CHA's Rappa Honored by Association of Energy Engineers as Energy Engineer of the Year
ALBANY, NY CHA Consulting, Inc. (CHA) announces that Rich Rappa, Senior Vice President and Market Leader of Manufacturing and Energy, receives the Energy Engineer of the Year award for the Northeast region by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).
AEE awarded Rappa in recognition of his work as an innovator, mentor, speaker and industry leader in energy efficiency. His professional pursuits distinguished him as a leader in the field early in his career. When the impact of energy efficiency measures were not yet fully appreciated, Rappa was at the forefront in applying the concepts of energy efficiency to manufacturing processes. His views reoriented and reshaped organizational thinking about energy efficiency and later led to his career in engineering consulting and public policy involving energy assistance programs for industry.
"It is an honor to be recognized as the engineer of the year," said Rappa. "It is the team that I work with on a day-to-day basis that makes this possible. It is a pleasure to work with professionals who share the same passion of helping companies become more operationally efficient, competitive and long-term viable."
For more than 18 years, Rappa has led CHA as a prominent technical service provider to utility- and state-based energy efficiency programs. In his drive to serve industrial clients, he was instrumental in securing the outreach contract for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Industrial Process Efficiency Program, acting as Program Director and Advisor to NYSERDA, a nationally recognized energy agency that has become a model for energy program development and execution. His recommendations have led hundreds of companies to implement effective energy projects and increase their competitiveness.