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Conference + Trade Show News

The Call for Conference Session Proposals is Open

The call for conference session proposals is now open for BuildingEnergy Boston, which will be held on March 8 & 9, 2018. The deadline to submit proposals is October 18, 2017.

This year's RFP process is a bit different because:

  • You must be logged in to your account to create a proposal (you do not need to be a member to have an account).
  • This allows you to save your proposal as a draft and come back to work on it as often as you like before submitting.

Proposals are reviewed and vetted by a volunteer NESEA-member planning committee to ensure that conference sessions are data-driven, diverse, and genuinely useful to attendees. The content of your proposals must be commercial-free and vendor-neutral.

Please submit as many proposals as you'd like and encourage colleagues and friends to do the same. We look forward to hearing from you!

Submit a Proposal

Limited Pre-Registration Tickets Available for BuildingEnergy NYC

Join more than 600 professionals and practitioners of energy efficiency and renewable energy for this year's BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show on Thursday, October 12. Only 132 pre-registration tickets are left, and the price will increase by $50 once they are gone, so don't wait—register today!

Register Today

Apply for a Conference Scholarship

NESEA is now accepting applications for emerging professionals and students to attend BuildingEnergy NYC. We are encouraging individuals who have been in their careers for less than five years as well as current voc/tech, college, and graduate students passionate about renewable energy, sustainable building, and high-performance design to apply.

The application can be found here and is due by Friday, September 15th.

To learn more about the scholarship, contact Florence MacGregor at

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 #4 by Jennifer Marrapese with Board Member Jenna Ide

Goal 4 of NESEA’s recently adopted Strategic Plan reads: “Provide an outstanding volunteer program by developing onboarding, engagement and recognition processes to attract new members, and keep current members working toward NESEA’s mission.” I interviewed Jenna Ide, the board member who is championing this goal, to learn more.

JM: Why did the board prioritize this particular strategic goal? Why did you opt to be the board liaison?

JI: NESEA's members and volunteers are a critical part of our community, and NESEA wouldn’t be NESEA without them. This particular strategic goal is interesting because we already have pretty well developed mechanisms for engaging our members and volunteers. Rather than charting new territory, this goal calls for us to build on something that’s already working quite well. We have a good base to start from, but we hope to find ways to build our leadership pipeline, and allow our members the opportunity to network through their service to NESEA. Read more...

Other NESEA News

View NESEA's 2017 Annual Report

We presented this year's annual report at our 2017 Annual Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the BuildingEnergy Pro Tour of an award-winning Passive House at the Taft School. You can view photos from the event, which was extremely well-attended by NESEA members, here.

From NESEA's Executive Director, Jennifer Marrapese:

How does a community of renewable energy and high-performance building professionals that’s been around since the mid-1970s, when Birkenstocks were king, remain relevant?

In FY17, NESEA’s Board of Directors asked that question. The Board and NESEA Staff completed an eight-month-long strategic planning process involving unprecedented collaboration. We interviewed more than 70 stakeholders - architects, engineers, builders, utilities, manufacturers, installers, government officials, consultants, developers and more. We gathered feedback about NESEA’s strengths, gaps in the market, and where we could add value. I am so proud to share where we landed. View NESEA's 2017 Annual Report here.

RFP for BuildingEnergy Magazine is Open

BuildingEnergy magazine is curated, authored, and peer-reviewed by members of the NESEA community. Proposals for articles will be vetted by the Editorial Committee, which is comprised of NESEA members and staff. The Spring 2018 issue will focus on Commercial & Institutional content.

While we welcome articles beyond this scope, priority will be given to articles that connect to the theme.

Submissions for the Spring 2018 issue are due by Friday, September 22.

You can submit your proposal here. Please contact Florence MacGregor at with any questions.

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

Residential Solar Design & Sales Consultant at PV Squared

Greenfield, MA - Since 2002, PV Squared has provided custom solar energy solutions to businesses and homeowners in the Pioneer Valley and surrounding regions. PV Squared is 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...

