Second Brown Bag Networking Event also a Success at TheBigAppleGreen.Net.

We had another good meeting today at the Big Apple Green Brown Bag Lunch. In attendance: Dolores Bevelacqua, Sol Levy, Mike Frey, Jim Devine, Gail Terry Grimes and Claude Whitmyer.

Dolores Bevelacqua introduced us to Green Job Training Center who specialize in training and BPI certification to create jobs targeted at energy efficient retrofits for 1 to 4 family residential units. BPI is the nation’s premier standards development, quality assurance and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work. Green Job Training Center, in Howard Beach, NY, has made a purposeful decision not to do any solar panels or wind appliances and to focus instead on small residential buildings. The center was created by a group of folks who specialize in that type of construction, so this focus makes perfect sense. As a part of the training program, trainees can receive additional certifications in B/A , Shell, Heating, A/C Heat pump, Multi-family, WH-ALC, and EPA-608/RR.

Sol Levy from EnTech Digital Controls described the exciting digital controls for larger multi-unit buildings where building managers are seeing savings that can generate quick payback in buildings of 15 to 30 units and very impressive additional savings in buildings with more than 30 units. EnTech Digital Controls specializes in Boiler Controls, Energy Management Services, and Reduced Fuel Consumption.

Jim again shared his desire to line up partners or joint venturers to manufacture his “Advanced Energy Panels” that are a perfect retrofit for single pane windows when a building owner can’t afford to replace every window with double panes. Jim’s panels have garnered a high level of interest. It seems like a great opportunity for someone with entrepreneurial spirit to organize a local New York City manufacturing facility.

Mike Frey asked for feedback about making the network more valuable to members. Attendees reassured him that it was probably just summer time and that he’d see more activity in September. (Which is great since that’s when the Official Launch Event is scheduled (September 19).

Gail invited members to also think of Claude beyond his expertise in virtual networking and bring small business questions and issues to the brown bags to take advantage of his small business expertise as well.

Claude presented the typical agenda for these types of networking events.

  • INTRODUCTIONS (go around, 1 to 3 minutes each)
  • DISCUSSION and BRAINSTORMING
    • Questions, Concerns, Observations about:
    • Your business
    • Business practices
    • The Network
    • Other
    • Excitement and Enthusiasm: What’s the most exciting thing happening in “your world?”
    • Tools and Tips:What do you have to share?
    • And anything else on your mind that you’d like to share or need peer-based encouragement for.

Big Apple Green‘s next networking event will be a Happy Hour on  Wednesday, August 22 from 5pm to 6pm Eastern. We’ve decided to try alternating between Happy Hours and Brown Bags every other week. This way, presumably, more members may be able to attend.

Please join us that day and every Wednesday between now and the big Network Launch Event on September 19th (please note the date change). Brown Bags will be held from Noon to 1pm Eastern and Happy Hours will be held from 5pm to 6pm Eastern. Claude will send out weekly reminders with the links and access codes.

These free networking events are a great way to get to know other professionals in New York City’s green sector and find out about resources and opportunities that will come to you by attending and being active in the discussions. We don’t expect anyone to come to every event, but we want to hold enough of them so that each of you can attend one or more of them.

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