How does NESEA promote a sustainable built environment?
By advancing the adoption of sustainable energy practices in our buildings, both old and new. Our four largest programs focus on efficient building design and renewable energy.
BuildingEnergy conference and trade show
We call it BE for short. It’s the Northeast’s most established, most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high-performance building conference. It’s an annual intergenerational gathering of diverse sustainability professionals for three days of networking, accredited educational sessions, and whole systems thinking, not to mention a high-level trade show. Who attends? Old hands, emerging professionals, and students. Architects, engineers, builders, developers, policymakers, building managers, manufacturers, installers … anyone who’s taking a whole-systems approach (is there any other?) to a sustainable built environment.
BE Masters Series
This learning program is inspired by the content presented at our annual BuildingEnergy conference. It’s a year-round, web-based yet interactive professional development curriculum for practitioners in the renewable-energy and high-performance building industries. Each course will explore a single topic or set of ideas in-depth, over several weeks. Participants can earn continuing education credit or credentials.
Green Buildings Open House
Launched in 1995, GBOH is the biggest sustainable energy event in the Northeast. Every year, more than 10,000 people tour hundreds of buildings that showcase energy-efficient design, systems, and products, as well as renewables. Host sites include single- and multi-family homes, commercial buildings, public buildings, campuses, and even farms. The event lets people see, firsthand, the energy improvements in their communities. They go home inspired—and committed to upgrading their own buildings.
Sustainable Green Pages
One way we pursue our mission is by connecting Northeast sustainability professionals to each other. The Sustainable Green Pages includes NESEA members’ products and services in 60 specialties. It’s searchable on this website and also published every fall in our member magazine, BuildingEnergy.
NESEA is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.