Samuel Chu, Chair
Sammy Chu is the Chief Innovation Officer for Edgewise Energy, a Long Island based clean-tech start up focused on deploying next generation, behind the meter distributed energy resources. A proven leader in promoting market adoption of energy efficiency, he was the founding director of the Town of Babylon’s Long Island Green Homes Program – the first operationalized property assessed clean energy program (PACE) in the country.
Chu previously served in the administration of Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone as Deputy County Executive of Operations and as commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing & Consumer Affairs. He was the lead county official in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, tasked with coordinating response and recovery. A staunch advocate of inclusive, sustainable economic development, Chu was instrumental in creating workforce opportunities for traditionally underserved individuals during the planning of the transformative Wyandanch Rising development, one of the seminal LEED ND projects.
He currently serves in various volunteer leadership positions including chairman of the Long Island chapter of the US Green Building Council, vice chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, vice chair of the LGBT Network, board member of the Health and Welfare Council of Long Island, board member of the Child Care Council of Suffolk, board member of the American Red Cross on Long Island, board member of EAC Long Island, member of the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board and has previously served as a board member of the National Home Performance Council.