Category: Bright Employee

19 Nov

Bright Employee: Daniel Chen

Bright Power Bright Employee

We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Daniel ChenMeet Daniel Chen, Project Manager, Western Region.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
I like how Bright Power continues to adapt and innovate our business to meet the constantly changing client needs and incentive program requirements. Combined with working with an intelligent and collaborative team has allowed me to grow my skills quickly. It has given me the opportunity to effectively audit portfolios of properties and implement measures like steam heating controls and occupancy sensor thermostats.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
I’m proud that I’m one of the few to design and install heat pump water heating systems in the U.S. for multifamily applications. We have now installed a total of 9 systems in 7 different properties – with more to come! I’m helping to install a 150kW solar PV system in Sacramento. I also installed over 40 water heater plants in 2017. 

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
Since starting in the West Coast office, I feel my role is constantly changing which has allowed me to learn and develop a holistic view of the business. I’m often required to put on different hats. I’ve been able to use a range of my skills like Auditing, Energy Modeling, Retrofit Installation, and Engineering Design. All while ensuring each project meets the requirements of half a dozen incentive programs across California. 

Who are some of the clients and partners you’ve worked with?
I’ve worked with some incredible clients. That picture of me is from my heat pump water heater work on a Mercy Housing retrofit. I’ve also worked with Equity Residential, AvalonBay Communities, AIG, National Church Residences, LivCor, Bayside Communities, MidPen Housing, Sares-Regis, and MG Properties Group.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Providing turnkey design-build retrofits to clients are most beneficial because they result in actual energy and water savings. Our ability to audit, analyze, and execute seamlessly provides a client with a high chance of success in reaching their sustainability goals. It’s also very easy on their end.

You’ve worked with innovative technologies like heat pump water heaters on the West Coast. What do you think would help more building owners get excited about using a technology like heat pump water heaters or other new technologies?
I think the largest benefit of implementing heat pump water heaters is the ability to electrify your entire property. If you tie in solar PV and energy storage it could lead minimal emissions to net zero emissions for the property. With California’s goal to be 100% renewable by 2045, owners can look to incentive programs to reduce any financial hurdles in transitioning to these technologies.

04 Oct

Bright Employee: Samantha Pearce

Bright Power Bright Employee

We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Samantha PearceThis month, we’re excited to introduce you to a new member of our team, Samantha Pearce, Director of Energy Management Services.

What made you decide to join Bright Power?
Having worked with Bright Power for the last 8 years as a client, I am most excited to actually get to work WITH the people I have a collaborated with over the years. There’s something about the people who choose to work at Bright Power. They are such a talented and passionate group of individuals who genuinely seem to care about their work, and that really inspires me to bring my A-game. It’s getting to work with people who put action behind their words that excite me the most!

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
I am really truly excited about Energy Management Services (EMS) and that I get to provide a much needed, impactful suite of services. I have watched Selfhelp expand their capacity, make smarter efficiency decisions, and save money because of the work and joint efforts of Selfhelp staff and the Bright Power EMS team. I am really proud to have set up this service “on the inside” at Selfhelp working with Bright Power and now am excited to shape what the service will grow into for others to meet their unique needs.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
I think this role, and my career trajectory, was a bit more fortuitous than it might seem. I have a degree in and had wanted to be an Architect since I was probably seven. But then I decided it wasn’t the best fit for me. So, after a short stint as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity, I ended up working at Enterprise Community Partners on their Weatherization team, without even knowing what the program was really about when I took the job. It was the best happy accident and introduced me to working on sustainability initiatives to help owners. Not all journeys follow a straight line – and for this hyper-organized planner that was a tough lesson to learn! I became a LEED AP about 10 years ago because I love the environment, and I worked with Bright Power when there were only 12 or so employees, so perhaps the universe was telling me something all along.

Why are energy management services so critical to the health and long-term performance of a building?
Think about a building like a body. The same way you need to get checked out by a general physician, a building needs to be checked out holistically as well via EMS. If you have a cough, you do not go directly to the lung specialist and ask them to diagnose the ailment. That would be ridiculous and expensive! Instead, you visit your primary care physician who not only listens to your lungs but also takes your temperature, checks your throat and perhaps even ends up diagnosing you with a sinus infection  not even in your lungs at all! 

