Building Energy Bottom Lines Summit
On November 4th the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) held its first annual Building Energy Bottom Lines Business Summit. Both Paul and Rachel were honored to present at the summit.
Paul is a founder of BuildingEnergy Bottom Lines, a two-year old NESEA initiative focused on the art and craft of building good businesses. Member businesses participate in peer-review networks to collectively advance their triple bottom lines (people, planet and profit). Paul spoke at the summit's opening plenary along with Bottom Lines co-founders Jamie Wolf and John Abrams about why they initiated the program, how it is working, and how they imagine it may evolve in the future.
The summit featured sessions on traditional business topics such as marketing, accounting, and budgeting, as well as Triple Bottom Lines issues such as environmental impact, workplace culture, and social justice. Rachel participated in a panel discussion on "Measuring Impact: Approaches to Tracking our Carbon Footprint." She focused on Byggmeister's energy tracking program, sharing insights about the value and challenges of trying to quantify the impact of energy upgrades on home energy use.