AESP was formed with a mission to help advance the energy efficiency industry through offering quality education and networking to its practitioners. We could not have delivered on this mission if not for the thousands of members through the years who have contributed their time and knowledge to AESP – sharing what they have learned on the job, especially what worked and what didn’t.
We invite our members to consider one of the many ways that you can contribute to the shared knowledge pool through AESP involvement.
Speak and Share Your Expertise at an AESP Conference
AESP presents three conferences a year and responding to an AESP Call for Abstracts is the first step toward presenting at a conference. Call for Abstracts are announced in AESP emails and in What’s New several times a year, so look for them and submit your proposal.
Join a Topic Committee
Membership in a Topic Committee is a great way to get involved that does not require a huge time commitment. Members communicate via emails and teleconferences so there is no travel required to be part of a TC. Yet, you will have the opportunity to connect and collaborate with practitioners in your special field from all over North America. Members of Topic Committees help review abstracts for AESP Conferences, in addition to volunteering their expertise in various other areas.
Contact the respective Topic Committee Chairs to join a Topic Committee that interests you.
- Gas Energy Efficiency
- DSM Business Issues and Models
- Pricing & Demand Response
- Innovations in Tools & Technology
Organize a Webinar
AESP Webinars are another way to share your knowledge without needing to travel. To get involved with organizing a Webinar, begin by joining one of the seven AESP Topic Committees. Webinar topics and their speakers/moderators are identified from volunteers on these committees. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Write an Article For Strategies
As with webinars, the members of AESP’s seven Topic Committees identify suitable topics and write the articles for AESP’s monthly e-magazine Strategies, so here’s another reason to join a Topic Committee. Have an idea for an article? Contact the editor at email@example.com.
Help Organize Chapter Events
Chapters are another great place to contribute your time and your talents. AESP chapters regularly organize local educational and networking activities for AESP members, such as special speaker events, networking mixers, local facility tours and other exciting activities. Learn more about each chapter and how to get involved, at AESP’s Chapter webpages.
- California Chapter
- Chicago Chapter
- Evergreen Chapter
- Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter
- Midwest Chapter
- Northeast Chapter
- Northwest Chapter
- Ontario (CANADA) Chapter
- Rocky Mountain Chapter
- Southeast Chapter
- Southwest Chapter
- Wisconsin Chapter
Post a Blog
Would you like to weigh-in on an issue, or share what you know about a topic? Post it on AESP’s Member Forum. Simply log-in using your member credentials, then click on “Add a Post” and blog away.
Help Answer Questions
Over 10,000 energy efficiency professionals are sharing information and posting questions on the AESP-Energy Central Energy Efficiency Community. Share your expertise and be part of the solution by contributing answers to questions posted in the community.
Call for Volunteers
WE NEED YOU! THE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS IS NOW OPEN.
Closes November 9, 2018
Want to be part of something great? Is 2019 your year to inspire your colleagues, share your expertise and drive the industry forward?
Volunteers are the driving force behind professional associations. AESP has many ways for our members to engage, from mentoring to volunteering to serve on committees. Every volunteer strengthens AESP and the industry it serves making it more diverse, inclusive and a better representation of who we are.
See below for numerous opportunities where YOU can make a significant impact; raise your visibility and play a role in helping grow AESP.
Conference Planning Committee Member – 3-6 month time commitment
These committees use their talents, creativity and insights to make our conferences standout in the industry by delivering exceptional content and networking. Members have the opportunity to review and score conference abstracts, help build the agenda and bring new and innovative content to AESP conference attendees. Volunteers who are active in the development of the conference receive a discounted rate and recognition for their contribution at the conference. AESP is looking for volunteers for the following conferences:
Spring Planning Committee – Renton, WA (attendance is not required)
Summer Planning Committee – Toronto, ON (attendance is not required)
Annual Planning Committee – Anaheim, CA (attendance mandatory)
Topic Committee– one-year time commitment
Topic Committees are the heart of AESP. These groups are working groups, think tanks, and quite often are originators of our content. Topic Committees are involved in many different activities such as abstract review, development of Webinars, writing in-depth articles for Strategies and supporting special projects. AESP is looking for volunteers that are interesting in leading and participating in the following topic committees and roles.
- Gas Energy Efficiency
- Market Research, Evaluation and Greenhouse Gas
- Innovations in Tools and Technology
- Business Issues and Models
- Pricing and Demand Response
- Co-Chair (elected annually)
- Vice-Chair (appointed annually)
The Education Committee provides guidance, insights and perspectives on existing and new educational opportunities as well as advising on educational initiatives of the strategic plan. These opportunities can range from ideas for new training courses and certificates to new delivery mechanisms and potential trainers.
The Membership Committee provides ideation assistance on new member benefits, improving existing and helping develop new membership models, as well as advising on the membership initiatives in the strategic plan.
Energy Awards Judge – three-week time commitment
Energy Award Judges are recognized leaders in the industry and serve a critical role in our awards process. You do not need to be an AESP member to judge awards. Depending on your area of expertise you will be asked to judge awards in a specific category. Judging usually takes place in October and awards are announced during our Annual Conference early the following year. Judges are recognized at the Energy Awards Luncheon and in the program brochure. AESP is looking for judges who are experts in the following categories.
Program Implementation and Design
Gas Energy Efficiency
Market Research and Evaluation
Tools and Technology
Business Issues and Models
Demand Response and Pricing
Mentor– one-year time commitment
AESP offers a mentorship program called Experience 2 Exchange or E2E. Mentors provide mentees with career advice, introductions to key professionals in the industry and an unbiased perspective. AESP is looking for experience professionals in the following fields:
- Business Development
CALL for volunteers close Nov. 9, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? Complete the online interest form by 5 pm Pacific on November 9, 2018
May I apply for more than one position? Yes, but you can only select one position per interest form. If you are interested in being considered for multiple positions, please submit an interest form for each one.
What happens after I am selected? For most volunteer opportunities you will be contacted and offered an opportunity to participate on the committee, review Energy Awards or mentor. The exceptions are Co-Chairs who are elected and Vice Chairs who are appointed. If selected for a Co-Chair, your name will be added to the ballot and the election will take place in November. Co-Chairs will be provided a Vice Chair interest list and they will appoint the selected individuals early next year.
How long is the commitment? Submitting an interest from will place you on the 2019 interest list. Each volunteer opportunity has a different time commitment. Please review each opportunity for more information.
When will I be notified if I’ve been selected? AESP will review the interest forms and contact you if we have additional questions. Most applicants will be notified by the end of the year, but we will continue to use the interest list throughout 2019 as needed.
Do I need to be an AESP member to apply and what if I’m a new member? Yes, all volunteers need to be AESP members. The only exception is for Energy Awards. You do not need to be a member to judge Energy Awards. All members are encouraged to apply. However, the length of membership might be taken into consideration for certain positions. Learn more about member benefits and join today.
I missed the submission period. May I still apply? Unfortunately, you will need to wait until the next open submission period. However, you can join a topic committee at any time by contacting the Topic Committee Co-Chair. If you are interested in one of the other positions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take note of your interest.