This sounds extreme, but I think that is how most current operators oversee their buildings. Most owners aren’t themselves ‘primary care physicians’ yet they call in a specialist as soon as there is an issue. No one is monitoring or keeping track of how the systems are functioning, or training the owners how to diagnose issues on their own. And while a direct problem might be fixed when a specialist is called, often larger systemic issues are left undiagnosed because no one is looking at the whole building as a system.

Keeping all the systems in a building working well together helps keep operations costs down and preventative maintenance costs manageable, if not highly predictable. All of this leads to a building that is more efficient to manage and can, therefore, keep costs stabilized.

11 Sep

Bright Employee: Paul Banel

Bright Power Bright Employee

We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Paul BanelMeet Paul Banel, Front End Developer.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?

I like working with bright, like-minded people who care about the impact of their work and who can see beyond the small steps that lead to that impact. It’s great to create software to enable that work and to help find ways to promote energy efficiency and reduce waste on a large scale.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?

One of my early projects was to create custom Microsoft Office software to streamline the process of creating energy audit reports. Now our engineers spend less time writing and more time fixing and improving buildings. In another project, we created a small web application to work with building system designs from an ancient engineering software. That application reduced design time from hours to minutes and allowed us to scale those projects quickly.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?

Paul runningI kind of founded Bright Power Boulder, an unofficial outpost. Another software teammate moved here in the summer. I moved to Colorado for running. I train with Run Boulder AC to race anything from 1500 meters on the track to 100 miles in the mountains of Leadville.

When I started at Bright Power I worked with a lot of different people to solve their random problems and created process improvements that have saved hours of work and are still used today. I aim to reduce waste in all aspects and I love using data and scripts to do that.

You work remotely in Colorado. How do you stay connected to folks in the NY and CA office?

I started working for Bright Power in the New York office and was there for a little over a year before I moved, so having those relationships helps. We use Slack and it allows me to stay in the loop. I can find the information I need to easily and if I need to reach out to people, they are there. It’s almost like being in the office with them and Slack is fun to use. 

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?

I think MoBIUS, our energy management service, has the potential to be the most impactful service on a day-to-day basis. Seeing what’s happening at a building in real time allows issues to be fixed before a resident notices and before it becomes a major problem for a client.

14 Aug

Bright Employee: Pete Peterson

Bright Power Bright Employee

Jeffry Pete PetersonWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. This month, we’re excited to introduce a new member of our team.

Meet Pete Peterson, Chief Financial Officer.

What are some of the things you are excited about in your new role at Bright Power?
The entrepreneurial spirit of the people at Bright Power. Not only is everyone proud of the company’s growth to date, but they are excited to continue to grow and scale. Everyone has been welcoming, encouraging, and eager to help me do the things I’m here to do.

Bright Power has done a great job of becoming the organization it is today: sustainable and impactful. My expertise is in helping companies of this size get to the next level, and, only a few weeks in, I can say that we’re well on our way to get there.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment for which you’re proud.
I’ve been able to hit the ground running at Bright Power thanks to cross-departmental collaboration. Before Bright Power, I was with a company that grew from $30M to over $350M with global reach over the course of 15 years through 8 acquisitions and 3 startups. We ended up with a group of 15 small companies. That experience turned me into a small company expert.

What’s something people might not know about you?
I build wooden boats as a hobby. I started with one of my sons who is a clammer and needed a boat.  I’ll take wood I find and turn it into something beautiful. Take a look at this canoe I built out of an old cedar deck. Now, I’m in the middle of making my three kids surfboards made out of a recycled redwood picnic table.

What are some trends that you are seeing in the industry that excite you?
At the beginning of the industry, there were the very green early adopters. But now, sustainability has become mainstream and widely accepted – it’s hard not to when it will save you money. The growth is almost endless.

23 Jul

Bright Employee: Jesse Petersen

Bright Power Bright Employee

We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Jesse Petersen, Sales Operations Manager.

 

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?

I like working with people who can think for themselves and are discerning when presented with information. We have a working environment where my colleagues strive to be constructive, challenge you to question what you think you know, and they work hard to help each other learn. This approach accelerates one’s growth in their everyday job.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?

