By the Association of Energy Engineers
New York, NY – August 9, 2023 – Goldman Copeland, the New York City-based consulting engineering firm, announced today that Tristan Schwartzman, a Principal and Director of Energy Services at the firm, has been named “Energy Engineer of the Year for the Northeast US” by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The award will be presented on October 24th in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the AEE World Energy Conference & Expo.
Tristan Schwartzman is a leading designer and champion of energy-efficiency innovations in Greater New York City. Under his direction, the Energy Services Department at Goldman Copeland has completed energy audits and retro-commissioning projects for over 50 million square feet of commercial properties, over 10 million square feet of hospitals, and over 10 million square feet of universities. The firm is also one of the region’s leaders in certifying ENERGY STAR® buildings.
Through energy audits and retro-commissioning projects, Tristan has optimized energy systems for many of the city’s largest commercial property owners. He has led their buildings through design and implementation of annual, multi-million-dollar, capital improvement projects based on the audits’ findings, generating both energy and financial savings for property owners.
At a time of vital importance for energy efficiency in New York City, the region, and the nation, Tristan has been central to both the creation and the replication of the first online Geothermal Ground Source Screening Tool in the nation. The first of those initiatives was created in 2018 for the City of New York; the second was launched in 2021 by Westchester County. Both tools enable users to simply assess the feasibility of geothermal heating and cooling for every lot in the jurisdiction. The New York City tool covers nearly 900,000 lots in all five boroughs. The Westchester tool – “Westchester GeoPossibilities” – demonstrates that the New York City model can be replicated for suburban counties anywhere.
Goldman Copeland is the only firm to have been involved in creating both the New York City model and the Westchester model. Together the tools represent a landmark development for energy efficiency in the Greater New York City area and the nation. Their far-reaching potential offers the opportunity to expand use of geothermal ground source energy in meeting clean energy needs worldwide.