June 23, 2022 – Speaker Bios for Path to Net Zero Facilities Event.

Kevin Kai Wong, CEM, PMP, DGCP, General Manager – Emergent Energy Solutions

Paul Spiegel, PE, LEED AP, Director, Energy and Sustainability Services – Practical Energy Solutions, a Division of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy

Michael Cromer, PG, DBIA, ENV SP, Vice President – Energy & Sustainability – Pennoni

Mr. Cromer serves as the Vice President of Energy & Sustainability at Pennoni.  He leads the company’s energy services sector as well as corporate wide sustainability and resiliency efforts. Mr. Cromer has spearheaded the development of energy efficiency, energy management, distributed generation and alternative fuel business models providing diversification and additional revenue streams for Pennoni. His diverse experience includes an environmental engineering background focused on land development, zoning approvals, brownfield remediation, air permitting and waste management.  Mr. Cromer also has extensive experience in turnkey Design-Build delivery of alternative energy projects such as micro-grids, solar farms and combined heat and power projects.  The combination of his engineering background, project development skills and construction experience allow for seamless project execution and efficiencies.

Mr. Cromer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and a Master’s Degree in Hydrology. He is a licensed Professional Geologist in Pennsylvania and Delaware.  Michael holds a national Design Build certification and received his ENV SP certification for sustainable design.  Mr. Cromer volunteers his time to several boards and associations across the mid-Atlantic including the NJ Energy Coalition, Chester County Economic Development Council, Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team.

Liz McCormick, Sr. Director, Energy Services – Pennoni

Liz serves as the Sr. Director of Energy Services for Pennoni’s MEP/Energy Division. Liz has over 20 years of Fortune 500 Major Account Management experience, she specializes in key account management, overall account strategy and coordination of resources and solutions to meet each customer’s unique goals and objectives.  Prior to joining Pennoni, Liz has worked as an Energy consultant and was co-founder of Utilities Watch, a global energy consulting company that utilized cloud-based energy analytics software and expert analysis to assist clients in choosing the best utility contract, manage energy demand costs and reduce overall energy spend.

Liz utilizes her industry experience and sales background to connect clients with opportunities and technologies to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy-related costs, and manage green-house gas emissions and renewable energy objectives.  Liz is a member of BOMA, Greater Philadelphia Energy Action Team and Green Building United.

Gregory P. Fink, CHFM, CLSS-HC, Director Facilities Operations and Maintenance and Facilities, Director of Infrastructure and Energy – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Greg has extensive experience and knowledge in the Operations and Maintenance of District Energy Plants, including steam, chilled water and power generation.  His experience, includes; Plant Operations and Maintenance Management, development and implementation of Plant/Building Automation Systems, analysis and improvements in steam/chilled water distribution systems, operation and maintenance of utility infrastructure, implementing energy setback strategies, capital planning for infrastructure renewal, and Utility Master planning.  Greg was a part the Project Management team during design, construction and commissioning of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center CHP Plant, as well as serving as the Utility Plant Manager during its first years of operation.

Greg is a veteran of the United States Navy.  His education and experience are in Propulsion Plant Engineering, Electrical Power Generation, Automated Controls and Steam System Technologies.  He has more than 35 years’ experience working in the field of plant operations and maintenance.

Kevin L Kanoff, CEM, CEP, Campus Energy Engineer – Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Kevin has extensive experience and knowledge in, evaluating existing systems and retrofitting energy conservation measures to functioning building and process systems. His experiences, includes; data collection, energy data analysis, energy conservation measure project development, energy conservation measure construction management, measurement and verification of energy conservation measures, development of annual Energy Reports for Senior Management, and developing energy master plans. The Energy Savings Program he has implemented at PennState Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has resulted in significant energy savings and energy intensity reduction.

In addition, he is on the Utility budget development team and energy procurement team for PennState Health.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Idaho and has worked in the field of engineering for 30 years, specializing in the building energy field for the last 20 years.