Putting rhyme and reason to our pricing process through collaboration with the Account Management, Engineering, and Operations teams. This includes formalizing our service products and standardizing our scopes of work for each of Bright Power’s 83 (yeah that many) service offerings. I don’t think Google even has that many service offerings!

Establishing stronger relationships with the implementation contractors and utilities as a key incentive program partner. Many programs look to us for direction in their program design and often elicit our input before rolling out new or revised incentive programs. I think I’ve made a positive contribution to that process in advocating on behalf of our clients’ interests be it with the Public Service Commission, ConEdison, NYSERDA, PSE&G, the NJ BPU, or with the implementation contractors in California.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?

I have a hand in many facets of our business and have worked with each executive and their teams on various projects. I work regularly with the Engineering Directors to develop our scopes of services and price our contracts, and have even occasionally taken on project management duties. I also provide our engineers advisory support on incentive program project staging and incentive payment coordination. In the recent past, I’ve worked with the Energy Analysts on generating utility usage data sets to identify sites for potential Distributed Energy Resource (DER) applications, developed Salesforce re-designs for our pricing intake process with the Operations team, assisted Legal with modifying the terms and conditions of our contracts, and have co-authored responses to RFPs&Qs for our Executive and Strategic Initiatives teams.

As Bright Power’s Sales Operations Manager, I combine the work I do across divisions to build the infrastructure we need to improve our business and operational needs with the work of distilling technical and programmatic information (including incentives, financing, and public policy) for the Account Managers and their clients.

What are some of the incentive programs you’ve worked with and which of these have worked really well for our clients?

As primary liaison for Bright Power’s incentive program partnerships, I’ve worked with NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program (MPP), NY-Sun, Combined Heat-and-Power (CHP), and Real-Time Energy Management (RTEM) programs as well as ConEdison’s Multifamily Energy Efficiency (MFEEP), Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency (CIEEP), Demand Management (DMP), and Non-Wires Solutions programs here in New York. I’ve also worked closely with the Board of Public Utilities’ clean energy programs and the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) in New Jersey. Other states and programs I’ve been active in include Connecticut’s Energize CT Program, the Mass Save Program in Massachusetts, Pepco’s Multifamily programs in Maryland and Washington D.C., as well as California-based multifamily programs in the Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCal Gas service territories.

I think the NY-Sun incentive program has worked pretty well in making solar more accessible for our clients. It shaves a good percentage off our costs for installing solar systems and is structured in a way that’s transparent and easy to understand. The MW-block structure allows us to know in advance the amount of incentives a project is eligible for before the work begins and that predictability makes the prospect of installing solar a more convincing proposition. This incentive has also been bolstered by the federal investment tax credit (ITC) and the precipitous decline in the cost of solar PV modules over the last decade but the NY-Sun incentive has made the investment decision easier, particularly in New York City where it can still be quite expensive to do solar work. Since 2000, the NY-Sun program has incentivized over 217 MW of installed capacity (DC) in the “small commercial” sector alone–that’s the project sector Bright Power participates in the most. This sector represents 20% of all the installed capacity in the state that’s gone through the NY-Sun program. Bright Power has installed over 6 MWs of solar since 2010 which is an impressive chunk of that market, especially when you consider the constraints of working with limited roof space in the five boroughs of New York City.

18 Jun

Bright Employee: Michael Brusic

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Michael Brusic Technical DirectorWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Michael Brusic, Technical Director.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
Bright Power has allowed me to indulge my curiosity with a fascinating breadth of projects. In the last two weeks I’ve troubleshot variable speed drives on a cooling tower in Manhattan, kicked off repairs on a standing column well geothermal system in the Bronx, scoped out the fire protection system for an energy storage project in Brooklyn, and helped lobby for changes to New York State’s energy policies on distributed generation. I don’t think I’d get to do all that – and more – anywhere else. Bright Power encourages curiosity, and our leadership gives us the space and freedom to pursue interests like these because they understand that doing so will only grow our experience and capabilities.

