April 20, 2024 – Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day from SEI!

Here are some of the activities and volunteer opportunities going on in Chester County.





More information about Earth Day can be found at Earthday.org.

Earth Day 2024 | Activities & Resources for April 22

May 22, 2024 – Green Building United 2024 Sustainability Symposium

SEI is sharing this event on behalf of our friends at Green Building United:
It’s official! May 22nd, 2024, we’re asking everyone to mark their calendars for this year’s Green Building United Sustainability Symposium. Our annual flagship event will be hosted at Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center in North Philadelphia and will showcase our region’s best and brightest who are fighting every day to usher in a sustainable future for all.

Join us for a full day of educational sessions covering cutting-edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices, including LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Enterprise Green Communities, WELL, green stormwater infrastructure, and 2030 Districts. See below for a list of sessions!

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and earn CEUs (including AIA, GBCI, Phius, PHI, LACES, etc. as well as explore the expo hall, walking tours, and network with speakers and fellow attendees.

April 24, 2024 – ADA Accommodations WEDTalk Event from Bucks County, 9-10:00 a.m.


WEDTalk Objectives:

  • Understand how to recognize and respond to employee accommodation requests.
  • Develop further insight into navigating the ADA’s interactive process.
  • Consider non-legal issues and business risks related to accommodations.
  • Appreciate the many areas in which accommodation issues arise, including interviewing and performance management.

Featured Speaker:

Marc J. Scheiner, Esq. Special Counsel – Duane Morris

April 3 and 4, 2024 – Hiring People with Disabilities as part of T/A

Registration is now OPEN for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry training on hiring people with disabilities as part of talent acquisition! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn best practices for sourcing, hiring, and supporting individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Key topics include understanding disabilities and inclusive recruitment strategies. Click the link below to secure your spot today! hashtag#DisabilityInclusion hashtag#TalentAcquisition hashtag#TrainingOpportunity

Date: April 3, 9 – 10:30am
Registration Link: https://lnkd.in/eZ3jVdFp

Date: April 4, 2-3:30pm
Registration Link: https://lnkd.in/emEgYiYC

Speaker Bios – 2024 Energy Briefing

Secretary Jessica Shirley

Currently serving as the Interim Acting Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP), Jessica Shirley plays a pivotal role in the guidance of the department in its mission to protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s environment while fostering sustainable and equitable practices. Jessica arrives to the role of Acting Secretary with extensive experience and knowledge within the agency. Most recently, Jessica served as the Executive Deputy Secretary overseeing all programs from February 2023 to October 2023.

Secretary Jessica was the first appointed Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator at the PA DEP from May 2022 to February 2023 and in this position, she oversaw the implementation of the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the Inflation Reduction Act. Jessica ensured the Department maximized funds for the betterment of Pennsylvania’s environment, economy, residents, and communities. Jessica previously served as the Policy Director from May 2016 to April 2022 and in this position, she helped develop groundbreaking executive orders related to PFAS, climate change, energy conservation and sustainability in Commonwealth operations, and environmental justice. Jessica was involved in leading Pennsylvania’s first ever Litter Action Plan which received several awards and national recognition. In her earlier role as the Executive Policy Specialist from January 2010 to February 2011, Jessica was a trusted advisor in various policy areas and served as the Policy Office liaison for multiple advisory committees.

Jessica’s educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

David Ferro

David Ferro is the CEO of Optics Consulting LLC has over 25 years as an energy advisor.  Starting his career with Hess Oil and Columbia Gas, Dave is now the owner of an energy management and engineering firm.  Dave and his team at OPTICS Consulting are actively managing fortune 100 companies’ energy spend, use of energy, as well as their greenhouse gas objectives. He is passionate about solving energy problems and supportive of the use of innovation to achieving objectives.  Dave’s experience working for both utility, public and private sectors provides him with a diverse background for making informed energy market decisions.

February 15, 2024 – 12th Annual Energy Briefing – 8:15 -10:30 a.m.

REGISTER>>  https://SEI-Energy-Briefing-Feb-2024.eventbrite.com


8:15 -8:30 a.m. Check-in, light breakfast, and networking

8:30 -10:20 a.m. Program followed by Q&A

Continue the discussion until 10:30 a.m. in the Gallery

What’s the impact on your business’ bottom-line?

This year’s Annual Energy briefing is for energy related companies which want to learn more about several topics that will impact their business and their community.

  • As the federal government begins to allocate billions of dollars to the states, how will this funding from the Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act be distributed into the marketplace? How can your clients and potential clients fund their energy projects with these monies and tax credits?
  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $7 billion to launch seven Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) across the nation and accelerate the commercial-scale deployment of low-cost, clean hydrogen. Funded by the Infrastructure Law, the seven H2Hubs will kickstart a national network of clean hydrogen producers, consumers, and connective infrastructure while supporting the production, storage, delivery, and end-use of clean hydrogen. MACH2 is a local project and will be discussed at the briefing.
  • Alternative energy (Solar, CHP, Fuel Cells, Battery Storage.. ect) may be right for the environment but may not always be the best solution based on a company’s utility contracts. Learn what fees make up your power and gas contracts and why? This part of the briefing will discuss the true impacts of alternative energy products on a facility’s actual energy bills. Regardless of if you have alternative energy in mind right now, you can learn more about your utility bill and be able to make some strategic decisions moving forward.


Keynote presentation by Jessica Shirley, Interim Secretary – PA Department of Environmental Protection, which includes the State Energy Office.

Acting Secretary Shirley will share how the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s funding from the Infrastructure Act and the Inflation Reduction Act be distributed into the marketplace. Learn how your business and your client’s may benefit from these new programs.

David Ferro, CEO – Optics Consulting LLC

This presentation will include a high level review of the PJM grid followed by how local gas and electric utilities bill their clients. We will explore the many utility invoice line items that are often ignored and explain how alternative energy solutions impact these fee structures both positively and negatively. Examples and case studies will be presented showing both favorable and detrimental scenarios based on the type of utility invoicing. The goal of this program is to educate the audience on how alternative energy projects can affect your “bottom line” allowing for improved decision making.

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January 9, 2024 – SEI Working Groups meeting – 5-7:30 p.m.

The Annual SEI Working Groups will meet 1/9/2024 from 5-7:30 p.m. in Exton! These sessions will help SEI understand what trends you are hearing about in the energy industry, what would be of value to our industry partners and what training needs do you have during this quarter and throughout 2024. For an invitation, please contact Jim Lauckner jlauckner@ccedcpa.com and include your name, company and role.

Breakout session subgroups are in the following categories:

  • Hydrogen
  • Microgrids
  • CHP and Renewable Fuels
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Geothermal
  • Solar and Energy Storage