Call for Proposals


The call for proposals has closed! Thank you to all who submitted proposals for consideration.



Call for Proposals
September 23-October 21
Review Period
October 25-December 5
Notification of Status
Early December

Request for Proposals

The theme of BuildingEnergy Boston 2023 is Scalable Solutions. As the need for more buildings collides with the growing climate crisis, now is the time for practical, scalable building design and construction solutions that meet the needs of both the planet and the people who live here. To meet this challenge, we need to reach beyond the relatively small network of early adopters and climate activists, improving how we communicate our ideas, developing solutions that work on a large scale, and building a workforce of informed and willing practitioners.

For this year’s conference, we are particularly interested in proposals that present clear, inspiring, and scalable solutions in the areas of:

  • People — Improving our communication and building a broader consensus around the importance, urgency, and feasibility of sustainable building practices

  • Buildings — Significantly increasing the number of buildings we work on in order to meet climate goals, while not letting the perfect be the enemy of the good

  • Training — Building the robust, dedicated, and diverse workforce necessary to make this all possible


About the Review Process

BuildingEnergy Boston will take place March 28-29, 2023. The deadline to submit your conference session proposal is Friday, October 21. Please use this planning sheet to prepare your proposal before submitting.

Proposals will be reviewed and vetted by a volunteer committee of NESEA Members to ensure that conference sessions are data-driven, diverse, and genuinely useful to attendees. Successful proposals:

  • Feature sustainable and high-performance building practices, solutions, or governance.

  • Present innovative material and ideas.

  • Have rich data to support claims.

  • Avoid focusing on specific, proprietary products or services.

  • Describe learning from mistakes as well as from successes.

  • Are designed to actively engage attendees in dialogue.

  • Include diverse speakers and panelists.

  • Are comprehensive and complete upon submission.

You must log in or create an account at to create a proposal (membership is not required). This allows you to save your proposal as a draft and come back to work on it as often as you like before submitting. NESEA does not provide compensation or reimburse expenses for speakers.

Questions? Speaker suggestions? Want to talk over a proposal idea before submitting? Contact Ben Sachs-Hamilton, Conference Director, at