I also feel fortunate that the impact of our work goes far beyond saving energy.  Improving the spaces where people live and work can help to reverse historical injustices and improve lives.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
There’s a project we’ve been developing for almost four years that is closing on its construction financing this month. It will be one of the largest deep-energy retrofit projects on affordable housing in New York City. It will involve fuel conversion, a new heating plant, controls, rehabilitation of the ventilation system, lighting, and distributed generation. At the conclusion of the project, Bright Power will be acting as the complex’s energy manager to help make sure that the project remains a success post-construction. I see that as a culmination of many different services that Bright Power provides.

I’m also proud to be able to work on our distributed generation projects, many of which are helping to define the business case for, and drive forward the regulation of, complex multi-technology distributed generation.

Finally, I am honored to have served as the official commissioning agent for Bright Power’s new kegerator system and am excited about our plans to take it partially off-grid.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Though it’s hard to pick, I think our commissioning and retro-commissioning services are unique. The goal of these services is not to deliver a product, but to deliver performance. Many traditional architectural and engineering firms don’t take responsibility for how a building performs operationally. There is tremendous value in having someone on your team who is willing to take the responsibility of both ensuring that the systems that were designed are installed and set up correctly, and also to ensure that they continue to operate effectively and efficiently. I think this can and has been valuable to our clients.

What are some of your hopes for the future of Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) in NYC?
REV, and the sub-efforts of VDER, represent a tremendous leap into the unknown for New York State and for the energy industry globally. I’m concerned about how fast the first phase of VDER was put into place and about possible negative impacts to the solar industry in New York State. But in the long term, I think the state’s willingness to “move fast and break things” represents an opportunity to revolutionize how a vast spectrum of technologies interact with energy markets. I hope that the State and the many diverse stakeholders in the REV proceeding will work together to tackle the vast amount of work that will be necessary in the coming years to do REV and VDER correctly with just the right amount of disruption.

 

21 May

Bright Employee: Jamil Ellis

Bright Power Bright Employee

Jamil Ellis CTOWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. This month, we’re excited to introduce a new member of our team.

Meet Jamil Ellis, Chief Technology Officer.

What are some of the things you are excited about in your new role at Bright Power?
I always look to use my technology skills for good. I want what I do to have an impact and push the needle on creating more healthy buildings. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with people who are passionate about using their skills to make a positive impact on the planet. I find that technology is better used when there is a real impact on the physical world and a big bonus if it saves the planet.

Tell us about a project or accomplishment for which you’re proud.
One of my first leadership experiences at Major League Baseball comes to mind. I worked to rebuild the entire video experience in one off-season. The deadline constraints coupled with my love of baseball made it especially rewarding.

What’s something people might not know about you?
I speak Ukrainian at home with my wife and daughter. My daughter is trilingual – she speaks Ukrainian, Spanish, and English. I’m also working on two podcasts in my spare time.  Take a listen here and here. I also love karaoke and organize this Meetup group.

What’s the future of technology look like at Bright Power?
The future of technology at Bright Power will be guided by everyone here at the organization. I want to start a continual conversation about what the future will bring. Technology is always changing and is not one size fits all. It will take all of us working together to get the right solutions for our business.

What are some trends that you are seeing in the industry that excite you?
Everything going on with smart buildings, sensors, and meters is game-changing. Specifically getting new data streams and using that data as another tool will allow us to even more effectively deliver the right solutions for each building.

18 Apr

Bright Employee: Jamie Fales

Bright Power Bright Employee

Jamie Fales Bright Power

We’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Jamie Fales, Field Engineer, Audit & Feasibility.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
The culture. Bright Power is filled with really smart people and we support each other in taking advantage of opportunities to learn. Everyone has the drive to prevent climate change. It’s even written in Bright Power’s mission. 

