Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

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Northeast Sustainable Energy Association
Formation1975; 47 years ago (1975)
TypeNon-profit organization
Legal status501(c)(3) charitable organization
PurposeThe advancement of green building and sustainable energy
HeadquartersGreenfield, Massachusetts
Region served
Northeastern United States
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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is a non-profit organization based in Greenfield, Massachusetts which furthers the advancement of sustainable building practices and energy efficiency through educational programs. Incorporated in 1975 as the New England Solar Energy Association, NESEA later merged with other nearby regional organizations, changing its name to the Northeast Solar Energy Association, and then to the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in 1989.[1] Since 2011, NESEA's principal focus has been on helping building and energy efficiency professionals learn about new building technologies and techniques.

NESEA conferences

NESEA’s first conference was held in June, 1976 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Since then, the conferences, now know as BuildingEnergy Conferences, have grown to include two annual events, usually held in Boston and New York City. The conferences are designed by and for professionals in the fields of high-performance building and design, energy efficiency, and renewable energy. The content of these conferences is curated by volunteer committees of members working in these specialized fields.[2]

Green building tours

NESEA’s Green Buildings Open House events began in 1995 as an educational program to enable people to learn first-hand from homeowners who have installed solar and other energy-saving features to help reduce energy consumption. The annual October event was a part of the American Solar Energy Society National Solar Tour. In 2013, NESEA transitioned from running this annual event to hosting periodic BuildingEnergy Pro Tours, a more focused educational opportunity for professionals and students.[3]

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association in the media



  1. New England Sustainable Energy Association, UMass Amherst Libraries - Special Collections and University Archives
  2. NESEA Conferences Through the Years Green Energy Times, January, 2015
  3. Green Buildings Open House in Transition BuildingEnergy Magazine, Fall, 2013, p. 30

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