Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)


Mission Statement

NESEA advances the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment by cultivating a community where practitioners share, collaborate and learn.


Our Vision
We envision a built environment in the Northeast that is climate neutral, adaptive and resilient, energy independent, architecturally inspiring, and supportive of connection and community.
Our Core Values
• We share our mistakes so that others can avoid them
• We welcome your passion and your action, and appreciate your diverse viewpoints
• We value real world performance, and approach models with healthy skepticism
• We believe our involvement with NESEA helps our businesses
• We have fun together
• We value our relationships with one another
• We create a safe space to nurture new technologies and approaches
• We innovate
• We challenge ourselves and each other to grow
• We combine ambitious aspirations with deep humility
Our Operating Principles
• Whole Systems Thinking
• Collaboration
• Cross Disciplinary
• Peer-to-Peer Learning and Teaching
• Nonpartisan
• Transparency
• Inclusiveness

Program Details

NESEA’s Current Programs
Membership: NESEA membership has helped thousands of high-performance building and renewable energy professionals and businesses improve their practices by learning from and networking with each other. Our individual and business members, almost 2,000 strong, are architects, engineers, educators, builders, energy consultants, policy makers, manufacturers, installers, facilities managers, planners, students, and others dedicated to creating a more sustainable built environment. Membership benefits include:
• Subscription to BuildingEnergy Magazine, and the opportunity to contribute to/curate content for the magazine
• Member pricing on NESEA events, exhibit space, and advertising
• Access to NESEA’s members-only directory
• Invitation to volunteer at NESEA’s conferences and events
• Listing in NESEA’s BuildingEnergy Green Pages (for business members)
• Invitation to participate in BuildingEnergy conference planning committees
• Invitation to participate in BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines
• Ability to advertise vacancies on our online jobs board
• Invitation to host a BuildingEnergy Pro Tour
• Access to a community of building science experts
BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show: The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade Show is the region's leading event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable region. It brings over 2,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together for three days to learn from and share ideas with each other. BuildingEnergy Boston sets itself apart from other green building conferences through its interdisciplinary content and audience. Attendees represent dozens of professions and industries including architecture, engineering, building, design, consulting, policy, finance, auditing, installation, construction, and education, among others. This diversity encourages broader conversations and a whole-systems approach while addressing the challenges facing our built environment.
BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show: The BuildingEnergy NYC Conference + Trade Show is NYC's fastest-growing event for professionals and practitioners working on energy efficiency initiatives and high performance buildings. It attracts all the key players from the building, sustainability, and resilience sectors for a full day of advanced-level sessions on best practices and lessons learned. BuildingEnergy NYC has grown exponentially each year since it launched it in 2012. In 2016, 600 professionals -- a multidisciplinary group representing the building trades, government organizations, non-profit organizations, real estate experts and developers, utilities, renewable energy providers and installers, product manufacturers, and others -- attended the conference. Fifty exhibiting companies displayed a wide range of goods and services.
BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines: BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines was launched in 2014 to help NESEA business members realize their triple bottom line potential. Bottom Lines is intended for those who have great aspirations for their business, but become overwhelmed by mundane daily realities. BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines consists of a group of regional peer group networks of architecture, engineering, building, design/build, energy efficiency, and renewable energy businesses dedicated to high performance building. But the focus is not on building. The networks meet several times a year for two-day facilitated sessions at individual members' places of business, and communicate online year-round. They share the inner workings of their businesses – open them wide to scrutiny from peers, who help them to expand their capabilities and sharpen their skills -- all in service of improving their triple bottom lines (people, profit, planet).
BuildingEnergy Pro Tours: BuildingEnergy Pro Tours are half-day tours of high performance buildings all over the Northeast led by members of the project teams behind them, concluding with a reception and workshop or Q&A session. Pro Tours are an opportunity for sustainable building professionals to see projects in progress, share their knowledge and learn from their colleagues. NESEA hosts 14 Pro Tours a year, with the series starting in March and ending in December.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
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Greenfield, MA 01301
United States
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