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Upcoming Pro Tours Conference + Trade Show News Strategic Plan Other NESEA News Featured Jobs  Member-to-Member News


Upcoming Pro Tours

June 16  New York State's First CLT Building

Farmington, NY: Join us for a tour of the first complete CLT (cross laminated timber) building in New York State. Known as Tomorrowland, this new, 21,000 ft² commercial facility will be the latest addition to the commercial campus of New Energy Works & Pioneer Millworks.

Learn More & Register

June 23  Passive DER of a 19th Century Row House

Bridgeport, PA: Join NESEA for our first Pro Tour in Pennsylvania: a deep energy retrofit of an 1898 brick row house, renovated for Passive House EnerPHit certification and energized by a "Powerwall" of retired BMW Mini E batteries.

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Conference + Trade Show News

New RFP Dates for Conference Session Proposals

In previous years, the request for proposals (RFP) process for BuildingEnergy Boston has typically been held in June. To ensure that next year's content is as fresh and relevant as possible, the RFP will be open from September 5 to October 18, 2017. Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals by the first week of December.


Strategic Plan Highlight

Over the next few months, we will be highlighting one of NESEA's new strategic plan goals in each Members Monthly newsletter. We encourage you to provide feedback using this form. Please note, you must be logged in to access the form.

Interview on Goal #2 by Jennifer Marrapese with Board Member Rick Renner

Goal 2 of NESEA’s recently adopted Strategic Plan reads: “Continue to deepen NESEA’s programmatic focus to include Commercial and Institutional.” I interviewed Rick Renner, the board member who is championing this goal, to learn more.

JM: Why did the board prioritize this particular goal?

RR: There was a growing and clear sense that NESEA had so much to offer beyond its expertise in single family residential. Focusing on the Commercial and Institutional arena represented an opportunity to grow the NESEA audience and therefore membership and participation...

There were other reasons to prioritize our growth in C&I. Strategic Goal 5 in our plan calls for NESEA to better serve the entire Northeast. Focusing on C&I gives us a chance to reinforce that goal. We realized that educational institutions - colleges and universities - are a huge “industry” in the Northeast. They are all over the Northeast, not just in Boston or New York City, where NESEA already has a significant presence. Read more...


Other NESEA News

Thank You for Your Support on Valley Gives Day!

Thanks to all who donated to the Kate Goldstein Fund for NESEA's Valley Gives Day campaign on May 2. With your help, we blew past our goal of $10,000 and raised almost $13,000 in support of emerging sustainability professionals!

If you weren't able to donate during the campaign, it's not too late! You can donate here today.

NESEA Has Office Space for Rent in Greenfield, MA

NESEA has 2 multi-office spaces available for rent in our building in downtown Greenfield, MA. Benefits include utilities, access to common space, and access to the amazing NESEA staff on a daily basis! Additionally, NESEA will provide $400 upon move-in to make improvements of your choice! Contact Diane Robinson for more information.

$400/month: A 317 ft², 3-room space including 1 private office. View photos.

$485/month: A 288 ft², 2-room space. View photos.


Featured Jobs

The ability to post on NESEA's Jobs Board is a NESEA business member benefit. To post a job, click here or contact Florence MacGregor. Here are a few of this month's featured jobs:

Industry Market Development Lead Senior Project Manager at NYSERDA

New York, NY - A groundbreaking and exciting opportunity exists with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) for an experienced, self-motivated, and dedicated individual to serve as the Industry Market Development Lead for NYSERDA’s new RetrofitNY initiative. This position will involve extensive interaction with key stakeholders including construction companies, architects, engineers, building systems manufacturers and suppliers, developers, government agencies including affordable housing organizations, as well as financial institutions. Learn more...

Bookkeeper at HELM Construction Solutions

Brattleboro, VT - Part-time Bookkeeper with experience in QuickBooks and construction bookkeeping. Flexible schedule; 15-20 hours/week to start with potential for additional hours. Work with a variety of small construction businesses to ensure their books are accurate and up to date under the supervision of a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. Our ideal candidate can work independently, and is attentive to detail, comfortable with technology, and familiar with accounting principles. Learn more...


Member-to-Member News

We’d like to help spread the word about upcoming member events and news items. Use this form to let us know about your event/news and we’ll include it in the next Members Monthly.

New York Passive House Conference & Expo: Towards Market Transformation

When: Friday, June 16

Where: 125 West 18th St, New York, NY

Attend NYPH17, North America’s premier event for Passive House professionals, practitioners, and enthusiasts, hosted by New York Passive House. The largest and fastest-growing event of its kind, each year it attracts hundreds of architects, engineers and building professionals under one roof to discuss the standard that is transforming our built environment. As a critical tool in reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, sustainability-minded professionals from all walks are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Learn more...

NESEA Lifetime Member Peter Taggart Featured in Portland Press Herald

Back in high school, Peter Taggart’s guidance counselor had no advice for the kid who loved shop and couldn’t visualize heading off to college after graduation. So the day after he graduated, he hitchhiked from Wellesley, Massachusetts, to Belgrade to start work as a handyman at a resort. It wasn’t the first time he’d hitchhiked to Maine; the lure of his family’s camp on Great Pond was fairly powerful, but this time he stuck around. Forty-plus years later, he runs a successful, Freeport-based construction company that specializes in green building. Read more...

NESEA Lifetime Member Steven Strong Featured on 99% Invisible for His Role in Inventing Net Metering

In the mid-1970s, Steven Strong was hired to put a bunch of solar thermal panels on an apartment building in New England. While he was at it, he also added a few solar photovoltaic panels to the roof, and at the time, they were a brand new technology.

They were so new in fact, that when Strong installed them, he had to figure out how to wire them up... He decided he could send the excess electricity back out into the grid, and wire it so that the building’s electric meter would run backward as the electricity left the building.

Strong didn’t ask permission to wire up his solar panels this way, he just did it, and this is how the practice of net metering was born. Read more...

PV Squared Named Entrepreneurship Award Winner

When the Franklin County Community Development Corp. created its Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2011, NESEA Business Member Pioneer Valley Photovoltaics was already marking 10 years since its formation as a worker-owned co-operative, building on what its own creators foresaw as an emerging technology that would be heating up wildly in the years ahead. PV2, or PV Squared, as the Greenfield cooperative business is known, was honored this month as the seventh annual Haas of the Year Award winner at the CDC’s Celebrating Entrepreneurship event. Read more...

AIA COTE Top Ten Award for Hampshire College R.W. Kern Center

Bruner/Cott and the Kern Center team are proud to announce the project has received a 2017 Top Ten Award. Designed to be self-sustaining and meet the Living Building Challenge, Kern demonstrates Hampshire’s commitment to a sustainable future. The project has been featured in several BuildingEnergy Pro Tours and BuildingEnergy Boston conference sessions, and the team will continue to share lessons learned with the NESEA community.

Steve Greenberg of Steveworks Presented with HERO Award

NESEA Member Steve Greenberg of steveworks was recently awarded the "HERO Award" at the 2017 Contractor of the Year Awards for his leadership and tireless work in remodeling the home of a WWII veteran and his wife in Roxbury, MA. The award was presented by the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Read more...

Integrated Eco Strategy Helps Williams College Meet the LBC

Williams College’s Class of 1966 Environmental Center has attained Petal Certification under the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. NESEA Business Member Integrated Eco Strategy (IES), a North Adams-based consulting firm facilitating sustainable and regenerative building design, renovation and construction, managed and documented all Imperatives of the certification program for Williams. Learn more...

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