Sustainable Energy Fund Honors Peter Krajsa with Epstein Award

Sustainable Energy Fund honored Peter Krajsa with the Epstein Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, July 11, at the Hotel Hershey. The Epstein Award is presented to a deserving individual each year for a lifetime of work moving society towards a sustainable energy future.

“We are thrilled to award Peter Krajsa with the Epstein Award,” said John Costlow, president and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. “He has greatly impacted the sustainable energy community throughout his career and directly influenced the future of sustainable energy.”

Mr. Krajsa has been recognized as an innovator in energy efficiency finance for over two decades. Peter Krajsa is Co-Chair and Founder of the National Energy Improvement Fund (NEIF). He spearheaded the creation of a number of national energy finance programs as CEO of AFC First Financial Corporation, a specialty residential energy efficiency lender, operating programs nationally with a network of over 6,000 participating contractors.

As CEO of AFC First, Peter led the development of the company’s national EnergyLoan® program as one of Fannie Mae’s approved lenders; created the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, DEP, and PHFA, which laid the foundation for WHEEL, (Warehouse for Energy Efficiency Loans), the world’s first investment grade rated securitization of a portfolio of unsecured energy loans, to name a few. Under his leadership, AFC First closed over $500 million in energy efficiency loans, was named by the U.S. DOE as the nation’s first private Home Performance with ENERGY STAR sponsor, selected as one of five national pilot lenders for the HUD PowerSaver program, received the Alliance to Save Energy Andromeda Award and established the Green Energy Training Academy supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Kelly Sanders Named Director of Special Projects of Sustainable Energy Fund

Kelly Sanders has joined the team at Sustainable Energy Fund as the Director of Special Projects. In this role, Kelly will be responsible for the execution of the organizations educational program and oversee the internal administration of the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. 

Kelly rejoins Sustainable Energy Fund after previously holding the same title and leaving to devote time to family. Previously in this role, Kelly developed and maintained Sustainable Energy Fund programs such as Energypath, the Nonprofit Energy Makeover Contest, the annual ESP Event, and Sustainable Energy Education Workshops. Prior to shifting her nonprofit work to education in sustainable energy, Kelly spent ten years creating exhibitions and programs in public history and the museum field. She received a BA in History from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an MA from Seton Hall University. Kelly is also committed to working with regenerative living systems and striving to make the world a healthier place.

“We are excited to welcome Kelly back to the team at Sustainable Energy Fund,” said John Costlow, President and CEO of Sustainable Energy Fund. “We look forward to her leadership in achieving the vision of Sustainable Energy Fund.” If you are interested in learning more about Sustainable Energy Fund’s programs and projects, please call Kristen Sehn at 610-264-4440 or visit today.

Sustainable Energy Fund to Host Annual Public Meeting

On May 19, 2021 at 10 AM, Sustainable Energy Fund will host their Annual Public Board Meeting at their Headquarters in Schnecksville, PA. This is an in-person meeting, there is no option for virtual attendance. Those who plan to attend will need to register online and must follow the following COVID safety precautions:

  • Temperature taken upon entering building
  • Must wear a mask at all times
  • Must maintain 6 feet of distance from others in the space

Other recommended safety precautions can be viewed on the CDC website and the PA DOH website. COVID precautions are subject to change as the state relaxes mandates and recommendations by the PA DOH and CDC change. To register, please visit For questions, please contact Sustainable Energy Fund at 610-264-4440.