Meet the Planning Committee

The content of BuildingEnergy Boston is curated by a volunteer committee of NESEA members, who collectively put in hundreds of hours throughout the year to ensure that sessions are data-driven, diverse and genuinely useful to attendees. To be a part of next year's planning committee, contact Miriam Aylward, Program Director.

2018 Conference Co-Chairs

Elizabeth (Betsy) Glynn is a Senior Director BlueWave Solar, where she works to deliver solar power to public and private entities through community solar. Based in Boston, Betsy has a history of working with local communities and multifamily building owners to bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable power to low- and moderate-income households by connecting on-the-ground realities to program designs and policy leadership. Betsy holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences from Franklin & Marshall College.
Andrew Webster is a Designer and Project Manager at C&H Architects, where he specializes in Residential Design, with a focus on energy-smart retrofits and small, high-performance spaces. He is also trained as a HERS rater and is a Certified Passive House Consultant. Andrew taught for three years at Boston Architectural College as an instructor for a course he helped write and was recently published in NESEA's Spring 2016 BuildingEnergy issue for an article about residential design. He loves his high-performance clients and their high-performance homes, and he comes to BuildingEnergy Boston to get ready for another year of challenges.

2018 Conference Vice-Chairs

Michelle Apigian AIA, AICP, LEED AP, Associate is an architect, planner and urban designer who has worked on a broad array of project types and scales, from large, multi-phase master plans and design and construction of new multifamily developments to strategic infill , adaptive reuse and modernization projects. Her work has achieved LEED certification at numerous levels and soon will include the first Passive House certified multifamily project in New England.

James Petersen began his career in this industry in 1986 and founded Petersen Engineering, Inc. in 1992. His expertise has expanded over the years from HVAC engineering and plumbing design to encompass building science, enclosure design, and integrated design. James is passionate not just about his work, but also about the people who perform the work. Using a collaborative, collegial approach, he and his project teams consistently leverage the unique strengths of all participants to create well-designed, occupant-friendly, high-performance buildings.

James is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Hampshire (#8139), Massachusetts (#36560), New York (#089372) and Maine (#7231), as well as a LEED® Accredited Professional. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of New Hampshire.

2018 Content Curators

Michelle Apigian, ICON Architecture
Chris Briley, BRIBURN
Michael Brod, Jonathan Rose Companies
Lisa Carey Moore, International Living Future Institute
Fred Davis, Fred Davis Corporation
Ian Finlayson, MA Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
Betsy Glynn, BlueWave
Ted Hetzel, Fitzemeyer & Tocci
Robert Leaver, New Commons
Christopher Nielson, Bruner/Cott Architects, Inc.
James Petersen, Petersen Engineering, Inc.
Cammy Peterson, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
Caroline Petrovick, Elaine Construction
Nathan Phelps, Vote Solar
Kurt Roth, Fraunhofer USA Center For Manufacturing Innovation CMI
Jodi Smits Anderson, New Buildings Institute
Jean Terwilliger, Vermont Integrated Architecture (VIA)
Heather Thompson, Juniper Design + Build
Danny Veerkamp, Woodhull
Andrew Webster, Graphite Studio