Future of Energy Solutions (May 30th)


Thursday, May 30th: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Prime Produce
424 W 54th St (between 9th and 10th aves)
New York, NY 10019



What would our world look like if we could make clean energy accessible for everyone? Nearly every part of our energy systems affects the environment. Renewable energy sources have never been as accessible as they are now, though most of us don’t know where to start. Join us to discuss simple steps everyone can take to reduce our impact on the environment.

What You’ll Learn

  • Unique energy solutions that are available to New Yorkers
  • In-depth perspectives on clean energy and the merits of different options
  • Challenges and opportunities in converting to renewable energy
  • Innovative organizations that are making clean energy easy, affordable and accessible
  • Career opportunities in energy solutions companies
  • Strategies to reduce our footprint through our everyday choices

About Be Social Change Events

In addition to gaining a better understanding of how you can make an impact through your energy decisions, you’ll also have an opportunity to build your network by connecting with like-motivated people from the Be Social Change community.

Healthy + Sustainable Snacks Provided – Gluten-Free and Vegan Options Available. We strive to produce as minimal waste as possible during Be Social Change events – help us by bringing a reusable water bottle to the event.


Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $54 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y. For financial, operations and customer service information, visit conEd.com.

CleanChoice Energy is a clean energy supplier with a mission to make clean energy accessible for everybody. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for customers to make a big impact on the air we breathe and on the environment. You don’t need to install solar panels or even own your home, apartment, or business space—you simply make the switch, and we make sure all the energy you use is replenished on the grid with 100% clean wind and solar power. Bring your latest energy company utility bill (or pull it up on your mobile device) to the event for a free bill analysis and receive a $25 gift card when you sign up.

Carbon Credit Capital (CCC) is a boutique sustainability-focused environmental services firm, founded with the belief that mitigating climate change requires urgent action. CCC is focused on helping individuals, governments, businesses, and non-profits understand their impact on our environment; we focus on helping entities accurately measure, manage and offset their emission of green house gases, as well as offering a platform through which to act. Between our world-class Carbon Footprint Calculator, our high quality, globally diverse offset projects, and methods and advice for reducing on-site emissions, Carbon Credit Capital offers the full spectrum of carbon mitigation that is needed on a global scale.


    • 6:30 – 7:00 pm – Networking
    • 7:00 – 7:15 pm – Intro + Collaborative Q&A
    • 7:15 – 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 – 8:30 pm – Q&A
    • 8:30 – 9:00 pm – Networking


    • Mary Beth Mandanas, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, CleanChoice Energy
    • Reed Shapiro, Director of Business Development, Carbon Credit Capital
    • Noah Ginsburg, Director, Here Comes Solar, Solar One


Mary Beth Mandanas, EVP, Chief Strategy Officer, CleanChoice Energy Mary Beth is Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for CleanChoice Energy’s strategic growth, new business development, and investor relations with a specific emphasis on financing and investment to help the company develop new renewable businesses. Mary Beth brings more than 20 years’ experience in investment banking and corporate finance to this role, principally working with the power sector and regulated utilities. She most recently served as Head of RBC Capital Markets’ Corporate Banking Power/Utility Group, and previously as Managing Director in Citigroup’s North American Power/Utility Corporate and Investment Banking Group. Prior to that, Mary Beth worked at Credit Suisse, providing corporate finance advisory and execution across multiple power/utility and other industry sector transactions. She previously served as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for the Bronx Museum of Arts and as a Trustee with the Business Partnership Foundation at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina. Reed Shapiro, Director of Business Development, Carbon Credit Capital Reed serves as Dir. of Business Development at Carbon Credit Capital—a Manhattan-based carbon offset and carbon footprint management firm—where he oversees Carbon Neutral Checkout, a certification for carbon neutral products and services. He is also a full-time second-year student at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability. Reed sits on volunteer board of B-Local NYC, a hub for connecting and amplifying NYC-based B Corps, as Partnerships Chair. Reed is a 7th generation New Yorker with roots in NYC and Dutchess County, and when not working to make the world a little better for everyone, he can be found skiing, cooking and/or painting in upstate NY. Noah Ginsburg, Director, Here Comes Solar, Solar One Noah joined Solar One in 2016, where he directs the Here Comes Solar program that seeks to spur the adoption of solar within NYC’s under-served market segments. From 2009-2011 Noah was a Solar Ombudsman at the City University of New York, working with the City to identify and address barriers to solar in NYC. In 2011 Noah moved to California to work as a data analyst and technologist with leading solar startups including Sungevity, Sunrun and most recently OnGrid. While in California Noah volunteered as a Team Leader on more than 40 solar installations with GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer that serves low-income homeowners, and earned his NABCEP PV installation certification in 2014. Noah is passionate about clean energy and the equitable distribution of its benefits within our society. Originally from Michigan, Noah moved to NYC in 2006 to complete a year of Americorps service, working as a mentor and tutor at a middle school in East Harlem. He completed his undergraduate degree in Renewable Energy at Hunter College and currently lives with his family in Washington Heights.


Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. For as long as Marcos has been working in the social impact space, he has also been building businesses. Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books. Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles. Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.


Be Social Change is New York City’s largest social impact community, helping professionals make their greatest impact, confidently and effectively, through their careers and lifestyles. Through the Be Social Change Membership, we equip professionals in nonprofits, social enterprises, B Corps, conscious businesses, and those looking to explore the social impact space, with the skills and connections to create change.


A guild for 21st-century craft promoting slow entrepreneurship and intentional service. Unequal parts cafe, living room, workshop, collaboratory, rooftop garden, and upstate retreat space on a biodynamic farm. Learn more about visiting or renting at http://primeproduce.coop/.



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