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What We Accomplished in 2019

by Miriam Aylward

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

NESEA is an extraordinary community of practitioners that is transforming our built environment by building relationships, sharing lessons learned, and challenging the status quo. You can read about just a few of our community's accomplishments in 2019 below.

Please consider making a donation or pledge to help us meet our $10,000 match from Abode Energy Management. Your contribution will help us continue to offer great programming in 2020.

NESEA's First Diversity Caucus & Report

At BuildingEnergy Boston 2019, a dedicated group of NESEA Members organized the first-ever NESEA Diversity Caucus, bringing together members of our community who identify as people of color, indigenous people, LGBTQIA individuals, women, and people with disabilities. This gathering resulted in a series of recommendations for what NESEA can do to foster a truly inclusive conference, organization, and industry.

Scholarships & New Award for Emerging Leaders

60 NESEA Memberships and 100 event registrations were awarded to students and emerging professionals through NESEA's scholarship program this year. At NESEA Night 2019, Mariel Eisenberg Hoffman became the first recipient of the Kate Goldstein Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes a NESEA Member early in their career for current and potential engagement.

14 Pro Tours & the First NYC Pro Tour Series

The 2019 BuildingEnergy Pro Tour Series featured 14 high-performance projects across the Northeast, ranging from single-family Net Zero Energy homes to North America's largest affordable Passive House development.

For the first time, we offered a New York City/New York State Series, including 4 NYC Pro Tours and 4 in other parts of the state.

Carbon Drawdown at BuildingEnergy Boston

BuildingEnergy Boston 2019 featured one of the most groundbreaking and inspirational keynote addresses in the history of this conference, Carbon Drawdown Now! Turning Buildings into Carbon Sinks. Presenters Chris Magwood, Jacob Racusin, and Ace McArleton focused on both carbon sequestration and climate justice. This keynote address has been viewed by almost 2,000 people.

New BuildingEnergy Magazine Issue

BuildingEnergy magazine, NESEA's annual publication, is curated, authored, and peer-reviewed by members of the NESEA community.

The Fall 2019 issue featured 7 peer-reviewed articles—with topics from healthy materials to the role of artificial intelligence in reducing energy consumption—and was distributed to more than 2,500 people.

New Venue & Sold Out BuildingEnergy NYC

Between a new, more modern venue in NYC's financial district and this year's conference theme of Electrification, BuildingEnergy NYC 2019 was our most successful to date. According to one attendee: "It successfully brought a diversity of stakeholders who could learn from each other and focus on different aspects of how to reduce the carbon footprint of our buildings and communities."

To read more about what NESEA has accomplished in the past year, check out our 2019 Annual Report. Thank you for being part of our community, and we look forward to engaging with you in 2020. Please consider donating or pledging to help us meet our match and continue our community's important work.


Our Mission

NESEA advances sustainability practices in the built environment by cultivating a cross-disciplinary community where practitioners are encouraged to share, collaborate and learn.

Miriam joined NESEA in 2014 after completing a Masters of Business Administration at Antioch University New England. She held the position of Program Director at NESEA before serving as Executive Director from 2019 to 2022. Before joining the NESEA team, she worked as a project manager at the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, ran an event planning business in Montana, and led backpacking trips in Wyoming and Utah.

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