Edward F. Connelly, President, LEED AP is a leading practitioner of sustainable development and a social entrepreneur. He has over twenty years of experience managing social enterprises and large government organizations, always with an eye toward integrating environmental stewardship with community and economic development.
A long-time Massachusetts resident, Mr. Connelly joined New Ecology as its second president in June 2004. Since that time, NEI has become recognized as a national leader in community-based sustainable development, most notably in the movement to green affordable housing and community developments, and has become especially well-known for its efforts to use data to inform sustainable development decision-making. Mr. Connelly is currently leading NEI’s efforts to disseminate green building and energy conservation strategies faster and farther by developing web-based applications to track energy use and assemble and vet winning green building strategies.
Prior to joining New Ecology, Mr. Connelly founded CleanScape, an award-winning, triple-bottom-line, urban revitalization enterprise in Providence, RI. CleanScape is one of a handful of successful companies that pioneered the concept of green jobs as a way to bring economic stability to under-employed urban residents. He started the company in 1997 and served as President through 2004 and Board Chairman through 2007.