Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Founded in 1974, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. Byggmeister has been involved with NESEA since the mid-1980s.
In 2013, Paul chaired the organization’s flagship event, the annual Building Energy conference, and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Rachel served as a vice chair for the 2015 conference and was co-chair for the 2016 conference (with prominent preservation architect Jean Carroon of Goody Clancy).
In 2014, Paul joined with Jamie Wolf and John Abrams, two other long-standing NESEA members, to form Building Energy Bottom Lines (BEBL). BEBL is designed to help member businesses build stronger organizations through Triple Bottom Line (TBL) practice, a way of thinking and operating that assigns equal weight to “People, Planet, and Profits.” Regional peer group networks meet several time a year and—with support from an experienced facilitator—help each other build organizational capacity. By 2017, Bottom Lines encompassed fifty companies representing over 400 employees and owners and nearly $100 million in total revenues.