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Fresh Faces at NEEP!

NEEP is pleased to welcome a trio of new faces to our Public Policy and EM&V Teams! While Kevin Rose is an accomplished recent graduate, Serafina Zeringo and Xiao are joining us as interns as they pursue studies in environmental policy.

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose

Kevin Rose is the Building Energy Technical Associate, where he provides technical guidance to NEEP’s Building Codes team and helps to promote energy efficiency in buildings throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining NEEP this summer, Kevin worked as an Energy Auditor for Integral Building & Deign, where he assisted in the modeling, testing, and rating of high performance residential buildings in New York State.  He holds professional certifications with BPI and HERS, and in 2011 he was published in the Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management for his research on applying game theory techniques to environmental policy-making. Kevin holds a B.A. in Engineering Studies and a B.S. in Mathematics from Lafayette College.


Serafina Zeringo

Serafina Zeringo is interning with the Public Policy Outreach and Analysis team, and plans to stay with us through the fall as she works towards an M.S. in Environmental Policy from Bard College Center for Environmental Policy. Serafina helps the team with a variety of projects, including general research and policy tracking, drafting summaries of legislation and regulatory documents, writing blog posts, and keeping our website current. Before coming to NEEP, she worked for the C2C Fellows Program, a national network for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to sustainability leadership in politics and business where she helped train 18-26 year olds on leadership, public speaking, and writing for careers in business and politics, with a focus on the environmental field. Serafina holds a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience with minors in Sociology and History and a concentration in Prelaw from Boston College.

Xiao Chen

Xiao Chen

Xiao Chen is interning with the Evaluation, Measurement and Verification Forum at NEEP, where he provides general support to the team; conducts research and analyses on the Forum’s Repository of States & Topical EM&V studies and Regional Energy Efficiency Database (REED); and provides project management assistance. Before coming to NEEP, Xiao was a graduate student at Clark University, where he worked as a graduate research assistant in the project, “Smart Grid: An Analysis of How Socio-Political Contexts Shape Energy Technology Development and Policy” (NSF‐SES 1127697). Xiao’s background also includes a spring internship at the Institute for Energy and Sustainability. Xiao is dedicated to promoting energy efficiency and pursing sustainability in northeast region, as well as other parts of the world. Xiao holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Nanjing Agricultural University.

60 seconds on why Building Energy Reporting is good for Boston

Testifying in front of the Boston City Hall Council is a lot like speed dating – at least from what I know of speed dating.  I’ve never had the occasion or desire to try speed dating, but after appearing before the Council recently, I think I now have a good idea of what it might be like.building energy rating

Last week I submitted written testimony and on Thursday had the opportunity – one entire minute – to stand before Chairman Matt O’Malley of the Council’s Government Operations Committee to tell him why the proposed Building Energy Reporting Ordinance would be an energy, economic and environmental policy win for the city of Boston.   Continue reading

Strong Partnerships Progress Multi-Family Project

Maine-MulitfamilyThe world of multi-family efficiency is reaching a turning point in its evolution. The multi-family sector promises substantial potential energy savings that have not yet been adequately addressed due, in part, to a number of market barriers impeding progress.

NEEP partnered with Efficiency Maine Trust (EMT) last summer to collaborate on a comprehensive multi-family efficiency project. NEEP works in an advisory capacity to Efficiency Maine in order to increase the visibility and momentum of multi-family retrofits in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions through research, analysis, and project advisory efforts.

NEEP’s multi-family-team recently attended the Regional Multi-family Quarterly Progress Update in Maine this past week. The progress of the multi-family energy efficiency project to date, along with its associated implications regarding the program’s momentum and outreach efforts are exciting to say the least.

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Time is Savings-Connecticut’s Building Code Conundrum

Last week, a damaging bill (HB 5749) for building energy efficiency was heard in Connecticut. The bill describes itself as attempting to “save resources” for the Nutmeg State and creates a “more consistent State Building Code,” when in fact it would accomplish neither! Here is NEEP’s written testimony against the bill.

HB 5749, if passed, would have Connecticut revise the State Building Code only every six years! NEEP strongly recommends that all states update their state building and energy codes at least every three years, corresponding with the International Code Council’s (ICC) update cycle. It’s the surest way to align a state building code with the latest developments in building technologies and practices, and achieve the energy and cost savings, not to mention life/safety requirements, the codes are designed for.

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