Building Energy Exchange is delighted to announce the promotion of two employees—Nina Prescott, advancing to Senior Associate, Programs & Partnerships, and Katie Schwamb, to Senior Manager, Projects.
Over the past year, Nina has played a critical role in the development and delivery of BE-Ex’s educational offerings, with special focus on the recently launched Beyond Zero and High Rise, Low Carbon Series, and new Passive house training courses. Nina’s work supported the delivery of over 70 courses— seminars, trainings, networking events, and more— to nearly 5,000 building industry stakeholders across 2021.
Nina was central to the success of our Women in Sustainability & Energy (WISE) series in 2021, championing the development of new formats of WISE programming, increasing community engagement, and expanding membership opportunities. Through skillful planning and coordination, Nina welcomed hundreds of professionals to eight virtual events across 2021, strengthening WISE community ties amid a global pandemic.
Nina also became the main point of contact for the Industry Leadership Council, a select community of leaders representing BE-Ex supporting organizations.
Katie Schwamb has provided BE-Ex with technical expertise in building sustainability since late 2020. Katie joined BE-Ex following a seven-year stint as a Senior Sustainability Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, where she managed multifamily new construction projects seeking sustainable building certifications, and provided consulting services for developers, architects, engineers, and contractors, on sustainability best practices and energy code compliance.
Katie brought her years of industry experience to bear as the project manager for BE-Ex’s Decarbonizing New York City Offices initiative, a collaborative effort with NYSERDA, the Institute for Market Transformation, and the NYC Climate Action Alliance, to decarbonize leased office spaces and advance New York’s ambitious climate goals
amidst a workplace transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Katie has also led the development of resources for the residential building sector, like the Heat Pump Planner, a tool developed with Steven Winter Associates to educate homeowners about heat pump technology and building electrification, and the HPD LL97 Roadmap project with Bright Power, a set of sample scopes of work and best practices to reduce building emissions in affordable housing.
Katie’s dedication to building sustainability extends beyond her work at BE-EX, as an active member of the AIANY Committee on the Environment and a NBI Getting to Zero Community Partner.
We congratulate Nina and Katie on an extraordinary year at BE-Ex and look forward to their continued success!