NESEA’s Building Energy Conference Focused on Green Technologies

As the nation struggles to come to grips with the realities of Climate Change, a record 3,000 people attended the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA) 32nd annual Building Energy Conference and Trade Show to incorporate proven methods for reducing building emissions through session workshops and the over 150 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge energy efficient and renewable energy technologies and services.

“There’s no question that the growing realization and concern about climate change has more and more people looking for solutions,” said NESEA Executive Director David Barclay. “I think it is safe to say that those who came to BuildingEnergy07 found that significant solutions exist; the big challenge is to increase their use.” Held March 13-15 at Boston’s Seaport World Trade Center, conference highlights included a free Public Forum entitled, Wind Power in the Wild, hosted by Jim Braude of NECN and 96.6 FM, which addressed the difficult decisions faced when considering the placement of wind turbines in undeveloped natural areas. Panelists included Bill McKibben, recognized authority on climate change and author of The End of Nature; Michael Kellett, RESTORE; Eleanor Tillinghast, Green Berkshires, Inc.; and Steven Terry, Green Mountain Power. “In the best of all possible worlds, we wouldn’t put turbines in these places,” said McKibben, “but unfortunately we are no longer dealing with the best of all possible worlds.” A full-day workshop entitled Climate Change: 1,000 Solutions highlighted ways to build a better, zero-carbon world. “When I saw the name of this workshop, it occurred to me that the city of Boston seems to be chasing all 1,000 of these solutions,” said James Hunt, Chief of Energy and the Environment for the City of Boston, who represented Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino at the workshop. Reacting to a statement that the average European uses about half the energy of the average American with essentially the same lifestyle, renowned climate change communications expert Solitaire Townsend of the United Kingdom noted, “The rest of the world knows that once America decides to tackle this problem in a serious way that you’ll do it better than anyone. Whenever America chooses to do something, you always do it the best. I think we’ve been disappointed that you’ve not taken a leadership role in this area and we’re looking to you to do so.” The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative was the Title Sponsor of BuildingEnergy07; there were 19 other sponsors and 15 Media Partners.
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