What advice would you give a property manager looking at energy efficiency projects for the first time?
Ensure your site staff are on the same page and speak the same language. It’s important to keep logs from maintenance rounds that note what changes were made and why they were made in the first place. It will give you better insight into resolutions to tenant complaints, continuing issues and what the site staff is struggling to control. Added benefit – logs can create a proactive maintenance culture.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning, no question. You can install the most efficient equipment, but if you don’t set it up correctly you might as well have not installed it at all! It can be incredibly frustrating for an owner to have paid for new high-efficiency equipment and not see the results he or she was promised. Commissioning and retro-commissioning can save energy, extend the lifetime of HVAC equipment, and reduce tenant complaints.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
All of the Local Law 87 (LL87) work I do for our clients is something to be proud of. It starts as helping owners comply with a law, but these audits turn into something more. We’ve found major issues at buildings and fixed them. It’s amazing that you can change one thing and save the building a ton of money while lowering energy consumption.

With one client, they had installed a brand new air handler to cool the corridors. When I opened the access panels I found that the cooling coils had frozen over and nearly entirely choked off the airflow. This lead to overheated hallways even though the system was just replaced. We found that one issue early enough that the problem could be resolved before the cooling coils were permanently damaged or the room flooded. Thanks to LL87, the owner avoided a potential expense of thousands of dollars.

 

08 Mar

Bright Employee: Colleen Woodson

Bright Power Bright Employee

Colleen WoodsonWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Colleen Woodson, Chief of Staff.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
EnergyScoreCards Minnesota is definitely on this list. That was a 2-year research project where we got to study 500 properties to determine if hands-on benchmarking results in energy and water savings in buildings. (Spoiler: it does!) It was an awesome experience to work with amazing partners and participants. You can read more about EnergyScoreCards Minnesota here.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
People may not know I’m a mechanical engineer. I think my engineering background helped me learn about solving problems of all kinds. Understanding parameters, stating assumptions, and methodically working through a problem is a skill that’s been useful to apply in lots of scenarios.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
That’s an unfair question! Our services are most valuable to clients when they are combined with one another. Serving our clients with all the expertise we have in-house – engineering, data, analysis, software, procurement, new construction, on-site generation – is what makes us unique and able to provide more value to our clients.

You were promoted to Chief of Staff after managing the Energy Analysis team for 2 years last summer. How did your experience leading the Energy Analysis team prepare you for this role?
Being a part of, and then managing, the Energy Analysis (EA) team gave me a great perspective on the whole company. The EA team interacts with every team at Bright Power on many types of projects. Seeing first-hand the communication between EAs, Software Development, Account Managers, East and West Coast engineering Teams, and our internal Operations team – I saw a lot of diverse needs and situations. Working on processes for the Energy Analyst team naturally meant I had to understand other teams’ processes and needs, which really prepared me for the unique challenges as Chief of Staff: coordinating the diverse needs of the organization while effectively communicating across the company.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, what advice can you give to women starting their careers in the energy industry?
Oh boy, I could give a lot of advice! Here are two that come to mind:

  • Ask for feedback. The way feedback works in a work environment is drastically different from how it works at school, and I’ve found that to be one of the harder adjustments for folks early in their career. Get in the habit of asking your manager, coworkers, and clients what they thought of the work you delivered, and then be open and receptive to their response!  The more specific, the easier it will be for both of you. Try out asking questions like: “Was that email clear and concise enough?” and “Would you have gone about this any differently?”
  • Surround yourself with diverse examples. Look for people (ladies, especially look for other women!) who have made different decisions about their lives and careers, and talk to them. When I took on a promotion after returning from maternity leave, I spoke to women who made different decisions about taking on more responsibility while they had young children. Having different (see a trend?) real-life examples helped me imagine what it would be like to make that decision, feel confident that I could make the right decision, and that all of these options were possible! In real life! When it’s time to make a big decision, I strongly encourage you to take stock of the people you know and purposely seek out a diversity of experience. It helps to have reference points in many directions to really imagine the range of possibilities for yourself.
13 Feb

Bright Employee: Jamie Bemis

Bright Power affordable housing, Bright Employee

Jamie Bemis Bright PowerWe’re proud of the intelligent, passionate, and hardworking people that make up the Bright Power team. Each month, you’ll get a chance to meet one of them, understand how they contribute to the organization, and what makes them excited to come to work every day.

Meet Jamie Bemis, Account Manager.

