirement as she departs from NESEA. Susan has been an invaluable addition to the NESEA team over the past 5 years as Conference Manager, and we are extremely grateful for her contributions!

We are also thrilled to welcome Ben Sachs-Hamilton as our new Conference Manager. Ben grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Letters at Wesleyan University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brandeis University. Outside of work he is active in folk music and dance communities, where he works to promote greater openness and accessibility.

Welcome to Our Newest Business Members

To see all business and academic members, visit NESEA's Business Member Directory. Learn more about business and academic membership on our website.

Jobs Board & Resume Bank

We are excited to announce a new addition to our Jobs Board: you can now sign up to receive notifications whenever a new job is posted. Subscribe to notifications by visiting the Jobs Board (you'll need to log in to your NESEA account first).

NESEA's Jobs Board and Resume Bank are resources for members looking for new jobs or to recruit new talent. Members seeking jobs can post to our Resume Bank. Business and academic members can search the resume bank for new hires and post open positions on our Jobs Board. Here are a few of this month's featured jobs:

Product Consultant at 475 High Performance Building Supply

New York, NY - 475 is a rapidly growing Brooklyn-based startup that imports, distributes and advises on high-performance green building components throughout North America. 475 is focused on transforming the North American construction market toward low-energy, high-performance building design. The Product Consultant works with architects, engineers, builders, and project owners to optimize high-performance solutions for energy efficient buildings. Learn more...

Entry Level Solar Technician at Berkshire Photovoltaic Services

North Adams, MA - Since 1985, Berkshire Photovoltaic Services has pioneered off grid and on grid PV systems originally in an area stretching from Washington DC to the islands of Maine. We’re known for innovative solutions and hybrid designs which utilize battery storage so sites can go “off grid” when they are “on grid” or power dedicated loads. Now our new turn-key design and install projects focus on the region surrounding the Berkshires of Massachusetts. We always service our own installations wherever they are and are often called on to diagnose and repair problem PV systems orphaned by others. Learn more...

Architectural Project Manager at CHA Consulting

Boston, MA or Portland, ME - CHA Consulting Inc. is currently seeking an Architectural Project Manager with excellent communication skills, broad technical knowledge of construction methods, design, sustainability, and industry trends to join our design team in our Boston, MA or Portland, ME office. With over 40 years of experience, our architectural team designs buildings with unique identities that add character and enhance their communities. 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 to include it in the next Members Monthly.

Hempcrete & Natural Plaster Training

Where: South Hadley, MA

When: Saturday, July 17–Sunday, July 18

Cost: $300

Through this 2-day course, you will learn how to lower your embodied carbon through an in-depth exploration of hempcrete construction and gain integral hands-on experience along the way. Hempcrete 202 is recommended as an all-in-one introduction for industry professionals and self-builders, but anyone interested is welcome to join on this natural building adventure! Learn more...

2021 New Gravity - Accelerated Edition

Where: Online

When: Wednesday, July 21–Thursday, July 22

Cost: $25–$75

Green Building United’s 5th annual New Gravity Housing Conference will be a virtual collaboration with Passive House Accelerator - a creative catalyst for zero energy carbon building. New Gravity is focused on discussing and promoting policies and practices that support high performance affordable housing. This year features four interactive sessions ranging from technical insight on projects to broader market transformation discussions, and participants will be joining across the globe! Learn more...

SolarFest 2021

Where: Online

When: Saturday, July 24–Sunday, July 25

Cost: Free (donations gladly accepted)

The 2nd online SolarFest will focus on arts, energy and change, featuring insights into government policy, the latest activism for climate justice, and restoring hope with inspiring and tangible paths forward as we quickly create a more sustainable world. This year's event features a keynote presentation by Bill McKibben. Learn more...

Scholarships Available to NZE Design Course

Where: Online

When: August 16–October 11

Cost: $4,500

Yestermorrow is offering a $250 scholarship to its Certificate in Building Science and Net Zero Design course. In addition to class meetings, students have access to pre-recorded lectures that they can view at their own convenience and live office hours with the instructors each week. Students can expect to spend approximately 15 hours per week engaged in coursework. Interested individuals can apply here. The discount will be automatically applied upon acceptance and registration.

UMass Amherst Offshore Wind Professional Certificate

The UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation and Clean Energy Extension offer an online professional certificate in offshore wind for professionals and grad students seeking to prepare for industry career opportunities. Registration is now open for the Fall 2021 course: Offshore Wind Energy – Technology, Resources, Grid Integration, and Trends. Learn more...

Passive House Accelerator Magazine

Passive House Buildings magazine is now Passive House Accelerator magazine and is available for download on the Passive House Accelerator website. The newest issue, Revitalizing Communities, is packed with retrofit stories from North America to Austria, individual case studies to industrialized retrofit programs, and loads of Passive House and retrofit news. Read it here.

National Lab Appliance Study

Be a part of an exciting study in energy research on home appliances! The Center for EcoTechnology, together with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), are collaborating on cutting edge research. This Berkeley Lab funded study will look at the gas and electricity usage of your home appliances to further energy research. If you qualify, our experienced team will study a non-intrusive method to ascertain gas use by observing the performance and energy consumption of up to 2 gas-using appliances and 3 electric-using appliances in your home. You could receive up to $575 for allowing the metering of appliances in your home. The study may need up to 6 visits with a total time commitment of up to 11 hours spread over a 12-month period. Learn more...

Featured Member Benefit

Member Pricing on Event Registration and Exhibiting

Did you know that as a NESEA Member, you receive special pricing for NESEA Events? Business members also receive a discount on exhibiting at BuildingEnergy conferences.

BuildingEnergy NYC registration opens later this month! Members receive $35 off the price of an early bird conference pass, and business members receive $150 off of exhibit tables on the trade show floor.

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

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