April 11, 2022 – UC Green has an opening for Executive Director in Philadelphia

Job Title: Executive Director
Organization: UC Green
Classification: Full-time
Location: Philadelphia, PA
About UC Green
University City Green (“UC Green”) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit focused on cooperative community greening. Through partnerships and education, UC Green empowers volunteer environmental stewardship in University City and its surrounding communities.

Learn more at UC Green Executive Director Job Description

For more information, contact Jim Lauckner

April 19-21, 2022 – IGSHPA’s Geothermal Accredited Installer Training – 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

SEI and PA Geo are planning a loop training course that will be held in Exton at CCEDC. Register and learn more https://ghsptraining.eventbrite.com

Carl Robins of WaterFurnace International will instruct the three-day comprehensive Installation Workshops are designed for GSHP installers, contractors, dealers, home builders, manufacturers, distributors, architects, heating cooling mechanical engineers, trenching/water well drilling contractors, and anyone who desires a working knowledge of this innovative technology. Representatives from public utilities, private utilities, and rural electric cooperatives can also benefit from training. Information gathered from the workshops can help utility representatives serve as a source of information regarding money-saving concepts.

 

March 7, 2022 – From our friends at KEEA … Federal Update – Infrastructure Act

Infrastructure Act

The White House has released its Guidebook on the Bipartisan Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This guidebook is a roadmap to funding available under the law, as well as an explanatory document that shows, in as much detail as currently available, program-by-program information.

 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/build/?mc_cid=4bd6ff81d5&mc_eid=3ca8ad6881

Be our sponsor at an upcoming event! Here are the opportunities

Event Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2021-2022 Program Year

Levels and Benefits

The Smart Energy Initiative holds a number of seminars and workshops designed to increase awareness of local and domestic energy issues for both the industry and non-energy industry businesses. Topics cover the full breadth of this diverse industry, and always include solutions employing the region’s energy companies and their highly-trained workforce.  These events attract audiences composed of business owners/leaders, industry advocates, elected officials, community leaders.  Each event has available sponsorships that offer exposure and benefits.  Funds from sponsorships are used to offset the costs of refreshments, facilities, marketing costs, and Smart Energy Initiative staff time used to develop and coordinate events. Benefits and sponsor levels can be customized to suit the sponsors’ needs and the specific event.

 Presenting or Title Sponsorship Level:  $3000

  • Sponsor name will be part of the official event name
  • Most prominent name and logo placement on all printed materials related to the event
  • Most prominent ad in any program guides or agenda hand outs
  • Logo placement on backdrops for presentation materials and/or photo opportunities
  • Logo placement on SEI web site
  • Preferred seating/tables
  • Photo opportunities for any press coverage
  • Introduction at the event of your company and Opportunity to give a brief introduction of your company or services at the beginning of the presentation.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the event.

 Gold Event Sponsorship Level: $1,500

  • Premier placement of your company logo and website on the program announcement, which is sent at least twice to a minimum of 4,000 individuals. The program announcement is also posted on numerous websites, calendars and social media venues.
  • Opportunity to introduce the speaker(s).
  • Your business logo and address will be included in the pre-meeting projection of a slide noting SEI thanks to our sponsors; the slide is shown prior to the presentation.
  • Permission to set up a table to share their business information before and after the presentation.
  • One individual marketing piece to be included in handouts for the event.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the event

Support Event Sponsorship Level: $750

  • A company logo and web link on the announcement flyer listing the sponsor as a Supporting Sponsor of SEI and event.  Again this announcement will be sent at least twice to a minimum of 4,000 individuals and the program announcement is also posted on numerous websites, calendars and social media venues.
  • Your business logo and website will be included in the pre-meeting projection of a slide noting SEI thanks to our sponsors; the slide is shown prior to the presentation.
  • One individual marketing piece to be including in handouts for the event.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the event

2021 – 2022 Sample Events: 

  • February 2022 Annual Energy Briefing Seminar
  • SEI Breakfast Briefings
  • Working Groups meetings on select topics