Digital Communications Specialist at Bensonwood

Walpole, NH - Bensonwood is a national leader and innovator in the design, engineering and building of timber frame, hybrid, and panelized homes, schools and buildings. The Digital Communications Specialist role is responsible for managing and executing our external digital communications initiatives (SEO, web, digital newsletters and design, digital eco-system), and improving how we connect with our buyers, partners, employees, the media, consumers and influencers. Learn more...

Lead Carpenter at BuildingLogic Inc.

Gardner, NY - BuildingLogic is a Design/Build firm specializing in residential construction and renovation that incorporates high performance building design, sustainable materials, low energy use or Zero-Net Energy, and Passive House standards. If you love building and are looking for nice people to work with, long term, on high quality projects, please contact us. We are growing and are looking to add someone who can manage a project's big picture as well as all the small interlocking parts efficiently. 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.

Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) Open Call for Programs

Where: New York, NY

When: Closes September 8

Cost: Free

The Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) open call for programs is an effort to maximize collaboration with the green building and energy efficiency community, and ensure that the dialogue at our resource center in Manhattan benefits from the diversity, talent and expertise enjoyed by the New York City region. Learn more and submit a proposal here.

Solar Roundtable Series: September 2017

Where: Waltham, MA

When: September 19, 9-11am

Cost: Free

NESEA Business Member Rodman CPAs will hold its second "Solar Roundtable" panel discussion on September 19th. This is the second in a series of conversations with the goal of bringing together individuals and organizations interested in raising the profile of solar energy, deepening the understanding of changes in the industry, and sharing ideas on best practices. Register here.

The Perfect Wall: Building Better Enclosures

Where: Boston, MA

When: September 25, 8am - 6pm

Cost: $50

NESEA Business Member Dörken Systems Inc. is hosting a continuing education seminar on better building enclosures. Learn how the right materials in the right order can improve durability, comfort, and thermal performance! This seminar will cover key principles of building enclosure design, including a discussion of the “perfect wall” concept – and beyond. Through industry research and field experience, you'll learn about rain control, as well as the connections between airtightness, vapor permeability, durability, and energy efficiency. Register here.

2017 Urban Green Conference

Where: New York, NY

When: October 4, 8:30am-1pm

Cost: $75

Urban Green’s 2017 Conference, It’s Electrifying! Next Steps for Buildings + Systems, will feature a robust dialogue on emerging energy and building technologies and will examine the central assumptions about how we'll build and operate our buildings over the coming decades. Register here.

Passive House Massachusetts Symposium

Where: Boston, MA

When: October 25, 9am - 5pm

Cost: $125 before September 12

Passive House standards and strategies have come a long way in recent years and are now ready to transform the building and design industry and inform the next generation of building codes and policy. Join Passive House Massachusetts at their annual symposium as they plan for the future and get high performance buildings done. Register here.

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Where: Boston, MA

When: November 8-10

Cost: Varies

Greenbuild provides the opportunity to visit with more than 600 suppliers and top manufacturers of the latest green building equipment, products, services and technology available in today's market. Thousands of building professionals from all over the world will come together at Greenbuild 2017 for three days of outstanding educational sessions, renowned speakers and special seminars. Greenbuild education sessions are eligible for continuing education credits for a number of professional credentials and organizations. Register here.

PV Squared Achieves Prestigious NABCEP Company Accreditation

NESEA Business Member PV Squared, an employee-owned and Certified B Corp solar installation company headquartered in Greenfield, Massachusetts, has just received Company Accreditation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP). The accreditation is awarded to companies that meet a rigorous set of standards around installation, employee training and qualification, safe work practices, and customer accountability. PV Squared joins seven other Accredited Companies and is the first company located in New England to achieve NABCEP certification.

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20 Federal St., Ste. 8
Greenfield, MA 01301-3324
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