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FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD CHAIR

STRATEGIC PLANNING 2016:
THE NESEA BOARD AND MEMBERSHIP GUIDE
THE "WHAT;" THE STAFF DETERMINES THE "HOW"

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BY JENNIFER
MARRAPESE
PHOTO CREDIT:
MATTHEW CAVANAUGH

BY MICHAEL BRUSS
PHOTO CREDIT:
MATTHEW CAVANAUGH

We are
engaging in
a planning
process,
rather than
developing
a plan.

ypically, BuildingEnergy magazine would
feature both a letter from the executive
director and the board chair. This time,
we have decided to address the NESEA
community together in the spirit of our
latest endeavor.
NESEA has embarked on a strategic planning
process that is engaging the "three legs of the
stool" that form our community - the board, staff
and members (or those who would-be/should-be/
used-to-be members) by interviewing them about
NESEA's strengths and weaknesses and asking them
how we could serve them better. In this process,
and under NESEA's governance model, the board
(and by extension, the members) are responsible for
the "what" - for identifying the strategic priorities
of the organization. From there, the executive
director and staff are responsible for the "how" - the
operational plan to accomplish these priorities.
This comprehensive approach to strategic
planning is unprecedented here at NESEA: Never
before have we involved such a diverse group in
charting our course over the long term.
This year's planning process kicked off in May during
the board's annual retreat. Organizational development
consultant Jeanette Millard led the board through a
visioning exercise that invited each person to share
with the group what passion of theirs is tapped by
being on the NESEA board. A few themes surfaced
from this conversation:
* Connecting people with a common goal; to share and
learn from one another.
* NESEA offers a unique combination of the technical
and the aspirational.
* A love for introducing fresh faces into a vibrant
community.
* NESEA and its members are working toward a
generative, rather than extractive, economy.
Next, we created a shared mind map of what
we would most like to see NESEA be and/or do over
the next three-to-five years, and completed an
environmental scan to identify some of the external
conditions, threats and opportunities that are present
or emerging in the Northeast.
We recognized the need to reach out to NESEA
community members to gather a broader range of
feedback and to ensure that we weren't operating
in an echo chamber. So we identified a list of
stakeholder groups - collaborators, architects and
engineers, builders, facilities/sustainability managers,
developers, energy consultants, utilities, sponsors and
governmental agencies - to engage in our process.
NESEA board and staff members interviewed

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ASPIRATIONS ON A MESSAGE BOARD EXERCISE.
PHOTO BY JEANETTE MILLARD.

representatives from each group to learn more about
our strengths and weaknesses - and about where and
how we might add more value for our members.
The board itself has benefited immensely
from conducting the interviews. In the words of
Development Committee Chair Phil Kaplan, "It
has really been energizing to hear this valuable
information directly from people...After all, we are
all about relationships and connections. And that's
exactly what we're strengthening by making these
calls. The conversation itself is the relationship. I'm
convinced that every conversation between members
makes us stronger."
Board Treasurer Paul Eldrenkamp commented, "I've
been talking with representatives of state agencies. It's
been great to hear what an essential resource NESEA
has become for them. They want to hear a lot more
from NESEA and its members - they need us. We're the
organization that gives them hope by demonstrating
what's possible if you have the right spirit and attitude.
Our responsibility as an organization and as a board
might be even bigger than we realized. It's sobering,
gratifying and inspiring all at once."
Here are some of the common themes and headlines
that are emerging from our stakeholder interviews:
* The RFP process for the conferences could
be clearer.
* There's a perception that the planning committees for
the conferences are cliquey.
* The network is stellar, but the community is a bit
introverted - stop preaching to the choir.
* We need to define our target audience better. It's not
possible to be all things to all people. Choose to go
broader or deeper, not both.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016

From the Executive Director and Board Chair
New York City is Transforming Buildings for a Low Carbon Future
Does Electric Grid 2.0 Mean Energy Democracy?
Resiliency for Affordable Multifamily Housing: What We Have Learned and What We Still Need to Know
Break It or Lose It: Thermal Bridging in Rainscreen Systems
My PEI is Better Than Your PEI
Life Cycle Assessment at the Speed of Design
From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
BuildingEnergy Green Pages
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - From Theory to Reality: Our Journey Toward Sustainability Building a Net Zero Home
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BUILDING ENERGY - Fall 2016 - Solar Policy in the Northeast: What’s New, What’s Next?
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