What are some of the things you like most about working at Bright Power?
I love the work we do here. It’s creative and challenging, and it’s closely aligned with my values. As an Account Manager with affordable and supportive housing clients in New York City, I get to wake up every day and feel like I am contributing to making the City a more resilient and sustainable place. Because I am passionate about mitigating the impacts of climate change, as well as social and environmental justice, it’s really gratifying to see our projects reduce utility burdens on low-income residents in NYC, and directly contribute to the city’s greenhouse gas reduction goal of 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. Today, cities across the globe are taking the lead towards climate change mitigation and adaptation. I’m proud to say Bright Power is helping NYC to be a leader in this effort by ensuring all new buildings we work on are built to the highest standard of building performance and each existing building we touch becomes more energy and water efficient.

What are some projects and accomplishments you’re most proud of?
I am proud of all of our clients, many of whom do not have a background in energy efficiency and sustainability, but who nevertheless spearhead innovative projects that incorporate cutting-edge techniques around high-performance building design and on-site generation. For instance, St. Nick’s Alliance just won the Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) RFP for Dekalb Commons in Brooklyn. Two of the buildings will be certified Passive House and will include rooftop solar PV systems. This will be St. Nick’s first Passive House project, demonstrating a willingness to try new things and push the envelope around high-performance building design. I find it particularly inspiring to see these types of projects in the affordable housing sector, where budgets are always tight. A few years ago, developers and city officials would have said that affordable housing couldn’t be designed with high-performance techniques due to the cost and the lack of expertise in the industry. Thankfully, this conversation has shifted dramatically in the past few years, and we’re seeing more and more developers, architects, and engineers who are excited about the opportunity to create innovative, beautiful, healthy, and sustainable residences for low-income New Yorkers. The Dekalb Commons project is a perfect example of this.I am also proud to work closely with Settlement Housing Fund, the Related Companies, Mutual Housing Association of New York (MHANY), RiseBoro Community Partnership, Banana Kelly, Workforce Housing, B&B Urban, among others.

What’s something people might not know about you and your role at Bright Power?
A lot of people don’t know that I am a mechanical engineer. After college, I worked for an MEP firm designing HVAC systems for mission critical facilities like clean rooms and laboratories. Later, in graduate school, I conducted research for the Sustainable Design Lab in MIT’s Building Technology Department. I was the only city planning student in our research group. I loved translating our building-specific research techniques onto urban-scale problems, especially trying to address the immense challenge of creating more sustainable coastal cities. Now, my engineering background allows me to have informed conversations with clients as well as with Bright Power’s engineering team.

What’s the one service offering we have that you think is the most beneficial to clients and why?
I think our New Construction (NC) service is particularly beneficial. Capturing energy efficiency opportunities during a renovation or a new construction project is a huge opportunity that is too often missed. Investments in energy efficiency during the design phase pay dividends over the life of the building, in terms of reduced O&M costs, utility cost savings, and tenant comfort and well-being. The subject matter expertise our NC team brings is critical. From Passive House to Enterprise Green Communities and more, they understand the cutting edge of green design techniques—many of which are constantly evolving—and bring this to design teams. In this capacity, our clients can rely on us to provide strategic advice that incorporates cost-effectiveness, long-term impacts, indoor air quality, maintenance concerns, risk management, and more. Part of the reason we have so many returning clients is that once they see the value of this service, they return over and over again. It’s one of my favorite services to sell because for me it’s such a no-brainer for our clients.

We hear you’re going to Germany – what are you going to do there?
Yes! In March I will be traveling to Germany as a McCloy Fellow (a transatlantic professional exchange program sponsored by the American Council on Germany) to study innovations in the built environment and climate change mitigation efforts. My hope is to meet with individuals from across the industry to explore how cities are responding to the needs of a changing climate. To answer this question, I will look at three specific consequences of global warming: global migration and growing urban populations; the shift to green energy supply and distribution; and green building design. By exploring how these specific issues are being addressed in local communities across Germany, I will gain insight on best practices, lessons learned, and key strategies that can be implemented here in the United States. I used to live in Germany, so for me, this is both an opportunity to learn from the cutting edge of our profession, while also a return to my roots in some ways. And I am thrilled to be bringing new subject matter expertise to all of our clients at Bright Power so that we can continue to push the envelope here in New York and build residences that are fit for the 21st century. You can read more about my trip here