Distingished Lecture Series 

Climate change solutions: A panel discussion

Date: APRIL 18, 2018   Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 

The major contributors to climate change are burning fossil fuels fro power plants and auto exhausts. Come listen and ask questions of five experts on climate change solutions that encompass technology and policy drivers





"Net-Zero Building"

John Costlow, President of Sustainable Energy Fund 

Date: March 20, 2018   Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 

Abstract: John Costlow is President and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. John will provide an overview of the Sustainable Energy Funds latest effort at constructing a commercially viable net zero building. As the number of net zero buildings constructed across the United States increases commercially viable net zero buildings are important to widespread adoption. John draws on a wide range of technical and financial expertise to highlight both the technical and financial feasibility studies. Then closes with an overview of SEF’s current progress on constructing its net zero facility in Schnecksville, PA.


Biography:   John Costlow, CRM, CSDP, REP, PCF, CPHC is President & CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. As President Mr. Costlow provides vision, leadership and overall management of the Sustainable Energy Fund. Sustainable Energy Fund is a nonprofit organization that assists energy users in overcoming educational, financial and regulatory barriers to a sustainable energy future. SEF finances a variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through commercial loans, energy savings agreements and power purchase agreement. Prior to joining SEF, Mr. Costlow served in management capacities throughout the energy industry including Manager of Marketing and Energy Conservation for Florida Public Utilities and Vice President of Energy Control Companies. Mr. Costlow is a veteran of the US Navy where he served as a submarine nuclear reactor operator. Mr. Costlow has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Palm Beach Atlantic University and is a graduate of Naval Nuclear Power School. He is a certified Performance Contracting and Funding Professional, Certified Sustainable Development Professional, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, Certified Renewable Energy Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant. Mr. Costlow serves as Vice President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and serves as Chair for Mid Atlantic Bio Energy Council. 

In addition to extensive entrepreneurial experience, Jim worked previously at The Blackstone Group, QVC, and Cendant Corp.  Jim earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.



Solar Energy Systems: Industry Trends, Economics and Financing

Presented By:

James Kurtz, President at RER Energy Group


Date: February 27, 2018   Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 


Abstract: Jim Kurtz is the founder and President of RER Energy Group, Pennsylvania's #1 ranked Commercial Solar Developer and installer of systems throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Jim will provide an overview of solar industry trends and economics, as well as new tech-nologies and future areas of growth. Jim received his MBA from Harvard Business School and spent three years working with the renowned private equity firm, The Blackstone Group. Jim draws upon a wide range of business experiences to provide insights into the dynamic energy market. The solar energy industry relies heavily upon innovative financing structures, and Jim's team has obtained a coveted U.S. Department of Energy Solar SunShot award to accelerate advancements in financing solar systems. Learn how the intersection of well engineered systems and innovative financing lead to more energy projects actually getting built.


Biography: Combining business development and start-up management experience with expertise in finance, Jim Kurtz launched RER Ener-gy Group in 2009 to expand the benefits of solar. Jim and his team focus on educating customers and developing solutions to maximize their savings with solar. This tenacious, customer-centered approach has led to tremendous growth and RER is now ranked the #1 commercial solar development company in Pennsylvania and #23 in the U.S.



Energy Sytems Seminar Series 

Click here to view the Spring 2018 schedule of speakers and topics. information on upcoming research symposia, information sessions, and open houses and events


ESEI offers a seminar series open to all. Industry leaders present on hot topics and pressing issues challenging the energy industry


Check here to view recordings of recently PAST Events